In-form Sheffield Wednesday extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches with a comfortable win over 10-man Reading.

Reading centre-back Alex Pearce was sent off in the ninth minute for bringing down striker Benik Afobe and Chris Maguire slotted home the resulting penalty.

The Owls made it 2-0 when Afobe scored from close range for his first goal since joining on loan from Arsenal.

Jeremy Helan went close to making it 3-0 but was denied by Alex McCarthy.

Reading had won four of their previous five fixtures but faced an uphill battle after Pearce's early dismissal.

The centre-back had already been troubled by the pace of Afobe and, after the Gunners loanee had burst past him yet again, Pearce clumsily bundled over the striker.

Referee Keith Hill awarded a penalty and straight red card for Pearce, while Maguire kept his nerve and drilled the spot-kick past McCarthy.

Wednesday have lost only twice in 14 outings since Stuart Gray stepped in to replace Dave Jones in December and they could have extended their advantage when Kieran Lee had a shot well blocked by Chris Gunter.

In the 58th minute, McCarthy fumbled Maguire's tame shot and Afobe followed up to tuck home.

It could have been 3-0 soon after but McCarthy tipped a Helan shot on to his near post and away to safety.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"There's only one talking point in the game. The referee, wrongly in my opinion, sent off our centre-half.

"Having looked at the video footage, I'm not sure it's even a penalty. Alex said he didn't touch him. Okay, the referee gives a penalty, but there's no way it should have been a red card.

"I've got a group of players who have put in another hard shift and it's a shame for them because we have had good momentum lately."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"I thought it was the correct decision. Perhaps we had a bit of luck in the first five minutes, when they missed their two chances, but I thought we dominated after that.

"I'm grateful to Arsenal for letting us have Afobe. He's got real talent and caused Reading a lot of problems with his pace and power.

"It was a collective team performance. With a bit better finishing, we could have finished them off earlier."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 37 Obita
  • 23 Williams (Guthrie - 65' )
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 05 Pearce Dismissed
  • 12 McCleary
  • 16 Akpan (Blackman - 65' )
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 11 McAnuff Booked (Robson-Kanu - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 20 Guthrie
  • 22 Blackman
  • 25 Taylor
  • 35 Hector

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 22 Palmer
  • 17 Helan Booked
  • 20 Lee
  • 32 Llera Booked
  • 19 Mattock
  • 18 Maguire Booked (Nuhiu - 78' )
  • 06 Semedo
  • 28 Afobe (Lavery - 73' )
  • 16 McCabe Booked (Antonio - 45' )
  • 10 Maghoma

Substitutes

  • 07 Antonio
  • 21 Corry
  • 24 Floro
  • 25 Lavery
  • 26 Martinez
  • 27 McPhail
  • 34 Nuhiu
Ref: Keith Hill
Att: 19,772

Match Stats

Shots

4 20

On target

0 9

Corners

2 6

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Reading 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

90:00 +2:43

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

90:00 +1:48

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

90:00 +0:54

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

90:00 +0:54

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:24

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

90:00 +0:24

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

89:53

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

89:52

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

89:28

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

87:57

Attempt missed. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

87:17

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Garath McCleary.

84:53

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

84:53

Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:03

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

84:03

Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:44

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

81:36

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

81:36

Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:59

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

80:59

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

80:04

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jeremy Helan following a fast break.

77:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Chris Maguire.

75:34

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Kirkland tries a through ball, but Michail Antonio is caught offside.

75:01

Offside, Reading. Danny Guthrie tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

72:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Caolan Lavery replaces Benik Afobe.

71:52 Substitution

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

67:20 Booking

Booking Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:11

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:11

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

66:43

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

64:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Danny Guthrie replaces Daniel Williams.

64:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Hope Akpan.

62:41

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

62:41

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:01

Hand ball by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

59:44

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Joe Mattock.

58:43

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

58:43

Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 0, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

56:57

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Benik Afobe with a headed pass.

56:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:19

Delay in match Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

54:42

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

54:05

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

51:31 Booking

Booking Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:20

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

51:20

Foul by Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday).

50:00

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

50:00

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

49:27

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Mattock following a fast break.

46:40

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross following a corner.

45:57

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

45:52

Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Michail Antonio replaces Rhys McCabe.

45:00 +6:42 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

45:00 +6:16

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +5:26

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +5:26

Foul by Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:00 +4:27

Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Chris Maguire following a fast break.

45:00 +2:32

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +2:32

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

45:00 +0:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

44:30

Delay in match Hope Akpan (Reading) because of an injury.

44:30

Delay in match Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

44:19 Booking

Booking Jobi McAnuff (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

43:17

Offside, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

41:20 Booking

Booking Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

35:50

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

34:13

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

30:52

Attempt saved. Rhys McCabe (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

29:33

Attempt missed. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

27:20

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

23:16

Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

22:46

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

21:55

Hand ball by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

20:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:24

Delay in match Rhys McCabe (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

18:30

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:30

Foul by Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday).

16:48

Attempt saved. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:13

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

13:13

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:03 Booking

Booking Rhys McCabe (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

11:54

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:54

Foul by Rhys McCabe (Sheffield Wednesday).

9:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

8:06 Dismissal

Dismissal Alex Pearce (Reading) is shown the red card.

7:59

Penalty conceded by Alex Pearce (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.

7:59

Penalty Sheffield Wednesday. Benik Afobe draws a foul in the penalty area.

6:49

Attempt blocked. Rhys McCabe (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:10

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Daniel Williams.

6:09

Attempt blocked. Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

5:22

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

5:22

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:34

Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:34

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

0:35

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:35

Foul by Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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