Jordan Obita scored the winner for Reading in a thrilling encounter against Nottingham Forest.

Pavel Pogrebnyak's close-range strike put the Royals into the lead before Kaspars Gorkss headed in a second.

Simon Cox's sliding effort before the break got Forest back in the game and Darius Henderson angled a low shot home in the second half to equalise.

But Obita's powerful strike put Reading back in front and the Royals held on despite Chris Gunter's late dismissal.

Points collection

Victory gives Reading 28 points, equalling the total they mustered in the whole of last season's ill-fated Premier League campaign

Former Forest defender Gunter was given his marching orders after picking up his second yellow card with nine minutes remaining, but Nigel Adkins' side still ended their four-match winless run.

Confidence would have been high when Reading took the lead in the eighth-minute.

The Royals have yet to lose a Championship game this season when they have taken the lead and Pogrebnyak put them ahead with his effort from Garath McCleary's ball in.

Just five minutes later their lead was doubled when Danny Guthrie's corner was met by Gorkss' diving header for his first goal of the season.

McCleary then had a chance to extend Reading's lead with Forest under severe pressure but the midfielder wasted his chance.

Despite their below-par display in the opening half, Forest managed to find a route back into the game before the break.

Jamie Mackie burst clear before playing a low ball across the area in the 40th minute that was met by Cox sliding in for his third goal in as many games.

Forest manager Billy Davies was not impressed by his side's first-half display and made a double change at the break with Henderson and Andy Reid coming on for Radoslaw Majewski and Jamie Paterson.

Consistent scorers

Billy Davies's Nottingham Forest have scored in all but one of their 16 league matches - only leaders Burnley can match that

And the two substitutes played pivotal roles in Forest's equaliser as Reid's pass to Cox was laid off by the Republic of Ireland international for Henderson and he fired home.

Forest were now on top, playing with more confidence than the side under pressure in the first half, Mackie striking the post.

Despite their much improved second half, Forest were still open at the back and Obita made them pay with 16 minutes to go as he found the net to lift the Royals up to fourth.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 02 Lichaj
  • 03 Harding Booked (Derbyshire - 80' )
  • 10 Lansbury Booked
  • 16 Lascelles Booked
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 12 Mackie
  • 18 Jara
  • 31 Cox
  • 28 Majewski (Henderson - 45' )
  • 21 Paterson (Reid - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Chalobah
  • 09 Henderson
  • 11 Reid
  • 15 Halford
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 29 de Vries
  • 39 Abdoun

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 03 Kelly
  • 20 Guthrie
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 19 Robson-Kanu (McAnuff - 69' )
  • 23 Williams
  • 07 Pogrebnyak Booked (Blackman - 80' )
  • 12 McCleary
  • 37 Obita (Sharp - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 14 Sharp
  • 16 Akpan
  • 22 Blackman
  • 24 Cummings
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 21,199

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

3 4

Corners

7 6

Fouls

16 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Reading 3.

90:00 +5:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Reading 3.

90:00 +4:57

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

90:00 +4:57

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:30

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +4:30

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +3:49 Booking

Booking Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:38

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:38

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +2:14

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:14

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +0:45 Booking

Booking Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:34

Billy Sharp (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:34

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

89:01

Attempt missed. Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.

88:35

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

88:33

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

87:42

Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).

87:42

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:06

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

85:06

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:07

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

84:07

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:33

Stephen Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:33

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

83:05

Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

82:31

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Garath McCleary.

81:48

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

81:48

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:39 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Chris Gunter (Reading) for a bad foul.

80:20

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

80:20

Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.

79:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Daniel Harding.

79:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Billy Sharp replaces Jordan Obita.

78:07

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a corner.

77:49

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

73:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Reading 3. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

73:07

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:07

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

71:39

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:39

Foul by Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest).

70:29

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Harding tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.

69:34

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Reading).

69:34

Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Jobi McAnuff replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

67:44 Booking

Booking Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:34

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:34

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

67:21

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Simon Cox.

66:27

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:27

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

63:14

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Simon Cox.

59:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Reading 2. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simon Cox.

57:58

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

57:58

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:11

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

57:06

Attempt saved. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Harding with a cross.

56:23

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

54:53

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:53

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

54:11

Attempt blocked. Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

53:58

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).

53:58

Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:11 Booking

Booking Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

52:11

Hand ball by Chris Gunter (Reading).

48:41

Attempt missed. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Harding.

47:14

Attempt missed. Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Cox following a set piece situation.

46:42 Booking

Booking Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:36

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

46:36

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:59

Offside, Reading. Danny Guthrie tries a through ball, but Alex Pearce is caught offside.

45:17

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:17

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Andy Reid replaces Jamie Paterson.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Radoslaw Majewski.

45:00 +2:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 2.

45:00 +1:04

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

45:00 +0:28

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

45:00 +0:24

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with a headed pass.

44:05

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:05

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

40:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 2. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamie Mackie with a cross.

38:49

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:49

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

36:20

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

36:20

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:31

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Paterson.

34:26

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a through ball.

30:14

Attempt missed. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simon Cox.

30:07

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Paterson with a cross.

29:48

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Garath McCleary.

29:02

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

29:02

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:30

Attempt blocked. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Radoslaw Majewski.

27:42

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

24:49

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

21:32

Attempt blocked. Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Cox.

19:01

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

16:05

Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:05

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

15:51

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

15:51

Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:48

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:48

Foul by Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest).

12:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Reading 2. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.

12:15

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

12:14

Attempt blocked. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

10:52

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Jamaal Lascelles tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

7:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 0, Reading 1. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

7:26

Attempt blocked. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:02

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

5:52

Danny Guthrie (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:52

Foul by Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest).

3:55

Offside, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu tries a through ball, but Jordan Obita is caught offside.

3:29

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

2:15

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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