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Reading 1-2 Burton Albion

Tom Naylor
Tom Naylor's winner at Reading was his second goal of the season

Tom Flanagan's first goal in over five years and a freak Tom Naylor winner gave Burton three points at Reading to lift them out of the relegation zone.

The Brewers went in front when Flanagan scored from Lucas Akins' long throw, only the sixth goal of his career.

Modou Barrow equalised for Reading 14 minutes from time when he latched onto Liam Kelly's cross.

But Naylor charged down Liam Moore's clearance and the ball bounced in as fortune favoured Nigel Clough's side.

The victory not only gave Burton their first back-to-back wins of the campaign, but the draw between Sunderland and Birmingham meant they climbed out of the bottom three.

Reading, meanwhile, are 14th following a second straight defeat.

A fairly uneventful first half appeared to be ending goalless until five minutes before the break, when Flanagan poked in to end a personal goal drought stretching back to October 2012.

Sone Aluko had narrowly fired wide before Reading levelled through Barrow, but one of the more unusual goals of the Championship season gave Burton the points.

Reading manager Jaap Stam said:

"After conceding two goals like that, it's frustrating. But to be honest, in how we played today, that's one of our worst games since I've been here.

"Quality on the ball, touches on the ball, choices - all basically wrong. Maybe it was because we wanted it too much.

"We made the wrong choices and did things too quickly."

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough:

"When you concede an equaliser and Reading are pushing for the winner, that's when your character shows up.

"Although the winning goal was a bit fortunate, I think that we deserved it over the course of the game.

"We would have been happy with a point before the match but the way the game went, we'd have been disappointed with that.

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Mannone
  • 19Bacuna
  • 5McShane
  • 6Moore
  • 2Gunter
  • 16EdwardsSubstituted forSwiftat 61'minutes
  • 4van den Berg
  • 38KellySubstituted forBödvarssonat 81'minutes
  • 14Aluko
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 17Barrow

Substitutes

  • 10Swift
  • 12McCleary
  • 20Ilori
  • 22Clement
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 24Blackett
  • 31Jaakkola

Burton

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Bywater
  • 10Akins
  • 2Brayford
  • 23Buxton
  • 6Turner
  • 12Flanagan
  • 18MillerSubstituted forAllenat 68'minutes
  • 15Naylor
  • 7MurphyBooked at 55minsSubstituted forMcFadzeanat 89'minutes
  • 11Dyer
  • 17SordellSubstituted forScannellat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Allen
  • 5McFadzean
  • 9Scannell
  • 19Palmer
  • 21Akpan
  • 24Campbell
  • 26Sbarra
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
21,771

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Burton Albion 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Burton Albion 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Leandro Bacuna.

  4. Post update

    Foul by John Swift (Reading).

  5. Post update

    Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Kyle McFadzean replaces Luke Murphy.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Vito Mannone tries a through ball, but Modou Barrow is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Turner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Sean Scannell replaces Marvin Sordell.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Liam Kelly.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 1, Burton Albion 2. Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 1, Burton Albion 1. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

  15. Post update

    Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Luke Murphy (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lloyd Dyer.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Burton Albion. Jamie Allen replaces Will Miller.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Joey van den Berg.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ben Turner (Burton Albion).

As It Stood

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2Cardiff23145433181547
3Derby23135538211744
4Bristol City23128337241344
5Leeds2312383526939
6Aston Villa2310853122938
7Sheff Utd2312293629738
8Preston239952723436
9Middlesbrough2310583023735
10Ipswich23112103733435
11Fulham238872929032
12Brentford2371063531431
13Nottm Forest23101123338-531
14Reading2376102930-127
15Sheff Wed236982729-227
16Norwich2376102230-827
17Millwall236892425-126
18QPR236892634-826
19Hull2357113741-422
20Barnsley2356122536-1121
21Burton2355131641-2520
22Sunderland23310102839-1119
23Bolton2347122341-1819
24Birmingham2345141233-2117
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