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Reading 2-1 Rotherham United

John Swift
John Swift's eighth Championship goal of the season won it for Reading

Reading came from behind to beat relegated Rotherham and solidify their place in the Championship play-offs.

Tom Adeyemi gave Rotherham a surprise lead in the 19th minute when he turned in a rebound from keeper Ali Al-Habsi.

Lewis Grabban swept in a powerful volley to level against his former club just two minutes after coming on.

The hosts completed the comeback when John Swift turned in Chris Gunter's cross at the back post to move past Huddersfield into third place.

The Terriers will have a chance to reclaim their position when they play Derby at 17:00 BST, but with Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham both winning, this was an important result for Jaap Stam's side.

Reading were made to work for their win, with Rotherham, who had taken just one point from their last 22 away league games, going in front when Adeyemi bundled in a rebound from Josh Morris' initial header.

The hosts responded with Yakou Meite threatening and Millers defender Semi Ajayi producing a goal-saving challenge on Swift to keep out a rebound off goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

Roy Beerens, Yann Kermorgant and Swift all had chances before the one-way traffic finally told; Grabban running onto Garath McCleary's deep cross to smash it low past O'Donnell.

Gunter then overlapped and squared for Swift to tap in and make it 2-1, extending Rotherham's rotten form and keeping Reading in the mix for promotion.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"We need our fans even more when we are behind. They need to know that they should support their team, not boo them, when they come off the pitch.

"Compared to what the team has done in the past two seasons, they should appreciate what the players are now doing for them. But if they react like that, I'm not very happy with it.

"The fans need to stick with their team and help them out."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne:

"We tried to keep it and cause Reading problems. To go in 1-0 up at half-time was a good thing.

"I thought that if we could ride the first 20 minutes of the second half, we might be able to get a positive result and then Grabban comes on and scores a worldie and Reading put a lot of pressure on us.

"We didn't keep the ball as well in the second half. We didn't have the ball a lot and when we did get it back, we were a bit fatigued."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 11Obita
  • 8Swift
  • 23Williams
  • 19MeiteSubstituted forKellyat 45'minutes
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forGrabbanat 65'minutes
  • 12McClearySubstituted forPopaat 90+1'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 6Evans
  • 20Ilori
  • 25Popa
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 32Oxford
  • 38Kelly
  • 50Grabban

Rotherham

  • 18O'Donnell
  • 17FisherSubstituted forClarke-Harrisat 74'minutes
  • 15Ajayi
  • 6Wood
  • 3MattockBooked at 85mins
  • 33Smallwood
  • 11Taylor
  • 24AdeyemiSubstituted forYatesat 83'minutes
  • 4VaulksBooked at 17mins
  • 9Ward
  • 10MorrisSubstituted forNewellat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 22Newell
  • 26Belaid
  • 27Bray
  • 30Purrington
  • 39Yates
  • 45Bilboe
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
16,711

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Rotherham United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Rotherham United 1.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Adrian Popa (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Adrian Popa replaces Garath McCleary.

Hand ball by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Offside, Rotherham United. Joe Newell tries a through ball, but Jonson Clarke-Harris is caught offside.

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Booking

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jerry Yates replaces Tom Adeyemi.

Hand ball by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Rotherham United 1. John Swift (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Richard O'Donnell (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jonson Clarke-Harris replaces Darnell Fisher.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Rotherham United 1. Lewis Grabban (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Lewis Grabban replaces Roy Beerens.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Darnell Fisher (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jon Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton43288773363792
2Newcastle432671076393785
3Reading43247126159279
4Huddersfield42246125449578
5Sheff Wed432291256421475
6Fulham4320131078542473
7Leeds432271456411573
8Norwich431891676661063
9Derby431712144946363
10Preston431613146257561
11Brentford431791770601060
12Aston Villa431513154546-158
13Cardiff431610175759-258
14Barnsley431512166160157
15Ipswich431316144853-555
16Wolves42159185254-254
17QPR43148214959-1050
18Bristol City43139215663-748
19Burton431212194457-1348
20Birmingham431114184263-2147
21Nottm Forest43129225668-1245
22Blackburn431014194964-1544
23Wigan431010233955-1640
24Rotherham4346333796-5918
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