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Ipswich Town 2-1 Reading

Ryan Fraser puts Ipswich into the lead against Reading
Ryan Fraser, on a season-long loan from Bournemouth, scored his sixth goal of the season for Ipswich

Ipswich climbed back into the Championship play-off places courtesy of a late winner against Reading.

Ryan Fraser put Ipswich ahead just before the hour, turning in the area after Freddie Sears picked him out with a cross from the right.

Garath McCleary equalised from the penalty spot after Hal Robson-Kanu was tripped by Cole Skuse.

Brett Pitman then combined with fellow substitute Luke Varney to side-foot in a winner with a minute remaining.

Reading, now without a league win in four games, slip to 16th in the table.

There was little entertainment in the first half, but after the break Sears found space down the wing and loanee Fraser had time to spin and score his sixth goal of the season.

McCleary failed to pick out Matej Vydra on the break as Reading pounced on a mistake by Jonas Knudsen, but moments later Skuse's clumsy challenge allowed McCleary to convert from the spot.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy's attacking substitution was eventually rewarded when Pitman slid in at the far post for his ninth goal of the season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy:

"It was a great win and it is brilliant when your subs come on and contribute like that.

"I'm chuffed for them and chuffed for everyone. It wasn't a great game, but I think Reading are a really good side - it was one of our hardest matches of the season.

"I said at half-time that we needed to keep grinding away, even if we nicked it in the last minute. It was not a cunning plan, it was a tough and rather scrappy match.

"But we showed endeavour and resilience and Brett Pitman showed what a fantastic finisher he is."

Reading manager Brian McDermott told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"It was a sickener, it really was. But, I can't complain about the spirit and the commitment.

"It was a pretty ugly game, I knew what we'd be coming into tonight and that's what happened.

"I thought we might go on and win the game at 1-1 when we got the penalty, but it wasn't to be.

"Really disappointed. But everything in there, the spirit, the commitment, the guts. I can't have any complaints with that."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Smith
  • 6BerraBooked at 65mins
  • 3Knudsen
  • 7Maitland-NilesSubstituted forBruat 45'minutes
  • 8Skuse
  • 19HyamSubstituted forPitmanat 82'minutes
  • 14Fraser
  • 20Sears
  • 9MurphySubstituted forVarneyat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Pitman
  • 16Coke
  • 17Bru
  • 36Henly
  • 37Digby
  • 42Varney
  • 44Foley

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 35Cooper
  • 11ObitaBooked at 19mins
  • 23Williams
  • 6NorwoodBooked at 45mins
  • 21QuinnSubstituted forMcClearyat 61'minutes
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 29Kermorgant
  • 7Vydra

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 3Taylor
  • 5McShane
  • 8Hector
  • 12McCleary
  • 17Piazon
  • 20John
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
16,616

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamReading
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a headed pass.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Reading 1. Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Varney.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Luke Varney (Ipswich Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Daryl Murphy.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Ipswich Town. Christophe Berra tries a through ball, but Freddie Sears is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

  12. Post update

    Offside, Ipswich Town. Cole Skuse tries a through ball, but Brett Pitman is caught offside.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Williams.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Brett Pitman replaces Luke Hyam.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matej Vydra (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

    Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull28175645182756
2Middlesbrough27174637142355
3Burnley291410547262152
4Derby291311539251450
5Brighton28131143428650
6Ipswich2913973936348
7Sheff Wed291211643321147
8Birmingham2913883728947
9Cardiff29111173833544
10Brentford29117114241140
11Nottm Forest2991283025539
12Wolves29109103940-139
13QPR2981293535036
14Preston2981292527-236
15Leeds2981292933-436
16Reading2998123333035
17Huddersfield2988133942-332
18Blackburn2761292424030
19Fulham28610124348-528
20MK Dons2875162341-1826
21Rotherham2974183553-1825
22Bristol City29510142447-2325
23Charlton2959152655-2924
24Bolton29312142648-2221
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