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Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Reading

Reading's Alex Pearce scores against QPR with a header

Reading earned a fifth win in seven league games as they dealt a setback to QPR's automatic promotion chances.

Daniel Williams nodded the visitors ahead only for ex-Royals striker Kevin Doyle to level from close range.

But an Alex Pearce header and fierce Garath McCleary strike within three minutes of each other gave play-off hopefuls Reading a two-goal cushion.

The visitors had Kaspars Gorkss dismissed for a lunge on Junior Hoilett but held on to win.

QPR have now taken just one point from their least three Championship games and are four points off second-placed Burnley, who they have a game in hand on, and 11 adrift of leaders Leicester.

Reading, in sixth, are four points ahead of seventh-placed Brighton, who have played a game less than them.

The visitors took the lead after 10 minutes when Williams found Adam Le Fondre out on the left and then drifted into the box unmarked to head home the striker's cross.

But QPR equalised when Reading failed to clear their lines and Doyle pounced after Will Keane's effort had been parried by keeper Alex McCarthy.

Pearce, playing because his red card against Sheffield Wednesday was rescinded after an appeal, restored his side's lead when he headed in Jobi McAnuff's corner.

McCleary then collected the ball in his own half before galloping towards the penalty area and unleashing a brilliant 25-yard shot that flew into the top corner as he put Reading 3-1 up.

Reading continued to press and wanted a penalty for a handball against Clint Hill before then having to withstand a spell of pressure.

A red card for Gorkss did not help the Royals cause but they kept QPR at arm's length to secure the three points.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp:

"I thought the best team won. Reading were bright, they had more energy than we did and I've got no complaints.

"It's a difficult day but we've got to pick ourselves up again. We've got to work hard on the training pitch and get back to how we were playing a few weeks ago.

"There's testing times in every season. I've had one in every season I've been in management and this is just another one."

Line-ups

QPR

  • 1Green
  • 18Hughes
  • 39Assou-EkottoSubstituted forBenayounat 78'minutes
  • 17BartonBooked at 61mins
  • 5Dunne
  • 6HillBooked at 26mins
  • 23HoilettBooked at 15mins
  • 19KranjcarBooked at 62mins
  • 14Doyle
  • 12KeaneSubstituted forZamoraat 57'minutes
  • 3Traore

Substitutes

  • 15Onuoha
  • 16Jenas
  • 20Henry
  • 25Zamora
  • 26Murphy
  • 35Benayoun
  • 40Maiga

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37ObitaBooked at 90mins
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 30mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 17GorkssBooked at 71mins
  • 12McClearyBooked at 47minsSubstituted forKellyat 90+3'minutes
  • 16Akpan
  • 7PogrebnyakSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 85'minutes
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forHectorat 73'minutes
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 10Drenthe
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 20Guthrie
  • 22Blackman
  • 35Hector
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
16,522

Match Stats

Home TeamQPRAway TeamReading
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away10
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Reading 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Queens Park Rangers 1, Reading 3.

Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Stephen Kelly is caught offside.

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Attempt missed. Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Stephen Kelly replaces Garath McCleary.

Booking

Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Queens Park Rangers).

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

Foul by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Joey Barton.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

Attempt missed. Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Armand Traore with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Armand Traore.

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Foul by Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yossi Benayoun replaces Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Attempt missed. Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bobby Zamora with a cross.

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Dismissal

Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) is shown the red card.

Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

Offside, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak tries a through ball, but Jordan Obita is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Doyle (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Armand Traore with a cross.

Joey Barton (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

Attempt saved. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3021452467
2Burnley31161232260
3QPR3016861356
4Derby3016771855
5Nottm Forest30141242054
6Reading3114891450
7Brighton3012108746
8Ipswich3111128945
9Wigan2912710543
10Blackburn3011109243
11Leeds3012612442
12Watford3010119741
13Huddersfield3111713-240
14Middlesbrough3191210539
15Bournemouth309912-1336
16Blackpool3181112-1435
17Sheff Wed2971210-133
18Birmingham318914-333
19Bolton3161213-1430
20Doncaster317915-1930
21Millwall3161015-2828
22Charlton285914-1524
23Barnsley2941114-2023
24Yeovil295618-2121
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