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Burnley 2-1 Reading

Danny Ings

Strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes fired Burnley to victory over Reading to keep them top of the Championship.

Ings took advantage of a defensive error to strike in the first half, before Vokes slid in from a narrow angle with 10 minutes remaining.

Jason Shackell's own goal with eight minutes left set up a tense finish but Reading could not force an equaliser.

Victory was the Clarets' fifth in a row in the league and made this their best start to a season since 1961.

They finished runners-up in the top flight that season - and will be heading back there if they can sustain this form.

Defeat ended a six-game unbeaten run for the Royals as they slipped to seventh in the table.

After a cagey opening 20 minutes, Ings celebrated his midweek call-up to the England Under-21 squad by slotting home his seventh league goal of the season from just six yards after Kieran Trippier's seemingly innocuous ball was misjudged by two Reading defenders.

Vokes almost added a second two minutes later when David Jones's 25-yard drive was spilled by Alex McCarthy, only for the Royals goalkeeper to recover in the nick of time.

At the other end, Pavel Pogrebnyak forced Burnley keeper Tom Heaton to tip over a 30th-minute header.

But it was the hosts who continued to press, with Ings almost doubling his tally on the stroke of half-time when his shot drifted wide of the upright.

Ings twice went close again before Reading's Nick Blackman dragged a tame shot wide as the Royals struggled to create an opening.

And Vokes doubled the hosts' lead after 80 minutes with his fifth goal in four Championship games.

Reading replied almost immediately when Pogrebnyak's header across goal bounced off Shackell's knee into his own net but the hosts held on.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "I thought we were absolutely excellent. We created many chances and we looked solid and their keeper had to be on form.

"We are still a work in progress but we went into the game with a good focus and we produced a really good performance. We showed we can compete against everyone and we are in a magnificent position to do that in every game we play.

"This was up there with our best performances of the season and we are on a roll, but it doesn't guarantee you anything."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "We have to give credit to Burnley because they sit top of the league and they were very good again in this one.

"We would like to think we can avoid the types of goals they scored, but we made three substitutions after an hour and changed our shape totally in an effort to control the game better.

"It was only 1-0 at the time and we endeavoured to get something from it, but Burnley worked very, very hard and I thought their front two were exceptional throughout."

Line-ups

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 2Trippier
  • 5Shackell
  • 4Duff
  • 6Mee
  • 8Marney
  • 37Arfield
  • 14Jones
  • 10Ings
  • 19Kightly
  • 9Vokes

Substitutes

  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 22Stock
  • 26Treacy
  • 11Stanislas
  • 3Lafferty
  • 28Long

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 5Pearce
  • 15Morrison
  • 18Bridge
  • 37Obita
  • 6BairdSubstituted forTaylorat 58'minutes
  • 20Guthrie
  • 19Robson-KanuSubstituted forBlackmanat 58'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 11McAnuffBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLe Fondreat 59'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak

Substitutes

  • 16Akpan
  • 3Kelly
  • 1Federici
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 17Gorkss
  • 25Taylor
  • 22Blackman
Referee:
Michael Jones
Attendance:
11,256

Match Stats

Home TeamBurnleyAway TeamReading
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home21
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Burnley 2, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Kieran Trippier (Burnley) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

  6. Post update

    Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

  8. Post update

    Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Gunter (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Michael Duff.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Scott Arfield.

  12. Post update

    Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

  14. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. Michael Duff tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

  15. Goal!

    Own Goal by Jason Shackell, Burnley. Burnley 2, Reading 1.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Burnley 2, Reading 0. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Ings.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

  18. Post update

    Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).