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

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The famous mixtape from the hit Marvel movie will be the first cassette Disney has released in over 10 years.

Read more

Taylor Swift says she needs a security presence because of the “sheer number” of men who have threatened to kill, kidnap or marry her.

Read more

The Duchess honoured talented photographers at Natural History Museum.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

TOP STORIES

Quizzes

Millwall manager Ian Holloway. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Ian Holloway felt his Millwall side were good value for their 0-0 Sky Bet Championship draw at fellow strugglers Wigan.

Read more
Millwall manager Ian Holloway. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Millwall boss Ian Holloway couldn’t hide his delight with his side after they battled back from three goals down to secure in a thrilling encounter at The Den.

Read more
Millwall will wear a special kit with the proceeds of sales going to the Headley Court Benevolent Fund. Picture: Millwall FC

Millwall will wear a special camouflage kit when they face Brentford on November 8 to remember the fallen in the First World War and raise money for soldiers injured overseas.

Read more
Millwall manager Ian Holloway.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more

Millwall Transfer News

Millwall manager Ian Holloway. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Ian Holloway felt his Millwall side were good value for their 0-0 Sky Bet Championship draw at fellow strugglers Wigan.

Read more
Millwall manager Ian Holloway. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Millwall boss Ian Holloway couldn’t hide his delight with his side after they battled back from three goals down to secure in a thrilling encounter at The Den.

Read more
Millwall will wear a special kit with the proceeds of sales going to the Headley Court Benevolent Fund. Picture: Millwall FC

Millwall will wear a special camouflage kit when they face Brentford on November 8 to remember the fallen in the First World War and raise money for soldiers injured overseas.

Read more
Millwall manager Ian Holloway.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

Football managers are either deified or chastised depending on results and they are some of the most famous faces in the country.

Read more