Gary Rowett praised his Millwall side in what was described as a “true team performance” as the Lions convincingly beat Reading at The Den.

The Millwall boss spoke highly of his team’s display who proved that they are worthy playoff contenders.

Goals from strikers Matt Smith and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson helped the hosts to a 2-0 victory over the Royals who failed to register a shot on target.

“Patience paid off” he said.

“I thought we navigated the game really well. First half we had great intensity and started really well. I felt as though that persistence, energy, aggression and determination opened the game up for us and we just kept going”.

Matt Smith opened the scoring for the hosts late in the first half and was praised highly by his manager.

“He showed a different side to his game. It was a fantastic finish in the bottom corner.”

Bodvarrson, came off the bench against his former employers, to score his first goal for the club and seal the win for Millwall.

“It was a great counter attack. Jed took the defender on and put Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in and it was a brilliant finish. That goal I’m sure will do him the world of good confidence wise’.

“It was a true team performance and a thoroughly deserved win I felt”.

The game had to be brought to a temporary halt in the first half by referee Keith Stroud who spoke to both Rowett and Mark Bowen over the alleged homophobic chanting from a section of the home crowd.

“I think the linesman heard a comment and he then has to report that to the referee who has to report it to us on the side-lines”.

“If it has been said, it is certainly not something we condone” he said.

The incident was reported to the referee by the linesmen, which also led to a stadium announcement during the half-time interval