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Reading 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Nathaniel Chalobah
On-loan Nathaniel Chalobah scores his first goal for Reading following his move from Chelsea

Nathaniel Chalobah scored on his home debut as Reading secured their first home win since December.

The home team had early chances before Pavel Pogrebnyak headed in from eight yards after Stephen Kelly's cross.

Loanee Chalobah's half-volley made it 2-0, but Owls' Lewis Baker was denied moments before the break by a superb save from Adam Federici.

Jeremy Helan brought down Pogrebnyak on the hour, but Hal Robson-Kanu's feeble penalty was saved by Keiren Westwood.

The game was Wednesday's first since the announcement of a takeover by a Thai consortium this week.

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Both sides started at a frenetic pace and Simon Cox had the first chance of the game for Reading as he tried to bend the ball round Westwood's right hand, but the keeper made a decent save.

Gareth McCleary then dragged the ball wide from 10 yards after Chalobah fizzed the ball into the penalty area.

But it was Pogrebnyak who made the breakthrough on the half-hour mark with a powerful header beyond the clutches of Westwood following a fantastic cross from Kelly.

England Under-21 international Chalobah, on loan from Chelsea, then despatched McCleary's cross for his first Reading goal.

The Owls were unlucky not to pull one back before half-time as Federici flung himself low to his right to tip Baker's shot around the post.

Reading were awarded a penalty after the break when substitute Helan crashed into the back of Pogrebnyak, but Robson-Kanu side-footed it straight into Westwood's hands.

The victory moved the Royals up to 16th in the Championship, with Wednesday dropping to 10th, nine points outside the play-off places.

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"Slowly, step by step, you can see improvements here. We're all working together to get better and it's going well.

"We're starting to chip away at the goal difference as well and I'd like to see that get back into the positive."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"From two crosses, they scored two goals. We were then chasing the game.

"I'm so disappointed with that because, away from home, we usually defend very well. But from those two balls into the box, we got punished. It's so disappointing the way the goals were conceded."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 15HectorBooked at 67mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 11Obita
  • 12McClearySubstituted forBlackmanat 78'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 14Chalobah
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forMackieat 78'minutes
  • 10CoxSubstituted forNorwoodat 67'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak

Substitutes

  • 6Norwood
  • 19Mackie
  • 21Karacan
  • 22Blackman
  • 29Travner
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 5LoovensBooked at 34mins
  • 3MattockSubstituted forHelanat 45'minutes
  • 4HutchinsonSubstituted forDielnaat 68'minutes
  • 11BakerSubstituted forNuhiuat 45'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 19Maghoma
  • 10Maguire
  • 48Keane

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 7May
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 14Coke
  • 17Helan
  • 23Wildsmith
  • 35Dielna
Referee:
Brendan Malone
Attendance:
17,755

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).

Stephen Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

Will Keane (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Reading).

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

Delay in match Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

Foul by Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday).

Jamie Mackie (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a cross.

Attempt saved. Claude Dielna (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top right corner.

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Garath McCleary.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jamie Mackie replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Claude Dielna replaces Sam Hutchinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Oliver Norwood replaces Simon Cox.

Booking

Michael Hector (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Federici.

Attempt saved. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Reading).

Penalty saved! Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) after a foul in the penalty area.

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