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Reading 1-0 Leeds United

Yann Kermorgant
Yann Kermorgant's goal was his 11th of the season in the Championship

Reading strengthened their position in the Championship play-off spots as they ended Leeds' seven-game unbeaten run to leapfrog them into fourth in the table.

Yann Kermorgant's crisp first-half finish was enough to settle a game that the Royals could have won by more.

Roy Beerens and Garath McCleary both went close to extending the hosts' deserved lead before half-time.

Leeds had the better of the second half but failed to really test keeper Ali Al Habsi, and slipped to fifth.

Victory saw Reading secure maximum points from key, back-to-back games against sides around them in the table, having won 2-0 at fellow play-off-hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

With Wednesday having slipped out of the top six earlier on Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Barnsley, Reading's win opened up a seven-point cushion between themselves and the now-seventh-placed Owls.

Jaap Stam's side could have gone in further ahead at the break after Kermorgant had powerfully fired past Rob Green, but Beerens volleyed over and McCleary was denied by a good Green save when one-on-one.

Leeds, who had not lost since 11 February and beat the Royals 2-0 in December's reverse fixture, improved after half-time but did not create enough in front of goal, despite a spirited effort.

The visitors might have levelled before the break, but Pablo Hernandez could not quite connect at the far post with a terrific Alfonso Pedraza cross.

Against the run of play, it was actually the Royals who had the best chance of the second half but an unmarked Beerens mis-kicked his effort when closed down by Green inside the area.

Reading manager Jaap Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"We're very happy with the performance, especially in how we played in the first half not just dominating possession, but in the chances we created.

"We didn't finish them off in the first half, but we knew they would have to change their game after the break.

"At certain times in the second half, we created a couple of good chances too, but we knew towards the end of the game they would be playing the long balls into the area to try and get that goal.

"But we've seen it before, the boys worked hard to protect that lead and it's a big compliment to how they played. But for me, it's a bit stressful."

Leeds United manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Leeds:

"First half we made too many mistakes, uncharacteristically. We felt really comfortable defending against them.

"But then we made four or five mistakes in that first half which really gave them their opportunities. Unfortunately, they took one of them off a mistake from us.

"We made it into a game in the second half where we controlled it a bit more and put pressure on them and I'm happy with that performance.

"Albeit, a little bit more luck and a little bit more guile and we could have got that equaliser and nobody could have begrudged us that."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 11ObitaSubstituted forOxfordat 70'minutes
  • 38KellySubstituted forMutchat 67'minutes
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 84mins
  • 12McCleary
  • 8SwiftBooked at 52mins
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forGrabbanat 60'minutes
  • 18KermorgantBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 19Meite
  • 25Popa
  • 30Watson
  • 32Oxford
  • 43Legg
  • 50Grabban
  • 54Mutch

Leeds

  • 1Green
  • 28Berardi
  • 5Bartley
  • 6Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 25VieiraSubstituted forRoofeat 86'minutes
  • 24SackoSubstituted forDoukaraat 60'minutes
  • 19Hernández
  • 29Pedraza SagSubstituted forPhillipsat 67'minutes
  • 9Wood

Substitutes

  • 7Roofe
  • 11Doukara
  • 12Silvestri
  • 14O'Kane
  • 15Dallas
  • 23Phillips
  • 27Barrow
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
23,055

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Leeds United 0.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

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

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

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

Foul by Charlie Taylor (Leeds United).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Attempt blocked. Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Reading).

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Kemar Roofe replaces Ronaldo Vieira.

Offside, Leeds United. Gaetano Berardi tries a through ball, but Souleymane Doukara is caught offside.

Booking

Danny Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Chris Wood (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Attempt saved. Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

Tyler Blackett (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt missed. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Hernández.

Foul by Jordon Mutch (Reading).

Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Reece Oxford (Reading) because of an injury.

Reece Oxford (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Lewis Grabban.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Robert Green.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle39256872333981
2Brighton39248764333180
3Huddersfield38225114744371
4Reading39217115249370
5Leeds392161252371569
6Fulham391713967472064
7Sheff Wed39189124940963
8Preston391513115448658
9Norwich39169146558757
10Derby391511134238456
11Aston Villa391412134139254
12Brentford39158166257553
13Barnsley391410155656052
14Cardiff39149165457-351
15QPR39148174652-650
16Wolves38139164949048
17Ipswich391016133948-946
18Birmingham391113153955-1646
19Burton391111174053-1344
20Nottm Forest39119195465-1142
21Bristol City39118205055-541
22Blackburn39913174658-1240
23Wigan39810213246-1434
24Rotherham3945303388-5517
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