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Leeds United 1-0 Reading: Pablo Hernandez scores winner as Leeds cement top-two spot

Pablo Hernandez scores
Leeds have not lost on the past 10 occasions when Pablo Hernandez has scored.

Leeds United strengthened their position in the Championship's top two, thanks to Pablo Hernandez's second-half winner against Reading.

Hernandez struck on 57 minutes, stabbing into the top corner after his first shot had been blocked.

Reading had frustrated the hosts until that point and almost snatched an equaliser late on, with Liam Moore denied by Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla.

Victory for Leeds puts them five points ahead of third-placed Fulham, who dropped points in a 1-1 draw at Derby on Friday.

That result gave Leeds a morale boost going into this match, but they were not given an easy ride by the mid-table Royals, who dug in deep in the first half.

Reading keeper Rafael Cabral saved from Ezgjan Alioski and Moore blocked Helder Costa's shot, while at the other end, Casilla turned away George Puscas' effort.

In the second half, Mateusz Klich went close for Leeds before the deadlock was finally broken by Hernandez, who was later denied a second by Cabral.

And that could have proved a crucial save as Moore, acting as an auxiliary forward in injury time, shot on the turn but Casilla made an equally vital intervention.

Defeat sees Reading drop to 16th in the table, but eight points clear of relegation trouble.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa said:

"It was a similar match to what we are used to playing. Generally we create more chances than the opponent, we have more possession than the opponent and today was this situation.

"There was a situation in the last minute for them, the number six became a striker and that created confusion that maybe we could have solved from the bench.

"This player had a clear chance and it was a very important save by Kiko Casilla. For some time we were better than the opponent and the save had a big impact."

Reading head coach Mark Bowen said:

"Leeds have lost games by errors here and there, but I didn't see them as a team out of form. They are a well-oiled machine and I am sure they will stay in the top two.

"We came here with a gameplan, it was difficult and we will take it on the chin. I'm disappointed, though. I thought we did enough to come away with something.

"Our gameplan was to keep it tight and counter and we did well to create a few chances. We wanted to press high up and break fast, but we needed more guile with the final ball and we could have done better."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 13Casilla
  • 2AylingBooked at 10mins
  • 5White
  • 6Cooper
  • 15Dallas
  • 23PhillipsSubstituted forAlioskiat 37'minutes
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 43Klich
  • 19HernándezSubstituted forShackletonat 85'minutes
  • 22Harrison
  • 9Bamford

Substitutes

  • 1Meslier
  • 3Douglas
  • 10Alioski
  • 11Roberts
  • 29Augustin
  • 46Shackleton
  • 49Casey

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 17Yiadom
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 27Richards
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 19MeiteBooked at 36mins
  • 10SwiftBooked at 16minsSubstituted forAdamat 76'minutes
  • 21Olise
  • 47Puscas

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 9Baldock
  • 11Obita
  • 20Araruna Hoffmann
  • 24Blackett
  • 26Adam
  • 34Osho
Referee:
Jarred Gillett
Attendance:
35,483

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamReading
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 1, Reading 0.

Attempt missed. Omar Richards (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. George Puscas (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Liam Moore (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yakou Meite.

Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Olise (Reading).

Offside, Leeds United. Mateusz Klich tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

Michael Olise (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Jamie Shackleton replaces Pablo Hernández.

Hélder Costa (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Reading).

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Jack Harrison (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Reading).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Charlie Adam replaces John Swift.

Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pelé (Reading).

Attempt missed. George Puscas (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Foul by Stuart Dallas (Leeds United).

Michael Olise (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ezgjan Alioski (Leeds United).

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mateusz Klich (Leeds United).

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

Attempt blocked. Ben White (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Omar Richards.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ben White (Leeds United).

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

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 1, Reading 0. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

Hand ball by George Puscas (Reading).

Luke Ayling (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Puscas (Reading).

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom341812462362666
2Leeds34188849301962
3Fulham34169948371157
4Brentford341681056292756
5Nottm Forest341511845331256
6Preston341681049381156
7Bristol City34158114849-153
8Blackburn341491150401051
9Swansea34131294442251
10Cardiff34121484847150
11Millwall34121394039149
12Sheff Wed34129134441345
13Derby341112114246-445
14Birmingham34129134552-745
15QPR34127155158-743
16Reading34119144138342
17Hull34118154853-541
18Charlton34109154448-439
19Stoke34114194353-1037
20Middlesbrough34813133444-1037
21Huddersfield3499163955-1636
22Wigan34810163450-1634
23Barnsley34710174158-1731
24Luton3493224069-2930
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