Writer: Steve Guscott
Date:Wednesday March 17 2010
Mills has been one of the Royals most impressive performers in recent months and has looked every bit the £2 million defender we paid Doncaster for in the summer. He was having a decent game on Tuesday against QPR when he played a succession of long passes to the left wing, aimed at Jimmy Kebe. This was clearly part of the game plan from Brian McDermott but his success rate at finding a man was low and after the 5th or 6th time a number of fans groaned in disappointment, others chose to boo.
The defender then gave a bizarre reaction to the stick he received by shouting in the direction of the East Stand and then giving the 'finger'. His next few touches of the ball were booed by certain sections of the crowd, whilst the larger majority gave stick to those fans who were booing and chanted Mills name, and applauded his every touch there after.
At the final whistle he stormed straight down the tunnel and didn't shake hands with anyone, or applaud the fans who had supported him.
Whilst you can't give that kind of reaction to stick as a professional player, many can relate to why he did it. A long list of players have suffered poor treatment from fickle Reading fans (Andy Hughes and Jim McIntyre are two that spring to mind straight away), and why those fans chose to boo just because he had given the ball, away is beyond me. Its not like we are on a poor run of form or anything!
Hopefully this will all blow over without too much fuss because Mills is a qualilty player and I have no doubt he will be a future RFC captain.
What is your opinion on this though? Let us know in the comments box below....
Date:Wednesday March 17 2010
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