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Reading2Sheff Wed1

Reading 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Roy Beerens
Reading have the highest average possession in the Championship this season.

Reading bounced back from last weekend's 5-0 thrashing by Fulham with a 2-1 victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday.

The Royals dominated first-half possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Wednesday's Lucas Joao fired wide after the break before Roy Beerens' deflected shot gave Reading the lead.

Beerens then doubled his side's advantage, before Steven Fletcher's late header set up a tense finish.

Reading's four game winning streak came to an end when they travelled to London last weekend, but their defence looked far more assured against high-flying Wednesday, until a frantic final five minutes.

The Owls, who would have leapfrogged Reading with a win, offered very little going forward in the first period without striker Fernando Forestieri, who was was sent off in their 2-1 win against Preston.

Joao should have given them the lead immediately after the break when he beat the offside trap, only to fire wide from 15 yards.

Dutch winger Beerens then punished Wednesday with a lucky deflected shot and a superb strike after substitute Yann Kermorgant's headed assist.

Reading looked to have the game all wrapped up before Wednesday substitute Fletcher headed home in stoppage time.

And Scotsman Fletcher could have stolen a point with seconds remaining but Ali Al-Habsi's superb fingertip save denied the Owls a comeback.

Reading manager Jaap Stam (on FA Cup tie against Manchester United): "We haven't even spoken to the team about the draw. It's not even relevant to speak about it because it's in about a month or so.

"We still need to play five games in the league before we play that game with United. So for us, it's no discussion.

"The league at the moment is much more important for us than the game against United. Our focus is on the games that we need to do well in the league.

"We were not happy after that game (at Fulham) and how we performed. But that sometimes makes you aware of what you need to do if you are going to get results in the Championship. That's what we did today."

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: "There is a saying 'if you don't kill, you can die'. And that's what happened today.

"We prepared very well for the game and we closed down Reading very well. I don't remember any problem for us in the first half.

"We had a clear chance in the second half (Joao), probably the best clear chance of the game. But we didn't shoot the goal.

"In my opinion, we were more threat to them than they were to us. It's important in these games that when you control them, you must score."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShaneBooked at 80mins
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 4van den BergBooked at 48minsSubstituted forKellyat 83'minutes
  • 6EvansBooked at 44mins
  • 7Beerens
  • 12McClearySubstituted forMendesat 89'minutes
  • 11Obita
  • 14SamuelSubstituted forKermorgantat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 9Mendes
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Meite
  • 30Watson
  • 38Kelly
  • 40Moore

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 12LoovensBooked at 80mins
  • 9Reach
  • 33WallaceBooked at 79mins
  • 5LeeBooked at 72mins
  • 23HutchinsonBooked at 73minsSubstituted forHirstat 77'minutes
  • 41Bannan
  • 19Lucas João
  • 44NuhiuBooked at 29minsSubstituted forFletcherat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 6Fletcher
  • 16Palmer
  • 24Semedo
  • 36Pudil
  • 39Sasso
  • 46Hirst
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
18,153

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

Attempt blocked. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joseph Mendes.

Attempt blocked. Joseph Mendes (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

George Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Attempt blocked. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross Wallace.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Joseph Mendes replaces Garath McCleary.

Tyler Blackett (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Hirst (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lucas João.

Attempt blocked. Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Hunt.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Liam Kelly replaces Joey van den Berg.

Booking

Paul McShane (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. George Hirst replaces Sam Hutchinson.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas João.

Attempt missed. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ross Wallace.

Booking

Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Glenn Loovens (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Joey van den Berg (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

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

goal

As It Stood

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3Reading2011452725237
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6Sheff Wed209472323031
7Birmingham208752426-231
8Norwich209383532330
9Fulham207853425929
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