Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts found the net as Reading made it back-to-back home wins in the Championship with victory over Coventry.
Kebe opened the scoring for the hosts with a deflected lob.
Roberts then bundled the ball home from Ian Harte's corner two minutes before the break to hand the Royals a comfortable advantage.
Alex Nimely and Gary McSheffrey came close for Coventry in the second half, but Reading cantered to victory.
After a quiet start at the Madejski Stadium, Kebe marked his comeback from a knee injury with a goal after 25 minutes.
The Malian picked up a loose ball outside the penalty area, burst into the box and lobbed a deflected effort past Murphy from 15 yards.
Having struggled to make an impression in the first half, the goal energised Reading as Alex Pearce and Kaspars Gorkss came close before Roberts eventually made it 2-0.
Harte whipped in a corner from the right, Matthew Connolly nodded it on and Roberts popped up to usher the ball over the line for his second goal since arriving from Blackburn last month.
Coventry pushed for a route back into the game in the second half and Adam Federici denied on-loan Manchester City youngster Nimely, following his turn and shot from the edge of the box, before the Australian had a much easier save to make from McSheffrey's mis-hit left-footed effort.
Coventry had the better of the second half chances but were unable to convert any of them, ensuring their miserable away run drags on.
Andy Thorn's side are without a victory away from the Ricoh Arena this season.
Reading manager Brian McDermott:
"We haven't played for two weeks and we will be better for that.
"Coventry played good football and we had to try to get ourselves in the game.
"At 2-0 in the second half we looked like we were running out of steam. Our goalkeeper [Adam Federici] made some fantastic saves and that's why he is a top keeper."
Coventry boss Andy Thorn:
"Some of the saves Federici pulled off were world class. On one occasion I was already halfway down the line thinking it was a goal.
"I was pleased with the attitude of our lads. A lot of teams in our position would have come out in the second half and gone four or five down.
"Our supporters are second to none. The support they give the team and me with what's going on at the moment is phenomenal. I am really proud to manage their team."