More home woe for Millwall as Reading keep pressure on top two

17:26 03 March 2012

Adam Le Fondre scored Reading

Adam Le Fondre scored Reading's winner at Millwall

Archant

Championship: Millwall 1 Reading 2

Millwall’s miserable home form continued as they were beaten by third-placed Reading, who kept the pressure on top-two Southampton and West Ham ahead of their games, this evening and tomorrow respectively.

Andy Keogh put the Lions up inside the first 15 minutes with a well-timed finish under Adam Federici.

However, Hal Robson-Kanu levelled for Reading with a bullet of a shot inside first-half stoppage time to change the feeling of the game at the break.

The Royals then dominated most of the second half and Adam Le Fondre tapped into an empty net with 15 minutes to go to give the visitors the lead as the Millwall defence were caught napping, leaving the home side without a league win at The Den since Boxing Day.

Reading started the game brightly and while their build-up play was good they were unable to test out David Forde in the Millwall goal.

Lions midfielder James Henry, playing against his former club, had two shots from distance inside the opening seven minutes but neither effort tested Federici in the Reading goal.

It wasn’t long, however, until the Lions took the lead. Spurs loanee Harry Kane produced a defence splitting ball for Keogh to run onto and he made no mistake for his first goal at The Den since joining from Wolves on transfer deadline day.

It could have been two soon after when Hamer Bouazza burst through the Royals’ defence and his shot caused Federici to spill but Kane was unable to make the loose ball count.

Reading, who had struggled to have any chances of note for most of the first-half, had a chance to level when Paul Robinson brought down Noel Hunt but Ian Harte’s free-kick went just over the bar five minutes before half-time.

The visitors levelled inside first-half stoppage time. The home side tried to run the clock down but from Harte’s corner Robson-Kanu fired an unstoppable shot past Forde to level.

Henry was causing the visitors problems throughout the opening 20 minutes of the second-half and floated in a delightful free-kick, which Kane just couldn’t get his head on.

The Millwall defence had to be at its resilient best to block Robson-Kanu and Adam Le Fondre’s shots with just over 20 minutes remaining.

However, sloppiness allowed Reading to take the lead. Le Fondre was in an offside position as the ball was played through but Tony Craig allowed Jason Roberts clean through and with Forde committed, he squared the ball for the former Rotherham man to tap home.

The visitors sat back after their goal and allowed the Lions to apply some pressure on the promotion chasers.

Tony Craig forced a save from Federici as the match entered stoppage time but that was as close as they would come, meaning Millwall have only picked one point from 18 since Boxing Day at home.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Robinson, Lowry, Craig, Henry (Mason 83), Abdou, Wright, Bouazza (Feeney 72), Keogh, Kane (N’Guessan 79).

Subs (Not Used): Allsop, Ward.

Reading: Federici, Connolly (Tabb h-t), Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Karacan, Robson-Kanu, Hunt (Le Fondre 64), Roberts.

Subs (Not Used): Andersen, Church, Cywka.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire)

Related articles


Live Blog Transfer Window Live July 28

 

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Millwall news

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Football mascots from the UK in action during the fourth Mascot Grand National race. (Photo by Mike Finn-Kelcey/Getty Images)

Try our mascot quiz, featuring 20 of the best, worst and strangest furry friends in football.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Damien Duff and Asier Del Horno both left Stamford Bridge during this week in 2006. Duff headed to Newcastle while Del Horno moved to Valencia for £4.8 million.

It was a week where Arsenal said goodbye to an England international, Chelsea splashed the cash on a centre-back and West Ham made two questionable London additions.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
Can you name all 15 stadiums?

Test your knowledge of famous football stadiums with this tricky quiz.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Jamie O'Hara, Blackpool

Fulham are closing in on the signing of former Spurs and Blackpool man Jamie O’Hara on a free transfer.

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Chris Wood of Leicester City   (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

QPR are among three clubs hoping to sign Leicester striker Chris Wood this summer.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could be zooming around a track of your choice!

Are you a competitive adrenaline junkie with a need for speed? Or looking for a fun family day out?

Read more
Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more