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Reading 1-2 Hull City

Jake Cooper scores the opening goal of the game
Jake Cooper scores the opening goal of the game

Andrew Robertson's late winner secured victory for Hull over Reading as Steve Bruce's men confirmed at least a place in the Championship play-offs.

Jake Cooper gave the hosts the lead, heading home an Oliver Norwood cross.

But Hull levelled shortly afterwards as influential midfielder Tom Huddlestone put Abel Hernandez through to fire low into the centre of goal.

Huddlestone was again the provider as he found Robertson, who struck home from outside the box for a vital goal.

It was Hull's first victory away from home since February and one which guaranteed them a top-six finish with three games remaining.

Bruce's men were top of the Championship in February before a poor run of two wins in nine matches saw them slip down the table.

But their hopes of securing automatic promotion are still alive as fourth-placed Tigers - eight points adrift of Brighton in third and second-placed Burnley - have a game in hand over their rivals.

Reading's form continues to tumble as the season nears its conclusion with this their fourth successive league defeat.

In front of 12,949 fans, Reading's lowest of Championship season, the hosts started the brighter.

With the score at 1-1, Reading thought they had won a 58th-minute penalty when referee Fred Graham pointed to the spot after Harry Maguire appeared to have fouled Deniss Rakels.

But Hull's players persuaded Graham to consult with an assistant and the referee then changed his mind, awarding a corner instead.

Reading continued to pile on the pressure, but it was Hull who took the three points as Robertson popped up from left-back to clinch the winner.

Reading manager Brian McDermott told BBC Radio Berkshire:

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McDermott on Reading v Hull

"We need a break, we've lost four on the bounce now, it's a horrible little run we're on.

"All we can do is dig in for the next three days, it's hard being a football manager at times like this.

"It's tough on all of us but we'll come through this adversity and be stronger as a result as this.

"We started the game really brightly but at 2-1 up Hull had nous in their team to see the game out, maybe we need a bit of nous."

Hull manager Steve Bruce:

"We got off to a horrible start but the response was good. Overall, the game could have gone either way.

"It was a typical Championship match but it's gone our way. It was a much better performance from us."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 35Cooper
  • 3Taylor
  • 8Hector
  • 6Norwood
  • 31CoxSubstituted forJohnat 72'minutes
  • 21Quinn
  • 7VydraSubstituted forKermorgantat 54'minutes
  • 10Rakels

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 4Evans
  • 17Piazon
  • 20John
  • 29Kermorgant
  • 43Watson
  • 49Barrett

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Odubajo
  • 12Maguire
  • 6Davies
  • 26Robertson
  • 10Snodgrass
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forHaydenat 55'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 15MaloneySubstituted forClucasat 87'minutes
  • 25DiomandeSubstituted forAkpomat 63'minutes
  • 9Hernández

Substitutes

  • 4Bruce
  • 11Clucas
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 19Akpom
  • 20Hayden
  • 24Aluko
  • 27El Mohamady
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
12,949

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamHull
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Hull City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Hull City 2.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Allan McGregor (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Abel Hernández.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ola John following a set piece situation.

Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Sam Clucas replaces Shaun Maloney.

Booking

Isaac Hayden (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Isaac Hayden (Hull City).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Robert Snodgrass.

Deniss Rakels (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Curtis Davies (Hull City).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Hull City 2. Andrew Robertson (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Huddlestone.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Isaac Hayden (Hull City) because of an injury.

Foul by Stephen Quinn (Reading).

Isaac Hayden (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Moses Odubajo (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

Offside, Hull City. Abel Hernández tries a through ball, but Chuba Akpom is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Moses Odubajo (Hull City).

Attempt saved. Abel Hernández (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chuba Akpom.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ola John replaces Simon Cox.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Shaun Maloney (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chuba Akpom (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

Jake Cooper (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abel Hernández (Hull City).

Offside, Hull City. Andrew Robertson tries a through ball, but Abel Hernández is caught offside.

Offside, Hull City. Curtis Davies tries a through ball, but Shaun Maloney is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Abel Hernández (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Isaac Hayden (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Chuba Akpom replaces Adama Diomande.

Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Hector.

Attempt missed. Deniss Rakels (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough43268960283286
2Burnley432315567353284
3Brighton432315567392884
4Hull4222101060312976
5Derby432113964402476
6Sheff Wed431816961421970
7Cardiff431616115346764
8Ipswich431614134949062
9Birmingham431612154945460
10Preston431416134242058
11Leeds431415144653-757
12QPR431317135252056
13Brentford42168186063-356
14Wolves431314165056-653
15Reading431312184953-451
16Huddersfield431311195760-350
17Blackburn431115174043-348
18Nottm Forest431115173744-748
19Fulham431115176473-948
20Rotherham43139215265-1348
21Bristol City431212194868-2048
22MK Dons43912223560-2539
23Charlton43813223773-3637
24Bolton43415243978-3927
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