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Rotherham United 0-1 Reading

Paul McShane
Paul McShane has scored twice this season for the Royals

Paul McShane's late winner for Reading consigned Rotherham to a seventh straight defeat as Kenny Jackett lost his first game in charge.

McShane finished well after Lee Camp kept out Roy Beeren's shot.

Jackett, who replaced Alan Stubbs on Friday, saw his side start well, as Richard Wood's close-range header was superbly saved by Ali Al-Habsi.

Camp saved Garath McCleary's penalty and John Swift's shot hit the bar as Reading finished strongly.

The Royals, who were without a win at Rotherham since September 2000, had 80% of possession in the first half without mustering a shot on target.

Rotherham have conceded more goals than any other Football League side, 33 in 14 matches, but they carried the greater goal threat for the first hour with Al-Habsi denying Danny Ward when clean through.

The Millers remain five points adrift of Wigan at the foot of the table, while Reading's first win in five moved them up to eighth.

Rotherham manager Kenny Jackett:

"I felt the work-rate, effort and commitment of the players was very good. We went toe-to-toe with Reading. We had a good number of chances and were a threat from set-pieces. We couldn't convert them.

"We are disappointed to lose the game, but the players have to keep up that effort, work-rate and attitude, and not get too disappointed.

"There is a lot today we did well as a group. There is enough of the season to get things going.

"Yes, I definitely feel I can keep them up. Taking six points out of 39 takes its toll on players. But they can't be disappointed."

Reading boss Jaap Stam:

"It is a good way to bounce back. You want to win every game, (but) we knew it was going to be very hard, with their new manager with a different style of play.

"In the chances that we created we should have at least scored one. It was a very difficult game, they made it difficult in how they played.

"They played very direct, got balls into the box because they know we are not the most physical side. That is how certain teams need to play against us.

"They made it difficult for us, Ali Al-Habsi made some very good saves for us. We created some very good chances in the second half, we should have scored more than one."

Line-ups

Rotherham

  • 1Camp
  • 17Fisher
  • 18Fry
  • 6Wood
  • 3Mattock
  • 11Taylor
  • 15HalfordBooked at 69mins
  • 8Frecklington
  • 22NewellSubstituted forBrownat 64'minutes
  • 9Ward
  • 20BlackstockBooked at 52minsSubstituted forFordeat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vaulks
  • 7Forde
  • 10Forster-Caskey
  • 12Price
  • 14Ball
  • 26Belaid
  • 37Brown

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterBooked at 52mins
  • 16Moore
  • 4van den Berg
  • 11Obita
  • 38KellySubstituted forMcShaneat 28'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 12McCleary
  • 8SwiftBooked at 89minsSubstituted forEvansat 90'minutes
  • 7Beerens
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 5McShane
  • 6Evans
  • 14Samuel
  • 24Blackett
  • 28Gravenberch
  • 30Watson
  • 40Moore
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
8,800

Match Stats

Home TeamRotherhamAway TeamReading
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home13
Away24
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Rotherham United 0, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rotherham United 0, Reading 1.

Hand ball by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Greg Halford (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces John Swift.

Booking

John Swift (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Greg Halford (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Ward with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Forde.

Goal!

Goal! Rotherham United 0, Reading 1. Paul McShane (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner following a corner.

Attempt saved. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by John Swift with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dael Fry.

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

John Swift (Reading) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Joey van den Berg.

Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Wood (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Dexter Blackstock.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Joey van den Berg (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Roy Beerens.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Swift.

Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Ward (Rotherham United).

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Roy Beerens with a cross.

Booking

Greg Halford (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Greg Halford (Rotherham United).

goal

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