STRIKER Jermaine Easter is in contention for a starting berth against Reading on Saturday after rescuing Millwall a point against QPR.
Easter stepped off the bench to score his first goal of the season in the 2-2 draw with Rangers at The Den last weekend and boss Steve Lomas has admitted he could give the Wales international a longer run out at the Madejski Stadium.
"Jamma is a great pro, he never complains and he just gets on with it," Lomas said. "He hasn't done himself any harm with his goal. He forced his way into the team earlier in the season based on his pre-season performances; he looked fit, hungry and like a man with a point to prove.
"Unfortunately he then tweaked his hamstring, Scott McDonald and Martyn Waghorn came into the team and we picked up a few wins, so Jermaine has had to wait for his chance.
"I asked him to play 45-60 minutes against Leeds after his injury and he did exactly what I wanted. He is superb to have around the place and he has to come into my thinking for Saturday."
With five strikers competing for one central starting role in a 4-2-3-1 formation, Lomas concedes it is inevitable that there will be some frustrated attacking players in his squad.
He added: "It's tough to keep everyone happy, but we have a lot of versatile forwards – Andy Keogh coming on against QPR and playing on the left-hand side is a good example of that. It's very tough coming on as a substitute in games like that, especially when you are 2-1 down, but I thought he did well.
"The lads coming on have been making an impact and when you look at Championship games, it is quite often your subs who win you points when the game is stretched. It is key that we have a strong bench and fierce competition for places, particularly up front."