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Preview | Reading v Millwall

Sky Bet Championship action returns...

19 October 2018

Millwall return from the international break to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday afternoon as they take on Reading at the Madejski Stadium (kick-off 3pm).

The Lions ended the second section of the 2018/19 season on a positive note a fortnight ago as, after coming from 2-0 down to draw with Nottingham Forest, goals from Shane Ferguson and Tom Elliott earned a much-needed comeback victory over Aston Villa.

They now take on a struggling Royals side managed by Paul Clement, looking for a first away victory of the campaign.

Neil Harris has the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from for the trip to Berkshire. Shaun Hutchinson returned from an injury lay-off to play 45 minutes for the Under 23s during their 2-0 victory over Watford last Friday, whilst Tom Bradshaw also scored two quick-fire goals - one from the penalty spot - against The Hornets.

Elliott, Ferguson and Murray Wallace also came into the side and performed well before the break, giving the manager a positive selection headache ahead of three League matches inside seven days.

Ben Amos, meanwhile, will be looking to retain his place in goal - and you can read what the stopper has had to say by clicking here.

Around 2,000 Lions fans will be making the journey on Saturday, but if you are not one of them, full match commentary will be available on iFollow Millwall from around 2.50pm. International subscribers will be able to watch all the action from the Madejski on iFollow, too. Click here for more details.

If you would like to know more about Reading click here, whilst our statistical preview of Saturday's game can be found here.

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Away day woe as Lions lose to Royals

Our report from the Madejski...

20 October 2018

Yakou Meite's brace sandwiched Sam Baldock's penalty-kick as Reading defeated Millwall 3-1 in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Madejski Stadium.

The Lions had The Royals camped in their own half for large periods of the game, but due to a combination of poor finishing and outstanding goalkeeping from Anssi Jaakkola, Murray Wallace's goal proved to be no more than consolation on an afternoon where Neil Harris' side should have had so much more, registering 24 shots on goal.

Harris decided to keep his starting XI unchanged from the 2-1 win over Aston Villa, whilst Shaun Hutchinson made his return to first team action on the substitutes' bench in place of Byron Webster.

The Lions started brightly and intelligent running from Lee Gregory nearly set up an opening shot on goal just five minutes in, but the striker's cutback was cleared away.

Neat play from Shane Ferguson allowed Jed Wallace to have the first attempt of the afternoon in the 11th minute, but Reading goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola stood tall to deflect the ball behind. Gregory headed the resulting corner-kick on to the roof of the net.

Millwall were keeping possession well and another opportunity presented itself on 13 minutes as Jed Wallace crossed for Gregory, but his effort was blocked for a corner. The pressure continued to show, with James Meredith crossing for Tom Elliott moments later, however the ball was again headed behind.

If not for some heroic goalkeeping by Jaakkola, the lead would have been taken by The Lions on 16 minutes as Jake Cooper guided a header towards goal - incredibly, though, the stopper clawed his way across goal to tip the ball away from the net. Murray Wallace then tested Jaakkola with a header at the far post as Millwall remained heavily in control of affairs.

However, as football so often dictates, it was Reading who came closest to taking the lead with their first shot on 22 minutes. The ball struck the post and rebounded into the path of Liam Kelly, who seemingly had the easiest of tasks in firing past Ben Amos. Romeo, however, had other ideas and expertly blocked the effort, with the ball looping up into the arms of a grateful Amos.

Gregory and Elliott then guided headers towards goal as an eventful first half reached its midway point, but on 28 minutes Reading took the lead, as Meite's glancing header beat Amos at the far post.

Despite that, Millwall kept attacking and again could have scored on 33 minutes, but Jaakkola was equal to Gregory's effort. From the corner that followed, however, the goal finally came - and it was Murray Wallace finding space inside the six-yard box to fire the ball home.

Kelly volleyed wide for The Royals as the first half began to reach its conclusion, but one minute before the half-time break, the home side were awarded a penalty after Mahlon Romeo was ruled to have committed a foul on Tyler Blackett inside the area. Baldock stepped up and confidently placed the spot-kick past Amos.

Just like the first half, The Lions started the second on top and nearly found another equaliser on 50 minutes, but Elliott smacked a header against the crossbar. Calls for a Millwall penalty by the large travelling support behind the goal went unnoticed shortly after, with Elliott this time directing a header wide seconds later.

Meite broke away behind the Millwall defence with 54 minutes on the clock, but Amos spread himself to deny the attacker with his chest.

A flurry of bodies fell to the ground inside the area on 69 minutes amidst penalty claims, but play continued for Jed Wallace to cross for an awaiting Ferguson at the back post, who stung the palms of the impressive Jaakkola.

On 72 minutes a clever passing move from Jed Wallace and Romeo teed up Elliott, but he sent his effort into the Lions fans behind the goal. Five minutes later the striker had another chance, this time from a corner, but headed wide.

The last 10 minutes began with Reading unable to get out of their own half, such was the pressure being applied by Millwall, with Ferguson's deflected shot being tipped wide by Jaakkola, before a header hit the crossbar for the second time.

It wasn't to be for The Lions, though, as Meite headed home, completely unmarked, for Reading's third four minutes from time.

Reading: Jaakkola, Yiadom, Moore, Bacuna, Baldock (Rinomhota 79'), Swift, McCLeary (Gunter 74'), Ilori, Meite, Blackett, Kelly (McNulty 84'). Subs not used: Meyler, Aluko, Sims, Legg.

Booking: Rinomhota

Scorer: Meite 28' 86', Baldock 45' pen

Millwall: Amos, Meredith (O'Brien 69'), Cooper, Williams, J. Wallace, Gregory, Ferguson, Romeo, Elliott (Morison 77'), M. Wallace, Leonard (Bradshaw 84'). Subs not used: Archer, Hutchinson, Tunnicliffe, Skalak.

Booking: Romeo, Cooper

Scorer: M. Wallace 34'

Referee: Mr D. Webb

Attendance: 14,532 (1,831)

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Tickets | Reading v Millwall

On sale...

17 October 2018

Millwall travel to Reading on Saturday 20th October (kick-off 3pm) - and tickets for the Sky Bet Championship clash at the Madejski Stadium are now on sale to all season ticket holders and members.

To find out the number of loyalty points you currently have, please log in to your account at millwalltickets.com, click 'Priority Points' and your points total will be displayed. Alternatively, please call the Ticket Office on 0844 826 2004 and select option 1.

Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £13 65s and over, £10 18-24, £5 under 18s and £4 under 13s.

Tickets will go off sale at 2pm on Friday 19th October. We have an allocation of 2,219 tickets.

Wheelchair/Ambulant Disabled supporters need to call 0844 826 2004 and select option 1 to book tickets.

There are three easy ways to buy tickets:
* Online at www.millwalltickets.com (booking fees apply)
* By phone on 0844 826 2004 and selecting option 2 (calls to this number will cost 7p per minute from your BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary and from mobiles will be considerably more. Booking fees apply)
* In person/by post at the Millwall Ticket Office

COACH TRAVEL: Coaches will leave The Den at 11.30am. Coach tickets are priced at £16. These can be purchased by season ticket holders and members in person at the Ticket Office, online at www.millwalltickets.com or via the call centre on 0844 826 2004 and selecting option 2. All coaches operate a strict no-alcohol policy. No coach refunds.

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