2017/18 English Carabao Cup, Second Round
  • Leandro Bacuna (34')
  • George Evans (105')
  • Sam Smith (116')
  • Shane Ferguson (37')

Reading leave it late to see off Millwall

Reading moved into the Carabao Cup third round with a 3-1 victory after extra-time over Championship rivals Millwall.
The teams had finished locked together at 1-1 after 90 minutes, Leandro Bacuna having fired Reading ahead in the first half before Shane Ferguson equalised soon after.
George Evans made it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time of the extra period when he curled a 20-yard shot past Millwall goalkeeper Tom King.
Nineteen-year-old Sam Smith added the third goal on the break four minutes from the end.
Reading made the more lively opening, with centre-back Axel Andresson heading over from a Chris Gunter corner.
Evans, a makeshift central defender, ventured forward, but his long-range attempt flew high over the crossbar.
Reading went ahead in the 34th minute when former Aston Villa utility player Bacuna drilled in a fine first goal for the club from 25 yards.
But Millwall equalised three minutes later when Ferguson lashed home a similarly excellent effort from wide out on the right.
Millwall started the stronger after the interval, with Tom Elliott, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Byron Webster all wasting decent chances.
Reading replied through a fine run and pass from substitute Modou Barrow, but Adrian Popa scooped his effort the crossbar.
Popa could also have broken the deadlock, but Evans pushed Reading ahead again with a delightful effort in the 105th minute.
Smith broke away near the end to score his first senior goal for the club.