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Reading 3-2 Brentford

Roy Beerens
Roy Beerens has scored seven goals in 32 games for Reading this season

Roy Beerens scored a late winner as Reading came from behind to beat Brentford and boost their Championship promotion hopes.

The hosts took the lead through John Swift's first-half strike, but Jota levelled for the Bees from close range.

Lasse Vibe's strike then put Brentford ahead, before Danny Williams turned in Garath McCleary's cross for the Royals.

And Yann Kermorgant picked out Beerens to slot into an empty net after a poor clearance from goalkeeper Dan Bentley.

The result extends Reading's unbeaten run to six games, with Jaap Stam's side reducing the gap to second-placed Brighton to five points.

They are also nine points clear of Norwich in seventh, following the Canaries' 2-2 draw with leaders Newcastle.

Brentford, meanwhile, slide to 15th in the table, just eight points above the relegation zone.

The Bees have conceded 10 goals in their past three games in all competitions, taking just one point over that period.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"There is a lot of belief in the players in what they can do and what they can achieve.

"We always talk about keeping on going, even when you're losing. You never give up. That's what the players are doing.

"You need to have a good mentality in the team and in the squad. In this league, it's very difficult to have an easy game.

"We're very willing to work hard to get results and that's what we've done tonight."

Brentford head coach Dean Smith:

"We created a number of chances that we probably should have taken and, to be honest, we could have been out of sight.

"I was disappointed to go in behind at half time. At times, our attacking intent was good.

"We all know what happens when goalkeepers make mistakes. Dan will be a bit gutted, but he won't be the only one because we have had chances that we haven't taken and where we could have put the game to bed.

"When we matched Reading's energy and got higher up the pitch, I thought there was only going to be one winner tonight. At times, we were excellent."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 82mins
  • 54MutchBooked at 90mins
  • 8SwiftSubstituted forEvansat 73'minutes
  • 11Obita
  • 12McCleary
  • 38KellySubstituted forKermorgantat 73'minutes
  • 50GrabbanSubstituted forBeerensat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Evans
  • 7Beerens
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Meite
  • 25Popa
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 32Oxford

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 5Bjelland
  • 30Field
  • 8YennarisSubstituted forKerschbaumerat 84'minutes
  • 10McEachran
  • 15WoodsBooked at 72mins
  • 23JotaBooked at 57minsSubstituted forClarkeat 80'minutes
  • 21Vibe
  • 47CanosBooked at 55minsSubstituted forJozefzoonat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Jozefzoon
  • 14Egan
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 19Sawyers
  • 20Clarke
  • 29Barbet
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
15,710

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away23
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 3, Brentford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Brentford 2.

Booking

Jordon Mutch (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

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

Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Florian Jozefzoon with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Konstantin Kerschbaumer.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Konstantin Kerschbaumer replaces Nico Yennaris.

Attempt missed. Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

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

Booking

Danny Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 3, Brentford 2. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Clarke replaces Jota.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by George Evans with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Brentford 2. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Roy Beerens.

Foul by George Evans (Reading).

Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Andreas Bjelland.

Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces John Swift.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Liam Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Roy Beerens replaces Lewis Grabban.

Booking

Ryan Woods (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Offside, Brentford. Jota tries a through ball, but Maxime Colin is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vibe.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Brentford 2. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Woods with a through ball.

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Reading).

Josh McEachran (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Brentford 1. Jota (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Reading).

Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Florian Jozefzoon replaces Sergi Canos.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle31213760253566
2Brighton31198452262665
3Huddersfield3119484235761
4Reading3218684741660
5Leeds321831144331157
6Sheff Wed31167839291055
7Norwich321561157451251
8Fulham311310852371549
9Barnsley32147115145649
10Preston32139104440448
11Derby31138103629747
12Cardiff32126144047-742
13Ipswich321010123340-740
14Birmingham321010123344-1140
15Brentford31107144445-137
16Aston Villa31812113036-636
17Nottm Forest32106164556-1136
18Wolves3198143842-435
19QPR3197153044-1434
20Bristol City3195174246-432
21Burton3187163145-1431
22Wigan3178162938-929
23Blackburn3178163649-1329
24Rotherham3245233068-3817
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