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Reading 3-0 Rotherham United: Yakou Meite double lifts Championship leaders five points clear

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic
Veljko Paunovic only took over as Reading boss a week before the start of the new season

Yakou Meite's double helped Championship leaders Reading move five points clear after seeing off Rotherham to secure a sixth win in seven league matches.

Rotherham were marginally more threatening for most of a humdrum first half, but the Royals went ahead with their first attempt on goal, Meite controlling and scoring with a low shot after a fabulous piece of skill and pass by Ovie Ejaria.

The hosts, who have still only conceded one goal in their first seven league fixtures under their new boss Veljko Paunovic, made the points safe with just over 10 minutes left.

Meite was again the scorer, chesting the ball up in the air from a corner and smashing in a sensational 18-yard volley.

Lucas Joao wrapped up the win in injury-time, netting from the spot after he was felled by Michael Ihiekwe.

The Millers, who had boss Paul Warne back in the dugout after missing two games because of a positive Covid-19 test in his family, have now not won since an injury-time success against Wycombe in their first fixture of the season.

They were once again miserly and well organised and also posed the greater goal threat for much of the game, but managed just two attempts on target.

Substitute George Hirst came closest to grabbing an equaliser with an effort which was heading into the bottom corner before it was cleared by Royals skipper Liam Moore.

Freddie Ldapo also forced a brilliant save from home keeper Rafael Cabral.

The Royals were unconvincing in attack for 75 minutes, but could have increased their winning margin late on.

Andy Rinomhota headed wide and a 30-yard strike from Tomas Estevez was well tipped over by keeper Jamal Blackman before Meite's stunning second goal and Joao's spot-kick gave the scoreline a slightly flattering feel.

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic:

"What we saw in our team was the consistency of getting the job done, doing your job for the team.

"You also have to be patient, have a strong mentality and not get frustrated if our game plan is not working. And don't ever give up.

"All these things are super important and, when the moment comes, that's what brings you your opportunity and the advantage to score, to change the game."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We were away from home against top of the league and had lots of possession first half and we were the only side that played on the front foot.

"We passed the ball really well without creating enough clearcut chances and obviously for them to score the first time they were in our box was a massive sucker punch.

"Overall I'm really pleased with the performance but it's hard to create clear cut chances and away from home those half chances need to go in."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 2Pontes Esteves
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 3Richards
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 28Laurent
  • 11Meite
  • 30SemedoSubstituted forMcIntyreat 80'minutes
  • 14EjariaSubstituted forOliseat 66'minutes
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McIntyre
  • 7Olise
  • 15Gibson
  • 18Lucas João
  • 22Southwood
  • 24Aluko
  • 34Tetek

Rotherham

  • 27Blackman
  • 19HardingSubstituted forLadapoat 71'minutes
  • 20IhiekweBooked at 90mins
  • 6WoodBooked at 90mins
  • 3Mattock
  • 4MacDonald
  • 28JozefzoonSubstituted forOlosundeat 64'minutes
  • 16LindsaySubstituted forHirstat 62'minutes
  • 26Barlaser
  • 8Wiles
  • 24Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Johansson
  • 2Jones
  • 9Hirst
  • 10Ladapo
  • 17Sadlier
  • 22Olosunde
  • 25Crooks
Referee:
Matt Donohue

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home7
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 3, Rotherham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 3, Rotherham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Goal! Reading 3, Rotherham United 0. Lucas João (Reading) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  4. Booking

    Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty Reading. Lucas João draws a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Wiles with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Daniel Barlaser (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Michael Olise (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  11. Booking

    Richard Wood (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Richard Wood (Rotherham United).

  13. Post update

    Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Barlaser with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Omar Richards.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Tom McIntyre replaces Alfa Semedo.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 2, Rotherham United 0. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Olise with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.