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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Reading

Anthony Knockaert and James Wilson celebrate Brighton's opening goal
James Wilson scored the fourth goal of his loan spell from Manchester United

Brighton lifted themselves into the Championship's automatic promotion places with victory against Reading.

James Wilson gave the Seagulls the lead with a low first-half effort into the far corner from Sam Baldock's assist.

Brighton failed to add to Wilson's strike after the break and were thankful Ola John missed a chance from close range for a Reading equaliser.

Chris Hughton's side climb to second above Middlesbrough after Hull drew against Nottingham Forest.

Victory stretched Brighton's unbeaten home run to six Championship matches and saw them return to the top two for the first time since 14 December.

They sit a point above third-placed Middlesbrough, who have played a game fewer and host fourth-placed Hull on Friday.

Wilson's left-footed finish came from Baldock's surging run at the Reading defence before a well-placed through ball on the edge of the penalty box.

Reading had to wait for their chances to arrive, with Michael Hector missing one of their better ones when he blazed a rebound over the bar following Matej Vydra's shot.

Midfielder John also failed to direct a shot on target from six yards out as he was distracted by an onrushing David Stockdale.

Reading stay 15th, eight points above the relegation zone.

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Chris Hughton: Brighton boss after win over Reading

Brighton manager Chris Hughton told BBC Sussex: "It's a good win, I think we were worthy winners. We were a little bit edgy second half, I think that's understandable, but first half we were very good.

"We were worthy of our lead and I think we restricted their chances. They've got good quality, we knew it was going to be a tough game and it was.

"Sam Baldock was full of running and we wanted to be able to stretch them a bit more. I thought we did that and countered really well.

"I thought he was part of a good team performance and certainly gave us a lot of running today."

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McDermott on Brighton v Reading

Reading manager Brian McDermott: "I have talked to the players and we spoke about how Reading has been a great club over a period of time.

"We have been successful and we need to find that Reading identity, and always make sure games against Reading are hard, tough matches.

"But now we have talked, it is time to start doing. The players have to respond positively in the final 10 games of the season."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Goldson
  • 5Dunk
  • 23Rosenior
  • 27KnockaertSubstituted forLua Luaat 77'minutes
  • 6StephensBooked at 67mins
  • 7Kayal
  • 15MurphySubstituted forBongat 77'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forSidwellat 88'minutes
  • 21Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 3Greer
  • 10Hemed
  • 12Bong
  • 30Lua Lua
  • 36Sidwell
  • 38Skalak

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterBooked at 88mins
  • 5McShane
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 11Obita
  • 8Hector
  • 23Williams
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 7VydraSubstituted forMcClearyat 64'minutes
  • 20JohnSubstituted forRakelsat 81'minutes
  • 29Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Norwood
  • 10Rakels
  • 12McCleary
  • 21Quinn
  • 31Cox
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
23,418

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 0.

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

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Steve Sidwell replaces Sam Baldock.

Booking

Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Deniss Rakels replaces Ola John.

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt blocked. Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Danny Williams.

Foul by Ola John (Reading).

Dale Stephens (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Anthony Knockaert.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Gaëtan Bong replaces Jamie Murphy.

Attempt missed. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant following a set piece situation.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Hand ball by Ola John (Reading).

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley372111560303074
2Brighton371814550341668
3Middlesbrough36207947232467
4Hull36199850222866
5Derby371613850351561
6Sheff Wed371514853361759
7Cardiff37151394840858
8Ipswich371610114643358
9Birmingham361510114034655
10Preston371313113534152
11QPR371214114642450
12Wolves371211144550-547
13Leeds361114113641-547
14Nottm Forest371113133435-146
15Reading361111144142-144
16Blackburn371013143636043
17Brentford36127174858-1043
18Huddersfield37119174852-442
19Bristol City371010173458-2440
20Fulham37813165663-737
21MK Dons37910183149-1837
22Rotherham37106214362-1936
23Charlton37711193466-3232
24Bolton37414193662-2626
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