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Reading 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Jake Cooper
Jake Cooper scores his first goal of the season for Reading

Reading fought back to earn a point and end Sheffield Wednesday's hopes of a fourth straight Championship win.

Fresh from signing a permanent deal with the Owls, Gary Hooper opened the scoring with a composed finish after the ball ricocheted to him.

Reading's Matej Vydra was then fouled by Glenn Loovens to win a penalty, but struck the post from the spot.

Jake Cooper nodded in from a corner to put Reading level before debutant Yann Kermorgant headed wide late on.

Reading had won five of their last six league matches at home against Wednesday, but were immediately under pressure, with Barry Bannan's shot hitting the inside of the post after a short free-kick routine.

The opening goal came two minutes later when Jack Hunt's cut-back via Fernando Forestieri fell to Hooper, who beat goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi to make it four goals in five appearances against the Royals.

Gary Hooper
Gary Hooper has now scored seven goals in 14 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday this season

The hosts were given a chance to equalise when Owls' captain Loovens dived in and fouled Vydra, but the Czech forward hit the upright from 12 yards.

Reading continued to have the majority of the possession after the break, but it was Wednesday's Forestieri who nearly doubled the lead, only for Chris Gunter to deflect his volley over the bar.

Cooper then scored the Royal's first set-piece goal of the season, rising highest at the back post to head past goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

Brian McDermott's side pushed for a winner, but had made to settle for a point after Kermorgant's close-range header was off target, as they moved into 13th place in the table, with Wednesday staying sixth.

Reading boss Brian McDermott:

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McDermott on Reading v Sheff Wed

"The first 20 minutes, Wednesday played really well. They scored a good goal and that's why they are where they are in the league.

"Over the last 60 or 70 minutes, we definitely deserved a draw but we probably should have won.

"The fans we singing 'we've scored from a corner' and that was quite funny. I liked that.

"But we're delighted. It was a great header from Jake. And when we got back to 1-1, I thought we would go on and win the game."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal:

"We are in a much better position than at the start of the season and we are winning a lot of points.

"We take every game, in whichever competition, very seriously. We are outsiders for the sixth place but we are still in a very good position.

"We started the game very well with very high quality. But we lost some energy and the capacity to keep the ball in attack.

"The result wasn't what we liked or what we wanted but it's the reality. Reading had much more of the ball but we controlled the game. We always expected to create something on the counter-attack."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 35Cooper
  • 11Obita
  • 4EvansSubstituted forJohnat 65'minutes
  • 6Norwood
  • 23Williams
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forKermorgantat 45'minutes
  • 7Vydra
  • 9Robson-Kanu

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 3A Taylor
  • 8Hector
  • 20John
  • 29Kermorgant
  • 31Cox
  • 34Keown

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32HuntBooked at 29mins
  • 23Sasso
  • 5Loovens
  • 36Pudil
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 20LeeBooked at 64mins
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forHelanat 78'minutes
  • 45ForestieriSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 71'minutes
  • 41Bannan
  • 14HooperSubstituted forNuhiuat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Palmer
  • 6Semedo
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 12Bennett
  • 17Helan
  • 18Lucas João
  • 34Price
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
18,972

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Jake Cooper (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Jake Cooper (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

Attempt missed. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Danny Williams.

Foul by Matej Vydra (Reading).

Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Gary Hooper.

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Ross Wallace.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

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

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Jake Cooper (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Lucas João replaces Fernando Forestieri.

Offside, Reading. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Chris Gunter is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ola John replaces George Evans.

Booking

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Matej Vydra (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Matej Vydra (Reading).

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Yann Kermorgant.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull28175645182756
2Middlesbrough27174637142355
3Brighton28131143428650
4Derby271310438211749
5Burnley27139542241848
6Sheff Wed281210642311146
7Birmingham2813783728946
8Ipswich2812973735245
9Cardiff28101173531441
10Brentford28116114140139
11Nottm Forest2891183025538
12Wolves28108103738-138
13Reading2898113231135
14QPR2881193535035
15Preston2881192527-235
16Leeds2881192832-435
17Huddersfield2888123739-232
18Blackburn2761292424030
19Fulham28610124348-528
20MK Dons2875162341-1826
21Rotherham2874173449-1525
22Bristol City2859142447-2324
23Charlton2849152254-3221
24Bolton28311142446-2220
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