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Dan Clough column: Sixth spot is still there for the taking
MILLWALL manager Ian Holloway’s comments said it all after Saturday’s game.
“Truthfully, I thought the first one and the sending off was nowhere near as bad as some of the things I’ve seen recently.
“If it was a penalty then it is only a yellow card.”
Ollie is a bit like Marmite, you either love him or hate him, but at least he speaks the truth.
And not many managers would have agreed with Gary Bowyer about the nature of the penalties given to Millwall on Saturday.
Both were soft and for one to result in our captain being sent off was just outrageous.
Coupled with the two dropped points at Watford and it really is a case of what might have been.
Reading, somehow, are still sixth.
That sought-after last play-off spot really has been there for the taking as the Royals have won just two of their last eight matches.
But nobody, including Rovers, has stepped up and taken it from them.
Two points from six in games we could have won had decisions gone our way is not enough and we are still eight points behind.
How different things might have been.
Three consecutive home games await and we must win all three if we are to cling on to the faint hope that play-offs are still a possibility.
It remains very unlikely, but with everybody apparently desperate to stay in the Championship this season, you just never know.
The return of Tom Cairney will be a welcome boost as Bowyer has been limited in terms of creativity in the middle in recent weeks.
Dunny has been the only available midfielder with any real spark (and what a bit of trickery that was in the Watford box last week) but he is rarely on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.
On paper, April is a month that could really prove decisive with plenty of games at Ewood and trips to some of the league’s strugglers.
But as Rovers have proved time and again this season, you can never take anything for granted.
It has been a season of inconsistency, so the chances of a fourth draw in succession are slim tonight.
I’m backing us to dent Brighton’s play-off hopes and keep our fading dream alive.
Come on you Blues.
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