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Reading 1-2 Millwall: Royals stunned by late Lions double

Matt Smith
Matt Smith's fifth goal of the season began the Millwall fightback

Reading fell further behind their Championship promotion rivals as Millwall's late fightback condemned them to back-to-back home defeats.

The Royals went ahead in bizarre fashion when Alfa Semedo challenged for Lions keeper Bartosz Bialkowski's throw and the ball cannoned into an unguarded net from 50 yards.

Millwall had struggled to create clear chances before Tom Bradshaw's scuffed effort fell to Matt Smith, who slotted past Rafael Cabral.

Ovie Ejaria's deflected shot hit the bar for Reading, but Mason Bennett looped Scott Malone's cross over Cabral to stun the hosts.

Reading were looking to prevent the gap further widening to the automatic promotion spots, but a run of one win in five matches has left them fifth and nine points adrift of second-placed Brentford.

A subdued start from the hosts allowed Millwall to make the early running as George Evans headed Malone's cross against the bar before Semedo's bizarre opener.

The lead was almost doubled when Michael Olise's defence-splitting pass put Lucas João through, but Bialkowski's superb low save denied him a 20th goal of the season.

Reading struggled to pick up momentum and build on their lead as the visitors showed plenty of intent without threatening Cabral's goal.

The Lions channelled most of their attacks through Malone on the flanks, and the tactic paid off as his delivery into the box ultimately led to the equaliser before putting a cross on Bennett's head for the winner.

Resurgent Millwall, who have earned 23 of their 38 points on the road this season, extended their unbeaten league run to six matches and climbed to 13th, eight points outside the play-off places.

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 29HolmesSubstituted forYiadomat 76'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 5McIntyre
  • 15GibsonSubstituted forBaldockat 87'minutes
  • 30Semedo
  • 28LaurentSubstituted forRichardsat 87'minutes
  • 7Olise
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 14Ejaria
  • 18Lucas João

Substitutes

  • 2Pontes Esteves
  • 3Richards
  • 9Baldock
  • 17Yiadom
  • 22Southwood
  • 24Aluko
  • 34Tetek
  • 46Onen
  • 50Camara

Millwall

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 28Evans
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 65mins
  • 5Cooper
  • 12Romeo
  • 19WoodsSubstituted forMitchellat 90+3'minutes
  • 6WilliamsSubstituted forJ Wallaceat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14Malone
  • 8ThompsonSubstituted forSmithat 63'minutes
  • 13ZohoreSubstituted forBradshawat 71'minutes
  • 22BödvarssonSubstituted forBennettat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fielding
  • 7J Wallace
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 10Smith
  • 15Pearce
  • 20Bennett
  • 23McNamara
  • 24Mitchell
  • 32Burey
Referee:
Andy Woolmer

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Millwall 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Millwall 2.

  3. Post update

    Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Billy Mitchell (Millwall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Malone.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Omar Richards (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Yiadom.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Billy Mitchell replaces Ryan Woods.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

  9. Post update

    Michael Olise (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by George Evans (Millwall).

  11. Booking

    Jed Wallace (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Omar Richards (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jed Wallace (Millwall).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Omar Richards replaces Josh Laurent.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Sam Baldock replaces Lewis Gibson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Gibson (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Michael Olise.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 1, Millwall 2. Mason Bennett (Millwall) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Gibson (Reading).

  19. Post update

    Jed Wallace (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jed Wallace with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich29177539241558
2Brentford28169355282757
3Swansea27158435152053
4Watford29149637201751
5Reading2914694234848
6Bournemouth291210743281546
7Cardiff29117114033740
8Middlesbrough29117113230240
9Blackburn281161142311139
10Stoke2991283333039
11Preston29123143437-339
12Bristol City29123142939-1039
13Millwall2981472827138
14Luton28107112329-637
15Barnsley27106112934-536
16Nottm Forest2989122530-533
17QPR2789102632-633
18Huddersfield2996143342-933
19Derby2887131929-1031
20Coventry29710122740-1331
21Rotherham2785143338-529
22Sheff Wed2897122130-928
23Birmingham29610132135-1428
24Wycombe2847172149-2819
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