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Ahead of the game | Into the Lions' Den

Royals aim for three more points on the road on Tuesday night

26 September 2017

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the Royals' trip to South London on Tuesday night...

Millwall vs Reading
Tuesday 26th September 2017
Sky Bet Championship
The Den
7.45pm kick-off

The Royals go into Tuesday night's match at Millwall hoping for a third consecutive game unbeaten on the road, with a victory at Birmingham City and a point at Brentford in their last two ventures out of RG2.

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“If we deliver quality and work together, we can get the result”

25 September 2017

Following a late equaliser from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson at Madejski Stadium against Hull City on Saturday, the striker hopes to continue to add to his tally throughout this season, following a lively performance off the bench at the weekend.

After a sold-out away following at Griffin Park last time we were on the road, the Royals will need all of your support once again as we head into London on Tuesday.

The Lions sit one point and two places above the Royals in the Championship table as things stand, and Jaap Stam's side will hope for a repeat of the 3-1 victory against Millwall in the Carabao Cup last month.

Neil Harris' men will surely be a different proposition in front of their own fans, though, with another tight affair expected between the two teams. Don't miss it!

 

Away fan guide

Click here to view Millwall's guide for getting to The Den for visiting supporters.

Travel

Supporters' Trust at Reading (STAR) offer travel to all away games, details of which can be found by following the link here.

For fans travelling by car, please be advised that there is NO on-site parking available at The Den, with Millwall recommending travelling by public transport, full details of which through the link under 'Away fan guide'.

There is, however, a walkway link to The Den for away supporters only on Millwall matchdays in close proximity to the stadium. 

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Odds

Championship sponsors, Sky Bet, make the hosts 21/20 to take all three points at The Den on Tuesday, with the Royals priced at 13/5 for a victory on their travels. You can get odds of 12/5 for the spoils to be shared.

Following his second goal in Royals colours on Saturday, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is 2/1 to add to that total against Millwall.

After a couple of tasty efforts at goal from midfield at the weekend, Joey van den Berg is an outside bet to score any time at 11/2.

Ticket News

Twenty is still plenty

25 September 2017

Officials

Andrew Madley will be the man in the middle as the Royals take on the Lions on Tuesday night. He has already overseen a Royals' away day this season, our narrow 1-0 defeat at Preston North End in August. Madley has averaged around 2.3 yellow cards per match so far this season, without sending anyone off as yet.

He will be assisted by Neil Davies and Lee Venamore at The Den in midweek, with Andy Woolmer completing the officiating team as fourth official.

Tickets

An Adult ticket for Tuesday night's match costs £23, and £14 for anyone aged 60 and over. 12-15 year-olds get in for £10, and anyone aged 11 and under costs just £5.

Ticket sales stop at Madejski Stadium at midday on Tuesday, but tickets are available on the door at The Den on Tuesday evening. There is no price increase on the door, and cash and card payments will be taken at the North Stand Ticket Office at the ground prior to the game.

For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313. Our official online ticketing service www.readingfcdirect.co.uk sells seats for home and away games, and email enquiries can be sent to ticketing@readingfc.co.uk

Reminder

We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.  

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Match Reports

Late Saville strikes rob Royals

Millwall deny Royals with late brace at The Den

26 September 2017

A late brace from George Saville denied the Royals anything from a Tuesday night fixture at The Den, despite Dave Edwards putting the visitors ahead with his first goal for the club.

  • Beerens forces good low save from Archer in goalless first half
  • Edwards heads Reading into the lead with a close range header
  • George Saville heads Millwall level with a looping finish
  • Saville steals victory with a deflected left-footed drive

One change was made to the eleven that started at home to Hull City at the weekend, with Tiago Ilori starting in place of the man he came on for against the Tigers, Liam Kelly. Leandro Bacuna returned to the squad to take a place on the bench in place of John Swift, Adrian Popa also came into the squad for the injured Jordan Obita, while former Royal Jake Cooper was named as a Millwall substitute.

