Striker doubt – as Millwall boss lauds Tunnicliffe impact

MILLWALL’S EFL Cup exit at Reading could have come with some extra cost after Tom Elliott hobbled off with an ankle injury.

Elliott, 26, was making just his second start since his move from AFC Wimbledon in the summer and after requiring treatment on a couple of occasions he was substituted in the 66th minute at the Madejski Stadium.

Elliott was injured defending a corner early on as Millwall lost to goals from George Evans and Sam Smith at the end of each half of extra-time.

The striker is now be a doubt for the league clash with Norwich at The Den on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Ryan Tunnicliffe made his full debut against the Royals, starting in midfield with Ben Thompson in the second-round clash.

Lions boss Neil Harris praised Tunnicliffe’s impact after the former Fulham player missed most of pre-season.

“I was really pleased with him. He was a little but rusty to start with but grew into the game,” Harris said. “In the second half he was very, very good and showed what he is all about.

“We need to get a few more messages into him, when you come in late it’s not easy to learn over the course of the season, you’re not on the same level playing field as everyone else.

“It was a real plus the 78 minutes he got.”

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John Kelly