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Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Reading

Stevie May
Stevie May scored his second goal in a week for the Owls

Stevie May's deflected free-kick gave Sheffield Wednesday victory over Reading at Hillsborough.

The Scottish striker's goal on 83 minutes moved the Owls into the Championship play-off positions and gave Stuart Gray's side their first home win of the season.

Reading's best chance came when they were awarded a first-half penalty.

But goalkeeper Keiren Westwood made a crucial save with his legs to deny Reading striker Glenn Murray.

The result ended Reading's run of four straight wins while Wednesday have now lost just once in their last 10 games.

After a scrappy start, the game burst into life on 32 minutes when Murray, on loan from Crystal Palace, was brought down by midfielder Giles Coke.

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But the striker's effort down the middle was well saved by Westwood.

The visitors had chances early in the second half but Jake Cooper's close-range header was met by Westwood and Murray's looping header hit the bar.

Atdhe Nuhiu and May then went close with long-range efforts for Wednesday.

Westwood was called into action again as he palmed away Nick Blackman's swerving 30-yard free-kick after 78 minutes.

The home side then made the breakthrough with May scoring his third goal for the Owls since joining from St Johnstone in August.

Wednesday were awarded a free-kick just outside the area and May's drilled effort took a deflection to wrong-foot league debutant Mikkel Andersen.

The Owls threatened to add a second in the closing stages but the Reading defence hacked the ball clear following a goalmouth scramble and then Joe Mattock put a low shot straight at Andersen.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray: "It's nice to put that one (their home form) to bed because people keep saying that we haven't won here since 26 March in the league.

"I just felt that the penalty save was probably the defining moment in the game. It gave us a lift and it gave the fans a lift. We seemed to then pick up a bit of momentum.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "I thought we did well in the first half and kept the crowd quiet.

"Mikkel Andersen made his debut in goal because Feds (Adam Federici) was just feeling his calf. He had one shot on target to deal with and unfortunately it was deflected past him for the winner.

Adkins on the Thai consortium takeover of the club: "I'm really excited about the future, the stability is now here because for a good 18 months I would suggest it hasn't been there.

"Instead of having to sell players we might be able to bring some in."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8PalmerBooked at 39mins
  • 5Loovens
  • 15Lees
  • 3Mattock
  • 14CokeBooked at 31minsSubstituted forHopeat 65'minutes
  • 6Semedo
  • 10MaguireBooked at 66minsSubstituted forHelanat 77'minutes
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forDielnaat 90+2'minutes
  • 7May
  • 9Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 17Helan
  • 18Zayatte
  • 24Madine
  • 28Hope
  • 35Dielna
  • 43Kirkland

Reading

  • 31Andersen
  • 5Pearce
  • 35CooperBooked at 82mins
  • 2Gunter
  • 11Obita
  • 25Taylor
  • 6Norwood
  • 22BlackmanBooked at 38mins
  • 16AkpanBooked at 63minsSubstituted forGuthrieat 88'minutes
  • 20MurraySubstituted forPogrebnyakat 67'minutes
  • 10CoxSubstituted forMackieat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 8Guthrie
  • 17Edwards
  • 19Mackie
  • 28Kuhl
  • 32Long
  • 41Lincoln
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
29,848

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamReading
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away12
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Reading 0.

Attempt missed. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jeremy Helan.

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Danny Guthrie (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Claude Dielna replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt missed. Hallam Hope (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Josè Semedo with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Hallam Hope.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danny Guthrie replaces Hope Akpan.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Reading 0. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jake Cooper (Reading) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Jake Cooper (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Keiren Westwood.

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Chris Maguire.

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stevie May.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jamie Mackie replaces Simon Cox.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Lees.

Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Glenn Loovens.

Foul by Hallam Hope (Sheffield Wednesday).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces Glenn Murray.

Attempt missed. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stevie May with a cross.

Booking

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tom Lees (Sheffield Wednesday).

goal

As It Stood

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2Norwich85211771017
3Wolves852183517
4Watford8512158716
5Middlesbrough8503137615
6Sheff Wed843184415
7Charlton8350129314
8Derby83411510513
9Blackburn84131414013
10Reading84131111013
11Leeds84131010013
12Ipswich732296311
13Millwall832388011
14Brentford8323913-411
15Bournemouth8233121119
16Cardiff82331011-19
17Wigan72239818
18Brighton8224810-28
19Rotherham8224610-48
20Birmingham8143714-77
21Bolton8125713-65
22Huddersfield8125718-115
23Blackpool8026310-72
24Fulham8017619-131
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