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Brentford 3-1 Reading

Jota
Jota scored his second of the season for Brentford since signing in the summer from Celta Vigo.

Goals from Jota, Alex Pritchard and Jonathan Douglas helped Brentford move up to 10th in the Championship with an impressive victory over Reading.

Jota put the hosts ahead as he latched onto Alan McCormack's cross to fire home his second of the season.

Brentford managed to double their lead when Andre Gray slipped and the ball fell to Pritchard who tapped home.

Simon Cox pulled one back from close range after the break before Douglas nodded a third from Pritchard's corner.

The Bees were almost ahead after just 90 seconds when Alan Judge hit the post following a creative run into the penalty area.

Nick Blackman had the chance to put Reading in front just moments later but saw his shot blocked by goalkeeper David Button.

Spaniard Jota, who was signed from Celta Vigo in the summer, ensured that the hosts' early pressure was rewarded.

McCormack's cross got the better of Royals defender Michael Hector and the ball dropped kindly for Jota, who tapped home from close range.

Blackman twice came close to equalising, heading Jordan Obita's cross over the crossbar before curling another effort narrowly wide.

The home side looked comfortable in the second half as they dealt with some late pressure from the visitors.

Glenn Murray headed over before Button parried away Jamie Mackie's effort but Brentford wrapped up three points and moved above Reading in the table thanks to Douglas's late header.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton: "Reading are a very good team with a lot of quality. To a man defensively, we were immense. It's a very pleasing result.

"We could have taken better care of the ball - but if we're looking for criticism after beating Reading 3-1 then we're very happy."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "We had the momentum with us but unfortunately the third goal gave Brentford the winning edge.

"Was it a foul? The ref hasn't given it but nine-and-three-quarter times out of 10 the ref would have given it.

"But every game you can question something, but we have to think about our own performance. The two goals we conceded in the first half were of our own doing."

Line-ups

Brentford

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 27Button
  • 12McCormack
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 5CraigBooked at 87mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8Douglas
  • 10Odubajo
  • 18Judge
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forToralat 84'minutes
  • 23JotaSubstituted forDiagouragaat 66'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 19GraySubstituted forProschwitzat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dean
  • 14Tebar
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 22Alves Coelho
  • 39Proschwitz

Reading

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 15Hector
  • 5Pearce
  • 11Obita
  • 22Blackman
  • 28KuhlBooked at 74minsSubstituted forPogrebnyakat 79'minutes
  • 6Norwood
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forMackieat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 17EdwardsSubstituted forCoxat 45'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 20Murray

Substitutes

  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 10Cox
  • 19Mackie
  • 25Taylor
  • 31Andersen
  • 32Long
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
10,776

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamReading
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away15
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 3, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 3, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Toumani Diagouraga.

  4. Post update

    Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nick Proschwitz (Brentford).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nick Proschwitz (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

  9. Post update

    Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tony Craig.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jon-Miquel Toral.

  13. Booking

    Tony Craig (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Jamie Mackie (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Alex Pritchard.

  20. Booking

    Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.