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As it happened | Reading 3-1 Millwall

Recap of the action from a win over the Lions

20 October 2018


  • Royals face Millwall at Madejski Stadium
  • Visitors forge better early chances; Kelly hits the post for Reading
  • Méïté scores with glancing header; Wallace equalises for Millwall
  • Baldock scores penalty on the stroke of half-time
  • Méïté scores second late on to give Royals a two-goal lead
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Updated at 16:57 (UK)


FULL-TIME: Reading 3-1 Millwall!



Millwall are still keeping up the pressure, but the ball rolls out for a goal-kick and Anssi Jaakkola is probably going to take his time over this one...


Five added minutes here, with Reading holding a two-goal advantage.


A Ferguson free-kick is put into a good area in the box for Millwall, Williams is there but can only head over the bar.



That should seal it! It's a second for Yakou Méïté!

Bacuna angles a corner towards the far post and the Ivorian is there to nod in! 3-1!


Round of subsitutions here, as Liam Kelly makes way for Marc McNulty - while Tom Bradshaw is on for Ryan Leonard for Millwall.

Six minutes of the 90 remain.


Millwall are turning the screw here.

A Ferguson shot is deflected towards goal and Jaakkola has to be at his best to make a low reflex save.


Goalscorer Sam Baldock withdraws for the Royals, with Academy graduate Andy Rinomhota taking his place, dropping into midfield.


An attacking change for the visitors, as Steve Morison comes on for Tom Elliott.


Time is ticking on at Madejski Stadium, with the Royals still 2-1 to the good as it stands.


Garath McCleary's comeback is brought to a close after a solid return from injury, Chris Gunter comes on in his place.


Another chance gone begging for the visitors.

Romeo puts in a low cross into the path of Elliott in space, who shoots first time but can only spoon his effort over the bar and into the Millwall support.


First change of the afternoon, as Millwall bring on Aiden O'Brien in place of James Meredith.

Meanwhile, Anssi Jaakkola is receiving medical attention after taking a hefty impact after his last save.


Another chance for Millwall, Shane Ferguson piles a volley at goal but Jaakkola is equal to it, the ball is then swung back in towards Leonard but he heads over the bar for the visitors.


Millwall take a free-kick near the corner flag, with the box packed with players.

It comes in and Bacuna does brilliantly to head clear above the crowd.


Reading break away again with Blackett surging forward on the left, he looks to cross into a dangerous area but Millwall manage to scramble clear.


Jake Cooper goes into the book as he bundles over Kelly in midfield with the Royals looking to break at pace.


Reading on the offensive again as Yiadom loops a ball towards the far post from the right flank, Baldock tries to get over it but he cannot control it.

A very open start to the second half at Madejski Stadium.


Great chance for 3-1!

Baldock is tenacious and wins it back in midfield. He lays off to Swift, who splits the Millwall defence and sends Méïté clean through on goal.

The angle was tight and Amos manages to make a good save from the attacker's shot.


A Millwall corner is swung in towards Elliott at the far post, he rises to head it but clears Jaakkola's goal. The visitors are pushing for the equaliser in RG2.


Millwall hit the bar...

Elliott nods a free-kick across goal and onto the bar, a scramble ensues and the Royals just about clear their lines.


First test of the half as Yiadom and McCleary link up once again on the right, the latter gets behind his marker to cross in - it's deflected and Amos can gather.


Here we go again!

We're back underway in RG2, the Royals holding a 2-1 lead as it stands.


The teams are back out... all set to start again here!


HALF-TIME: Reading 2-1 Millwall

An entertaining half of football in RG2 sees the Royals go in ahead at the break - Yakou Méïté and Sam Baldock both on the score sheet after Murray Wallace had equalised for the visitors.

45 to go!


Two added minutes to be played at the end of the first half, with the Royals now 2-1 to the good.



Sam Baldock gives Reading the lead again! He steps up and powers his spot-kick into the top corner. URRRZZZ!



