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Rotherham United 1-1 Reading

Nick Blackman's opening goal
Nick Blackman's opening goal for Reading was his 11th of the season in all competitions

Reading slipped to third place in the Championship after a draw at Rotherham.

Nick Blackman opened the scoring with a spectacular strike as he chested down a long ball and blasted it into the top corner from 25 yards out.

The Millers reacted soon after half-time as captain Danny Collins volleyed home a corner after being left unmarked at the far corner of the six-yard box.

Tom Thorpe could have won it for Rotherham, but his 75th-minute effort from close range was well saved.

The point did little to alleviate the home side's struggles at the foot of the table as they stay second from bottom, two points from safety.

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Reading defender Andrew Taylor on draw with Rotherham

Tony Andreu and Matt Derbyshire had decent early chances for Rotherham before Blackman opened the scoring.

The highly rated striker excellently took Oliver Norwood's ball into his stride and thundered a shot into the top left corner for his 10th goal in as many games.

The Millers' Jonson Clarke-Harris had a shot which just went wide of Ali Al-Habsi's post shortly before half-time as Rotherham tried to find an equaliser.

But it was not long before they did find a breakthrough as Collins was left alone at the far post to strike a corner into the ground and over Al-Habsi.

The Oman international - one of 11 different nationalities to feature for the Royals - made a great save from Clarke-Harris four minutes later as Rotherham's confidence improved, before making another excellent stop from Thorpe after a scramble in front of the Reading goal.

Reading substitute Matej Vydra had a couple of chances near the end but the Watford loanee could not find his first goal of the season.

Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn:

"They are the best side in this division, I have to say, I have seen a lot of the Championship before I got this job.

"They have got balance, pace and athleticism. I thought for us to produce the sort of performance we did was good.

"Second half they knew they were in the game and if we came away with nothing I thought it would have been a travesty."

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"I thought we had decent control in the first half, the second goal in the game was going to be crucial and obviously it went to Rotherham.

"Credit to Rotherham I thought they were excellent tonight, especially in the second half.

"We have had a good run of wins, that keeps the unbeaten run going, it's tough to go anywhere in the Championship. There's no gimmes and this game proved it, we're happy to take the point."

Nick Blackman volleys
Nick Blackman chested down Oliver Norwood's ball from deep in his own half and blasted it past Lee Camp....
Nick Blackman's opening goal
... and was mobbed by his team-mates
Danny Collins equalises for Rotherham
But Danny Collins levelled for the Millers soon after half time

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 2Buxton
  • 20Rawson
  • 4CollinsBooked at 58mins
  • 30ToffoloBooked at 72mins
  • 23Thorpe
  • 17Ward
  • 11Green
  • 24AndreuSubstituted forMaguireat 85'minutes
  • 19Clarke-Harris
  • 27DerbyshireSubstituted forBoweryat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Broadfoot
  • 7Maguire
  • 10Ledesma
  • 14White
  • 16Richardson
  • 18Bowery
  • 21Collin

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 8Hector
  • 5McShane
  • 3TaylorBooked at 69mins
  • 23Williams
  • 6Norwood
  • 12McClearySubstituted forVydraat 62'minutes
  • 22Blackman
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forHurtadoat 62'minutes
  • 10

Substitutes

  • 7Vydra
  • 11Obita
  • 16Hurtado
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 35Cooper
  • 40Moore
  • 41Liburd
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
9,071

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home19
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 1, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 1, Reading 1.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Danny Collins.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Matej Vydra (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Orlando Sá (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United).

Paolo Hurtado (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Chris Maguire replaces Tony Andreu.

Attempt blocked. Paul Green (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tony Andreu.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Grant Ward (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Matej Vydra (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Orlando Sá.

Offside, Reading. Nick Blackman tries a through ball, but Orlando Sá is caught offside.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Lewis Buxton.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Grant Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jordan Bowery replaces Matt Derbyshire.

Foul by Paolo Hurtado (Reading).

Grant Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tony Andreu (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Paul Green (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt saved. Farrend Rawson (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonson Clarke-Harris with a headed pass.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Michael Hector.

Booking

Harry Toffolo (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Orlando Sá (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Harry Toffolo (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Andrew Taylor (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew Taylor (Reading).

Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton128401810828
2Birmingham127321911824
3Reading126421881022
4Hull12642178922
5Burnley126421712522
6Middlesbrough12633178921
7Derby11551169720
8Cardiff125521511420
9Sheff Wed124531615117
10QPR124441922-316
11Ipswich124441520-516
12Wolves114341715215
13Huddersfield123541214-214
14Fulham113441716113
15Nottm Forest123451013-313
16Blackburn112541213-111
17Preston122551013-311
18MK Dons123271216-411
19Leeds112541015-511
20Brentford113261420-611
21Bristol City122461522-710
22Charlton122461118-710
23Rotherham122371422-89
24Bolton12156919-108
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