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A blow-by-blow account of Saturday's tight draw

15 December 2018


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  • Royals face Rotherham at New York Stadium
  • McIntyre makes senior debut for Royals; Edwards and Böðvarsson on the bench
  • Baldock scores early for Royals to hand Reading half-time lead
  • Sims hits the post for Reading in second half, Mattock equalises in 90th minute
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Updated at 16:57 (UK)


FULL-TIME | Rotherham United 1-1 Reading

A late, late leveller from the Millers ensures a share of the spoils on Saturday afternoon.


Rotherham have a great chance to snatch victory.

Another corner comes in, the ball is played up in the air and Vaulks brings it down, shoots through the crowd and wide.


Reading riding a wave of late pressure from the Millers, roared on by the increased volume of the home support.


Five added minutes to be played here. Still time for either side to grab a winner.



Joe Mattock pokes in from a Rotherham corner to almost certainly rescue a point for the hosts.


Anssi Jaakkola takes as many seconds as possible to take a goal kick - too many in the eyes of the referee, and he sees yellow for time wasting.


Another change for the Royals, Danny Loader is on to replace Josh Sims.



Andy Yiadom clears a goalbound header off the line, it's followed up and Rotherham can only put it wide.


Great chance!

Bacuna and Swift team up on the Rotherham right, Bacuna spins into space and curls a left-footed strike a matter of inches wide of the post. Almost 2-0!


First change for the Royals, it's a straight swap up front as goalscorer Sam Baldock is withdrawn, and Jón Daði Böðvarsson returns from injury to come on in his place.


Bacuna plays a Reading corner short to Sims, he receives it back and crosses left-footed to the far post.

McIntyre tries to attack it, but it goes behind for a goal kick to Rotherham.


Swift is allowed the room by Rotherham to get across the area - he gets a left-footed shot away but he's off balance and Rodak is able to gather.



Josh Sims sees the near post deny him after getting on the end of Garath McCleary's low cross from the right. 


Rinomhota cuts out a threat in midfield and threads a ball through to Yiadom on the advance. 

The full-back breaks into the area to shoot but it's cleared out.

It's back at the feet of Yiadom moments later, who shoots on target but Rodak manages to parry.


Halfway through the second period and it's still anyone's game - the Royals still holding a slender one-goal advantage.


A loose pass in midfield is picked off by the Millers and they get the chance to break.

Towell receives it on the edge of the box to strike - it takes a deflection and Jaakkola saves.


Reading get forward themselves with Rinomhota picking out McCleary.

He cuts inside, has options ahead of him but tries the shot - not troubling Rodak in the Rotherham goal.


Superb save, Jaakkola!

A free-kick goes to the far post and Robertson pokes at goal, with Jaakkola reacting quickly to turn it around the post.

Rotherham having all the pressure at the start of the second period.


Good early chance for Rotherham.

Vaulks plays in Towell on the right of the Reading area, he lashes a strike at goal but Jaakkola parries well.


We're underway!

Reading hold a 1-0 lead, and Rotherham make a double attacking half-time change. 

Wood and Williams are withdrawn, with Robertson and Proctor replacing them.


The teams are back out, we're almost ready to go again here!


HALF-TIME | Rotherham United 0-1 Reading

Sam Baldock's early goal sees the Royals lead at the interval, in a half full of incident and chances at both ends.


Last action of the half as Bacuna swings in a free-kick from the right flank, Swift wins the header but it goes wide.


A Rotherham corner goes into a dangerous area, after a scramble the Royals manage to get clear.

Two added minutes to be played here.


The rain continues to fall here at the New York Stadium, Reading holding a 1-0 lead against the hosts thanks to Sam Baldock's early finish.


Andy Rimomhota rides a challenge in midfield.


Great chance!

Baldock and Swift play a superb give-and-go passing move between the two, with Swift advancing on goal and able to shoot - but Rodak gets behind it to save.


Should be 2-0!

Reading break forward and Swift manages to pull back for Baldock eight yards out. He couldn't keep his first-time effort down, though, and it sails over the bar.

Still 1-0 to the Royals.


Good save, Anssi Jaakkola!

Rotherham play a corner short and Vaulks fires at goal - but the big Finn gets down well to save in tricky conditions.


Tyler Blackett picks out a superb cross-field ball towards Gunter on the left.

He advances towards the byline but Richard Wood intervenes to play it out off the Royals full-back.


Good strike from Will Vaulks for Rotherham.

Reading half-clear a free-kick and Vaulks powers an effort towards goal - but Jaakkola has it covered and it goes wide.


Rotherham float a free-kick into the area - with every Reading shirt back to defend.

