Long keeps Royals in play-off mix

Shane Long scored his 16th goal of the season to boost Reading's Championship play-off hopes with a 2-1 home win over Millwall on Tuesday.

Last Updated: 22/02/11 at 22:33    Bet with SkyBet  Sky Bet Championship. Click here to bet.

Long: Hit the winner for Reading

Long: Hit the winner for Reading

The Republic of Ireland forward netted the decisive strike in the second half to steal the headlines from Neil Harris, who had cancelled out Noel Hunt's early opener less than a minute after coming off the Madejski Stadium bench.

It took Reading just three minutes to seize the advantage, with Long's industrious run leading to a cross which was only half-cleared to Hunt, who chested the ball down and drilled it home.

The visitors sounded their first warning soon after when former Reading man James Henry's right-footed corner found Tamika Mkandawire in space, but the imposing defender's header comfortably cleared the bar.

It wasn't long before Henry was causing problems again for his old side with another set-piece delivery into the heart of the box which the Royals struggled to clear, allowing Hamer Bouazza to steal possession but his subsequent shot could not find a path through the crowded penalty area.

Shaun Cummings missed a glorious chance to double the hosts' lead just before the break when he blazed over from close range following good set-up play from Jobi McAnuff.

The Lions were giving as good as they got in a frenetic first half, but Kenny Jackett's men were almost punished for a lapse in concentration when McAnuff slipped in Andy Griffin down the flank, but his cross was confidently claimed by David Forde with a host of Reading players looking to pounce.

Harris was introduced at the break and it took him just 30 seconds to make an impact. Nadjim Abdou chipped the ball through for the veteran striker to volley across goal and into the far corner.

The 33-year-old put an end to his run of 16 goals without a game when he netted against Middlesbrough at the weekend, and he was back in the thick of the action again moments later when Griffin had to get in a last-ditch block to deny him from close range.

With Millwall beginning to enjoy the ascendancy, Reading hit them with a swift counter-attack to reclaim the lead. Hunt swung in the cross and Long showed superb composure to drill it home from the edge of the box.

Millwall continued to press for the equaliser, but Harris was frustrated by an offside flag when he appeared to be through on goal.

Top scorer Steve Morison continued to assert his authority on the home side's defence with some good hold-up play but his lay-off for Liam Trotter proved wayward.

Bet with SkyBet  Sky Bet Championship. Click here to bet.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Saturday, 19 April 2014
15:00
Barnsley 0-1 Leeds Report
Middlesbro' 1-2 Millwall Report
N Forest 1-0 Birmingham Report
Watford 3-1 Ipswich Report
12:15
Leicester 1-0 QPR Report
Friday, 18 April 2014
19:30
Doncaster 0-2 Derby Report
17:15
Blackpool 0-1 Burnley Report
15:00
Blackburn 0-0 Yeovil Report
Bournemth 2-4 Sheff Wed Report
Charlton 0-0 Bolton Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 43 36 93
2 Burnley 43 32 86
3 Derby 43 29 78
4 QPR 43 14 73
5 Wigan 42 17 70
6 Brighton 43 12 65
7 Reading 43 10 64
8 Ipswich 43 6 64
9 N Forest 43 5 62
10 Bournemth 43 -1 62
11 Blackburn 43 3 61
12 Watford 42 18 60
13 Middlesbro' 43 9 58
14 Bolton 43 -2 55
15 Sheff Wed 43 2 53
16 Leeds 43 -8 53
17 Huddersfld 43 -9 47
18 Birmingham 42 -11 43
19 Doncaster 43 -28 43
20 Millwall 43 -29 43
21 Charlton 42 -24 42
22 Blackpool 43 -27 42
23 Barnsley 43 -29 39
24 Yeovil 43 -25 37

Updated Sun, 20 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Transfer News: Gareth Barry to decide on Everton future at the end of the season

Gareth Barry has stated that a top-four place will not affect his decision whether to sign a permanent deal at Everton.

Premier League: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has a five-year plan

Brendan Rodgers has a five-year plan and he considers Liverpool to 'be a destination rather than just a stop-off'.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce pays tribute to Dylan Tombides

Sam Allardyce has paid tribute to Dylan Tombides who died on Friday at the age of 20 following a battle with cancer.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property