Jed Wallace showed a spectacular free-kick on Wednesday evening, but it wasn’t enough for injury-hit Millwall to end their run of four consecutive draws against Reading.
The Lions’ talisman, whose now on five goals for the season, smashed into the top-corner in first-half stoppage-time to put Gary Rowett’s men ahead for second time at home in five days.
However, just like against Cardiff City on Saturday, Millwall were pegged back – with Royals striker Lucas Joao squeezing through Bartosz Bialkowski’s legs eight minutes after the break.
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Lions boss Rowett was able to hand a full Championship debut for on-loan Tottenham man Troy Parrott following his recent injury woes, but Millwall were without another attacker in Tom Bradshaw, the latest player to join the treatment table at The Den.
Rowett explained exactly why the striker missed last night’s draw before providing a full update on his squad.
He told NewsatDen: “Ken is middle of December, we’re hoping. Mason Bennett won’t be too long, another week. Mahoney’s probably a couple of weeks.
“And we’re hoping Mahlon and Bradshaw will have a chance for the weekend [at Birmingham].
“Mahlon is a hard one because it’s a very sensitive area in the foot. We tried to inject it the other day but it didn’t feel quite right. We’ll see how it settles and we’ll keep trying.”
Factoring in their Coronavirus problems, Millwall’s results and their ridiculous amount of injury problems, the last month has been one to forget for Rowett, so the fact his side are still within touching-distance of the top-six is testament to himself.
In better news, both Mahlon Romeo and Bradshaw could be fit for Birmingham on Saturday, which is needed – especially after Ryan Leonard, standing in for Romeo at right-back, was caught out for Reading’s equaliser, showing his occasional lack of defensive awareness, albeit in an overall good performance.