Same old faces please Nigel

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ge­orge Jones To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

BE­ING able to name the same side for a fifth suc­ces­sive game proved cru­cial to Read­ing’s vic­tory at Mill­wall ac­cord­ing to Roy­als boss Nigel Ad­kins.

Pavel Po­greb­nyak put Read­ing ahead just be­fore half-time, hav­ing cap­i­talised on an er­ror from Li­ons keeper Stephen By­wa­ter.

Alex Pearce made it 2-0 on 72 min­utes and Danny Wil­liams made sure of the re­sult with a tidy fin­ish mo­ments later.

And Ad­kins be­lieves the abil­ity to name a con­sis­tent line-up has played a huge role in his side’s up-turn in form.

“It re­ally helps and it was a great work­man-like per­for­mance,” said Ad­kins.

“The lads worked ex­tremely hard, there was a good shape about our­selves and we scored some good goals.

“We al­ways knew it was go­ing to be a dif­fi­cult game com­ing to Mill­wall, his­tory will tell you that.

“You could see the to­geth­er­ness of every­body which is great and it was a good three points at a very dif­fi­cult place to come.

“Ev­ery­one is work­ing re­ally hard which has been demon­strated on a con­sis­tent ba­sis for the last few weeks.

“At times we have had up to ten play­ers in­jured so now it is re­ally pleas­ing that we have been able to pick the same team for five games run­ning and put a real con­sis­tent string of per­for­mances to­gether.”

On three min­utes Read­ing goal­keeper Alex McCarthy flung up a left hand to keep out DJ Camp­bell’s ten-yard snap­shot.

The Roy­als went ahead on 39 min­utes when By­wa­ter dropped Chris Gunter’s high ball in­side the box and Po­greb­nyak smashed home hav­ing shifted the ball onto his left foot.

On 72 min­utes Pearce volleyed home to dou­ble Read­ing’s ad­van­tage af­ter By­wa­ter had done well to tip Po­greb­nyak’s close-range header away.

Four min­utes later Wil­liams made the points safe by break­ing through the Mill­wall back­line be­fore slot­ting into the far cor­ner.

The Read­ing mid­fielder was de­nied a sec­ond goal nine min­utes from time when By­wa­ter got down well to palm his low strike away.

The re­sult leaves Mill­wall one place above the rel­e­ga­tion zone, and man­ager Ian Hol­loway, who ended the match with five strik­ers on the pitch, was left to rue a lack of struc­ture.

“That’s ob­vi­ously the feel­ing we have had here be­fore I came, and it’s amaz­ing how quickly it came back,” said Hol­loway.

“For me I can take some im­por­tant things from that. In life, or foot­ball, you can­not do any­thing with­out struc­ture.We need phase one, phase two and so on. We ended up with five strik­ers on the pitch and I’ll never do that again be­cause we’re not ready for that.

“I’m go­ing to have to take that on the chin. I went to try and get back in the game and that is why the score be­came as bad as it ended. The longer you go with­out scor­ing a goal the more im­por­tant the next goal be­comes.

“Read­ing were bet­ter than us, but they weren’t three goals bet­ter. It’s pretty de­mor­al­is­ing when you think your go­ing to counter at­tack but then the goal­keeper drops the ball and it ends up in the back of your net.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

POACHED: Read­ing striker Pavel Po­greb­nyak makes Mill­wall keeper Stephen By­wa­ter pay for drop­ping a rou­tine cross

GLORY: Alex Pearce cel­e­brates

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