Strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes fired Burnley to victory over Reading to keep them top of the Championship.

Ings took advantage of a defensive error to strike in the first half, before Vokes slid in from a narrow angle with 10 minutes remaining.

Jason Shackell's own goal with eight minutes left set up a tense finish but Reading could not force an equaliser.

Victory was the Clarets' fifth in a row in the league and made this their best start to a season since 1961.

They finished runners-up in the top flight that season - and will be heading back there if they can sustain this form.

Defeat ended a six-game unbeaten run for the Royals as they slipped to seventh in the table.

After a cagey opening 20 minutes, Ings celebrated his midweek call-up to the England Under-21 squad by slotting home his seventh league goal of the season from just six yards after Kieran Trippier's seemingly innocuous ball was misjudged by two Reading defenders.

Vokes almost added a second two minutes later when David Jones's 25-yard drive was spilled by Alex McCarthy, only for the Royals goalkeeper to recover in the nick of time.

At the other end, Pavel Pogrebnyak forced Burnley keeper Tom Heaton to tip over a 30th-minute header.

But it was the hosts who continued to press, with Ings almost doubling his tally on the stroke of half-time when his shot drifted wide of the upright.

Ings twice went close again before Reading's Nick Blackman dragged a tame shot wide as the Royals struggled to create an opening.

And Vokes doubled the hosts' lead after 80 minutes with his fifth goal in four Championship games.

Reading replied almost immediately when Pogrebnyak's header across goal bounced off Shackell's knee into his own net but the hosts held on.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "I thought we were absolutely excellent. We created many chances and we looked solid and their keeper had to be on form.

"We are still a work in progress but we went into the game with a good focus and we produced a really good performance. We showed we can compete against everyone and we are in a magnificent position to do that in every game we play.

"This was up there with our best performances of the season and we are on a roll, but it doesn't guarantee you anything."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "We have to give credit to Burnley because they sit top of the league and they were very good again in this one.

"We would like to think we can avoid the types of goals they scored, but we made three substitutions after an hour and changed our shape totally in an effort to control the game better.

"It was only 1-0 at the time and we endeavoured to get something from it, but Burnley worked very, very hard and I thought their front two were exceptional throughout."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Burnley

  • 01 Heaton
  • 02 Trippier
  • 05 Shackell
  • 04 Duff
  • 06 Mee
  • 08 Marney
  • 37 Arfield
  • 14 Jones
  • 10 Ings
  • 19 Kightly
  • 09 Vokes

Substitutes

  • 12 Cisak
  • 15 Edgar
  • 22 Stock
  • 26 Treacy
  • 11 Stanislas
  • 03 Lafferty
  • 28 Long

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 05 Pearce
  • 15 Morrison
  • 18 Bridge
  • 37 Obita
  • 06 Baird (Taylor - 58' )
  • 20 Guthrie
  • 19 Robson-Kanu (Blackman - 58' Booked )
  • 11 McAnuff Booked (Le Fondre - 59' )
  • 07 Pogrebnyak

Substitutes

  • 16 Akpan
  • 03 Kelly
  • 01 Federici
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 25 Taylor
  • 22 Blackman
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 11,256

Match Stats

Shots

21 7

On target

8 3

Corners

8 3

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Burnley 2, Reading 1.

90:00 +4:35 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Burnley 2, Reading 1.

90:00 +4:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +3:44

Delay in match Kieran Trippier (Burnley) because of an injury.

90:00 +3:14

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

90:00 +3:14

Kieran Trippier (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:08

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

88:08

Jason Shackell (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:18

Attempt saved. Chris Gunter (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

84:21

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Michael Duff.

84:00

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Scott Arfield.

83:13

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

83:13

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

82:41

Offside, Burnley. Michael Duff tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

81:34 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Jason Shackell, Burnley. Burnley 2, Reading 1.

79:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 2, Reading 0. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Ings.

78:40

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

78:40

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:48

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:48

Foul by Scott Arfield (Burnley).

75:55

Attempt missed. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

75:23

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Danny Guthrie.

73:33

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

71:39

Sean Morrison (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:39

Foul by Sam Vokes (Burnley).

70:56

Attempt missed. Nick Blackman (Reading) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

68:31

Foul by Jake Taylor (Reading).

68:31

Michael Kightly (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:01

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Marney.

66:08

Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross following a corner.

65:49

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Nick Blackman.

65:37 Booking

Booking Nick Blackman (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

63:58

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Jones.

62:28

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Vokes.

61:54

Offside, Burnley. Michael Kightly tries a through ball, but Danny Ings is caught offside.

61:09

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

61:09

Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

58:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Jobi McAnuff.

57:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Chris Baird.

57:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

57:09

Attempt missed. Kieran Trippier (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

56:37

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

56:29

Attempt saved. Michael Duff (Burnley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Kightly with a cross.

56:07

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

55:55

Attempt saved. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Vokes with a headed pass.

55:52

Attempt saved. David Jones (Burnley) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

53:45

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Guthrie.

49:51

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.

49:44

Attempt saved. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Danny Ings.

48:48

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:48

Foul by Kieran Trippier (Burnley).

46:49

Attempt missed. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45:00

Second Half begins Burnley 1, Reading 0.

45:00 +1:34 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Burnley 1, Reading 0.

45:00 +0:28 Booking

Booking Jobi McAnuff (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:19

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

45:00 +0:19

David Jones (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:37

Attempt missed. David Jones (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Kightly.

40:07

Attempt missed. Danny Ings (Burnley) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dean Marney.

39:36

Attempt saved. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

37:33

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

37:33

Dean Marney (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:33

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a corner.

31:07

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tom Heaton.

30:52

Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross.

25:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

24:36

Delay in match Sam Vokes (Burnley) because of an injury.

23:49

Attempt missed. Scott Arfield (Burnley) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Marney.

23:39

Attempt blocked. Dean Marney (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:00

Attempt saved. David Jones (Burnley) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

22:54

Attempt blocked. Michael Kightly (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

22:19

Wayne Bridge (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:19

Michael Kightly (Burnley).

20:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Burnley 1, Reading 0. Danny Ings (Burnley) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.

17:22

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:22

Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

11:19

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

11:17

Attempt blocked. Scott Arfield (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:25

Offside, Burnley. Dean Marney tries a through ball, but Michael Kightly is caught offside.

6:06

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

5:22

Ben Mee (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:22

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

3:54

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

3:54

Michael Duff (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:21

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:21

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).

1:39

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Chris Baird.

0:33

Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Burnley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Ings with a headed pass.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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