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  1. Joseph Mendes scores twice for Reading
  2. Lewis Grabban adds the third with a penalty
  3. Reading move up to fourth place in the Championship
  4. Defeat ends Villa's five-match unbeaten run
  5. Steve Bruce's side remain 12th in the table

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By James Law

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye for now

    FT: Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

    Well that wasn't actually too bad considering we only had one match.

    There'll be plenty more on Easter Monday though, with a full round of EFL fixtures to get excited about.

    We'll be back then for more thrills and spills.

  2. Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

    Joseph Mendes

    Joseph Mendes scored twice as Reading ended Aston Villa's five-game unbeaten run to tighten their grip on a play-off spot.

    Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

    Joseph Mendes

    Joseph Mendes scores twice as Reading end Aston Villa's five-game unbeaten run to tighten their grip on a play-off spot.

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  3. 'Grabban worked his socks off'

    FT: Aston Villa 1-2 Reading

    Mick Gooding

    Ex-Reading player/manager on BBC Radio Berkshire

    Quote Message: It was as comfortable as Reading's manager could've hoped. Grabban worked his socks off and I'm well pleased for him to get his first goal."
  4. Post update

    FT: Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

    All the stats pre kick-off pointed towards a home win, but Reading were the team with something to play for and it showed.

    The Royals were in cruise control at times, such was their dominance, and they're now closing in on that play-off spot.


    Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

  6. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

    Alan Hutton's cross is headed away by the Readling back-line and the home supporters leave en masse.

    It's been a limp second-half display from Villa, who conceded less than a minute after the interval.

  7. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

    Bouncebackability - anyone remember that word.

    Well, either way, that's precisely what Jaap Stam's Royals have shown at Villa Park to earn a memorable and highly-deserved away triumph.

    They're not done yet either - John Swift striking over the bar from range as four added minutes are signaled.


    Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

    Reading's John Swift takes one for the team, hauling Alan Hutton down as he springs forward.

    The challenge came moments after the Royals had a handful penalty shout turned down.

    Liam Kelly now comes off for the visitors, with George Evans entering the field of play.

  9. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

    Conor Hourihane skews Villa's latest effort well off-target, which sums up the home side's finishing this afternoon.

    Their shots have either lacked accuracy or been blocked by some determined Reading defending.

    The Royals do need to be careful though as Danny Williams, already on a booking, has made some risky challenges.

  10. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

    Lewis Grabban

    It's a first league goal since November 2015 for Reading forward Lewis Grabban, and that may well seal the points for the visitors.

    Liam Kelly was fouled by Villa's Leandro Bacuna in the box after receiving Yann Kermogant's exquisite pass and Grabban, on loan from Bournemouth, slotted home the resulting penalty.

  11. GOAL (Grabban pen)

    Aston Villa 1-3 Reading

  12. PENALTY (Reading)

    Aston Villa 1-2 Reading


    Aston Villa 1-2 Reading

    Jack Grealish comes on for the hosts - the man with so much promise that is yet to be fulfilled.

    He takes the place of Nathan Baker - that's a very attacking change from Steve Bruce's side.

    More than 30,000 fans have had the privilege of watching this match 'in the flesh'.

  14. CLOSE!

    Aston Villa 1-2 Reading

    Perhaps Scott Hogan is still finding his feet, having just come on, but he really should have stuck that one away.

    From around eight yards out, the Villa striker is off target after Mile Jedinak's pass with the goal gaping.

    Meanwhile, Reading's goal hero Joseph Mendes makes way for his fellow countryman Yann Kermogant, who also knows how to score.

  15. YELLOW CARD (Obita)

    Aston Villa 1-2 Reading

    A second booking for Reading, as Jordan Obita goes into the book after a lunge on the advancing Alan Hutton.

    Villa then have an appeal for a penalty waved away - they're turning the heat up.

  16. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Reading

    Yes, Villa have little to play for on the face of it, but these stats show how big a victory this would be for Reading.

    The hosts have won 10 of their 11 league meetings with with the Royals, including each of the past five. 

    Jaap Stam's side are also looking for their first ever away victory at Aston Villa, having lost each of the previous five to date.

    Meanwhile, the visitors eventually bring on Garath McCleary in place of Adrian Popa.


    Aston Villa 1-2 Reading

    Unsurprisingly, considering they trail, the hosts make the first change of the afternoon.

    Striker Scott Hogan, who cost Villa £12m, comes on for the rather disappointing Jordan Amavi.

    Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce

    Aston Villa 1-2 Reading

    Jonathan Kodjia, who's been rather quiet, heads onto the roof of the net from a Villa set-piece.

    At the other end, Reading's Lewis Grabban powers a shot which is smothered very impressively by keeper Sam Johnstone.

    There's definitely another goal or two in this...

  19. Post update

    Aston Villa 1-2 Reading

    If the game were to end now (please don't, we're having too much fun) Reading would be just a point behind third-placed Huddersfield, and have a six-point cushion over Fulham in seventh.

    Joseph Mendes is covering every blade of grass and surely won't last the 90 minutes, but then again he'll now be looking for a hat-trick.

    Villa win a corner as they attempt to respond again.

  20. Post update

    Mick Gooding

    Ex-Reading player/manager on BBC Radio Berkshire

    Quote Message: This is where Reading just need to pop the ball about and frustrate Villa."