Leeds United 2-4 Reading

Brian McDermott's Leeds were beaten at home against his old club Reading.

Garath McCleary put the visitors ahead after a misplaced pass from defender Marius Zaliukas, before Royston Drenthe's free-kick doubled the lead.

Nick Blackman scored a diving header from Danny Guthrie's cross, before Hal Robson-Kanu's half-volley made it 4-0.

The hosts scored twice in a minute as Matt Smith converted a header from Rodolph Austin, who then fired home from 25 yards, but it was not enough.

It was another damaging home defeat for Leeds, who lost 5-1 to Bolton at Elland Road on Saturday, prompting McDermott - 12 months after he was removed by Reading - to limit his programme notes to just three paragraphs this evening.

Kick-off was delayed by half-an-hour after players, match officials and spectators were delayed by traffic congestion on the M62.

And Leeds fans must soon have been wishing the game had not started at all as their side headed for another damaging loss.

The response at least offered some encouragement for under-pressure McDermott, although it is Reading who continue to harbour promotion ambitions.

The Royals consolidated their place in the top six, even if they have played more games than most of their rivals.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins:

"They were three very valuable points.

"We were excellent in the first half and deservedly went in one up. We expected Leeds to come at us in the second half but we went on the front foot to score three quick goals.

"Then a goal went in to lift them and it was immediately followed by a wonder goal from Rudi Austin. The place was bouncing but we showed great character to defend because they really went for it."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3424553377
2Burnley34191232769
3Derby3518891762
4QPR3417981260
5Nottm Forest35141471456
6Reading351510101555
7Brighton3414119953
8Wigan32157101152
9Ipswich35131210651
10Blackburn33121011-246
11Watford34111211845
12Middlesbrough35101411644
13Leeds3412814-244
14Huddersfield3412715-143
15Bournemouth3311913-842
16Bolton3591313-440
17Sheff Wed3391212-139
18Blackpool3591115-1938
19Birmingham349916-536
20Doncaster359917-2236
21Millwall3571018-3031
22Yeovil347819-1929
23Barnsley3461117-2829
24Charlton306915-1727
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