Brentford 1-3 Reading

Nick Blackman
Nick Blackman has scored four goals in seven appearances this season

Nick Blackman scored twice as Reading registered their first Championship win of the season away at Brentford.

The Royals took the lead on 17 minutes when Orlando Sa powered a header home and Blackman doubled their advantage with a free-kick from 25 yards out.

Lasse Vibe pulled one back for the Bees midway through the second half.

But Blackman sealed the points with an injury-time penalty, converting after being brought down by Bees goalkeeper David Button.

Brentford had Button to thank for keeping the scoreline down as Reading ran riot in a one-sided first half.

He made a string of saves; tipping Stephen Quinn's deflected shot wide, parrying a header from Hal Robson-Kanu and making a brilliant double save to deny Quinn and Blackman.

Brentford looked far more lively after the break but rarely looked like clawing their way back into the game, even after Vibe reduced the arrears with a curling effort which went in off the post.

The Bees were playing the first match on their new pitch at Griffin Park, which was re-laid during the week after their game against Birmingham in midweek was postponed.

Brentford head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen: "We were very poor in the first half and to be honest I didn't recognise some of my players. We were not good on the ball and struggled to keep hold of it."

Reading boss Steve Clarke: "I keep talking about performances and that first half was excellent. If we play like that then the results will follow and if they don't I'll still be happy.

"I thought we could have been out of sight by half-time but their keeper has kept them in it. I was out of my seat getting ready to celebrate when he stopped one shot."

Orlando Sa
Orlando Sa scored from an unmarked header as Reading dominated the first period
Nick Blackman
Blackman wrapped up the points from the spot after being fouled by David Button
Steve Clarke
Steve Clarke's Reading side won for the first time in the Championship this season



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27ButtonBooked at 90mins
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 26TarkowskiBooked at 31mins
  • 3BidwellBooked at 84mins
  • 20DiagouragaSubstituted forMcCormackat 37'minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 17KerschbaumerSubstituted forSaundersat 83'minutes
  • 21Vibe
  • 18Judge
  • 24GogiaSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 11HofmannBooked at 57mins


  • 7Saunders
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 29Barbet
  • 35Udumaga
  • 36Clarke


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1BondBooked at 90mins
  • 2GunterBooked at 87mins
  • 5McShane
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 11ObitaBooked at 22mins
  • 23Williams
  • 6NorwoodSubstituted forHectorat 90+4'minutes
  • 21Quinn
  • 22Blackman
  • 10Substituted forTshibolaat 82'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forMcClearyat 45'minutes


  • 8Hector
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Hurtado
  • 18Tshibola
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 31Cox
Andy Madley

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 1, Reading 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Reading 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Brentford 1, Reading 3. Nick Blackman (Reading) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Booking

    David Button (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by David Button (Brentford) after a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Penalty Reading. Nick Blackman draws a foul in the penalty area.

  7. Booking

    Jonathan Bond (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harlee Dean (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Oliver Norwood.

  10. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Maxime Colin (Brentford).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Anton Ferdinand (Reading) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Saunders (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Judge.

  17. Post update

    Maxime Colin (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sam Saunders.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Tshibola.