McIntyre flicks clear but Richie Towell follows up for Rotherham, Andy Yiadom gets a vital block in and Reading clear their lines.


Appeals for a penalty from the Royals after Sims goes down under the challenge of Vaulks - nothing doing, says the referee.



John Swift shrugs off a succession of challenges in midfield to find himself in a shooting position, gets an effort away across goal and it narrowly avoids Rodak's far post.


Garath McCleary finds Andy Rinomhota on a run forward, who in turn rolls to Sims in the area - but his touch is heavy and it trickles out for a goal kick.


A gap in play here as Tom McIntyre receives medical attention on the pitch. He won a header against Forde but the players clashed heads on the way through.

He's back on his feet, though, and he's fit to carry on.


Joe Mattock gets a cross in for Rotherham, Taylor heads towards goal but Anssi Jaakkola is untroubled as it drifts wide.


Garath McCleary makes tracks on the left for the Royals, he tries to cut back to John Swift but the playmaker is dispossessd and Rotherham clear.



Josh Sims threads a beautiful pass through to the striker on the run, beating the offside trap and calmly slotting past Rodak! 1-0 to the Royals!


Good effort for the hosts.

Tyler Blackett dispossesses Jon Taylor in his own area, clears into the path of Anthony Forde on the edge of the area.

He shoots on the half-volley, Anssi Jaakkola dives at full stretch but the effort is off-target.


Josh Sims is brought down in midfield, but the referee points Rotherham's way and the young winger has his name taken in the official's notebook.


Some early dicing in midfield between the teams, neither side able to get it under control and dominate play early on.



Andy Yiadom crosses a dangerous ball into the area towards Sam Baldock - he beats his marker to the header but can only put it over the crossbar.


Sam Baldock is brought down on the right for an early free-kick for Reading.

Leandro Bacuna whips it towards the Rotherham area but the Millers get clear.


And we're off!



The teams are out and we're ready to go here...

Come on URZ!


The rain is coming down and it's absolutely bitter in South Yorkshire before we kick off here, credit to the Royals supporters in the stands making themselves heard before we get underway!


Around 15 minutes to kick-off in Rotherham, here are the teams in full:

Rotherham United: Rodak, Vyner, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Wood, Forde, Taylor, Towell, Williams, Smith.
Subs: Price, Palmer, Proctor, Robertson, Manning, Newell, Wiles.

Reading: Jaakkola, Gunter, Yiadom, Bacuna, Baldock, Swift, McCleary, Sims, Blackett, Rinomhota, McIntyre.
Subs: Mannone, Edwards, Barrow, Böðvarsson, Kelly, Loader, Osho.


Just 30 minutes until we get underway here at the New York Stadium!


Josh Sims takes in his surroundings before kick-off, it's a bitterly cold afternoon here in South Yorkshire so Reading fans in attendance should have an extra layer (or three) today!


Gabe Osho is on the bench for the Royals this afternoon. Our Under-23s' skipper is involved in a matchday squad for the first time...


Congratulations, Tom!

McIntyre is one of five Royals Academy players in the squad today.

Gabe Osho is involved for the first time, with Liam Kelly, Danny Loader and Andy Rinomhota also with the matchday squad.


TEAM NEWS | Tom McIntyre is our 48th Academy graduate!

The young centre-back starts his first ever senior game for the Royals, with Tiago Ilori missing out in the squad completely.

Dave Edwards and Jón Daði Böðvarsson are both fit enough for the bench for the Royals.

Here's how the team line up...


Miss anything ahead of today's game? Get in the know with our match preview here.


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Rotherham United vs Reading
Saturday 15th December
AESSEAL New York Stadium
Sky Bet Championship
3pm kick-off

Scott Marshall will continue in his caretaker manager role for the Royals this weekend at Rotherham United, having led a whole week of training for the senior squad for the first time.

The Royals will head to face Rotherham at the New York Stadium this weekend, and a victory in South Yorkshire would put Reading ahead of the Millers in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Paul Warne's side have been a very tough proposition on their own turf, though. Of their 21 points in the Championship so far this season, 18 have been won at home - including impressive wins against high-flying Derby County and Swansea City. 

Marshall revealed that Jón Daði Böðvarsson has returned to training this week following a back injury that has kept him sidelined for almost two months, and may be in contention for a place in the squad this weekend.


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Report | Millers snatch equaliser to steal draw

Scott Marshall's men come so close to a win against a Rotherham side who had only lost at home once all season - but had to settle for a draw at the New York Stadium

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Joe Mattock's bundled 90th minute equaliser robbed the Royals of a victory they deserved on a horrible wintery day in south Yorkshire.

