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Leeds United 2-4 Reading

Garath McCleary

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."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 25Byram
  • 16Pugh
  • 5Pearce
  • 24ZaliukasSubstituted forSmithat 60'minutes
  • 4Lees
  • 8Austin
  • 6Murphy
  • 44McCormack
  • 9Wickham
  • 36MowattBooked at 27mins

Substitutes

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

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 16Akpan
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 12McClearySubstituted forBlackmanat 40'minutes
  • 20Guthrie
  • 19Robson-KanuSubstituted forCummingsat 86'minutes
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forHectorat 78'minutes
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Hector
  • 38Tshibola
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
19,915

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamReading
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Reading 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Reading 4.

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

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

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.

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.

Substitution

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

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.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

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

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Royston Drenthe.

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

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff.

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

Foul by Rodolph Austin (Leeds United).

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

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

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

Dangerous play by Alex Mowatt (Leeds United).

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

Foul by Danny Pugh (Leeds United).

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

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

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

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.

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.

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

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

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

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Marius Zaliukas.

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

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

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

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.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester34245565323377
2Burnley341912354272769
3Derby35188960431762
4QPR34179840281260
5Nottm Forest351414755411456
6Reading3515101056411555
7Brighton34141193728953
8Wigan321571041301152
9Ipswich351312104539651
10Blackburn331210113941-246
11Watford341112114941845
12Middlesbrough351014114438644
13Leeds34128144749-244
14Huddersfield34127154546-143
15Bournemouth33119134351-842
16Bolton35913134650-440
17Sheff Wed33912123940-139
18Blackpool35911153049-1938
19Birmingham3499163944-536
20Doncaster3599173254-2236
21Millwall35710183262-3031
22Yeovil3478193049-1929
23Barnsley34611173159-2829
24Charlton3069152441-1727
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