Lions unlucky to lose at the Madejski, says HollowayMillwall manager Ian Holloway said he was proud of his side's performance despite seeing Reading secure a 3-2 win at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Royals raced into a 2-0 lead within the opening 14 minutes thanks to goals from Simon Cox and Nick Blackman (pen) but after a defensive reshuffle The Lions pulled it back to 2-2 with Ricardo Fuller's first goal for the club and a second-half header from Mark Beevers.
In the 85th minute, though, Cox turned a corner home at the far post for his second of the night and despite pushing forward Holloway's men couldn't find an equaliser their play deserved.
"I can't believe that with the amount of shots we've had and the way we dominated that we've lost the game," Ollie said.
"We maybe started too defensive but after it switched round we played very well. It was a fantastic performance and I'm proud of the boys.
"How cruel can football be? If the lads keep doing what they are doing then they will get the rewards, no doubt about it.
"Apart from some of the defending it was a performance I think everybody associated with our club can be proud of. The downside is that we've conceded from another set-piece and we have to do better with those.
"Did we deserve to lose the game, though? No, no chance."
Byron Webster, on his full League debut, was substituted for Martyn Woolford in the 26th minute but Ollie was full of praise for the defender's professionalism.
"It was purely a tactical change that we made, nothing at all to do with Webby's performance.
"Of course he was disappointed but he was so professional about it and I said that afterwards. He took it absolutely brilliantly and that's the sort of attitude that we need. I have a lot of respect for him and his chances will come."