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🔜 Ahead of the game | Into the Lions’ Den

Our preview of our game against Millwall

25 November 2020

The Championship campaign rolls on in midweek as we visit Millwall – our next opportunity to get that points tally ticking over again.

Our trip to the Den on Wednesday gives us a chance to set the record straight, following a few disappointing fixtures on the spin. It’s all about using those setbacks as motivation, and putting it into play when we head to South London.

It’s been few years since we’ve got the better of the Lions on their own territory, but that’s the aim when we travel there in midweek.


There’s no TV coverage of this one – we’re not on Sky Sports or the red button. The only place to watch live is on iFollow, by getting a Match Pass.

Royals supporters based in the UK can get a Video Match Pass for £10, while overseas fans get a pass for the equivalent of £7 in your local currency. There is also the option of getting audio commentary only, as well as packages available for international fans.

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Make sure you also get hold of the new EFL iFollow app if you want to watch on your iOS or Android device.

Get your iFollow Match Pass (or view other games available) by clicking here.

The opposition

Without their partisan home support, the Lions have been better on the road than on their own patch so far this season.


Their only win from half a dozen Championship games at the Den came against Luton Town; last Saturday, they were ahead against Cardiff before being pegged back by their visitors to take just a share of the spoils.

Gary Rowett, who has been in charge just over a year, led the side to eighth in the table last year, just two points off the play-off places - and in the early stages of this season, they are again in the top half of the table and threatening to push upwards.

Pre-match chat


Ref watch

Leigh Doughty takes charge of just his fifth Championship outing this week – his first match involving the Royals and his second for Millwall. He was in position when the Lions won 1-0 at Rotherham United back in September as he made his bow in English football's second tier.


It has been a sharp rise for the official, who was a National League referee until 18 months ago – he oversaw the play-off semi-final where Salford defeated Eastleigh en route to the EFL, and last year was spread across Leagues One and Two and included taking a League Two play-off semi between Northampton and Cheltenham.

Assisting Mr Doughty are linesmen Mark Russell and George Byrne, as well as fourth official Gavin Ward.


A polite reminder to all of our supporters that no unauthorised access at all will be permitted to any of our home or away fixtures while games remain behind closed doors, so supporters must not travel to stadia on matchdays. All supporters have the opportunity to watch via iFollow.

We can’t wait to see you all soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.

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