Reading 4-1 Doncaster Rovers

Reading striker Adam Le Fondre
Adam Le Fondre

Garath McCleary and Pavel Pogrebnyak scored late goals as Reading secured a comprehensive victory over Doncaster.

Danny Guthrie drove the Royals in front before Theo Robinson equalised from close range.

Adam Le Fondre flicked in from McCleary's pass to restore Reading's advantage before the break.

Rob Jones went off injured after Doncaster had used all of their substitutes and McCleary and Pogrebnyak sealed the win for Nigel Adkins' side.

Guthrie put the home side ahead after 10 minutes when he found the top corner for his third goal in four games.

Robinson, brought off the bench after only 22 minutes by manager Paul Dickov, pulled the visitors level when he turned in following Adam Federici's save from Mark Duffy's free-kick.

Le Fondre put Reading ahead once again when he finished from McCleary's ball for his fifth of the campaign.

After Doncaster lost captain Jones to what looked like an arm injury, McCleary found the net after good work from Hal Robson-Kanu and Pogrebnyak added a fourth from McCleary's pass in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"I'm so pleased for Pavel, it was an absolutely super finish. He's been working so hard at the training ground. It's all been down to him and he's now reaping the rewards.

"We never allowed Doncaster to play the ball around but some players then stopped what they had been doing successfully.

"Four goals, three points and the fans will have gone home happy."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"I fancied us to win the game at 2-1 down but playing with 10 men made it very difficult.

"Reading took full advantage of the situation and picked us off.

"I still feel a bit aggrieved and disappointed about the scoreline. Although it was 4-1, I thought we competed well."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley129212271529
2QPR118301441027
3Leicester128221912726
4Nottm Forest126512012823
5Blackpool12651149523
6Reading126421911822
7Watford1263324141021
8Derby125342420418
9Bournemouth125251925-617
10Blackburn124351714315
11Ipswich124351816215
12Wigan104241411314
13Huddersfield123541412214
14Brighton123541112-114
15Leeds114251013-314
16Middlesbrough122641921-212
17Doncaster113351116-512
18Millwall123361425-1112
19Birmingham113171315-210
20Charlton11245914-510
21Bolton121651019-99
22Barnsley122281429-158
23Sheff Wed110741117-67
24Yeovil12138618-126
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