Brian McDermott's Leeds were beaten at home against his old club Reading.

Garath McCleary put the visitors ahead after a misplaced pass from defender Marius Zaliukas, before Royston Drenthe's free-kick doubled the lead.

Nick Blackman scored a diving header from Danny Guthrie's cross, before Hal Robson-Kanu's half-volley made it 4-0.

The hosts scored twice in a minute as Matt Smith converted a header from Rodolph Austin, who then fired home from 25 yards, but it was not enough.

It was another damaging home defeat for Leeds, who lost 5-1 to Bolton at Elland Road on Saturday, prompting McDermott - 12 months after he was removed by Reading - to limit his programme notes to just three paragraphs this evening.

Kick-off was delayed by half-an-hour after players, match officials and spectators were delayed by traffic congestion on the M62.

And Leeds fans must soon have been wishing the game had not started at all as their side headed for another damaging loss.

The response at least offered some encouragement for under-pressure McDermott, although it is Reading who continue to harbour promotion ambitions.

The Royals consolidated their place in the top six, even if they have played more games than most of their rivals.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins:

"They were three very valuable points.

"We were excellent in the first half and deservedly went in one up. We expected Leeds to come at us in the second half but we went on the front foot to score three quick goals.

"Then a goal went in to lift them and it was immediately followed by a wonder goal from Rudi Austin. The place was bouncing but we showed great character to defend because they really went for it."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Leeds United

  • 30 Butland
  • 25 Byram
  • 16 Pugh
  • 05 Pearce
  • 24 Zaliukas (Smith - 60' )
  • 04 Lees
  • 08 Austin
  • 06 Murphy
  • 44 McCormack
  • 09 Wickham
  • 36 Mowatt Booked

Substitutes

  • 10 Hunt
  • 17 Brown
  • 20 Smith
  • 22 Wootton
  • 26 Poleon
  • 28 Stewart
  • 33 Cairns

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 37 Obita
  • 16 Akpan
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 12 McCleary (Blackman - 40' )
  • 20 Guthrie
  • 19 Robson-Kanu (Cummings - 86' )
  • 10 Drenthe (Hector - 78' )
  • 11 McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 22 Blackman
  • 24 Cummings
  • 25 Taylor
  • 35 Hector
  • 38 Tshibola
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 19,915

Match Stats

Shots

15 13

On target

8 6

Corners

4 7

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 2, Reading 4.

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Reading 4.

90:00 +1:45

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Murphy tries a through ball, but Matt Smith is caught offside.

90:00 +0:34

Attempt blocked. Danny Pugh (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Byram.

87:02

Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Pugh.

85:55

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

85:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Shaun Cummings replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

83:02

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Gunter following a fast break.

82:14

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

81:25

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:25

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

80:40

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

78:03

Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a through ball.

77:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Royston Drenthe.

76:49

Royston Drenthe (Reading) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

75:43

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff.

74:41

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Leeds United) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross.

70:22

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

70:22

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

69:28

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:28

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

68:43

Dangerous play by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

68:43

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

66:29

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

66:29

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

64:33

Danny Pugh (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:33

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

63:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 2, Reading 4. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Smith.

62:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Reading 4. Matt Smith (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Pearce with a headed pass.

61:50

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:50

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

60:44

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:44

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

60:32

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

60:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Marius Zaliukas.

59:16

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:16

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

58:47

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

58:47

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

58:38

Attempt saved. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jason Pearce with a cross.

53:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Reading 4. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

51:44

Attempt saved. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

50:59

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

50:59

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:59

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

49:59

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:47

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:47

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

47:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Reading 3. Nick Blackman (Reading) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

47:45

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

46:59

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Rodolph Austin.

46:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Reading 2. Royston Drenthe (Reading) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

45:14

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

45:14

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Reading 1.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 0, Reading 1.

45:00 +0:54

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

45:00 +0:27

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Lees.

44:26

Hand ball by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

44:03

Attempt saved. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Sam Byram with a cross.

41:32

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

41:32

Foul by Connor Wickham (Leeds United).

39:35

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Royston Drenthe with a cross following a corner.

39:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Garath McCleary.

38:23

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jack Butland.

38:12

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

36:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:08

Delay in match Garath McCleary (Reading) because of an injury.

34:47

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Pugh with a cross.

31:27

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

31:27

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

30:48

Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).

30:48

Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:04

Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Jobi McAnuff is caught offside.

27:18

Attempt saved. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

26:38 Booking

Booking Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:33

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

26:33

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

24:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 0, Reading 1. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

22:52

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sam Byram.

22:23

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

20:27

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

20:27

Danny Pugh (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:23

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

19:21

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

17:22

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

17:22

Foul by Connor Wickham (Leeds United).

15:18

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

15:11

Attempt blocked. Tom Lees (Leeds United) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Mowatt with a cross.

14:39

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff.

12:59

Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Royston Drenthe is caught offside.

10:32

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

8:03

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Connor Wickham.

7:31

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

7:31

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

6:56

Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:14

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

6:14

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:27

Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

3:17

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

3:17

Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:23

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

2:23

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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