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Reading 1-2 Blackburn: Rovers hold off late Royals fight back

Bradley Dack in action for Blackburn Rovers
Bradley Dack has now scored three goals in his last three games for Blackburn Rovers

Goals from Adam Armstrong and Bradley Dack were enough for Blackburn as they held off Reading in the Championship.

Armstrong opened the scoring for the visitors after eight minutes, latching onto Stewart Downing's cross before curling the ball into the top corner.

And three minutes into the second half, Dack doubled Blackburn's lead, finishing on the turn past Reading keeper Rafael Cabral Barbosa.

John Swift pulled a goal back for the Royals, finding the bottom corner after 56 minutes, but Blackburn held on for all three points.

Blackburn had lost their last three league visits to Reading but they were the better side in an uninspiring first period.

Sam Gallagher came close to doubling Rovers' advantage after 19 minutes hitting a shot from inside the penalty area narrowly over the bar.

But once going 2-0 down, Reading fought back with Swift nearly scoring two minutes before he got his goal as he struck the post from the edge of the box.

And the Royals nearly scored an equaliser late on as Liam Moore's header was well saved by Christian Walton.

The result sees Reading drop to 20th place in the Championship table, while Blackburn jump up to 10th.

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray:

"We started both halves on the front foot and were very aggressive against a team who, at their best, are very good at passing and playing.

"Reading have some very good technical players and they're always a real threat.

"You either decide to sit deep in a big block and make it difficult for them to get through or you get on the front foot and press them really high and take the ball off them.

"That was the option we went for and I thought that it paid dividends."

Reading manager Jose Gomes:

"At half-time I was completely angry with them [the players]. I was really upset.

"But then the worst thing happened that could have. We conceded a second goal in the third minute [of the second half].

"We didn't give up and tried to keep finding the Blackburn goal. We shot a lot of times and were much more dangerous in their box.

"The big lesson is that 45 minutes is sometimes not enough to win a game. And we gave the first 45 minutes to Blackburn."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 6Moore
  • 4MorrisonBooked at 37minsSubstituted forBlackettat 65'minutes
  • 16McIntyreSubstituted forMeiteat 57'minutes
  • 17YiadomBooked at 32mins
  • 10Swift
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
  • 14Ejaria
  • 11Obita
  • 47Puscas
  • 31Lucas JoãoSubstituted forBoyéat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Rinomhota
  • 18Boyé
  • 19Meite
  • 20Neves Virgínia
  • 24Blackett
  • 26Adam
  • 27Richards

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 31BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 26Lenihan
  • 3Williams
  • 5CunninghamBooked at 79mins
  • 27Travis
  • 29EvansSubstituted forJohnsonat 73'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 23Dack
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forHoltbyat 70'minutes
  • 9GallagherSubstituted forGrahamat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nyambe
  • 4Johnson
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 22Holtby
  • 39Buckley
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
16,906

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Attempt saved. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Swift with a cross.

Lucas Boyé (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers).

Booking

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Rafael Cabral.

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. George Puscas (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Yiadom with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Liam Moore (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yakou Meite.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Lucas Boyé replaces Lucas João.

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

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas João (Reading).

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Holtby.

Attempt missed. Andy Yiadom (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Greg Cunningham (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Attempt missed. Lewis Holtby (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Sam Gallagher.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Liam Moore.

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

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Bradley Johnson replaces Corry Evans.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Elliott Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lewis Holtby replaces Adam Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by John Swift.

Attempt blocked. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds8521134917
2Swansea8521125717
3Preston8512147716
4QPR85121412216
5Nottm Forest8431116515
6Bristol City8431139415
7Charlton8422118314
8Sheff Wed8413117413
9West Brom7340118313
10Blackburn841398113
11Birmingham841379-213
12Fulham8332127512
13Cardiff8332910-112
14Hull8233111109
15Middlesbrough823389-19
16Millwall8233611-59
17Brentford822456-18
18Derby8152811-38
19Wigan8224813-58
20Reading8215911-27
21Luton82151216-47
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Stoke8026717-102
24Huddersfield7016513-81
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