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Sheffield Wednesday 5-2 Reading

Dave Jones

Matt Fryatt scored twice as Sheffield Wednesday thrashed Reading to earn their first victory of the season.

Fryatt opened the scoring after a pass from Michail Antonio, who made it 2-0 with a low curling shot from 20 yards.

Pavel Pogrebnyak pulled a goal back with a header, but a Sean Morrison own goal restored the hosts' two-goal lead.

Owls debutant Connor Wickham blasted in a fourth and then set up Fryatt to grab his second goal, before Reading's Adam Le Fondre converted a late penalty.

The victory takes Wednesday, who had started the day bottom of the Championship, up to 21st and out of the relegation zone, while Reading remain fifth after their third league defeat of the season.

Dave Jones's Wednesday side had been the only team in the Football League or Premier League not to have won a match, but that record looked like ending after 25 minutes when they moved two goals ahead.

A long ball by Kamil Zayatte was misjudged by Reading left-back Stephen Kelly and that allowed Antonio to pull the ball back to Fryatt for a simple finish for the opener.

The Owls doubled their advantage six minutes later as Antonio received the ball from Seyi Olofinjana on the right wing, cut inside and placed his shot past Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

Russian striker Pogrebnyak headed in Chris Gunter's cross to make it 2-1, but the hosts held a 3-1 half-time lead after Wickham's shot rebounded off McCarthy and hit Morrison with the ball going into his own net.

Wickham, who joined the Owls on loan from Sunderland on Friday, netted his first goal for his new club with a powerful finish after fine play on the wing from Antonio.

Fryatt then got the hosts' fifth after 62 minutes, lifting the ball over McCarthy after linking up with Wickham.

In injury time, Le Fondre scored a consolation spot-kick for his sixth goal of the season after Reda Johnson fouled Pogrebnyak in the penalty area.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones:

"I feel it's the reward for the players for the hard work that they've been doing. We just needed to turn the draws into wins and everything that could go for us went for us and these are the days you've got to enjoy.

"It's been coming. All that frustration and bad luck came good. I can't fault the players and they should enjoy it, because on Monday we'll batter them for the mistakes they did make."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"I thought we started well and played some good football, but goals changed the complexion of the game. We were good for the first 20 minutes and then Wednesday scored a goal against the run of play.

"The goals are shocking from our point of view and they changed the game. We did well in periods but in the end we just got thumped 5-2 away from home."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Kirkland
  • 2Buxton
  • 3JohnsonBooked at 90mins
  • 27McPhailSubstituted forCokeat 60'minutes
  • 5Zayatte
  • 8Johnson
  • 7AntonioSubstituted forNuhiuat 85'minutes
  • 35Olofinjana
  • 29Wickham
  • 28FryattSubstituted forJohnsonat 79'minutes
  • 17Helan

Substitutes

  • 11Johnson
  • 14Coke
  • 19Mattock
  • 22Palmer
  • 26Martinez
  • 32Llera
  • 34Nuhiu

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 3KellyBooked at 52mins
  • 6Baird
  • 15Morrison
  • 5Pearce
  • 12McClearySubstituted forBlackmanat 69'minutes
  • 20GuthrieSubstituted forLe Fondreat 67'minutes
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 37Obita

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 11McAnuff
  • 16Akpan
  • 17Gorkss
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
20,368

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamReading
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home18
Away16
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 5, Reading 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 5, Reading 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Sean Morrison (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  8. Booking

    Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 5, Reading 2. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  12. Post update

    Penalty Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak draws a foul in the penalty area.

  13. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) after a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Sean Morrison (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Michail Antonio.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.