Caretaker boss Scott Marshall named young defender Tom McIntyre in his back four - the centre-half becoming the club's 48th Academy graduate to break into the first team. Gabriel Osho came onto the bench to take our Academy graduate number to five in the squad of 18, while Dave Edwards and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson were among the substitutes following injury absences.

An early chance fell Reading's way when Yiadom delivered a tasty cross into the box where Baldock directed a header just over the crossbar from 10 yards out.

The hosts' first opportunity came with seven minutes gone - Blackett's clearance dropping for Anthony Forde whose drilled effort skidded wide of the bottom right corner.

But the Royals took the lead two minutes later. Sims cut inside off the right flank and threaded a lovely ball between the defenders to allow Baldock to race into the box having sprung the Millers' offside trap. From a tight angle, he arrowed a shot at goal and Marek Rodak couldn't keep it out.

The Royals were looking good in the final third and Swift's marauding run down the middle ended with a dragged right-footed effort that bobbled agonisingly wide of the Rotherham goal.

Sims was enjoying some space on the right and he was barged to ground as he looked to cut a cross back midway through the half - half-hearted appeals for a penalty were swiftly dismissed by the referee.

United were being restricted to shots from outside the box and Will Vaulks drove an effort wide of the post with Jaakkola covering well. But Sims and then McCleary saw low cut backs cut out before they could reach a Reading body in the middle as Scott Marshall's men sought a second.

With 12 minutes of the half remaining, it should have been 2-0. A brilliant counter attack down the right saw McCleary feed Swift in space. His low cross was anticipated well by Baldock who got in front of his man but turned his effort over the bar from eight yards out.

Then a superb save from Rodak denied the Royals a second. A wonderful exchange between Swift and Baldock saw the former aim an effort at goal but the Rotherham stopper parried it well and another glorious chance passed the visitors by.

Reading continued to press for a second and Swift's aerial ball over the top nearly found Baldock's run in behind - but Rodak was off his line to gather the ball in from the toes of the Royals striker.

And in the first of two minutes of injury time, McCleary was the recipient of an early ball on the counter attack. He has the space to attack the last defender but instead checked back and turned onto his right boot to arc a lovely effort towards the right corner - Rodak again to Rotherham's rescue to palm it away.

Half-time | Rotherham 0-1 Reading

The home side made a double change at the break; Paul Warne appreciating that his side needed to do something different to threaten the Royals' lead.

And Richie Towell tested Jaakkola when his deflected drive needed parrying by the Finnish international.

A combination of Semi Ajayi and Andy Yiadom bundled a dangerous cross behind for a corner as United piled on the pressure with aerial balls and long throws.

Andy Yiadom relieved some of the pressure by forcing Rodak into a fine save high to his right - the full-back letting rip with a fine effort from the edge of the box.

Then minutes later, Swift found a way to the byline on the right and cut a low cross into the near post where Sims met it and turned it against the base of the right upright.

The game was still in the balance and Jaakkola showed superb handling to cling onto a sweetly struck effort from Vaulks with 20 minutes remaining.

The Royals stopper was down low to save a low fizzing effort from Proctor as Rotherham continued to put pressure on a Royals defence trying to combat an aerial attack in the face of falling freezing rain.

Reading still sought a second goal and Bodvarsson was introduced with a quarter of an hour remaining. And Bacuna drilled a left-footed effort inches wide of the left post with nine minutes left on the clock.

United were throwing everything at the Royals back line and it took a goalline clearance from Yiadom to preserve the visitors' lead with six minutes remaining.

And in the 90th minute, the Millers' pressure finally told when Joe Mattock scrappily bundled the ball over the line from an inswinging corner that the Royals failed to clear.

Both teams battled for a winner in five minutes of injury time. And McCleary came close when his show was charged down with a sliding defensive block deep into injury time. And the spoile were shared.

Full-time | Rotherham 1-1 Reading

Rotherham United: Rodak, Vyner, Mattock, Vaulks, Ajayi, Wood (c) (Robertson HT), Forde, Taylor (Newell 68), Towell, Williams (Proctor HT), Smith.
Unused subs: Price, Palmer, Proctor, Robertson, Manning, Wiles.
Yellow: Mattock
Goals: Mattock 90

 Jaakkola, Gunter, Yiadom, McIntyre, Blackett, Bacuna (c), Rinomhota, Swift, Sims (Loader 86), McCleary, Baldock (Bodvarsson 79).
Unused subs: Mannone, Osho, Kelly, Edwards, Barrow.
Yellow: Sims, Jaakkola
Goals: Baldock 9

Referee: Mr R Joyce

Attendance: 8,775 (433 away)

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