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Reading 1-1 Millwall

Liam Trotter

Liam Trotter's stoppage-time penalty helped Millwall to snatch a point against in-form Reading.

Sean Morrison's header early in the first half gave Reading, unbeaten at home this season, the lead.

Millwall were reduced to 10 men five minutes before the end as midfielder Jimmy Abdou received his second yellow card for a wild lunge on Jobi McAnuff.

But the visitors received a lifeline when Adam Federici fouled Scott McDonald, and Trotter levelled.

The draw lifts Millwall, who have won only once away from home this season, further clear of the relegation zone.

But Reading, who were aiming for a sixth victory in nine league games, lose ground on the Championship's top two Burnley and Leicester.

It took Reading just nine minutes to go in front as the Lions' defence gave Morrison the freedom to head home unchallenged for his first goal of the season.

A superb David Forde save prevented Alex Pearce from doubling the Royals' advantage with a close-range effort.

And after the break, only the post stopped Adam Le Fondre from scoring his 150th goal for the club.

Millwall responded positively, with Scott McDonald twice denied by Federici, while the offside flag brought a halt to Danny Shittu's celebrations after the defender thought he had scored at the far post.

A Millwall comeback seemed unlikely when Abdou was shown a red card, but the Londoners continued to battle and Trotter's driving spot-kick secured a dramatic point.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"We have to be more ruthless but they're a young group of lads who are still learning. When we're on top, we have to capitalise on it.

"But Millwall worked very hard to justify that they should go away with something.

"You have to give them a lot of credit. We put ourselves in a position to take all three points but didn't take it.

"It was a penalty but we shouldn't really have put ourselves in a position where the referee had to make a decision."

Millwall manager Steve Lomas:

"We wanted to back up that good draw with QPR. We asked the lads if they could produce that same sort of performance away from home and they did.

"At 1-0 down, we still hung in there, took it to Reading and stayed in the game. When we show that spirit and play like that, we are a decent team.

"That is probably the best football that we've played this season. Liam was ice cool with his penalty, it was a great finish."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 18BridgeSubstituted forKellyat 82'minutes
  • 6Baird
  • 15Morrison
  • 5Pearce
  • 20Guthrie
  • 37ObitaSubstituted forMcAnuffat 68'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 12McClearyBooked at 54mins
  • 9Le FondreBooked at 40minsSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 11McAnuff
  • 16Akpan
  • 17Gorkss
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
  • 41Taylor

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 15ConnollySubstituted forSmithat 19'minutes
  • 28MaloneBooked at 45mins
  • 10BaileyBooked at 7minsSubstituted forMorisonat 76'minutes
  • 5Robinson
  • 3ShittuBooked at 54mins
  • 29Waghorn
  • 6Trotter
  • 27McDonald
  • 11WoolfordSubstituted forFeeneyat 70'minutes
  • 26AbdouBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 8Easter
  • 9Morison
  • 12Lowry
  • 17Derry
  • 21Smith
  • 43Bywater
Referee:
David Phillips
Attendance:
18,245

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Millwall 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Adam Federici.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Forde.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 1, Millwall 1. Liam Trotter (Millwall) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  6. Post update

    Penalty Millwall. Scott McDonald draws a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Adam Federici (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Liam Feeney (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Millwall).

  12. Post update

    Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Jobi McAnuff tries a through ball, but Stephen Kelly is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Jobi McAnuff (Reading) because of an injury.

  16. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Millwall).

  18. Post update

    Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Liam Trotter (Millwall).

  20. Post update

    Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley1310212471732
2Leicester139222113829
3QPR12831146827
4Blackpool136611611524
5Reading136522012823
6Nottm Forest136522115623
7Watford1263324141021
8Derby135442521419
9Huddersfield134541714317
10Leeds135261616017
11Bournemouth135262027-717
12Blackburn134451916316
13Ipswich134451917216
14Middlesbrough133642321215
15Wigan104241411314
16Brighton123541112-114
17Millwall133461526-1113
18Doncaster123361120-912
19Birmingham133281420-611
20Charlton11245914-510
21Bolton131751120-910
22Yeovil13238919-109
23Barnsley132381530-159
24Sheff Wed120841218-68
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