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Leeds United 3-2 Reading

Chris Wood
Chris Wood has scored 11 goals for Leeds since signing in July 2015

Chris Wood scored twice in 16 minutes as Leeds snatched a dramatic late victory over Reading at Elland Road.

Defender Michael Hector gave the Royals the lead at the break with a back post half-volley but Toumani Diagouraga's header brought the Whites level.

Wood's header from four yards out saw Leeds take the lead before Deniss Rakels' close-range strike equalised.

Leeds striker Wood then clinched all three points when he finished past Ali Al Habsi five minutes from time.

A group of Leeds supporters held a protest against chairman Massimo Cellino's ownership before the game and with both sides sitting safely in mid-table in the Championship and having little to play for, the match could have meandered into a dreary affair.

An early fumble by Reading captain Al Habsi forced Jake Cooper into an excellent goalline clearance as the game came to life before the half-hour mark.

The game featured a first Championship goal of the season for Hector and Diagouraga's first at this level, while Rakels netted his second goal of the season.

However, the afternoon belonged to 24-year-old Wood, whose 10th and 11th goals of the campaign ensured it was an unhappy return for Royals manager Brian McDermott to his former club.

Leeds head coach Steve Evans:

"At the moment I am fully focused on our next two games against Wolves and Hull.

"I have never made any secret of the fact that I want to be Leeds' head coach next term.

"In life we would all like decisions to be made quickly but when I asked my wife to marry me she took forever!

"The president (Massimo Cellino) will meet me for talks when he is ready."

Reading manager Brian McDermott:

"The Leeds fans are genuine, good people and Leeds United is a fantastic football club. Apart from the result, I enjoyed being back.

"We have a very young team and they will learn from playing in this environment.

"In the first half we were good value and maybe could have been two goals up, but we didn't come out for the second half as well as we should have done.

"We have more points than last season, so that is a positive sign. We need to improve results away from home and do the ugly stuff well"

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 28Berardi
  • 5Bellusci
  • 6CooperBooked at 89mins
  • 21Taylor
  • 16DiagouragaSubstituted forPhillipsat 66'minutes
  • 8Murphy
  • 23L Cook
  • 7AntenucciBooked at 65minsSubstituted forErwinat 80'minutes
  • 15DallasSubstituted forCoyleat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 4Wootton
  • 19Erwin
  • 20Botaka
  • 27Phillips
  • 29Sloth
  • 31Coyle
  • 45Peacock-Farrell

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 12McClearyBooked at 65mins
  • 8Hector
  • 35Cooper
  • 3A Taylor
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forJohnat 78'minutes
  • 4EvansBooked at 35minsSubstituted forRakelsat 71'minutes
  • 6NorwoodBooked at 79mins
  • 21Quinn
  • 7Vydra
  • 31Cox

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 10Rakels
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 20John
  • 28Kuhl
  • 43Watson
  • 49Barrett
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
20,881

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamReading
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 3, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 3, Reading 2.

Attempt blocked. Michael Hector (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

Foul by Ola John (Reading).

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Lewis Cook (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Wood.

Attempt missed. Chris Wood (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Cook following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Lewie Coyle replaces Stuart Dallas.

Attempt missed. Ola John (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a set piece situation.

Matej Vydra (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

Booking

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Wood (Leeds United).

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 3, Reading 2. Chris Wood (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Taylor following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Reading 2. Deniss Rakels (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Simon Cox (Reading) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ola John with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Lee Erwin replaces Mirco Antenucci.

Booking

Oliver Norwood (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

Lewis Cook (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Taylor with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ola John replaces Lucas Piazon.

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

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Reading).

Attempt missed. Deniss Rakels (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Murphy.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Quinn (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Taylor.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Deniss Rakels replaces George Evans.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Reading 1. Chris Wood (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough42267959273285
2Burnley422314566343283
3Brighton422215563392481
4Hull4121101058302873
5Derby422013961382373
6Sheff Wed421815961421969
7Cardiff421616105244864
8Ipswich421613134848061
9Birmingham421611154743459
10Preston421415134040057
11QPR421317125248456
12Leeds421315144452-854
13Brentford41158185862-453
14Wolves421314154954-553
15Reading421312174851-351
16Huddersfield421310195659-349
17Bristol City421212184665-1948
18Blackburn421114173942-347
19Nottm Forest421114173643-747
20Fulham421114176372-947
21Rotherham42138215164-1347
22MK Dons42911223560-2538
23Charlton42812223773-3636
24Bolton42414243978-3926
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