Adam Le Fondre celebrates scoring for Reading

Adam Le Fondre's 14th goal of the season and a George Friend own goal helped Reading climb back into the play-off places as they brushed Middlesbrough aside.

The Royals recorded only a second win in seven matches to move into sixth, a point ahead of Brighton with two games of the regular season remaining.

Nigel Adkins' side surged into a comfortable two-goal lead inside 15 minutes, and should have won with more to spare as they outclassed mid-table Boro.

Reading top scorer Le Fondre bundled home the opener from close range after nine minutes following good work by Jordan Obita and Garath McCleary.

Before the visitors had time to recover, they were two goals down, defender Friend heading Obita's cross into his own net.

After Hal Robson-Kanu went off with a nasty head wound following an accidental first-half clash with Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, the visitors gained more of a foothold.

Midfielders Emmanuel Ledesma and Albert Adomah both went close to pulling a goal back for Aitor Karanka's side.

But Reading were soon back on top after the break, as Middlesbrough struggled to keep pace in their bid to record a third consecutive away win.

Only a good save from busy goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos prevented Le Fondre from doubling his tally as the hosts dominated.

The Royals striker hit the bar late on, with substitute Pavel Pogrebnyak also going close to making it three.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"Our destiny is in our own hands. We were excellent: we had passion, we had hunger, we had walking wounded out there again and all credit to them.

"We started well, got two great goals and played some good football. You saw the togetherness of the team.

"Middlesbrough are a good side so it's an excellent result and it puts us in a play-off position with two tough games to come.

"We are still in the race and everyone knows when you get to the play-offs it's anyone's game."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"One team was playing for the points, the other team was playing for nothing.

"If Reading had needed more goals they could have scored them.

"It was my fault. It's difficult when you don't play for points but I didn't choose the right players and I couldn't motivate them. As a player I was competitive and I want competitive players."



  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 15Morrison
  • 5Pearce
  • 12McCleary
  • 20GuthrieSubstituted forAkpanat 50'minutes
  • 19Robson-KanuSubstituted forPogrebnyakat 29'minutes
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 11McAnuffBooked at 67mins


  • 1Federici
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 8Leigertwood
  • 10Drenthe
  • 16Akpan
  • 24Cummings
  • 35Hector


  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 8VargaBooked at 41mins
  • 3FriendBooked at 72mins
  • 18WhiteheadBooked at 33mins
  • 25Omeruo
  • 22Gibson
  • 27Adomah
  • 24ChalobahSubstituted forLeadbitterat 45'minutes
  • 14Williams
  • 9Graham
  • 11LedesmaSubstituted forTomlinat 64'minutesBooked at 88mins


  • 1Steele
  • 6Butterfield
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 10Tomlin
  • 23Main
  • 26Ayala
  • 39Woodgate
James Adcock

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 2, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 2, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  5. Booking

    Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

  15. Post update

    Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Danny Graham (Middlesbrough).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

  19. Post update

    Adam Le Fondre (Reading) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

  20. Booking

    George Friend (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.