Billy Sharp scored his second goal in three games as Reading punished wasteful Huddersfield to rise a place to fifth in the Championship table.

Sharp, on loan at the Royals from Southampton since September, headed the winner from Pavel Pogrebnyak's cross.

Martin Paterson fired against the post and a number of other chances were wasted as the hosts pushed to level.

Their frustration was compounded in added time when Joel Lynch was sent off for a second caution.

Huddersfield were short on firepower, with top scorer James Vaughan sidelined by a thigh problem, and defeat sees them drop to 12th.

In-form Royals

Reading have lost just one of their last six games to move into the play-off positions

Missing key players through injury or suspension, Reading were forced to soak up early pressure before hitting Huddersfield on the break.

Kaspars Gorkss headed wide in the first minute, but the Royals did not create another chance until Sharp scored.

Pogrebnyak's centre gave him his chance and though Terriers keeper Alex Smithies got a hand on the downward effort, he only succeeded in palming the ball into the roof of the net.

Sharp drilled wide six minutes later but after half-time Huddersfield were back on top and Danny Ward's shot was blocked by Chris Gunter before a long-range Lynch effort was well held by Alex McCarthy.

Ward forced McCarthy into another good save and then Oliver Norwood fired over from an Adam Hammill cross when unmarked.

Paterson then struck the woodwork from Paul Dixon's cut-back and Royston Drenthe went close for Reading.

Pogrebnyak was only denied by Anthony Gerrard's vital block while at the other end Sean Scannell headed wide from close range.

Lynch was dismissed after being shown yellow cards for two challenges on Pogrebnyak late on.

Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins:

"Reading would not have been able to complain if we had run away with that game.

"We should have had two clear penalties which on another day we would have got and we would have come out clear winners.

"I am proud and pleased, and the players have done everything I could have asked. It's just in the penalty box where we need to keep a cool head."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins:

"We knew this would be a challenging fixture and it's good to come away with the three points.

"Billy Sharp scored the only goal but we could have scored three or four. We were very offensive in our mindset, we saw the game out and won quite comfortably.

"There were two good teams on the pitch but our victory was well deserved and it's another three points on the road."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Huddersfield Town

  • 01 Smithies
  • 12 Hammill (Scannell - 81' )
  • 03 Dixon
  • 33 Lynch Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 39 Gerrard
  • 27 Smith
  • 10 Gobern (Holmes - 73' )
  • 08 Clayton
  • 11 Ward
  • 17 Paterson (C. López - 81' )
  • 04 Norwood Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Woods
  • 07 Scannell
  • 13 Bennett
  • 15 Wallace
  • 16 Southern
  • 19 C. López
  • 38 Holmes

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 24 Cummings
  • 23 Williams Booked
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 37 Obita (Akpan - 80' )
  • 14 Sharp (Blackman - 72' )
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 10 Drenthe (McCleary - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 12 McCleary
  • 16 Akpan
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 22 Blackman
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 13,572

Match Stats

Shots

27 10

On target

8 4

Corners

4 4

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

90:00 +4:53 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

90:00 +4:05 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) for a bad foul.

90:00 +3:59

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

90:00 +3:59

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

90:00 +0:18

Attempt missed. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a cross.

89:41

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

88:25

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

88:20

Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:53 Booking

Booking Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:45

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

86:45

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

86:01

Offside, Reading. Daniel Williams tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

85:15

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

85:15

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

84:05

Attempt saved. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

83:48

Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83:11

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

83:11

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

80:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Cristian replaces Martin Paterson.

80:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Adam Hammill.

79:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Hope Akpan replaces Jordan Obita.

77:07

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

76:06

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Martin Paterson tries a through ball, but Adam Clayton is caught offside.

76:01

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

75:55

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

75:25

Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:25

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

73:54

Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Paul Dixon.

72:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Duane Holmes replaces Oscar Gobern.

71:41

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

71:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Billy Sharp.

70:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Royston Drenthe.

67:03

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

66:41

Attempt blocked. Tom Smith (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

65:21

Attempt blocked. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:58

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

64:56

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a through ball.

60:58

Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:58

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

60:27

Attempt saved. Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Smith.

60:03

Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:03

Foul by Shaun Cummings (Reading).

59:26

Attempt missed. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

57:17

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

57:17

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

56:36

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

54:57

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

54:57

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

51:53

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

51:52

Attempt blocked. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Paterson.

51:18

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:18

Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).

49:58

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:58

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

49:27

Attempt missed. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Royston Drenthe with a cross following a set piece situation.

48:56

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

48:56

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:53

Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Paul Dixon with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

45:00 +1:43

Hand ball by Shaun Cummings (Reading).

45:00 +1:08

Shaun Cummings (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:08

Foul by Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town).

44:22

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:22

Foul by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town).

42:42

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

41:57 Booking

Booking Daniel Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:33

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

40:33

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:09

Attempt saved. Billy Sharp (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

37:23 Booking

Booking Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:42

Attempt blocked. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a cross.

36:09

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

36:05

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Oscar Gobern with a cross.

35:28

Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a cross.

34:22

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33:52

Attempt saved. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

31:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1. Billy Sharp (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak with a cross.

29:38

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

27:27

Attempt saved. Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Hammill.

27:06

Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).

27:06

Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:21

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:21

Foul by Anthony Gerrard (Huddersfield Town).

23:39

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

21:49

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

21:49

Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:08

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

21:08

Foul by Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town).

20:20

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Daniel Ward tries a through ball, but Martin Paterson is caught offside.

20:18

Attempt blocked. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Hammill with a cross.

19:04

Attempt saved. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Martin Paterson.

18:55

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

18:02

Attempt missed. Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

17:27

Attempt saved. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oscar Gobern.

14:37

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Martin Paterson is caught offside.

13:51

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:51

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

10:17

Offside, Reading. Alex Pearce tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

10:03

Attempt saved. Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

7:36

Attempt missed. Martin Paterson (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a headed pass.

5:00

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

5:00

Foul by Oscar Gobern (Huddersfield Town).

4:02

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Alex Smithies tries a through ball, but Martin Paterson is caught offside.

3:33

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

2:27

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Martin Paterson.

0:36

Attempt missed. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Royston Drenthe with a cross following a set piece situation.

0:09

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:09

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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