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Summary

  1. All the action from Leeds United v Reading
  2. Chris Wood with the opening goal for the hosts, though he went off injured on the half hour mark
  3. Doukara with a penalty in stoppage time after Charlie Taylor is hauled down in the area
  4. Reading have now failed to score in four of their past five league meetings with Leeds

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By Katie Whyatt

All times stated are UK

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Leeds 2-0 Reading

Thanks for joining us on the live blog tonight. It was effective pressing from Leeds but they were outstanding in all aspects of play. 

We'll be back this weekend when Leeds host Brentford on Saturday - until then, enjoy the rest of your working week. 

Leeds United Chris Wood
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GARRY MONK on injuries

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Garry Monk
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Wood's injury didn't look serious but we will have to assess him in the next 24 hours. Hopefully, it's nothing too serious - it's a tight hamstring but we won't know until we let it settle. 

I didn't really want to use Bridcutt at all but it became a necessity - we had to adjust in the game as well and I think those minutes would have done him good, although he got more minutes than I would have liked. 

Antonsson had a back spasm two days ago so we brought Mallik into the squad out of necessity, as he's been training with us. 

GARRY MONK: The crowd understand this team

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Garry Monk
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It takes a lot out of them physically and that's my worry with a young group, how much of a physical demand you put on them - but that's an important foundation of who we are as a team. I thought we could gave done a little bit more with the ball but we ultimately deserved our clean sheet. Good teams react after defeats and we did. 

I think this crowd understand and sense how brave this team are. I thought we kept our shape well but they could see the players needed support, and played their role fantastically. 

GARRY MONK: Game plan worked to a tee

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Garry Monk
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I think that was a really important performance. We had a game plan and had to adjust given our injuries and where the squad's at - and tactically, to beat Reading. But it worked as well as it could have as a game plan. 

We were the most dangerous team on the pitch and we set up because of our injuries and to beat Reading. I could have stuck to our normal plan but I didn't want to use Liam Bridcutt tonight, really.

 We limited them to possession in areas where we knew we weren't bothered if they had it. When we had the ball, the challenge was to trust ourselves a little bit more and the players followed that approach. 

BreakingWOOD INJURY NEWS

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Hearing it's a tight hamstring for Chris Wood - won't know anything else for 24 hours. 

When do players begin thinking about promotion?

Leeds 2-0 Reading

Matt Glennon
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The thoughts of Matt Glennon, former goalkeeper:

We're over twenty games into the season now so you can't say it is a fluke for Leeds to be in this position. As a player, you only believe you're promoted when you win that promotion bonus and the cheque comes through - you have to keep playing constantly before then, unless it's automatic and you can enjoy those final few games. 

Can they unseat Newcastle and Brighton? I think it depends on who they bring in in January. They have to give it a go, because the rewards are monumental and Leeds are strong in their forward play. 

Leeds had clearly done their homework

Leeds 2-0 Reading

Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

It was clearly a Leeds team who had scrutinised their opponents and done their homework - they didn't give them an inch and were so effective at stopping Reading playing. 

A complete Leeds performance

Leeds 2-0 Reading

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

I thought Dallas summed up what was needed in that formation today and they never gave Reading an inch. They were so good, even when they had to rejig, and there were some really quality moments among all the pressing, especially from Sacko when he began to thread things together.

I think that performance was right up there - to keep Reading out for 90 minutes was as good as we've seen this season, definitely, given how they were responding to the loss against Brighton. 

Reading needed to do more

Leeds 2-0 Reading

Kevin Dillon

Ex-Reading assistant manager on BBC Berkshire

The last 20 minutes, Reading did have players in the box. They deserved something, but remember how Reading were under Brian McDermott - we could go all game without creating and then nick a win. They had the lion's share of the possession there and should have done better for all that. 

I think Stam is starting to change things now - he moved things round and tried to think differently to get a goal. I hope we reach a point where they play 4-4-2, but we'll see. 

