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Nottingham Forest 2-3 Reading

Reading defender Kaspars Gorkss celebrates his goal

Jordan Obita scored the winner for Reading in a thrilling encounter against Nottingham Forest.

Pavel Pogrebnyak's close-range strike put the Royals into the lead before Kaspars Gorkss headed in a second.

Simon Cox's sliding effort before the break got Forest back in the game and Darius Henderson angled a low shot home in the second half to equalise.

But Obita's powerful strike put Reading back in front and the Royals held on despite Chris Gunter's late dismissal.

Former Forest defender Gunter was given his marching orders after picking up his second yellow card with nine minutes remaining, but Nigel Adkins' side still ended their four-match winless run.

Confidence would have been high when Reading took the lead in the eighth-minute.

The Royals have yet to lose a Championship game this season when they have taken the lead and Pogrebnyak put them ahead with his effort from Garath McCleary's ball in.

Just five minutes later their lead was doubled when Danny Guthrie's corner was met by Gorkss' diving header for his first goal of the season.

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McCleary then had a chance to extend Reading's lead with Forest under severe pressure but the midfielder wasted his chance.

Despite their below-par display in the opening half, Forest managed to find a route back into the game before the break.

Jamie Mackie burst clear before playing a low ball across the area in the 40th minute that was met by Cox sliding in for his third goal in as many games.

Forest manager Billy Davies was not impressed by his side's first-half display and made a double change at the break with Henderson and Andy Reid coming on for Radoslaw Majewski and Jamie Paterson.

And the two substitutes played pivotal roles in Forest's equaliser as Reid's pass to Cox was laid off by the Republic of Ireland international for Henderson and he fired home.

Forest were now on top, playing with more confidence than the side under pressure in the first half, Mackie striking the post.

Despite their much improved second half, Forest were still open at the back and Obita made them pay with 16 minutes to go as he found the net to lift the Royals up to fourth.

Line-ups

Nottm Forest

  • 1Darlow
  • 2Lichaj
  • 3HardingBooked at 68minsSubstituted forDerbyshireat 80'minutes
  • 10LansburyBooked at 90mins
  • 16LascellesBooked at 90mins
  • 25Hobbs
  • 12Mackie
  • 18Jara
  • 31Cox
  • 28MajewskiSubstituted forHendersonat 45'minutes
  • 21PatersonSubstituted forReidat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Chalobah
  • 9Henderson
  • 11Reid
  • 15Halford
  • 27Derbyshire
  • 29de Vries
  • 39Abdoun

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2GunterBooked at 81mins
  • 3Kelly
  • 20Guthrie
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 19Robson-KanuSubstituted forMcAnuffat 69'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 7PogrebnyakBooked at 47minsSubstituted forBlackmanat 80'minutes
  • 12McCleary
  • 37ObitaSubstituted forSharpat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 11McAnuff
  • 14Sharp
  • 16Akpan
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
21,199

Match Stats

Home TeamNottm ForestAway TeamReading
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Reading 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 2, Reading 3.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

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

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

Booking

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Billy Sharp (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt missed. Jack Hobbs (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stephen Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Garath McCleary.

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Chris Gunter (Reading) for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Substitution

Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Matt Derbyshire replaces Daniel Harding.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Billy Sharp replaces Jordan Obita.

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jack Hobbs.

Goal!

Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Reading 3. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

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

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley16105128111735
2Leicester16112326161035
3QPR1610511881035
4Reading177732620628
5Blackpool167722015528
6Nottm Forest177642620627
7Leeds168262419526
8Derby167453023725
9Brighton166641914524
10Watford166552721623
11Wigan156451713422
12Ipswich165562422220
13Huddersfield165562120120
14Blackburn165562019120
15Bolton164751721-419
16Bournemouth165382131-1018
17Charlton164571419-517
18Millwall164571931-1217
19Middlesbrough163762626016
20Doncaster164481426-1216
21Birmingham164391823-515
22Sheff Wed151861825-711
23Barnsley162591632-1611
24Yeovil1623111024-149
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