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Reading 3-1 Norwich City

Yann Kermorgant heads Reading ahead against Norwich
Yann Kermorgant's first-half header was his fifth goal in 22 appearances this season

Third-placed Reading inflicted an eighth defeat in 10 Championship games on struggling Norwich to keep up the pressure on the top two.

Yann Kermorgant headed Reading ahead but the Canaries equalised after the break through Nelson Oliveira's strike.

With Norwich then on top, Jonny Howson handled on the line and was sent off.

Kermorgant's dinked penalty hit the bar but Garath McCleary scored on the rebound and Callum Harriott's shot sealed victory in injury time.

Under-pressure Norwich boss Alex Neil saw his side have the better of the first half.

But City's failure to deal with set-pieces ultimately cost them and enabled Reading to claim a seventh win in nine matches and move them up to within five points of second-placed Brighton.

Liam Kelly's inviting cross for Kermorgant's goal nine minutes before the break seemed to settle a nervy home side.

Kermorgant missed a glorious chance to make it 2-0 but the Canaries regrouped and Oliveira turned in Jacob Murphy's pull-back for his fourth goal in five games.

However, when Howson saw red for clearing off the line with his arm following a goalmouth scramble, the Royals took control.

McCleary spared Kermorgant's embarrassment to make it 2-1 and a sweet strike from Harriott put the result beyond doubt.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"I like to have patience when we have the ball a lot. You don't want to rush things in terms of creating chances.

"Norwich started the game aggressively in going forward, sometimes pressing us one-versus-one all over the pitch.

"We didn't create a lot of chances in the first half and we knew Norwich would press us even more in the second half.

"But after the sending-off and the penalty, it meant that the spaces would open up even more and they did when scored the third."

Norwich City manager Alex Neil:

"My focus is on just trying to win the next game. We need to keep our heads down and keep going.

"There's no relevance to the players having given up and all the rest of this sort of nonsense that comes with the end of a tenure anywhere.

"The fight in me will never go away. I've been a competitor since I started playing and that'll never change. Because it gets a bit tough and you get a couple of kicks in the gut, that doesn't change.

"At times as a manager, you're the best thing since sliced bread. At other times, you're the pantomime villain. That's the simple fact of the matter."

Nelson Oliveira celebrates his goal against Reading
Nelson Oliveira's fourth goal in five games gave Norwich hope

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 4van den BergBooked at 29minsSubstituted forEvansat 65'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forHarriottat 87'minutes
  • 38KellySubstituted forSwiftat 77'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 12McCleary
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 6Evans
  • 8Swift
  • 14Samuel
  • 15Harriott
  • 30Watson
  • 40Moore

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 25PintoBooked at 37mins
  • 24Bennett
  • 6Bassong
  • 12Brady
  • 27TetteyBooked at 34mins
  • 4DorransSubstituted forOlssonat 25'minutes
  • 8HowsonBooked at 67mins
  • 7NaismithSubstituted forHoolahanat 70'minutes
  • 22Murphy
  • 9OliveiraSubstituted forJeromeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Olsson
  • 5Martin
  • 10Jerome
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 15Klose
  • 21Pritchard
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
21,180

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 3, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Norwich City 1.

Booking

John Swift (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 3, Norwich City 1. Callum Harriott (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by John Swift.

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a through ball.

Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Callum Harriott replaces Roy Beerens.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

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

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Reading. Liam Moore tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces Liam Kelly.

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.

Hand ball by Liam Kelly (Reading).

Offside, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett tries a through ball, but Jacob Murphy is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Williams with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan replaces Steven Naismith.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Cameron Jerome replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Reading).

Steven Naismith (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Norwich City 1. Garath McCleary (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.

Penalty missed! Still Reading 1, Norwich City 1. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) hits the bar with a right footed shot.

Dismissal

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) is shown the red card.

Penalty conceded by Jonny Howson (Norwich City) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Roy Beerens.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces Joey van den Berg.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle23161645182749
2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2313463330343
4Huddersfield2313372827142
5Leeds2313283023741
6Sheff Wed2312472723440
7Fulham2399540281236
8Derby2210662315836
9Barnsley2310494035534
10Aston Villa2381052522334
11Birmingham229762729-234
12Norwich23103103837133
13Preston239593131032
14Brentford2385102930-129
15Wolves237793132-128
16Ipswich237792226-428
17Bristol City2383123030027
18Nottm Forest2375113641-526
19Cardiff2366112638-1224
20QPR2265112031-1123
21Burton2357112432-822
22Blackburn2355132739-1220
23Wigan2346132030-1018
24Rotherham2334162450-2613
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