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Reading 3-1 Blackburn Rovers

Yann Kermorgant
Yann Kermorgant has now scored four goals in his last three games for Reading

Two Yann Kermorgant headers helped Reading to victory over struggling Blackburn Rovers, sending the Royals up to third in the Championship.

The 35-year-old French striker struck twice during the first half, converting crosses from Tyler Blackett and John Swift to put the hosts in command.

Elliott Bennett's sweet volley briefly gave Rovers hope, but Garath McCleary's shot sent Reading above Huddersfield.

Blackburn remain in 22nd, but only one point behind Bristol City.

Rovers had gone seven league games unbeaten under manager Tony Mowbray prior to Saturday's defeat by Brighton, but successive losses leave them in the relegation zone.

Reading, meanwhile, have narrowed the gap to the top two to eight points following three victories in a row - with the impressive Kermorgant playing a part in all three.

After scoring in the recent wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds, he produced two textbook headers in the first half to put his side in control against Blackburn.

Rovers were improved after the break and deservedly scored through Bennett's fine strike from distance, but McCleary's goal just moments later made sure of the points.

Reading manager Jaap Stam: "I was happy with the three points and certain parts of the first half. To go 2-0 up in half-an-hour gives you a good feeling and you are always hoping that you can continue like that.

"But players can then sometimes feel a bit too comfortable and you get a bit sloppy. It gives the opposition the chance to go forward.

"It was a bit worrying when Blackburn scored, but Garath McCleary got it back straight away and that made it a bit easier for us."

Blackburn head coach Tony Mowbray: "Two crosses, two headers from Yann Kermorgant and that was it. We came with a game plan to play as much in their half as we could, but it was disappointing in the first half.

"In the second half we had some great chances in front of goal, but were very wasteful. Those chances have to go in, which would have made an interesting game of it.

"We've now got to win enough games to stay in the league and then, after that, we can hopefully build a team."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 32OxfordSubstituted forIloriat 73'minutes
  • 16Moore
  • 24BlackettBooked at 46mins
  • 38KellySubstituted forWilliamsat 63'minutes
  • 54Mutch
  • 25PopaSubstituted forMcClearyat 55'minutes
  • 8Swift
  • 7Beerens
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 9Mendes
  • 12McCleary
  • 20Ilori
  • 23Williams
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 50Grabban

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 26LenihanSubstituted forEmnesat 45'minutes
  • 14MulgrewSubstituted forHobanat 10'minutes
  • 5Williams
  • 7Feeney
  • 6Lowe
  • 21Akpan
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forLucas Joãoat 45'minutes
  • 31Bennett
  • 19Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 4Hoban
  • 17Emnes
  • 18Lucas João
  • 23Guthrie
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 33Raya
Referee:
Daniel Adcock
Attendance:
15,353

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home15
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

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

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Elliott Bennett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).

Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roy Beerens.

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Offside, Reading. Tyler Blackett tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roy Beerens.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tiago Ilori following a corner.

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

Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Jordon Mutch (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas João.

Offside, Reading. Ali Al Habsi tries a through ball, but Roy Beerens is caught offside.

Jordon Mutch (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Tiago Ilori replaces Reece Oxford.

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas João (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hope Akpan.

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

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Gallagher.

Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danny Williams replaces Liam Kelly.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton40258767343383
2Newcastle39256872333981
3Reading40227115550573
4Huddersfield38225114744371
5Leeds402161352391369
6Sheff Wed401991251401166
7Fulham4017131069511864
8Preston4016131159481161
9Derby401611134640659
10Norwich39169146558757
11Aston Villa401512134239357
12Brentford40168166457756
13Barnsley401411155656053
14Cardiff401410165457-352
15Wolves39149165049151
16QPR40148184653-750
17Ipswich401116134248-649
18Birmingham401113164058-1846
19Burton391111174053-1344
20Nottm Forest40119205466-1242
21Bristol City40118215060-1041
22Blackburn40913184761-1440
23Wigan40810223249-1734
24Rotherham4045313390-5717
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