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Brentford 1-3 Reading

Nick Blackman
Nick Blackman has scored four goals in seven appearances this season

Nick Blackman scored twice as Reading registered their first Championship win of the season away at Brentford.

The Royals took the lead on 17 minutes when Orlando Sa powered a header home and Blackman doubled their advantage with a free-kick from 25 yards out.

Lasse Vibe pulled one back for the Bees midway through the second half.

But Blackman sealed the points with an injury-time penalty, converting after being brought down by Bees goalkeeper David Button.

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Dijkhuizen on Brentford v Reading

Brentford had Button to thank for keeping the scoreline down as Reading ran riot in a one-sided first half.

He made a string of saves; tipping Stephen Quinn's deflected shot wide, parrying a header from Hal Robson-Kanu and making a brilliant double save to deny Quinn and Blackman.

Brentford looked far more lively after the break but rarely looked like clawing their way back into the game, even after Vibe reduced the arrears with a curling effort which went in off the post.

The Bees were playing the first match on their new pitch at Griffin Park, which was re-laid during the week after their game against Birmingham in midweek was postponed.

Brentford head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen: "We were very poor in the first half and to be honest I didn't recognise some of my players. We were not good on the ball and struggled to keep hold of it."

Reading boss Steve Clarke: "I keep talking about performances and that first half was excellent. If we play like that then the results will follow and if they don't I'll still be happy.

"I thought we could have been out of sight by half-time but their keeper has kept them in it. I was out of my seat getting ready to celebrate when he stopped one shot."

Orlando Sa
Orlando Sa scored from an unmarked header as Reading dominated the first period
Nick Blackman
Blackman wrapped up the points from the spot after being fouled by David Button
Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke's Reading side won for the first time in the Championship this season

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27ButtonBooked at 90mins
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 26TarkowskiBooked at 31mins
  • 3BidwellBooked at 84mins
  • 20DiagouragaSubstituted forMcCormackat 37'minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 17KerschbaumerSubstituted forSaundersat 83'minutes
  • 21Vibe
  • 18Judge
  • 24GogiaSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 11HofmannBooked at 57mins

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 29Barbet
  • 35Udumaga
  • 36Clarke

Reading

  • 1BondBooked at 90mins
  • 2GunterBooked at 87mins
  • 5McShane
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 11ObitaBooked at 22mins
  • 23Williams
  • 6NorwoodSubstituted forHectorat 90+4'minutes
  • 21Quinn
  • 22Blackman
  • 10Substituted forTshibolaat 82'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forMcClearyat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Hector
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Hurtado
  • 18Tshibola
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 31Cox
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
10,206

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamReading
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away9
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home21
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Reading 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Reading 3.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Reading 3. Nick Blackman (Reading) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

David Button (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by David Button (Brentford) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Reading. Nick Blackman draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Jonathan Bond (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Oliver Norwood.

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Anton Ferdinand (Reading) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Judge.

Maxime Colin (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sam Saunders.

Attempt missed. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Tshibola.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

Aaron Tshibola (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sam Saunders replaces Konstantin Kerschbaumer.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Aaron Tshibola replaces Orlando Sá.

Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

Foul by Jake Bidwell (Brentford).

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

Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Attempt missed. Orlando Sá (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Orlando Sá with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton541084413
2Hull531184410
3Ipswich5311107310
4QPR5311108210
5Cardiff52308539
6Middlesbrough52217348
7Birmingham42207438
8Charlton52216428
9Burnley52216608
10Leeds51406517
11MK Dons52125417
12Wolves521278-17
13Reading51315416
14Fulham51227705
15Sheff Wed512267-15
16Nottm Forest512245-15
17Preston512224-25
18Brentford411278-14
19Derby504145-14
20Bristol City5113610-44
21Blackburn503235-23
22Huddersfield503236-33
23Bolton503215-43
24Rotherham5014513-81
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