Millwall 2-0 Reading, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 0 - 0 The Den ( Attendance: 14,011 (1,606) )
Millwall’s charge towards the Play-Offs continued with a convincing 2-0 win over Reading at The Den.
The Lions dominated the opening period but failed to capitalise – Tom Bradshaw’s 29th minute header straight into the hands of Reading keeper Rafael the closest they came.
Millwall’s superiority continued after the break and it was only a matter of time before they broke the deadlock; Matt Smith duly obliging with a powerful 71st minute strike.
And they should have doubled their advantage immediately afterwards had Smith not inadvertently blocked team-mate Jayson Molumby’s venomous strike on the line.
However, it wasn’t long before the second goal did come as Reading piled bodies forward in search of an equaliser, allowing the Lions to take advantage on the break.
And it was substitute Jon Dadi Bodvarsson who sealed the win in the 82nd minute with the result moving the Lions up to seventh in the table.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s strike killed any chance of Reading snatching an undeserved point.
Moan of the Match
Referee Keith Stroud’s performance left both sides frustrated throughout.
Do Millwall need another attacking option in order to penetrate defences earlier in games?
Man of the Match
Murray Wallace – the left-back was excellent throughout, making a number of crucial interventions as well as contributing well offensively.
Tweet of the Match
Keith Stroud (Hampshire) – awful performance that was littered with mistakes aplenty.
The Millwall fans backed their team in good voice, helping push their side over the line.
A clinical performance from start to finish with the Lions fully deserving the win and all three points.
Bialkowski; Romeo, Hutchinson, Cooper, M. Wallace; J. Wallace, Woods (Mitchell, 90 +2), Molumby, Ferguson (Mahoney, 68); Smith (Bodvarsson, 79), Bradshaw
Subs not used:
Fielding, Pearce, O’Brien, Skalak
Rafael; Gunter, Morrison, Moore, Blackett; Gomes (McCleary, 75), Adam (Obita, 58); Swift, Ejaria, Meite; Baldock (Puscas, 58)
Subs not used:
Walker, Miazga, Rinomhota, McIntyre
Adam, Ejaria, Morrison