MATCH REPORT: 2004/2005 Season

Reading: -
Dichio (79 mins).
Half Time: 0-0
Attendance: 12,098

Pos Team P Pts GD
7 Watford 5 9 +4
8 READING 5 9 +1
9 Coventry 5 7 +3
Reading: Hahnemann, Murty (Sonko 90), Williams, Ingimarsson, Shorey, Little (Convey 14), Sidwell, Harper, Hughes, Kitson (Goater 82), Forster. Subs Not Used: Newman, Young.
Stack, Simpson, Lawrence, Ward, Elliott, Serioux, Wise, Livermore, Morris, McCammon (Harris 72), Dichio. Subs Not Used: Marshall, Sweeney, Dunne, Cogan.
Reading: Sidwell, Williams, Hughes
Wise, Serioux.
Referee: K Hill (Hertfordshire).

Reading pointed the blame for Saturday's 0-1 defeat at the referee after a series of penalty claims were waved away. Millwall took the three points with a goal with just eleven minutes to play and the Royals will be disappointed after having at least two penalties denied. Early in the second half Convey burst into the area and appeared to be bundled to the floor - but the more certain claims were to follow later in the half. Just before the home side's winner Kitson appeared to have earned a spot kick after taking the ball past the keeper only to be taken down when we attempted to run through. In injury time Reading put on plenty of pressure in an attempt to find the equaliser and at last seemed to have won a penalty when Sidwell was fouled inside the area - the referee was surrounded but the only result was a Hughes booking.

In an even fixture the other side to Reading's defeat was a series of missed chances to find the net. It was Millwall that got off to a better start but Reading created an early chance when Kitson had a header saved when he might have done better. Glen Little was working himself into some good positions and put a header just wide of the post before limping off to be replaced by Convey. Forster had a series of chances to score - putting the ball over the target and, in the second half, seeing a decent effort saved by the keeper. Millwall always looked capable of scoring though and, after a couple of misses of their own, they eventually scored the winner when a free-kick was fired into the centre of the area and headed home past Hahnemann. With time running out Coppell threw on Goater and Sonko - who made his Reading debut - to provide some power going forward but there was little impact with Millwall nearly grabbing a second. Hahnemann came forward in the dying minutes to attempt to meet a long throw but despite the effort Millwall kept it tight at the back to hold on for their win.



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