BY ALEX GRACE
Millwall extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to six games with a second successive comeback victory.
The Lions trailed at the break but goals from substitutes Matt Smith and Mason Bennett gave Gary Rowett’s men all three points.
Millwall started brightly and forced Rafeal into an early save, Shaun Williams testing the keeper from outside the box in less than two minutes.
The strong start continued as they rattled the crossbar on seven minutes, Jake Cooper heading Malone’s corner on to the upright.
Reading took the lead against the run of play. Williams was too slow and Alfa Semedo nipped in and hit his shot first time from around 40 yards out and it beat Bart Bialkowski.
Cooper again went close from another dangerous cross from Malone but Cooper’s header was wide of the far post. Bialkowski made a superb stop on 41 minutes to deny Lucas Joao from making it 2-0- getting down low to parry the former Sheffield Wednesday man’s shot.
Millwall got a deserved equaliser on 77 minutes. Malone passed to Tom Bradshaw and his shot hit a Reading defender and fell to fellow sub Smith, who put the ball in the net.
The home side almost retook the lead straight away. Olise’s ball found Ejaria and his effort deflected off a Millwall defender and hit the post.
Millwall took the lead with five minutes left as Malone’s cross was headed in by Bennett.
The Lions move to within eight points of the play-off places after recording back to back victories.
Please support your local paper by making a donation
Please make cheques payable to “MSI Media Limited” and send by post to South London Press, Unit 112, 160 Bromley Road, Catford, London SE6 2NZ
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has encouraged everyone in the country who can afford to do so to buy a newspaper, and told the Downing Street press briefing recently: “A free country needs a free press, and the newspapers of our country are under significant financial pressure”.
So if you have enjoyed reading this story, and if you can afford to do so, we would be so grateful if you can buy our newspaper or make a donation, which will allow us to continue to bring stories like this one to you both in print and online.