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Reading 1-2 Preston North End

Daniel Johnson
Preston's Daniel Johnson has scored nine goals this season

Preston North End recorded their first victory in six Championship games as Daniel Johnson's winner sealed a win in injury time at Reading.

Jermaine Beckford gave Preston the lead, lobbing in following a mix-up between Paul McShane and Ali Al-Habsi.

Stephen Quinn's long-range drive drew Reading level with his first goal for the club.

Johnson wrapped up Preston's first win since a 2-1 victory over Blackburn on 2 April with a 91st-minute finish.

Reading manager Brian McDermott: "If you get back to 1-1, you don't expect to lose that late in the game.

"Walking round that pitch (on a lap of honour) is never good when you've just lost a game that late and also where we've ended up in the league.

"But I've been in this situation before in 2004-05, when we walked around the pitch at Wigan. The following season, we won the league. So that's what I hang on to."

Preston manager Simon Grayson: "The lads showed today that they're not on their holidays. We're making sure we finish the season in a positive manner and get as many points as possible.

"A lot of teams would maybe have settled for a 1-1 draw here, but we keep challenging the players and they've shown again that they've got a fantastic spirit for each other and the club."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 12McCleary
  • 5McShane
  • 35Cooper
  • 2Gunter
  • 6Norwood
  • 4EvansSubstituted forBarrettat 45'minutes
  • 21Quinn
  • 23Williams
  • 10Rakels
  • 29Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 3A Taylor
  • 7Vydra
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 31Cox
  • 43Watson
  • 49Barrett

Preston

  • 43Kirkland
  • 15Woods
  • 6Wright
  • 23Huntington
  • 3CunninghamSubstituted forVermijlat 66'minutes
  • 32Reach
  • 11Johnson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 16Browne
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forDoyleat 84'minutes
  • 10BeckfordSubstituted forHugillat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 4Pearson
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 13Doyle
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson
  • 40Hudson
Referee:
Darren Deadman
Attendance:
15,834

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home16
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Preston North End 2.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Preston North End 2. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Attempt blocked. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Attempt saved. Josh Barrett (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Deniss Rakels.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Bailey Wright.

Foul by Deniss Rakels (Reading).

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Preston North End 1. Stephen Quinn (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Jermaine Beckford.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Eoin Doyle replaces Joe Garner.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Attempt missed. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Reading) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stephen Quinn following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

Attempt missed. Josh Barrett (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Quinn.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt saved. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Reading).

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Garner.

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

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Marnick Vermijl replaces Greg Cunningham because of an injury.

Delay in match Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Josh Barrett (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul McShane.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jermaine Beckford.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Attempt blocked. Deniss Rakels (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Barrett.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Preston North End 1. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Johnson with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Jake Cooper (Reading) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Stephen Quinn with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Deniss Rakels (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jermaine Beckford (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alan Browne.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough452610962303288
2Burnley442415568353387
3Brighton442415570403087
4Hull4523111164343080
5Derby442114965412477
6Sheff Wed451917965432274
7Cardiff451716125550567
8Ipswich451715135251166
9Birmingham451614155248462
10Brentford45188196766162
11Preston451516144444061
12Leeds451416154957-858
13QPR441318135353057
14Wolves451316165157-655
15Blackburn451216174345-252
16Reading451313195156-552
17Nottm Forest451216174146-552
18Bristol City451313195470-1652
19Huddersfield451312205865-751
20Rotherham451310225266-1449
21Fulham451115196579-1448
22Charlton45913234077-3740
23MK Dons45912243867-2939
24Bolton45515254180-3930
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