Michail Antonio scored twice against his former side as Nottingham Forest moved to the top of the Championship table after thrashing Reading.

Antonio struck in each half, with his first a header that creeped in off the bar, and he doubled their lead after squeezing the ball in at the far post.

Matty Fryatt's header from close range made it 3-0 before Britt Assombalonga tapped home following a scramble.

Reading keeper Adam Federici also saved well from Jamie Paterson's late shot.

Forest now lead the table by a point after four games, moving ahead of Watford and the rest of the chasing pack.

Assombalonga and Andy Reid forced Federici into a brave double save but Forest's pressure eventually paid off after 17 minutes.

New dawn at Reading

Not one of the midfield four that finished the game - Tshibola, Tanner, Kuhl and Norwood - had a Reading start to their name before the game.

Antonio, who was plucked from non-league football by the Royals, broke the deadlock with his powerful header at the back post hitting the underside of the bar and bouncing in.

Forest continued to put pressure on the Reading goal and Jordan Obita denied them second goal when he headed clear off his own line, after Danny Fox had powered a header into the danger zone, with Fryatt then prodding the loose ball wide of the post.

Pearce on Forest win over Reading

Reading's best chance of the first half fell to Aaron Kuhl but the youngster sliced his volley wide from just inside the box while former Forest forward Simon Cox dragged his shot across the face of goal from a promising position.

Antonio, who left Reading in August 2012, got his second of the game just two minutes after the restart with a prodded effort from close range that again beat Federici at the far post.

Worse was to come for Nigel Adkins' side with Fryatt's header putting the game out of sight inside 53 minutes.

Assombalonga went close with a shot from the edge of the area after a fine run but he soon got a deserved goal tapping home from close range after a melee in the box.

Forest keeper Karl Darlow saved well from Nick Blackman while at the other end Federici prevented it from being 5-0 with a great late saves from Paterson, Reid and Eric Lichaj.

Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce said: "The most important thing for me is not the result, it is how quickly the new faces have settled into the team.

"I have to give credit to all the players who were already here, for making them feel welcome. But the new lads have settled in really, really well.

"That is the most pleasing thing for me about the start. You expect it to take time for a new player to fit into the squad. But the new signings have really hit the ground running."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins added: "We had opportunities to score in the first half, which was pleasing, when you consider the young side we have got.

"But the big killer for us was the second goal, which was a shocking one, where we failed to defend the far post. That is down to senior players in the team not doing their jobs ."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Nottingham Forest

  • 01 Darlow
  • 17 Hunt
  • 04 Mancienne
  • 13 Fox
  • 03 Harding (Lichaj - 45' )
  • 27 Burke (Paterson - 75' )
  • 08 Cohen Booked
  • 11 Reid
  • 18 Antonio (Osborn - 74' )
  • 07 Fryatt
  • 09 Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 02 Lichaj
  • 14 Veldwijk
  • 21 Paterson
  • 29 de Vries
  • 30 McLaughlin
  • 32 Tesche
  • 38 Osborn

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 02 Gunter
  • 15 Hector
  • 05 Pearce
  • 24 Cummings
  • 22 Blackman Booked
  • 17 Edwards (Tanner - 61' )
  • 28 Kuhl
  • 25 Taylor (Norwood - 58' )
  • 10 Cox
  • 11 Obita (Tshibola - 86' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Norwood
  • 16 Akpan
  • 18 Tshibola
  • 20 McCarthy
  • 27 Tanner
  • 35 Cooper
  • 37 Stacey
Ref: Andy Woolmer
Att: 22,795

Match Stats

Shots

16 10

On target

7 2

Corners

6 9

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Reading 0.

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Nottingham Forest 4, Reading 0.

90:00 +3:30

Foul by Aaron Kuhl (Reading).

90:00 +3:30

Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:56

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

87:48

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matty Fryatt.

86:49

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

86:11

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

86:11

Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Aaron Tshibola replaces Jordan Obita.

83:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

82:44

Delay in match Jordan Obita (Reading) because of an injury.

81:48

Attempt missed. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

81:46

Attempt missed. Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Reid with a cross following a corner.

81:17

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Adam Federici.

81:14

Attempt saved. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

80:06

Offside, Reading. Oliver Norwood tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.

79:15 Booking

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

79:14

Nick Blackman (Reading) has gone down, but that's a dive.

76:31

Attempt saved. Jamie Paterson (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

75:46

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

75:46

Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Paterson replaces Chris Burke.

73:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Ben Osborn replaces Michail Antonio.

73:33

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

73:33

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:18

Simon Cox (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:18

Foul by Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest).

70:14

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Karl Darlow.

70:13

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simon Cox.

69:19

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

68:54

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Chris Cohen.

68:21 Booking

Booking Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:10

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

68:10

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

65:05

Offside, Reading. Alex Pearce tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.

64:49

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:49

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest).

64:24

Foul by Craig Tanner (Reading).

64:24

Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 4, Reading 0. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a corner.

63:00

Attempt blocked. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

62:59

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Mancienne.

62:22

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Michael Hector.

61:28

Attempt missed. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

60:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Craig Tanner replaces Ryan Edwards.

59:45

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

58:55

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Chris Cohen.

58:54

Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a headed pass.

57:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Oliver Norwood replaces Jake Taylor.

57:00

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andy Reid.

55:14

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Kuhl with a cross following a corner.

54:51

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Chris Cohen.

53:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 3, Reading 0. Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a cross.

50:40

Foul by Chris Burke (Nottingham Forest).

50:40

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:25

Attempt missed. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Cohen.

46:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 2, Reading 0. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Hunt with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Eric Lichaj replaces Daniel Harding.

45:00 +2:26 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 0.

45:00 +1:04

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Edwards.

44:22

Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:22

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

41:58

Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Cox.

41:53

Attempt blocked. Ryan Edwards (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Cox.

41:10

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

41:10

Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:10

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Daniel Harding.

38:20

Attempt missed. Aaron Kuhl (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

36:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

35:05

Delay in match Simon Cox (Reading) because of an injury.

33:59

Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:59

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

32:45

Attempt saved. Daniel Fox (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Michail Antonio with a headed pass.

32:22

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Nick Blackman.

29:58

Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

29:07

Attempt missed. Andy Reid (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Cohen following a corner.

28:35

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

19:42

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

19:03

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Michail Antonio.

16:52 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Nottingham Forest 1, Reading 0. Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Burke with a cross.

13:21

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jack Hunt.

10:33

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Jake Taylor.

7:15

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

7:15

Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:33

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

4:33

Foul by Chris Cohen (Nottingham Forest).

1:28

Foul by Matty Fryatt (Nottingham Forest).

1:28

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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