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Millwall 0-0 Reading

Millwall's Sid Nelson is shown a red card
Millwall have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions

Millwall dropped deeper into relegation trouble in the Championship despite battling with 10 men to earn a goalless draw against Reading.

The Lions were a man short for the second half after defender Sid Nelson saw red for a late challenge on Michael Hector in first-half stoppage time.

But Ian Holloway's side could have won had Lee Gregory and Jos Hooiveld converted chances after the interval.

Rotherham's 4-2 win over Bolton leaves Millwall five points from safety.

Reading remain 18th, seven points above Millwall, as the Londoners missed the opportunity of dragging the Royals into relegation trouble.

Holloway named five of his six January transfer window signings in the starting line-up as both sides created good chances in an open first half.

Millwall's evening got tougher when seconds before half-time, 19-year-old Nelson, making only his fifth appearance for the Lions, launched himself into a reckless late tackle on Hector near the halfway line and was sent off.

Reading, sensing the chance to ease their own fears of the drop, forced goalkeeper David Forde into saves from Jordan Obita and Daniel Williams.

But Millwall had chances to secure an unlikely win with Gregory heading Dan Harding's cross wide, and debutant defender Hooiveld nodding Shaun Williams' free-kick off target after joining on loan from Southampton.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway: "It was a shocking red card. Some of the decisions we get, it feels like we never play play at home!

"I want to build a team that can win at this level and I'm trying to do that. It's not all doom and gloom. That was a Millwall fighting performance."

Reading manager Steve Clarke: "I'm frustrated more than disappointed. Millwall defended really well in the second half.

"We got into some good positions, but couldn't create anything clear-cut."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Forde
  • 4Cummings
  • 5Hooiveld
  • 35NelsonBooked at 45mins
  • 21Harding
  • 18GueyeSubstituted forDunneat 45'minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 26Abdou
  • 8FabbriniSubstituted forMartinat 77'minutes
  • 9Gregory
  • 42MaierhoferSubstituted forCowan-Hallat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Dunne
  • 7Martin
  • 12Cowan-Hall
  • 15Upson
  • 16Beevers
  • 19Fuller
  • 41King

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 15Hector
  • 5Pearce
  • 11Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 6Norwood
  • 14ChalobahSubstituted forMcClearyat 58'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forMackieat 76'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forCoxat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Cox
  • 12McCleary
  • 19Mackie
  • 21Karacan
  • 29Travner
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
8,317

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamReading
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home6
Away17
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 0, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Reading 0.

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Dan Harding (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Hector.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Paris Cowan-Hall.

Booking

Jamie Mackie (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).

Nadjim Abdou (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Shaun Williams (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Forde.

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

Attempt missed. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Martin.

Offside, Reading. Garath McCleary tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

Oliver Norwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nadjim Abdou (Millwall).

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Paris Cowan-Hall (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Lee Martin replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jamie Mackie replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Shaun Cummings (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Shaun Williams.

Attempt missed. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Alan Dunne.

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Offside, Reading. Michael Hector tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Paris Cowan-Hall (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Adam Federici.

Attempt saved. Jos Hooiveld (Millwall) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Shaun Williams.

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Reading).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth27156657282951
2Derby27156650252551
3Middlesbrough27148542182450
4Ipswich27148546271950
5Brentford2715484436849
6Watford27145856312547
7Wolves2712873133-244
8Norwich27127850341643
9Sheff Wed2791172123-238
10Blackburn279993637-136
11Birmingham279993139-836
12Nottm Forest2781093739-234
13Cardiff2797113640-434
14Fulham27104134047-734
15Huddersfield2797113545-1034
16Bolton2796123137-633
17Charlton2761472434-1032
18Reading2787123142-1131
19Brighton27611103035-529
20Leeds2778122838-1029
21Rotherham27611102535-1029
22Millwall2759132544-1924
23Wigan2749142636-1021
24Blackpool2738162150-2917
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