Match ends, Reading 3, Burton Albion 0.
Reading 3-0 Burton Albion
Reading comfortably beat Burton Albion to record their fourth consecutive win and climb to third in the Championship for the first time in over a year.
Dominic Samuel scored the opener midway through the first half, diverting a Roy Beerens shot home from close range.
The home side's lead was doubled a few minutes later when Danny Williams arrived at the far post to connect with a pinpoint cross from Jordan Obita.
A late own goal from John Brayford completed a poor afternoon for Burton.
But it was the visitors who started the brighter against in-form Reading, with Jackson Irvine heading over early on.
After a shaky start, the Royals began to assert themselves and Samuel wasted his first chance, hitting the side-netting with a right-footed shot from inside the penalty area.
But the young striker made no mistake with his second attempt to net his first goal of the season and Reading then turned on the style as Garath McCleary found Obita, whose fine cross was expertly dispatched by Williams arriving at the far post for a simple tap-in.
After the break, Irvine and Lee Williamson both wasted chances to hit back for Burton and Reading went 3-0 up when Yakou Meite's left-footed shot was palmed away by Jon McLaughlin and rebounded into the net off Brayford.
Reading manager Jaap Stam: "It's good to win games and it's good to get points because there are a lot of games to be played in this league this season.
"Hopefully we can stay up there, but we're not aiming for that third or fourth spot yet. We're not focused on getting into a certain position in the table. I keep repeating myself: there's a long way to go.
"We controlled and dominated the first half and scored two great goals. You want to do the same thing in the second half, but we knew that Burton would be trying to get back into it.
"I told the players that you need to be sharp and aggressive because you want to finish the game off as quick as you can."
Burton manager Nigel Clough: "It was very similar to our away form this season: missed chances and conceding soft goals. That's it.
"Our general play wasn't too bad and if one of our chances had gone in at any time, even at 2-0 down, it might have been a different game.
"But we can't keep missing chances and giving away soft goals - otherwise you lose, like we did today."
- 26Al Habsi
- 5McShaneBooked at 90mins
- 7BeerensSubstituted forKellyat 86'minutes
- 12McClearyBooked at 64minsSubstituted forMendesat 77'minutes
- 14SamuelBooked at 63minsSubstituted forMeiteat 67'minutes
- 6TurnerBooked at 44minsSubstituted forFlanaganat 80'minutes
- 7WilliamsonSubstituted forNaylorat 71'minutes
- 8O'GradySubstituted forMillerat 67'minutes
- Keith Stroud
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Reading 3, Burton Albion 0.
Attempt blocked. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Williams.
Paul McShane (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).
Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Will Miller (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Beavon.
Attempt blocked. Joseph Mendes (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Obita.
Attempt missed. Will Miller (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stuart Beavon.
Offside, Reading. Danny Williams tries a through ball, but Yakou Meite is caught offside.
Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).
Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Reading. Liam Kelly replaces Roy Beerens.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Ali Al Habsi (Reading) because of an injury.
Ali Al Habsi (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Flanagan (Burton Albion).
Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.
Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Roy Beerens is caught offside.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Flanagan replaces Ben Turner.
Own Goal by John Brayford, Burton Albion. Reading 3, Burton Albion 0.
Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter.
Substitution, Reading. Joseph Mendes replaces Garath McCleary.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.
Attempt saved. Will Miller (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Naylor.
Attempt saved. Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Lucas Akins with a cross.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Naylor replaces Lee Williamson.
Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces Dominic Samuel.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Will Miller replaces Chris O'Grady.
Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ben Turner with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
Garath McCleary (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).
John Brayford (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dominic Samuel (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Dominic Samuel (Reading).
Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.
Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).
Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.