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Millwall 2-0 Reading: Homophobic chanting reported during Lions win at The Den

Matt Smith
Striker Matt Smith has been directly involved in nine goals in 12 appearances at The Den (six goals, three assists)

Millwall continued their surge towards the Championship play-off places with victory over Reading at The Den.

Striker Matt Smith opened the scoring in the 71st minute with a powerful strike into the bottom corner after getting on the end of Jed Wallace's cross.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, playing against his former club, sealed the win when he calmly slotted past Reading goalkeeper Rafael with eight minutes remaining.

The match was temporarily halted in the first half as referee Keith Stroud spoke to both managers following homophobic chanting from sections of the home crowd.

The incident, which was reported to Stroud by the assistant referee, also prompted an announcement over the public-address system during the half-time break.

On the pitch, seventh-placed Millwall were good value for their win after creating the better chances throughout against a Reading side unbeaten in their previous nine matches.

In the first half, Rafael was forced into a good save to deny Tom Bradshaw after Wallace's scuffed shot had fallen to the striker, while Smith went close with a looping header.

Gary Rowett's side continued to apply pressure after the break and were eventually rewarded with two goals in 10 minutes.

Reading's best opportunities fell to Yakou Meite, whose shot was blocked during a goal-mouth scramble in the first half, and John Swift, who failed to properly connect with Tyler Blackett's inviting cross just after the hour mark.

Millwall have only lost once in 14 games in all competitions and are now level on points with sixth-placed Nottingham Forest, with the Royals dropping to 16th.

Millwall manager Gary Rowett told BBC Radio London:

"I thought it was a very hard fought, difficult game. It was always going to be that way against a Reading side with excellent individuals.

"But I thought from the start to the end of the game, we were brilliant with our energy, our running and our aggression. It kind of just wore them down a little.

"We thoroughly deserved the win, I think we had eight shots on target to their none. That's a compliment to the way we defended."

Reading manager Mark Bowen told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"The biggest disappointment out of today is that we forgot how to play.

"We got wrapped up in the hustle and bustle and the pressure the crowd put on the referee and everyone. We've got to be brave, not only in making tackles, but getting on the ball as well.

"We know we've got good quality, we've shown that week-in, week-out. You've got to use the ball wisely and well and we didn't do that today.

"In forward areas, we didn't retain the ball enough and we weren't clever and imaginative enough. Hopefully it's a one-off as we've been on a good run."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Wallace
  • 7Wallace
  • 19WoodsSubstituted forMitchellat 90+2'minutes
  • 16Molumby
  • 11FergusonSubstituted forMahoneyat 68'minutes
  • 9BradshawBooked at 19mins
  • 10SmithSubstituted forBödvarssonat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 15Pearce
  • 21Mahoney
  • 22O'Brien
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 26Skalak
  • 42Mitchell

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 2Gunter
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 80mins
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 29Tuncará GomesSubstituted forMcClearyat 75'minutes
  • 26AdamBooked at 33minsSubstituted forObitaat 58'minutes
  • 19Meite
  • 10Swift
  • 14EjariaBooked at 70mins
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forPuscasat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 5Miazga
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 11Obita
  • 12McCleary
  • 16McIntyre
  • 47Puscas
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
14,011

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamReading
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home22
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 2, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 2, Reading 0.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Billy Mitchell replaces Ryan Woods.

Attempt missed. Connor Mahoney (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

Foul by Mahlon Romeo (Millwall).

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ovie Ejaria (Reading).

Attempt missed. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Jed Wallace (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross following a set piece situation.

Connor Mahoney (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 2, Reading 0. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace following a fast break.

Booking

Michael Morrison (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Matt Smith.

Foul by Tom Bradshaw (Millwall).

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Pelé.

Attempt blocked. Jayson Molumby (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Pelé.

Goal!

Goal! Millwall 1, Reading 0. Matt Smith (Millwall) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Cooper.

Booking

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ovie Ejaria (Reading).

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Millwall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jed Wallace.

Attempt blocked. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Connor Mahoney replaces Shane Ferguson.

Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tyler Blackett with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Mahlon Romeo (Millwall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Bradshaw (Millwall) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross.

Jayson Molumby (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Puscas (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Puscas replaces Sam Baldock.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jordan Obita replaces Charlie Adam.

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom271411250302053
2Leeds28157643241952
3Fulham28146842301248
4Brentford28145944212347
5Swansea2812973431345
6Nottm Forest2612863526944
7Millwall28111163632444
8Bristol City2812884240244
9Preston2812793934543
10Sheff Wed28126103931842
11Blackburn28117104035540
12Hull28116114036439
13Cardiff2891273941-239
14QPR28115124651-538
15Derby2891092936-737
16Reading27106113431336
17Middlesbrough28810102835-734
18Birmingham2896133445-1133
19Charlton2878133741-429
20Huddersfield2878133144-1329
21Stoke2774163342-925
22Barnsley2859143551-1624
23Wigan2858152543-1823
24Luton2763183358-2521
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