Reading’s efforts at The Den deserved more. Over 80 minutes played a man down, after Tyler Blackett’s early dismissal, and still on top for the majority. But Jed Wallace’s early free-kick was the only goal on the board at the conclusion.
Liam Moore, returning to the side to captain the team, reflected on a battling display where the Royals played expressively, only to be narrowly defeated.
“It was tough; early on they were pressing high and they got that early goal, but after that the game opened up and we got to do what we wanted to do more going forward,” Moore said.
“We passed and created chances, but it’s always difficult at Millwall if you concede first.
“Even with ten men, we still passed well and created changes. But it’s difficult – they run, they press, they try to make spaces as small as possible. So it was a difficult day.
“You have to react in those situations. Things don’t always go our way. It was disappointing to lose Tyler early on, but we said at half-time that we need to keep doing what the manager is asking of us which is to play, express ourselves, and when we get chances, try to take them.
“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to do that. But if we continue to play like that, then we can start to look forward.”
It was Moore’s first game for almost a month, having been sidelined with injury. For a player who puts his body on the line for every moment of every game, it still represented a rare spell on the sidelines.
“It has been a tough month; I tried to stay positive,” he continued. “I’ve been here for three years now, and it’s my first proper injury.
“It has been frustrating, so it was great to get back out there against Millwall and get more minutes in. I just want to crack on again.”