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Reading 3-0 Rotherham United

Jamie Mackie
Jamie Mackie scored Reading's opener - his first goal for the club

Simon Cox scored two second-half goals as Reading secured their second win in nine Championship matches.

Jamie Mackie put the Royals in front by curling in a shot to score his first goal for the club since arriving on a season's loan from Nottingham Forest.

Oliver Norwood hit the bar for Reading with a free-kick before half-time.

But Cox ran on to Mackie's pass to score their second in the 55th minute, before wrapping up victory with a clever cross-shot on the turn.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins, who gave a debut to former QPR centre-back Anton Ferdinand, was able to enjoy a comfortable victory that lifted his side to 13th place, six points from a play-off spot.

Rotherham gave Ferdinand and his Reading defensive colleagues some early problems, with goalkeeper Adam Federici tested by Matt Derbyshire's firm header from a Paul Green cross.

But the home side went ahead when Stephen Kelly crossed from the right and Scotland forward Mackie, after a heavy first touch, recovered well to turn and curl a fine shot past Adam Collin.

The Rotherham keeper then produced two agile saves - one to stop Cox's fierce shot, the second to deny Mackie - but could only watch as Norwood's free-kick from wide out on the left struck the bar.

The visitors responded briefly, when Federici saved a direct header from Kari Arnason, but Reading settled the game with two goals in nine minutes.

Mackie ran through the tiring Rotherham defence to set up Cox, who finished precisely.

Then Mackie played provider for Republic of Ireland international Cox to swivel and score his seventh goal of the season.

Reading ran down the clock thereafter, with Rotherham unable to pose any problems as they fell to a second successive 3-0 defeat.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins, who recalled Jamie Mackie and Simon Cox after dropping them for Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Blackburn: "I hope Jamie and Simon have got the bit between their teeth now.

"Jamie's been top drawer for us and he's done tonight exactly what I told him last Friday he was going to do.

"In fact, we should have scored some more goals. Their keeper's made some great saves. We created some great opportunities."

Rotherham manager Steve Evans: "We lacked almost everything from start to finish. There was nothing good about our game at all.

"If you are not prepared to play at this level, then you must prepare to fail at this level. We were poor all over the pitch. There was a lack of endeavour, spirit and fight."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2GunterBooked at 89mins
  • 4FerdinandSubstituted forHectorat 45'minutes
  • 5Pearce
  • 3Kelly
  • 19Mackie
  • 6Norwood
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forAkpanat 68'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 11Obita
  • 10CoxSubstituted forTaylorat 90'minutes
  • 20Murray

Substitutes

  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 15Hector
  • 16Akpan
  • 22Blackman
  • 25Taylor
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper

Rotherham

  • 21Collin
  • 16Richardson
  • 20MorganBooked at 44mins
  • 4ArnasonBooked at 70minsSubstituted forMilsomat 76'minutes
  • 3SkarzSubstituted forBroadfootat 67'minutes
  • 18Pringle
  • 11Green
  • 8FrecklingtonSubstituted forBoweryat 67'minutes
  • 33Smallwood
  • 9Revell
  • 27Derbyshire

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 10Bowery
  • 15Milsom
  • 25Swift
  • 26Taylor
  • 29Clarke-Harris
Referee:
Pat Miller
Attendance:
13,775

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 3, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Rotherham United 0.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Simon Cox.

Booking

Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

Glenn Murray (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Hector.

Attempt blocked. Hope Akpan (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Michael Hector (Reading) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Craig Morgan (Rotherham United).

Glenn Murray (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Michael Hector (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Frazer Richardson.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Frazer Richardson.

Foul by Frazer Richardson (Rotherham United).

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Cox.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Robert Milsom replaces Kári Arnason.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

Attempt blocked. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Booking

Hope Akpan (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

Booking

Kári Arnason (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kári Arnason (Rotherham United).

Jamie Mackie (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Alex Revell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Derbyshire.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Hope Akpan replaces Daniel Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Lee Frecklington.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Kirk Broadfoot replaces Joe Skarz.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 3, Rotherham United 0. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Foul by Alex Revell (Rotherham United).

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough1693426121430
3Watford1685330181229
4Derby1685328161229
5Ipswich167632417727
6Wolves167632217527
7Norwich167542417726
8Blackburn167542623326
9Charlton165921918124
10Nottm Forest155732319422
11Cardiff166462121022
12Brentford156451820-222
13Reading166372226-421
14Sheff Wed164841214-220
15Huddersfield165562428-420
16Millwall164661721-418
17Leeds164571723-617
18Rotherham164571524-917
19Wigan163761719-216
20Brighton163761619-316
21Fulham154382228-615
22Birmingham163671429-1515
23Bolton1642101726-914
24Blackpool151311824-166
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