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Millwall 1-0 Reading: Jose Gomes loses first match as Royals boss

Jed Wallace
Jed Wallace's first-half strike was his third in 25 appearances in all competitions this season

Millwall climbed above Reading and out of the Championship relegation zone as Jose Gomes' first game as Royals boss saw his side end a narrow defeat with nine men.

The Lions, who had been winless in eight, led after eight minutes through a fine Jed Wallace free-kick and a minute later the visitors had Tyler Blackett sent off for a dangerous tackle on the goalscorer.

Reading still managed to have the better of possession but struggled to create clear chances in a cagey match.

John Swift went the closest, but his second-half free-kick hit the bar, while Ryan Tunnicliffe, Wallace and Ryan Leonard all went close to adding to Millwall's lead.

But the hosts did not need a clinching second goal for a fifth home win of the season, while Reading's miserable afternoon was compounded when Leandro Bacuna was sent off in the closing stages.

The Royals, who last week sacked boss Paul Clement, slip to second from bottom following a fourth defeat in six matches which takes their winless run to eight.

Millwall manager Neil Harris told BBC Radio London:

"I'm delighted for the football club because getting a victory has been a long time coming.

"It wasn't out best performance but that was a cup final today. It's a massive victory for us against Reading.

"If we had been slightly better with the ball in the final third, we could have got three or four, but I'm not going to moan at my players tonight - the boys were excellent."

Reading manager Jose Gomes:

"Playing 85 minutes with 10 or part with nine, it was a very difficult mission for my players.

"But they fought until the last second and until the last second the game was open, so I'm proud of their attitude, what they showed on the pitch.

"We didn't like the result, we didn't like the red cards and I'm not complaining against the referee, maybe I should complain with my players. We are proud of our attitude and blood that my players showed that they have inside them, they were brave."

Line-ups

Millwall

  • 1Archer
  • 12Romeo
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 5Cooper
  • 3Meredith
  • 7WallaceSubstituted forO'Brienat 76'minutes
  • 18Tunnicliffe
  • 28Leonard
  • 11FergusonBooked at 77minsSubstituted forSkalakat 89'minutes
  • 19ElliottBooked at 38minsSubstituted forMorisonat 57'minutes
  • 9GregoryBooked at 53mins

Substitutes

  • 13Amos
  • 20Morison
  • 21Karacan
  • 22O'Brien
  • 25Wallace
  • 26Skalak
  • 27Brown

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 3Yiadom
  • 6MooreBooked at 67mins
  • 24BlackettBooked at 9mins
  • 27Richards
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 7BacunaBooked at 88mins
  • 17Barrow
  • 10SwiftSubstituted forOshoat 82'minutes
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forMcClearyat 73'minutes
  • 43LoaderSubstituted forBaldockat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 4O'Shea
  • 8Meyler
  • 9Baldock
  • 12McCleary
  • 14Aluko
  • 47Osho
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
12,202

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamReading
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Millwall 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Millwall 1, Reading 0.

Attempt blocked. Aiden O'Brien (Millwall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Cooper.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Gabriel Osho.

Offside, Millwall. James Meredith tries a through ball, but Aiden O'Brien is caught offside.

Offside, Millwall. Steve Morison tries a through ball, but Aiden O'Brien is caught offside.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Jiri Skalak replaces Shane Ferguson.

Dismissal

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Shane Ferguson (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Rinomhota (Reading).

Lee Gregory (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Gabriel Osho replaces John Swift.

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota.

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Millwall).

Booking

Shane Ferguson (Millwall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shane Ferguson (Millwall).

Substitution

Substitution, Millwall. Aiden O'Brien replaces Jed Wallace.

Leandro Bacuna (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Leonard (Millwall).

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by John Swift.

Jake Cooper (Millwall) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Omar Richards.

Attempt blocked. Jake Cooper (Millwall) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Ferguson with a cross.

Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Yakou Meite.

John Swift (Reading) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Millwall).

Attempt blocked. Lee Gregory (Millwall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Morison with a headed pass.

Foul by Sam Baldock (Reading).

James Meredith (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Attempt blocked. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a through ball.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds24156342222051
2Norwich24146444291548
3West Brom24136552312145
4Sheff Utd24125739281141
5Middlesbrough2410952517839
6Derby2411673328539
7Birmingham24910537271037
8QPR2411493132-137
9Aston Villa249964637936
10Nottm Forest2481243526936
11Stoke2481063029134
12Bristol City248882928132
13Swansea2495102928132
14Blackburn2471073137-631
15Hull2486102833-530
16Sheff Wed2486103040-1030
17Preston2477103640-428
18Brentford2468103535026
19Wigan2474132335-1225
20Millwall2457122939-1022
21Rotherham24410102339-1622
22Bolton2456131732-1521
23Reading2447132737-1019
24Ipswich2429131941-2215
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