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Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Reading: Royals end winless run to add to Garry Monk woes

Yakou Meite
Yakou Meite (right) celebrates scoring his 10th goal of the season

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk says there is a "fragility" about his team after they fell to a heavy home defeat by Reading.

The Owls have now gone six league matches without a win and, having been third on Christmas Day, are nine points off the play-off places.

Ovie Ejaria teed up Yakou Meite to open the scoring for the visitors in the first half before Wednesday's teenage defender Osaze Urhoghide was sent off shortly after the break for a second bookable offence.

George Puscas tapped in from an Andy Yiadom cross-shot and Sam Baldock wrapped up the win with a penalty in the last minute as Reading registered a first league victory since New Year's Day to move up to 15th in the Championship table.

"There is a lack of confidence and a fragility about the players. They need to stick together and they are the only ones who can get themselves out of this," Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"I understand that the results are not good enough and something needs to change. We need to get out of this cycle.

"I said from the start that this is a very big job and I've talked about change a lot. My aim is to get to the point where I can get to the point where I can physically make those changes but I understand in the meantime I need to get results."

'I'm always honest'

After the Owls slipped to a 2-1 away defeat at Wigan last month Monk said the team were an "embarrassment" and said that they needed "massive changes".

When asked if that may have dented the players' confidence he said "the players and fans deserve honesty".

"I live in a world where the truth is what matters and if you can't handle that and do something about it then you shouldn't be in this game," the 40-year-old added.

"You look for people to show their strength of character in those moments to prove everyone wrong. I'm always going to be honest, I can't be someone I'm not."

Players dropped

Monk confirmed that experienced goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and midfielder Sam Hutchinson were not involved in the first-team because he "knows what makes a successful dressing room".

Westwood has not featured since November while Hutchinson's last game came in the 2-1 win over QPR in the FA Cup in January.

Monk took over at Hillsborough in September and vowed to "keep fighting" after their midweek defeat at Luton Town.

He made four changes from the team that started that game in a bid to turn around his side's fortunes, including dropping January signings Josh Windass and Connor Wickham.

However, they fell behind after 21 minutes when Ejaria's ball into the box was dummied by Puscas and Meite scored his 10th of the season.

The Royals had been in danger of falling back into the battle at the bottom of the table after a run of seven league games without a win but victory never looked in doubt after the home side were reduced to 10 men when Urhoghide was sent off three minutes into the second half.

'We are a match for anyone'

Reading are now 11 points from the play-offs and the same number of points clear of relegation meaning a mid-table finish is likely.

"I was delighted with the performance and the result," said Reading manager Mark Bowen.

"The conditions were awful, but I asked the players to show football intelligence and I thought we did that in the first half. When we get things right, we are a match for any team in this league.

"It was important that after getting our noses in front that we built on that."

Reading visit second-placed Leeds next Saturday, while the Owls travel to Birmingham, who sacked Monk as their manager last summer.

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 25Dawson
  • 44UrhoghideBooked at 49mins
  • 27Iorfa
  • 13Börner
  • 2Palmer
  • 8PelupessySubstituted forBannanat 45'minutes
  • 5Lee
  • 38Da CruzSubstituted forMurphyat 56'minutes
  • 45Forestieri
  • 7K Harris
  • 17NuhiuSubstituted forWickhamat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Bannan
  • 14Murphy
  • 15Lees
  • 19Wickham
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 29Hunt
  • 47Windass

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 17YiadomBooked at 81mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 27Richards
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 10Swift
  • 19Meite
  • 21OliseSubstituted forAdamat 68'minutes
  • 14EjariaBooked at 67minsSubstituted forMasikaat 86'minutes
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forBaldockat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 9Baldock
  • 20Araruna Hoffmann
  • 24Blackett
  • 25Masika
  • 26Adam
  • 34Osho
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
22,199

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamReading
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home10
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home21
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Reading 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Reading 3.

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Forestieri with a cross.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Reading 3. Sam Baldock (Reading) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Reading. Andy Rinomhota draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday) after a foul in the penalty area.

Ayub Timbe Masika (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ayub Timbe Masika replaces Ovie Ejaria.

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Omar Richards.

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a cross.

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sam Baldock replaces George Puscas.

Attempt missed. Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Barry Bannan following a set piece situation.

Booking

Andy Yiadom (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Kadeem Harris (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Cameron Dawson.

Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Reading 2. George Puscas (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Yiadom following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Andy Yiadom (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

Andy Rinomhota (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Reading) left footed shot from long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Omar Richards.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Charlie Adam replaces Michael Olise.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Connor Wickham replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

Booking

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom331712459362363
2Leeds33178848301859
3Fulham33168947361156
4Brentford331671054272755
5Nottm Forest331510845331255
6Preston331581047371053
7Bristol City33158104846253
8Blackburn331481148381050
9Cardiff33121474845350
10Millwall33121384038249
11Swansea33121294141048
12Sheff Wed33128134138344
13Derby331111114145-444
14Birmingham33128134249-744
15Reading33119134137442
16QPR33126155158-742
17Hull33118144751-441
18Middlesbrough33813123443-937
19Charlton3399154147-636
20Huddersfield3399153852-1436
21Stoke33104194153-1234
22Wigan33710163350-1731
23Luton3393213966-2730
24Barnsley33610174058-1828
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