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Huddersfield Town 0-1 Reading

Billy Sharp

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.

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."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 12HammillSubstituted forScannellat 81'minutes
  • 3Dixon
  • 33LynchBooked at 90mins
  • 39Gerrard
  • 27Smith
  • 10GobernSubstituted forHolmesat 73'minutes
  • 8Clayton
  • 11Ward
  • 17PatersonSubstituted forC López at 81'minutes
  • 4NorwoodBooked at 38mins

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 7Scannell
  • 13Bennett
  • 15Wallace
  • 16Southern
  • 19C López
  • 38Holmes

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 24Cummings
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 42mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 11McAnuff
  • 37ObitaSubstituted forAkpanat 80'minutes
  • 14SharpSubstituted forBlackmanat 72'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forMcClearyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Akpan
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
13,572

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamReading
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home27
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

Dismissal

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

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

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

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.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

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

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

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

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

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.

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

Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Cristian replaces Martin Paterson.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Adam Hammill.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Hope Akpan replaces Jordan Obita.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Paul Dixon.

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

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

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

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

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Duane Holmes replaces Oscar Gobern.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Billy Sharp.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Royston Drenthe.

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.

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

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

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

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.

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

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

goal

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