Reading 1-2 Millwall, Championship: report, ratings and verdict
Half Time: 1 - 0 Madejski Stadium ( Attendance: NA )
Millwall made it back-to-back Championship wins for the first time since October as two second-half goals saw them come from behind to beat Reading 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium.
The Lions could’ve taken an early lead when Jake Cooper hit the bar after just seven minutes from Scott Malone’s cross before the full-back himself fired narrowly wide.
But sloppy play gifted Reading a 17th minute opener as Shaun Williams was caught in possession by Alfa Semedo who fired home from range with Bartosz Bialkowski out of his goal.
Ben Thompson should then have equalised from an effort just inside the box before a gilt-edged Lucas Joao chance produced a fine save from Bialkowski after a defence-splitting Michael Olise pass.
The second-half saw Millwall up the pressure and it eventually told when the ball fell kindly to Matt Smith in the box to rifle an equaliser past Rafael Cabral in the 76th minute.
Reading then had a penalty claim waved away before the Lions grabbed a winner with five minutes to play as Mason Bennett turned home a Malone cross with a superb header.
Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…
The half-time introductions of Jed Wallace and Mason Bennett swung the game in Millwall’s favour.
Moan of the Match
Millwall were on top early on and then conceded a poor goal – an all too common theme this season.
Should Reading have had a penalty when Ovie Ejaria went down in the box in the last ten minutes?
Man of the Match
Scott Malone – his energy up and down the left flank caused problems for Reading throughout while his crosses were excellent, leading to Mason Bennett’s winner.
Tweet of the Match
Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire) – generally fair and looked to let the game flow wherever possible.
A few decisions were – wrongly – met with dismay from those staff members around the ground, though that energy didn’t translate into many heavy challenges on the pitch.
Millwall showed their character to turn this one around and, in the end, were good value for the three points.
Rafael; Holmes (Yiadom, 76), Morrison, McIntyre, Gibson (Richards, 87); Semedo, Laurent (Baldock, 87); Olise, Rinomhota, Ejaria; Joao
Subs not used:
Southwood, Esteves, Tetek, Aluko, Onen, Camara
Bialkowski; Romeo, Evans, Hutchinson, Cooper, Malone; Thompson (Smith, 63), Williams (Wallace, 46), Woods (Mitchell, 90+3); Zohore (Bradshaw, 71), Bodvarsson (Bennett, 46)
Subs not used:
Fielding, Pearce, McNamara, Burey
Hutchinson, J. Wallace