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Reading Fail To Beat 10 Man Millwall
28 January 2015
By Hob Nob Anyone?
It was a frustrating night for Reading as they failed to beat a struggling Millwall side that played the entire second half with ten men. Millwall's Sid Nelson was sent off just before half time with a straight red card, after a scrap that followed a late challenge on Hector, but the Royals failed to take advantage of having the extra man. Instead of piling on the pressure in the second half Reading failed to create chances and allowed the game to drift to an uneventual and uninspiring 0-0 draw.
With Gunter out injured, Kelly started back in defence. Reading's real problems were further up the pitch however. Simon Cox, surely Reading's best available striker, found himself on the bench again and had to wait an hour before making an appearance. Chalobah again started but was also swapped on the hour for McCleary as Reading attempted, but failed, to shake the game up with time running out to find a goal. Pogrebnyak was again not popular on the night and he failed to get even close to scoring despite playing the entire ninety minutes.
It seems there is plenty of hard work ahead for Reading manager Steve Clarke, who has already overseen eight games. He has had some success in the FA Cup so far, but this result means that he has seen his side pick up just a single win from his six league games in charge. The return of just six points has seen Reading drop from 16th, when Adkins left the club, to our current position of 18th. The FA Cup draw was not kind but the cup remains Reading's best chance of making something of the season - but there is an increasing danger of getting dragged into a relegation battle.
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