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Reading 0-2 Leeds United

Sam Byram
Sam Byram has scored in successive away games for Leeds

Second-half goals from Luke Murphy and Sam Byram gave Leeds a third win in four matches as they fight to avoid relegation from the Championship.

Murphy's speculative long-range effort deceived Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici to put the visitors in front.

Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri made an excellent save from Danny Williams' angled drive to prevent an equaliser.

And Byram sealed the win in the last minute when nodding in unmarked at the far post from a Steve Morison cross.

Leeds remain five points clear of the bottom three, and turned in a solid defensive performance as they bounced back from Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Brentford.

Neil Redfearn's side lost Italian midfielder Tommaso Bianchi to a first-half knee injury, suffered in a collision with Williams.

But they came closest to scoring before the break, with Morison striking the post after Lewis Cook had broken clear to set him up.

Reading struggled to create clear chances, although Nick Blackman should have done better than put a weak header easily within Silvestri's reach from a Stephen Kelly right-wing cross.

Murphy gave Leeds the advantage with a fierce drive from 35 yards that Federici could only help into the net, before Byram made sure of victory.

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"It was a very disappointing night after having had such a good spell recently.

"It was not our best performance by a long way. It was not a great game, it was very scrappy, and I always felt that the first goal was going to be crucial.

"I'm not sure why we were so lacklustre. It was very strange and is difficult to work out. We just didn't fire tonight. But we'll not get too down. We'll put it to bed and move on."

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn:

"From one to 11, I thought we defended really well. We showed a real willingness and togetherness to not concede a goal.

"We're now 17th and it looks a lot healthier. The most important thing is that the win takes us to 35 points, which means you're nearer that 50-mark.

"It's also bunched a lot of clubs together. There's a lot of clubs who might have thought they were safe but might yet still get dragged into it."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 15Hector
  • 5Pearce
  • 11Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 6NorwoodSubstituted forMackieat 63'minutes
  • 14Chalobah
  • 12McCleary
  • 7PogrebnyakSubstituted forCoxat 71'minutes
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forAiyegbeniat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 10Cox
  • 16Akpan
  • 19Mackie
  • 20Aiyegbeni
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15WoottonBooked at 59mins
  • 3Bamba
  • 5Bellusci
  • 21Taylor
  • 7Murphy
  • 14BianchiSubstituted forSlothat 30'minutes
  • 2ByramBooked at 90mins
  • 23L Cook
  • 27Mowatt
  • 19Morison

Substitutes

  • 8Sharp
  • 10Cani
  • 13Taylor
  • 29Doukara
  • 33Sloth
  • 34Antenucci
  • 35Del Fabro
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
18,124

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Leeds United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Leeds United 2.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

Attempt blocked. Casper Sloth (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Byram with a cross.

Booking

Sam Byram (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Leeds United 2. Sam Byram (Leeds United) header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Morison with a cross.

Attempt saved. Steve Morison (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Murphy.

Attempt missed. Yakubu (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Murphy tries a through ball, but Sam Byram is caught offside.

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).

Scott Wootton (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt missed. Yakubu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Cox.

Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Casper Sloth (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Jamie Mackie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Hector.

Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

Attempt missed. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

Attempt missed. Steve Morison (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sam Byram.

Attempt missed. Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yakubu replaces Nick Blackman.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Simon Cox replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Offside, Reading. Garath McCleary tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

Offside, Reading. Nathaniel Chalobah tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

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

Foul by Casper Sloth (Leeds United).

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

Attempt blocked. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

Attempt saved. Jamie Mackie (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nick Blackman with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jamie Mackie replaces Oliver Norwood.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Leeds United 1. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Casper Sloth.

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Murphy.

Booking

Scott Wootton (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough30178548202859
2Bournemouth30177664313358
3Derby30177658283058
4Ipswich30159648301854
5Watford30165959342553
6Brentford30164104639752
7Norwich30148857362150
8Wolves3013983838048
9Blackburn30119104040042
10Sheff Wed3091292328-539
11Birmingham30911103241-938
12Nottm Forest29910104042-237
13Bolton30107133744-737
14Reading30107133545-1037
15Huddersfield30107134052-1237
16Cardiff3099123743-636
17Leeds3098133240-835
18Fulham30105154353-1035
19Rotherham30712112938-933
20Charlton3061592841-1333
21Brighton30612123239-730
22Millwall3079142847-1930
23Wigan29410152739-1222
24Blackpool3048182356-3320
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