Play-off challengers Reading lost at home for the first time in 10 games as first-half goals from Lewis Grabban and Matt Ritchie gave Bournemouth victory.

Grabban scored from a rebound after goalkeeper Alex McCarthy kept out Tommy Elphick's powerful header eight minutes before the break.

Ritchie grabbed the second for the Cherries soon after with a low drive.

Adam Le Fondre tapped in from close range in stoppage time, but it was not enough to deny Bournemouth.

Then there was two

  • Reading's defeat means there now only two teams with an unbeaten home record in the Championship - QPR and Burnley.

Reading, who had lost just two of their previous 14 games, dominated the early stages of this encounter.

Billy Sharp saw a header cleared off the line, while Garath McCleary shot high and wide after cutting in from the right.

The visitors had barely been in the game but in the space of four minutes they stunned Reading.

After Elphick drew a save from McCarthy with a header following a Charlie Daniels free-kick, Grabban followed up to score.

And Ritchie put Bournemouth in command with the second four minutes later, working space for himself on the edge of the area before firing beyond McCarthy.

Brimming with confidence, Bournemouth had the better chances in the second half as Ritchie shot over and Simon Francis headed wide.

Reading managed to snatch a goal late on when Le Fondre finished inside the area after Royston Drenthe's shot had been blocked.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "We dominated Bournemouth for 30 or so minutes, we were by far the dominant force.

"But goals change the complexion of games and that's just what happened, and they were poor goals to give away.

"It's only our first defeat at home so we'll analyse it, take lessons from it and move on to the next game."

Bournemouth assistant manager Jason Tindall: "That has to be close to our best performance of the season.

"In recent weeks, we've performed well but something has always let us down. This time, we were good all round. All the lads were terrific.

"We must just stayed focused and keep believing in what we're doing."

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter Booked
  • 24 Cummings
  • 20 Guthrie Booked
  • 17 Gorkss (Le Fondre - 80' )
  • 05 Pearce
  • 23 Williams
  • 37 Obita
  • 14 Sharp
  • 12 McCleary (Drenthe - 66' Booked )
  • 19 Robson-Kanu (Pogrebnyak - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 10 Drenthe
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 22 Blackman

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp Booked
  • 02 Francis
  • 11 Daniels
  • 32 O'Kane Booked (MacDonald - 92' )
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook Booked
  • 30 Ritchie (Fraser - 76' )
  • 08 Arter
  • 09 Grabban (Pitman - 80' )
  • 04 Surman Booked
  • 07 Pugh

Substitutes

  • 10 Pitman
  • 14 Harte
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 20 Fraser
  • 25 Flahavan
  • 28 Rantie
  • 36 Yennaris
Ref: David Coote
Att: 20,944

Match Stats

Shots

10 16

On target

2 4

Corners

12 2

Fouls

14 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Reading 1, Bournemouth 2.

90:00 +4:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 1, Bournemouth 2.

90:00 +2:31

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

90:00 +2:31

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:53

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

90:00 +1:42

Hand ball by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

90:00 +1:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Eunan O'Kane.

90:00 +0:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Bournemouth 2. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

90:00 +0:28

Attempt blocked. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Royston Drenthe.

88:49

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

88:49

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:49 Booking

Booking Lee Camp (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

87:21

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

87:21

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:57

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

84:29

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

83:48

Foul by Shaun Cummings (Reading).

83:48

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:11 Booking

Booking Royston Drenthe (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

83:04

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

83:04

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:32

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Fraser.

80:18

Offside, Reading. Royston Drenthe tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

79:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Kaspars Gorkss.

79:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Lewis Grabban.

78:01

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alex Pearce following a corner.

77:44

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Fraser.

77:07

Attempt blocked. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

76:49

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Simon Francis.

75:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

73:38

Hand ball by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

72:04

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

69:43

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

67:27

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Shaun Cummings.

67:25

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

66:59

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

66:59

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

65:39

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

65:39

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Royston Drenthe replaces Garath McCleary.

63:05

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter with a through ball.

59:38

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

59:13

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

59:13

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

58:28

Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).

58:28

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:03

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

57:01

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Arter with a through ball.

56:05

Billy Sharp (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:05

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

54:53

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:53

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

53:18 Booking

Booking Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:14

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

53:14

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

52:37

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

52:32

Attempt blocked. Shaun Cummings (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pearce.

52:08

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

51:31

Offside, Bournemouth. Steve Cook tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

50:28

Shaun Cummings (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:28

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

48:50

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

48:50

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:28

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

45:57

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

45:57

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 0, Bournemouth 2.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

45:00 +3:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 0, Bournemouth 2.

45:00 +1:21

Hand ball by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

45:00 +1:02

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

45:00 +1:02

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:22

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

43:22

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

42:32

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

40:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 0, Bournemouth 2. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

38:45

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

38:45

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

38:07

Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).

38:07

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 0, Bournemouth 1. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

36:22

Attempt saved. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Daniels with a cross.

35:52 Booking

Booking Danny Guthrie (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

35:43

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).

35:43

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:02

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

35:02

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:20

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

32:37

Attempt blocked. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

28:50

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

28:50

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

23:07

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

23:07

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:40 Booking

Booking Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

21:33

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

21:33

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:16

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

20:16

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

18:46

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

17:58

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Lewis Grabban.

17:24

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Simon Francis.

15:47

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

15:19 Booking

Booking Steve Cook (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

15:13

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

15:13

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

13:47

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

8:42

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

8:08

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:08

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

7:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

6:00

Delay in match Billy Sharp (Reading) because of an injury.

5:36

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Reading) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a corner.

5:16

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

5:12

Attempt blocked. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

4:47

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Simon Francis.

2:18

Offside, Reading. Alex Pearce tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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