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Reading 1-0 Preston North End

Modou Barrow
Modou Barrow has scored 10 Championship goals this season

Modou Barrow's winner strengthened Reading's chances of staying up and damaged Preston's play-off hopes.

The Royals hit the front when Liam Kelly's free-kick found leading scorer Barrow at the back post to head in.

Preston almost equalised immediately as Lewis Moult's free-kick smacked against the crossbar.

The visitors increased the pressure after the break, with Sean Maguire heading Billy Bodin's cross against the bar.

After just one win in 18 league matches, Paul Clements has two wins from his three games in charge since replacing Jaap Stam as Reading scored with their only attempt on target.

Preston were keen to get their stuttering campaign back on track, but were unable to turn their greater possession and chances into an equaliser.

The Lilywhites had suffered just one defeat in their previous 11 away games, but the Madejski Stadium again proved an unhappy hunting ground with only one win from 18 visits.

Victory kept Reading 19th and restored their five-point cushion above the bottom three, while Preston's fourth defeat in five dropped them to 11th, six points outside the play-off places.

Reading manager Paul Clement told BBC Berkshire:

"It was an ugly game, but we got there in the end and that's the main thing.

"The players are giving their best effort; they are shutting people down, they are being determined and aggressive.

"In the home games they have really stuck at it and you need that in a relegation battle. You need men, you need people who are going to take responsibility, and all the players are doing that."

Preston boss Alex Neil told BBC Lancashire:

"We conceded the first goal, but from that point we completely controlled the game and created enough chances to get back in it and even win the game.

"I've told the players to stop looking at results and how other teams are playing because unless we win the rest of our games it doesn't matter.

"We have made it really difficult for ourselves now, but all we can do is try to play as well as we can, hopefully score that first goal and that should make the difference for us.

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 20Ilori
  • 6Moore
  • 50RichardsSubstituted forClementat 45'minutes
  • 19BacunaBooked at 17mins
  • 38KellySubstituted forEvansat 85'minutes
  • 14Aluko
  • 10SwiftBooked at 60mins
  • 17Barrow
  • 23BödvarssonSubstituted forMartinat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4van den Berg
  • 8Evans
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 22Clement
  • 27Martin
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 57Holmes

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 14FisherBooked at 27mins
  • 23Huntington
  • 20DaviesBooked at 11minsSubstituted forClarkeat 45'minutes
  • 3Cunningham
  • 4Pearson
  • 8Browne
  • 39Bodin
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forHarropat 79'minutes
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 21MoultSubstituted forMaguireat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Clarke
  • 7Horgan
  • 10Harrop
  • 12Gallagher
  • 22Maxwell
  • 24Maguire
  • 32Earl
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
15,501

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home5
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Preston North End 0.

Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Martin (Reading).

Attempt missed. Ben Pearson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces Liam Kelly.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Harrop with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sone Aluko.

Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pelle Clement with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Callum Robinson.

Offside, Reading. Sone Aluko tries a through ball, but Modou Barrow is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Billy Bodin with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Sone Aluko.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Chris Martin replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Offside, Preston North End. Darnell Fisher tries a through ball, but Tom Barkhuizen is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Foul by Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End).

Tiago Ilori (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Pelle Clement (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by John Swift.

Booking

John Swift (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

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