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Millwall 0-3 Reading

Reading consolidated their place in the Championship play-off positions with a comfortable victory at Millwall.

Pavel Pogrebnyak scored his ninth goal of the season when Stephen Bywater's fumble allowed him to slot home and give Reading a half-time lead.

Liam Feeney missed a one-on-one chance to level after the break, before Alex Pearce thumped Reading's second from a tight angle with 18 minutes left.

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Post-match: Millwall manager Holloway

Daniel Williams added the third from close range four minutes later.

Reading have now scored 15 goals in their past four games, while Millwall have lost six of their past nine league matches and are just two points above the relegation zone.

Despite their poor form, Ian Holloway's side had lost just two home games in 11 ahead of kick-off and they started quickly, forcing Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to deny DJ Campbell - making his full debut - early on.

Steve Morison volleyed over for the home side, before Bywater palmed Jordan Obita's low free-kick behind as Reading settled.

But the former West Ham goalkeeper was at fault for the opener, his failure to collect Chris Gunter's delivery allowing Pogrebnyak to apply a left-footed finish.

The ex-Fulham striker, who has three goals in four matches, constantly tormented a Millwall defence which has conceded more goals than any other side in the division.

McCarthy denied Feeney after the restart when Morison slipped the midfielder through and Reading, who have now won four of their past five league games, took full advantage.

Bywater's parry from Pogrebnyak's header fell into the path of defender Pearce, who scored his first goal of the season, before Williams raced through to add the third, as the Royals stayed four points clear of seventh-placed Ipswich.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway:

"That is obviously the feeling we have had here before I came and it is amazing how quickly it came back. I inherited a situation and I have got to make it better.

"For me I can take some important things from that. In life or football you cannot do anything without structure. We need structure. We need a phase one, a phase two and so on.

"I went to try and get back in the game and that is why the score became as bad as it ended.

"Reading were better than us out there but they weren't three goals better than us."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"We have come here able to select the same team for the fifth game running which helps and it was a great workmanlike performance.

"You can see the togetherness of everybody which is great and it was a good three points at a very difficult place to come to.

"Pavel has been top-drawer. He works very hard in training and just epitomises the way the team is at the moment."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 43Bywater
  • 14Fredericks
  • 28Malone
  • 4WrightSubstituted forEasterat 58'minutes
  • 3Shittu
  • 16BeeversSubstituted forMarquisat 70'minutes
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forL Martinat 58'minutes
  • 17WilliamsBooked at 42mins
  • 22CampbellBooked at 30mins
  • 9Morison
  • 11Woolford

Substitutes

  • 2Dunne
  • 5Robinson
  • 8Easter
  • 13L Martin
  • 26Abdou
  • 32Marquis
  • 33Gerrar

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 5PearceBooked at 62mins
  • 17Gorkss
  • 12McCleary
  • 16AkpanSubstituted forTaylorat 33'minutes
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 78'minutes
  • 7PogrebnyakBooked at 64minsSubstituted forBlackmanat 82'minutes
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 10Drenthe
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Hector
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
11,174

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamReading
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 0, Reading 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Reading 3.
Foul by Lee Martin (Millwall).
Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Reading. Nick Blackman tries a through ball, but Chris Gunter is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.
Attempt blocked. Steve Morison (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.
Attempt saved. Shaun Williams (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
John Marquis (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).
Foul by Martyn Woolford (Millwall).
Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Jermaine Easter (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John Marquis with a headed pass.
Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by John Marquis (Millwall).
Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.
Scott Malone (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jake Taylor (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.
Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.
Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Adam Le Fondre.
Foul by John Marquis (Millwall).
Jake Taylor (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 0, Reading 3. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.
Ryan Fredericks (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 0, Reading 2. Alex Pearce (Reading) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner following a corner.
Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Williams with a headed pass.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. John Marquis replaces Mark Beevers.

Booking

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Mark Beevers (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).
Ryan Fredericks (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

Booking

Alex Pearce (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jermaine Easter (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
Foul by Danny Shittu (Millwall).
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Mark Beevers (Millwall).
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jermaine Easter replaces Josh Wright.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Lee Martin replaces Liam Feeney.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Alex Pearce.
Ryan Fredericks (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).
Attempt missed. Josh Wright (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.
Attempt saved. Liam Feeney (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steve Morison with a through ball.
Foul by Steve Morison (Millwall).
Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Millwall 0, Reading 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Millwall 0, Reading 1.
Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

Booking

Shaun Williams (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester2921352466
2QPR2816841656
3Burnley28141131953
4Derby2915771752
5Nottm Forest27121141547
6Reading2913881447
7Ipswich2911108943
8Blackburn291199242
9Brighton2710107740
10Wigan271179340
11Leeds2811611439
12Middlesbrough299119638
13Huddersfield289712-134
14Bournemouth289712-1334
15Blackpool298912-1433
16Watford267109331
17Sheff Wed276129030
18Birmingham287912-330
19Doncaster297814-1829
20Bolton2861012-1328
21Millwall286814-2626
22Charlton275913-1324
23Barnsley274914-2021
24Yeovil265516-1820
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