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Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Reading

Reading's Alex Pearce scores against QPR with a header

Reading earned a fifth win in seven league games as they dealt a setback to QPR's automatic promotion chances.

Daniel Williams nodded the visitors ahead only for ex-Royals striker Kevin Doyle to level from close range.

But an Alex Pearce header and fierce Garath McCleary strike within three minutes of each other gave play-off hopefuls Reading a two-goal cushion.

The visitors had Kaspars Gorkss dismissed for a lunge on Junior Hoilett but held on to win.

QPR have now taken just one point from their least three Championship games and are four points off second-placed Burnley, who they have a game in hand on, and 11 adrift of leaders Leicester.

Reading, in sixth, are four points ahead of seventh-placed Brighton, who have played a game less than them.

The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes when Williams found Adam Le Fondre out on the left and then drifted into the box unmarked to head home the striker's cross.

But QPR equalised when Reading failed to clear their lines and Doyle pounced after Will Keane's effort had been parried by keeper Alex McCarthy.

Pearce, playing because his red card against Sheffield Wednesday was rescinded after an appeal, restored his side's lead when he headed in Jobi McAnuff's corner.

McCleary then collected the ball in his own half before galloping towards the penalty area and unleashing a brilliant 25-yard shot that flew into the top corner as he put Reading 3-1 up.

Reading continued to press and wanted a penalty for a handball against Clint Hill before then having to withstand a spell of pressure.

A red card for Gorkss did not help the Royals cause but they kept QPR at arm's length to secure the three points.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"I thought the best team won. Reading were bright, they had more energy than we did and I've got no complaints.

"It's a difficult day but we've got to pick ourselves up again. We've got to work hard on the training pitch and get back to how we were playing a few weeks ago.

"There's testing times in every season. I've had one in every season I've been in management and this is just another one."

Line-ups

QPR

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Green
  • 18Hughes
  • 39Assou-EkottoSubstituted forBenayounat 78'minutes
  • 17BartonBooked at 61mins
  • 5Dunne
  • 6HillBooked at 26mins
  • 23HoilettBooked at 15mins
  • 19KranjcarBooked at 62mins
  • 14Doyle
  • 12KeaneSubstituted forZamoraat 57'minutes
  • 3Traore

Substitutes

  • 15Onuoha
  • 16Jenas
  • 20Henry
  • 25Zamora
  • 26Murphy
  • 35Benayoun
  • 40Maiga

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37ObitaBooked at 90mins
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 30mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 17GorkssBooked at 71mins
  • 12McClearyBooked at 47minsSubstituted forKellyat 90+3'minutes
  • 16Akpan
  • 7PogrebnyakSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 85'minutes
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forHectorat 73'minutes
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 10Drenthe
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 20Guthrie
  • 22Blackman
  • 35Hector
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
16,522

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamReading
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Reading 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Reading 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Stephen Kelly is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Stephen Kelly replaces Garath McCleary.

  9. Booking

    Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

  13. Post update

    Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joey Barton.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 16th February 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester30214554302467
2Burnley311612347252260
3QPR30168637241356
4Derby30167758401855
5Nottm Forest301412450302054
6Reading31148950361450
7Brighton30121083225746
8Ipswich31111284334945
9Wigan29127103328543
10Blackburn30111093735243
11Leeds30126124339442
12Watford30101194437741
13Huddersfield31117134042-240
14Middlesbrough31912104136539
15Bournemouth3099123750-1336
16Blackpool31811122842-1435
17Sheff Wed29712103637-133
18Birmingham3189143740-333
19Bolton31612133549-1430
20Doncaster3179152847-1930
21Millwall31610153159-2828
22Charlton2859142338-1524
23Barnsley29411142949-2023
24Yeovil2956182647-2121
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