Roy Beerens earned some early space down the left and cut a low cross into the middle where Aluko looked to muscle his way in front of a defender, but referee Andrew Madley blew his whistle to award the hosts a free kick.

At the other end, Morison won the Lions an early corner which was met by the head of Byron Webster, but his effort at goal sailed harmlessly into the palms of Vito Mannone on his goalline.

Shaun Williams tested Mannone's handling a little more when he was teed up for a shot on the edge of the area. He danced round an Edwards challenge and fired past Moore's block but it was straight at the Italian who comfortably gobbled up the low shot.

Jed Wallaced whipped in a good cross from the right and nearly found Onyedinma at the near post, but Blackett did well to slide across and make the challenge to win a goal kick. And with 23 minutes gone, Beerens was found by Van den Berg out on the left and the Dutchman cut inside and forced Jordan Archer into a good diving save low to his left.

McCleary let rip with a right-footed effort from distance that swerved wide of its target on the half hour. But a good tackle from Edwards inside the Royals box thwarted Webster soon after as the Millwall man chested it down and prepared to take aim.

As half-time neared, Aluko fed Gunter down the right and the full-back played a low ball into the middle. It flashed across goal and fell for an unmarked Beerens arriving at the back post who took a first time shot at goal, but it deflected off a Millwall defender and angled behind for a corner.

Three minutes of injury time were signalled and Gunter needed to head clear under pressure from Morison. But the teams would go in goalless at the break.

Half time | Millwall 0-0 Reading

It was a scrappy start to the second period with neither side able to find their flow. The only half chance of the opening quarter of an hour fell to Aluko who turned to capitalise on a piece of miscontrol from a Millwall defender but didn't have to time ti get a shot away before being crowded out on the edge of the box.

A neat exchange of passes allowed Aluko to win a corner on the left, and Beerens' delivery found the head of Moore but his knock down was hacked clear without Archer being troubled.

Edwards won a free kick next as the away side began to press for the breakthrough. But Aluko's delivery was headed clear with ease. The former Fulham man won a corner soon after though and from that set piece, the deadlock would be broken.

Aluko swept an inswinging corner into the box and Dave Edwards rose high to place a downward header past Archer from six yards out. His first goal in a Royals shirt. 1-0.

The home side looked to a response and Wallace got in behind down the left, pulling the ball back dangerously only for Moore to intercept it and clear the danger.

And Millwall levelled drew level with ten minutes left on the clock when a deep cross was floated into the Reading box and Saville rose to direct a header bac across Mannone and into the roof of the away team's net.

And Saville stuck a second to give Millwall a late, late lead. A hopeful ball forward was cleared to the edge of the Royals box and Saville acted fasted, slamming a left-footed drive past Mannone via a slight deflection on the way into the back of the net.

Clement and Bodvarsson were on trying to find a way back into the game late on and Beerens won a free kick that he delivered into a crowded box in injury time. It pinballed around but the Lions survived.

McShane was denied an injury time leveller by the sprawling Archer and then Edwards appealed furiously for a penalty, which was dismissed by referee Andrew Madley. And the final whistle sounded to send the Royals fans home with nothing to show for their efforts.

Full time | Millwall 2-1 Reading

Millwall:
Archer, McLaughlin, Meredith, Hutchinson, Williams, Onyedinma (Ferguson 84), Wallace (Cooper 89), Webster, Morison, O'Brien, Saville.   
Subs: Martin, Craig, Thompson, Tunnicliffe, Twardek.
Yellow: Wallace
Goals: Saville 80, 86

Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Blackett (Clement 87), McShane (c), Moore, Ilori, Van den Berg, Edwards, Aluko, Beerens, McCleary (Bodvarsson 81).
Subs: Jaakkola, Evans, Bacuna, Kelly, Popa.
Goals: Edwards 71

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