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MATCH REPORT: Millwall 2-0 Reading

January 19, 2020

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"You say you want a revolution, well you know..."

The Lions are roaring and the Rowett Revolution continues in South London after Millwall ran out comfortable winners against in-form Reading.  The lyrics of The Beatles' 'Revolution' was ringing in the ears of those in SE16 as the three points against The Royals left Gary Rowett's men within touching distance of the Championship top six.


As similar with the recent league game against Luton Town, the home side dominated the opening minutes of the game with some lovely link up play on both the left and right flanks, but unfortunately did not produce any action that overly tested the 'keeper.


There was a moment of controversy in the opening twenty minutes when Tom Bradshaw was seemingly fouled in the penalty area in the 18th minute, but Keith Stroud blew his whistle and instead showed the Millwall forward a yellow card.


The first real chance of the half fell to Millwall's number nine in the 29th minute when Tom Bradshaw expertly beat the offside trap when a high ball was played into the box.  Standing alone in the Reading six-yard box, Bradshaw connected with his head, but easily into the arms of the Reading goalkeeper, Rafael Cabral Barbosa.


The first half finished with a moment of sheer class from Murray Wallace.  Reading striker, Sam Baldock, superbly timed his run and beat the offside trap himself and looked odds on to score as he raced towards goal, but Wallace obviously did not read the script.  Timimg his tackle to absolute perfection in first half stoppage time, the Scottish defender slid in and managed to get a block in which eliminated the danger and ensured that The Lions went in at half time with a clean sheet.


The second half started similar to the first, with a high tempo and few chances, but it was The Lions who threatened in the 52nd minute when Tom Bradshaw nicely headed a ball into the path of Matt Smith, but his effort was deflected wide of goal.


Two minutes later in the 54th minute, it was Mahlon Romeo who came close when his long run and shot from distance could only ripple the side netting of the the Reading 'keeper's near post.


The away side had a golden chance to taken the lead in the 67th minute when a well time and weighted cross was whipped into the Millwall six-yard box, but fortunately John Swift couldn't connect properly with the ball and his effort went wide of Bialkowsi's post.


The deadlock was finally broken in the 71st minute when Matt Smith found the back of the net from inside the Reading penalty area.  A scramble and the ball pinballing around the box saw the ball land at the feet of the Millwall striker and the number ten made no mistake with his left foot, burying the ball into the bottom corner in front of the Cold Blow Lane end.


The game was over ten minutes later when substitute Jon Dadi Bodvarsson unleashed a gorgeous curling effort in the 81st minute against his former club.  The Iceland international had scored his first league goal of the season and joined in with the celebrations from around The Den as Millwall were on their way to securing another impressive three points.


Millwall nearly had a third in the 85th minute when a free-kick was met by the head of Tom Bradshaw, but his header could only rattle the woodwork and go behind for a goal kick.


This proved to be the final chance of the game and the full-time whistle at the end of the game meant that Millwall had gained three points which left them just outside the play-off places by just one point.  Another magnificent win for The Lions and a result that will have Millwall fans confident going into next weekend's FA Cup game with Sheffield United.




Millwall: Bialkowski, M. Wallace, Hutchinson, Cooper, J. Wallace, Bradshaw, Smith (Bodvarsson 79'), Ferguson (Mahoney 68'), Romeo, Molumby, Woods (Mitchell 90+2').


Subs not used: Fielding, Pearce, O'Brien, Skalak.




Reading: Cabral, Gunter, Morrison, Moore, Baldock (Puscas 58'), Swift, Ejaria, Meite, Blackett, Adam (Obita 58'), Gomes (McCleary 75').


Subs not used: Walker, Miazga, Rinomhota, McIntyre.

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