Millwall 1-1 Reading, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 0 The Den ( Attendance: NA )
Millwall extended their winless run to five league games after a frustrating 1-1 draw with Reading at The Den.
The Lions dominated possession in the opening period but only had Jed Wallace’s brilliant free-kick on the stroke of half-time to show for their endeavours.
However, Reading equalised eight minutes into the second-half as Lucas Joao beat the offside trap and rifled an effort home Millwall keeper Bartosz Bialkowski should have done better with.
Fifteen minutes later, Millwall substitute Jon Dadi Bodvarsson forced a good save from Cabral as the Lions pushed for a winner.
Ryan Leonard perhaps had the best chance, heading over from close range with 10 minutes left to play before Jed Wallace could only direct his strike straight at Cabral.
At the other end Joao had another chance in the final minute but fired narrowly wide to ensure it ended honours even.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Lucas Joao’s equaliser early in the second-half halted Millwall’s momentum and eventually meant the Royals came away with a share of the spoils.
Moan of the Match
Millwall’s lack of creativity meant that – once again – they couldn’t make the most of their possession and relative territorial first-half dominance.
With a number of key players missing, how can Gary Rowett set his side up to give them the best chance of remaining within touching distance of the top six?
Man of the Match
Jed Wallace – scored a superb free-kick and his constant energy gave Millwall opportunities on the break.
Tweet of the Match
Leigh Doughty (Lancashire) – extremely whistle-happy and quick to card both sets of players, not allowing the game to flow at all.
Arguably very much like the atmosphere would’ve been if there were fans for this cold Wednesday night encounter – very flat for periods.
Millwall are drawing far too many games and currently don’t have enough creativity in the side to really push for the top six.
Bialkowski; Leonard, Hutchinson, Cooper, M. Wallace; Woods, Williams; J. Wallace, Thompson (Smith, 75), Malone (Ferguson, 75); Parrott (Bodvarsson, 64)
Subs not used:
Fielding, Pearce, Muller, Brown, Burey, Skalak
Cooper, Williams, Hutchinson, Leonard
Cabral; Holmes, Morrison, Moore, Richards; Laurent, Rinomhota; Meite (Baldock, 90), Semedo (Olise, 46), Ejaria; Joao
Subs not used:
Walker, Esteves, Gibson, Watson, Tetek, Onen, Aluko
Semedo, Morrison, Ejaria, Holmes