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Reading 0-2 Millwall

Lee Gregory
Lee Gregory scored his sixth goal of the season for Millwall

Two goals within three second-half minutes saw Millwall beat Reading and claim a second consecutive away win.

The visitors enjoyed much the better of the contest and made the breakthrough 20 minutes from time as Mahlon Romeo's cross was deflected in at the near post by Reading midfielder Leandro Bacuna.

Lee Gregory then turned in Steve Morison's pass for his sixth goal of the season to make the points safe.

Victory moved Neil Harris' side 12 points clear of the bottom four.

Millwall had gone 21 Championship matches away from home without a victory before winning at Leeds - and they followed up at the Madjeski Stadium thanks to two quick second-half goals.

There was much fortune about the opener as Romeo's cross was wickedly deflected inside Vito Mannone's near post, before Gregory scored his sixth goal of the campaign.

Millwall's ninth win of the season moves them further from danger, with an FA Cup fourth-round replay at Rochdale to come on Tuesday.

Reading, who saw debutant Tommy Elphick forced off by injury after only half an hour, are just six points above the relegation zone and have now won only two of their previous 13 home matches.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"I'm very disappointed. Not that we thought that we could win a game like this easily.

"We knew that Millwall had a physical team that would play in a certain way and make it difficult for us.

"We started the second half well, but then they scored their first goal from a deflection and then at 2-0 down, it's very hard to come back into it."

Millwall manager Neil Harris:

"It was a very dominant display. We should have been in front at half-time. We were a threat not just from open play, but from set-pieces as well.

"I was pleased to get the two goals in the second half, two very different goals, but it was a really good day's work.

"It was a great day for our club today and our fans were different class."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 20IloriBooked at 18mins
  • 3ElphickSubstituted forBlackettat 32'minutesSubstituted forMcClearyat 80'minutes
  • 6Moore
  • 2Gunter
  • 16EdwardsBooked at 83mins
  • 4van den Berg
  • 19BacunaBooked at 84mins
  • 17Barrow
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forMartinat 68'minutes
  • 23Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 8Evans
  • 12McCleary
  • 14Aluko
  • 22Clement
  • 24Blackett
  • 27Martin
  • 31Jaakkola

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 2McLaughlinBooked at 41minsSubstituted forRomeoat 61'minutes
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 35CooperBooked at 78mins
  • 3Meredith
  • 14WallaceBooked at 55minsSubstituted forFergusonat 76'minutes
  • 6Williams
  • 23Saville
  • 10Onyedinma
  • 9GregorySubstituted forShackellat 87'minutes
  • 20Morison

Substitutes

  • 11Ferguson
  • 12Romeo
  • 16Martin
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 19Elliott
  • 24Shackell
  • 44Marshall
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
17,282

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home9
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Millwall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Millwall 2.

Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin with a headed pass.

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jason Shackell (Millwall).

Attempt saved. David Edwards (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a cross.

Foul by Chris Martin (Reading).

Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Fred Onyedinma (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joey van den Berg (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Shane Ferguson.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jason Shackell replaces Lee Gregory.

Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

Booking

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Steve Morison (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

David Edwards (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

Attempt blocked. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Tyler Blackett.

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Chris Martin (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Williams (Millwall).

Booking

Jake Cooper (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Shane Ferguson replaces Jed Wallace.

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

George Saville (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Millwall 2. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steve Morison following a fast break.

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by George Saville (Millwall).

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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13Norwich30127113033-343
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