Championship
ReadingReading1BrentfordBrentford2

Reading 1-2 Brentford

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport at Madejski Stadium
Reading v Brentford
Reading won 3-1 when the sides met at Griffin Park in August

Brentford edged out Reading in an absorbing Championship contest courtesy of eye-catching goals from Ryan Woods and Sergi Canos.

Woods put Brentford ahead with a long-range strike but Garath McCleary equalised just before the hour.

Woods then turned provider as Brentford claimed the winner with a half-volley from on-loan Liverpool striker Canos.

As Reading pushed for an equaliser, Michael Hector was sent off after being shown a second yellow card for a dive.

Victory gave Brentford their first away win since 24 October while Reading slumped to a sixth defeat in their last seven games.

The win for Dean Smith's side was kick-started by winger Woods, who opened the scoring in spectacular fashion, running at the Reading defence before driving a right-foot shot past Jonathan Bond into the top-left corner from 25 yards.

The 22-year-old's first goal of the season came after Nick Blackman and Hal Robson-Kanu went close for Reading.

Matej Vydra's half-time introduction almost had an immediate impact for the hosts, but the striker headed a glorious chance on to the crossbar from Stephen Quinn's cross to the back post.

But the Czech Republic international made amends when he exchanged passes with fellow substitute McCleary around the edge of Brentford's area to play in the midfielder for a neat finish.

Not to be upstaged by Woods' first-half goal, 18-year-old Canos came off the bench to net his third of the season when he skipped past Hector before firing in left-footed from the edge of the box.

Reading's chances of a second comeback evaporated when referee Keith Stroud showed Hector a second yellow card for simulation after the Jamaica international had been booked in the first half for dissent.

Reading boss Brian McDermott: "They were quality goals from Brentford but, no, that doesn't soften the blow.

"The first one came out of nothing. They hadn't really had a shot, then they scored.

"When we got ourselves back into it, I thought we were going to go on to win the game. Then they scored a quality second goal as well.

"The year 2015 wasn't great for Reading, though we got to the semi-finals of the FA Cup. But we want 2016 to be a lot better."

On Hector's dismissal: "The referee (Keith Stroud) said he dived, so if he says he dived, there you go. That's his opinion. It's two yellows."

Brentford head coach Dean Smith: "I thought all three goals in the game were of real quality. It was a great strike from Ryan and I think Sergi tried to top him with that one.

"They were really good finishes and we needed them against a very good team.

"We've been talking in recent weeks about Ryan's finishing, about him hitting the target more. But did I expect it? No.

"But I welcomed it because I thought we were second best in the first half. Reading were the better team and we had to manfully defend."

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Bond
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 8HectorBooked at 87mins
  • 21QuinnBooked at 72mins
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 75mins
  • 6Norwood
  • 22Blackman
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forLiburdat 70'minutes
  • 20JohnSubstituted forMcClearyat 45'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forVydraat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Vydra
  • 10
  • 12McCleary
  • 18Tshibola
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 35Cooper
  • 41Liburd

Brentford

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 27ButtonBooked at 80mins
  • 2Colin
  • 6DeanBooked at 87mins
  • 26TarkowskiBooked at 5mins
  • 3Bidwell
  • 20DiagouragaBooked at 28mins
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forCanosat 59'minutes
  • 15Woods
  • 18Judge
  • 19SwiftSubstituted forSaundersat 78'minutes
  • 21VibeSubstituted forHofmannat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 22O'Connell
  • 23Jota
  • 28Yennaris
  • 47Canos
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
20,563

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Brentford 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Brentford 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Paul McShane.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Brentford. Ryan Woods tries a through ball, but Sergi Canos is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alan Judge (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philipp Hofmann.

  9. Post update

    Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

  11. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Michael Hector (Reading).

  12. Post update

    Michael Hector (Reading) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  13. Booking

    Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Oliver Norwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

  16. Post update

    Rowan Liburd (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Rowan Liburd (Reading).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matej Vydra (Reading).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough23154434122249
2Derby23138235132247
3Hull24135634171744
4Brighton23111113123844
5Burnley24118534231141
6Ipswich2310763330337
7Sheff Wed249963528736
8Brentford2410683633336
9Birmingham2410682826236
10Cardiff238962825333
11Wolves248793132-131
12Reading2486102928130
13QPR247982931-230
14Leeds237972325-230
15Nottm Forest237882322129
16Blackburn2361072220228
17Preston2461081921-228
18Huddersfield2467112836-825
19Fulham235993641-524
20MK Dons2464142032-1222
21Rotherham2363142838-1021
22Bristol City2449112243-2121
23Charlton2447132041-2119
24Bolton24211111937-1817
View full Championship table

Top Stories