I missed most of the Champions League action last night as I went to the Millwall-Reading game, it was very entertaining, pretty much end to end action and about as far away from a typical 0-0 game as it is possible to get.
The match officials did not help things much, with the referee taking the easy option and showing a yellow card very early in the game, when under the letter of the law, he should have dismissed Lions skipper Paul Robinson. Later in the game he/they further favoured the home side when disallowing a "good" goal from the Royals.
Having said all that, Millwall had the better chances in a match which produced over 30 attempts on goal and was a credit to the Championship, with two sides who will not be too far off the playoffs, going toe to toe for 90 minutes. Home keeper David Forde kept his side in it with a couple of top drawer saves, one of which he pushed onto the post, but it was Reading stopper Adam Federici who stole the show. He made several breathtaking saves including two when Steve Morison was through one on one.
Quick word about Morison, it has taken him five years of non league football to find his way back to "the show", but that time was not wasted, things did not fall for him last night, but he is the real deal and will score a LOT of goals again this season.
Reading came for all three points, switched back to 4-4-2 for this game, which surprised many and whilst looking tough to beat, still have plenty of improvement in them. I will certainly not be rushing to oppose either of these teams in the coming weeks and as always SE 16 will be a tough venue for any visiting sides this season.
I intend to preview a game later in the day so please check back.