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Reading 0-2 Brentford

Brentford midfielder Alan Judge
Brentford had failed to win their previous four league games

Brentford's play-off push will go to the final day of the Championship season after victory against Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Alan Judge opened the scoring when he volleyed home Andre Gray's cross.

The Bees doubled the lead when defender James Tarkowski nodded in a free-kick after the interval.

Brentford need to defeat Wigan at Griffin Park next Saturday and hope results involving Ipswich or Derby go in their favour.

Mark Warburton's side are seventh in the table on 75 points, two behind sixth-placed Derby and three behind fifth-placed Ipswich.

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Warburton on Reading v Brentford

Ipswich also have a superior goal difference of three over Brentford.

While Brentford play Wigan, Derby entertain Reading and Ipswich visit ninth-placed Blackburn.

Warburton's side got off to a flying start against Reading, going in front in the seventh minute after good work by Gray.

Brentford's 16-goal top scorer clipped over a fine cross to the near post for Judge to volley past goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Reading, beaten FA Cup semi-finalists last weekend, went close when Garath McCleary blazed over after Hal Robson-Kanu's miscued effort from a Chris Gunter cross.

But Brentford extended their lead in the 65th minute when Tarkowski rose unchallenged to head Judge's nicely flighted free-kick past Federici.

Reading are 19th in the table, safe from relegation.

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"We give everybody a game but, unfortunately, the opposition always seem to get more goals than us. That's the reality of the situation.

"The team is in a difficult moment, it seems to be stuck in a bit of a rut. And we're running out of time this season to find a solution."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton:

"We weren't at our best today but got an early goal that calmed the nerves and were much better in the second half. The game was too open at times but we got the three points.

"It's tight for those last play-off places so all we can do is focus on the Wigan game."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 5Pearce
  • 15Hector
  • 11ObitaBooked at 86mins
  • 14ChalobahSubstituted forCoxat 66'minutes
  • 6NorwoodBooked at 35mins
  • 23Williams
  • 12McClearyBooked at 64minsSubstituted forStaceyat 66'minutes
  • 19Mackie
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forBlackmanat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Cox
  • 16Akpan
  • 21Karacan
  • 22Blackman
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
  • 37Stacey

Brentford

  • 27ButtonBooked at 31mins
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 8Douglas
  • 23JotaSubstituted forToralat 68'minutes
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forSmithat 84'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19GraySubstituted forDallasat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 12McCormack
  • 15Dallas
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 24Smith
  • 32O'Connell
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
20,048

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Brentford 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Brentford 2.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stuart Dallas.

Attempt saved. Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tommy Smith (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Brentford).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Alex Pritchard.

Offside, Brentford. Alex Pritchard tries a through ball, but Alan Judge is caught offside.

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

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Stacey (Reading).

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Stacey (Reading).

Foul by Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford).

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Stuart Dallas replaces Andre Gray.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Jon-Miquel Toral replaces Jota.

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jack Stacey replaces Garath McCleary.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Simon Cox replaces Nathaniel Chalobah.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Brentford 2. James Tarkowski (Brentford) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Garath McCleary (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford452771190494188
2Bournemouth442412892454784
3Middlesbrough452591168373184
4Norwich4524111084463883
5Ipswich4522121170511978
6Derby4521141085533277
7Brentford452291475591675
8Wolves4521121266541275
9Blackburn451616136357664
10Charlton451418135457-360
11Birmingham451515155364-1160
12Nottm Forest451514167067359
13Cardiff451514165560-559
14Sheff Wed451417144248-659
15Leeds451510205061-1155
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham451410216079-1952
18Bolton441312195463-951
19Reading441211214467-2347
20Brighton451016194454-1046
21Rotherham441015194466-2242
22Millwall45914224072-3241
23Wigan45912243961-2239
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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