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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Reading

Joe Mason
Joe Mason has scored four goals for Wolves since joining the club from Cardiff City in January

Walter Zenga's Wolves made it three games unbeaten this season as they comfortably beat Reading at Molineux.

The hosts almost took an early lead when Joao Teixeira teed up Joe Mason but he was denied by the hands of goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Matt Doherty put the hosts ahead before the break when he hammered a fierce shot in from 12 yards.

Mason headed home from a George Saville corner to double Wolves' lead as Reading failed to make an impact.

After joining Wolves from Cardiff City in January, Mason's second goal in his last five games built on a promising end to last season.

Wolves, who beat Crawley 2-1 in the first round of the EFL Cup in midweek, move up to fifth in the table, on four points, following their opening-day 2-2 draw at Rotherham.

Jaap Stam's Reading, who slip seven places to 15th, struggled to counter Wolves' attacking threat, recording just one shot on target.

Wolves have now won two matches on the trot against Reading on the back of a seven-game winless run against the Royals prior to that.

Wolves head coach Walter Zenga:

"The team played very well. If we could have scored more goals it would have been nice. But I have a very nice group of players who want to work and push their limits.

"These are the most important things. As I said before, the spirit of the team is amazing. Sometimes I win and sometimes I learn but the passion, pride and spirit of the team must be the first three things.

"That is what we have to bring onto the pitch every time. The atmosphere was amazing as well. I have no words to describe that. My ambition remains to see the stadium full."

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"In these games you need to be very sharp and focused. Wolves were really up for it at the beginning of the game and they did really well.

"The system that we want to play, you need to be patient on the ball and spread the play and let them run. But, if we lose the ball, it can be very difficult and that is what we did at times.

"If you are focused and concentrated then you can get results against these teams. We want to do a lot better but, if you look at the team, we played a lot of players who were not in the shape that they were in the last couple of weeks."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 16Coady
  • 18Iorfa
  • 6BatthBooked at 12mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 4Edwards
  • 14EvansBooked at 79mins
  • 8SavilleSubstituted forHenryat 89'minutes
  • 10MasonSubstituted forPriceat 84'minutes
  • 22Bödvarsson
  • 24Brito TeixeiraSubstituted forWallaceat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Henry
  • 12Wallace
  • 17Costa
  • 19Price
  • 21Lonergan
  • 28Deslandes
  • 30Hause

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 4van den Berg
  • 11ObitaBooked at 88mins
  • 6Evans
  • 23Williams
  • 12McClearySubstituted forHarriottat 71'minutes
  • 8SwiftSubstituted forRakelsat 77'minutes
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forMeiteat 62'minutes
  • 18KermorgantBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 10Rakels
  • 15Harriott
  • 19Meite
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 38Kelly
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
20,425

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamReading
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2, Reading 0.

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry tries a through ball, but Jed Wallace is caught offside.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Price with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. James Henry replaces George Saville.

Booking

Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Jed Wallace (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Evans with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jack Price replaces Joe Mason.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Williams.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jed Wallace (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Deniss Rakels replaces John Swift.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Joe Mason (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Joe Mason (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Callum Harriott replaces Garath McCleary.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jed Wallace replaces João Teixeira.

goal

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