The referee points to the spot as Blackett is brought down in the box.


Time is ticking on towards the break in RG2, with the teams locked at one apiece...



A corner comes in from Bacuna, only headed out to the path of Kelly on the edge of the box. He tries a speculative volley that had goalkeeper Amos beaten, but it went wide in another good chance for the Royals.



From the resulting corner, Murray Wallace latches onto the loose ball in the area and puts the visitors level.


Elliott and Gregory combine in the area for Millwall, with the latter shooting from an acute angle - comfortable enough for Jaakkola, who puts it behind for a corner.



Yakou Méïté puts the Royals ahead!

Blackett puts a teasing ball into the area and the forward glances the header in at the back post! URZ!


Reading starting to grow into the game here, keeping the ball well and recycling possession where needed.

Still goalless at this stage...



Reading break with pace as McCleary finds Yiadom on the right flank.

He crosses low into the path of Kelly, who fires left-footed against the woodwork, before Méïté's follow-up is blocked superbly by Romeo, with Amos gratefully claiming the loose ball.

Best chance of the half for the Royals.


What a save, Anssi Jaakkola!

Leonard puts a cross to the back post with Cooper waiting from point-blank range, but Jaakkola somehow manages to claw the ball off his line with a save David Seaman would have been proud of.


The visitors are putting the pressure on.

James Meredith hangs up a cross in the area with Elliott waiting, but Liam Moore heads away at the vital moment.


First real chance for Millwall.

It's threaded through into the path of Jed Wallace, splitting the defence. He shoots but Jaakkola gets a crucial leg to it to take it over the bar.


First good spell of possession from the Royals as Blackett turns away from Romeo on the flank and wins a corner.

It's swung in by Bacuna, but Tom Elliott heads clear for Millwall.


Leonard lobs a long throw into the area for Millwall, Cooper tries to flick on towards goal but it clears Anssi Jaakkola's crossbar.


Williams lofts a ball over the top of the Reading defence towards Gregory.

He touches it down, tries to square across goal but Tiago Ilori is across it and clears.


Feisty start here.

McCleary wins a header with Méïté driving on - Cooper cynically holds the attacker and Reading have a free-kick, which Millwall can clear.


Here we go!

The Royals are kicking towards the South Stand in the first half - a nice moment with an eruption of applause as Garath McCleary's name is read out before kick-off.


Here come the teams...

Kick-off is just moments away!


Just 15 minutes until we get started here at Madejski Stadium, with the sun lighting up the ground on a mild October afternoon - perfect for football!


The teams are warming up in the sun here in RG2 - the countdown to kick-off is on!


Just as McCleary starts his first match of the season, his 2014 stunner against Burnley features on the cover of today's edition of The Royal!

It's like it was written in the stars...


Sam Baldock also returns from injury this afternoon, with goalkeeper George Legg in the squad for the first time this season and given the number 40 shirt.


Welcome back, G!

McCleary starts for the first time since the end of February. It has been a long road to recovery for the winger, but he will be back in a blue and white shirt this afternoon...


The full team news as Royals Academy graduate, Jake Cooper starts for the visitors this afternoon.


TEAM NEWS: Garath McCleary returns!

The winger starts his first match of the season, returning from injury after almost eight months out.

Anssi Jaakkola starts in goal, with youngster George Legg on the bench - both Vito Mannone and Sam Walker are unavailable on Saturday.

Full team listed below.


Team news to come in 15 minutes...



Our Under-23s were in action last night in an enthralling match up at Middlesbrough...

Find out how they got on by clicking here.


Get ahead of the game with our match preview - including team news, betting odds and plenty more!


At the game today?

Make sure you get your copy of The Royal!

Pick up your essential pre-match guide to the game for just £3 from one of our sellers all around the ground.

To find out what's in there, click here.


Good afternoon from Madejski Stadium!

The Royals take on Millwall on a sunny autumn day here in RG2, with kick-off at 3pm.

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