Leeds' defending key

Leeds 2-0 Reading

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

Reading tried every way - short, long - but I think you have to give Leeds' defence credit. They defended before the last opportunity, defending the penalty box, not the goal. That limited Reading to so few chances and Leeds' back four were exemplary. 

Jansson would be perfect for Stam

Leeds 2-0 Reading

Kevin Dillon

Ex-Reading assistant manager on BBC Berkshire

I'm watching Jansson - he cleared it off the line, put his fists in the air and screamed towards the fans, before the game was over. Then he screamed again once it was full time, ran right over. Stam was watching - I bet he was looking, thinking, that's the type of player I want. That's what he was like as a player. 

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McCleary chips it to the back post and McShane gets it back in. Jansson belts it off the line and roars into the Kop - all over here. 

Leeds 2-0 Reading

Kevin Dillon

Ex-Reading assistant manager on BBC Berkshire

Reading have had 75, 80 per cent possession and Rob Green has had to make no saves, hardly. Mind you, neither has Al-Habsi, really. Sometimes, that's how it goes. 

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Jansson is down here and clambers back onto his knees - long delay there. 

BreakingGOAL: LEEDS 2-0 READING - DOUKARA

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Rifled into the roof of the net.

Doukara
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BreakingFOUR ADDED MINUTES

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Ayling gets his body in the way and Sacko picks up for Leeds, finding Mowatt on the edge of the penalty area but Mowatt can't find his man. Taylor threads it in, looking for Grimes, and Grimes plays for time down the left before holding his man to find Taylor. Taylor can finish and he goes down after being tripped from behind - Leeds penalty. 

Charlie Taylor
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READING SUB: KELLY OFF, COOPER ON

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YELLOW - MEITE

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Vieira drives to the edge of the penalty area, and Grimes shoots low and Al-Habsi is able to save. Bridcutt is caught on his foot there and Meite is cautioned. 

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Gareth Jones

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Bridcutt showed in that block, that one second, why Leeds need him. He's very confident in his ability and fitness - it's like he's never been away and he's got sharp quickly.

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Gunter tries to penetrate but is forced to go square. Kermorgant pulls back and Vieira and Bridcutt must block, but Beerens swings the cross in and up go Jansson and Bartley. Leeds can't really force the kick out and Reading are unpicking Leeds a little here. Vieira gets away and it's a shocking challenge from Beerens that goes unpunished - Leeds free kick, though. 

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Jansson is in there with a header and Vieira finds Doukara, who switches to Ayling. Ayling tries to make something, but Reading win it back and begin to work towards halfway. 

BreakingLEEDS SUB: DALLAS OFF, GRIMES ON

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Leeds 1-0 Reading

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

How can you not be moved by this atmosphere? 'We All Love Leeds' is the chant from the South Stand and the fans are really singing to help their team over the line. The players deserve this reception and the crowd are singing with total gusto. 

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Kelly turns to find McShane halfway inside their own half, and come through but Bartley blocks to dispatch Ayling. Reading do well to work it up to McCleary, but Bartley does well to thwart him. 

BreakingREADING SUB: EVANS ON, MEITE ON

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Kelly looks for Beerens, who chips it forward, but Jansson steps forward to keep the line for Leeds. 

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Reading try the inside ball but Vieira is there to knock it out for a corner. McCleary takes it and the heads go up - it bounces down as Kermorgant heads it down and Green is there to take it behind. Dallas does well to clear the second corner but Leeds are on the back foot now. 

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Kevin Dillon

Ex-Reading assistant manager on BBC Berkshire

The tempo has dipped just slightly - winning the game depends on what reading want to do. They have one striker up front so the full backs need to get forward more and overlap the widemen. Kelly needs to get into the box more, too. 

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Doukara flicks on, looking for Mowatt, but Gunter hammers it up the half and Jansson hoists and up-and-under for Leeds. It breaks down the right and Evans has it for Reading. Kelly twists and turns but is forced to retreat into his own half. Evans plays between the two centre halves at times, trying to start play, but Leeds press them like a vice to close down the space and Dallas knocks it out of play. 

BreakingLEEDS SUB: ROOFE OFF, MOWATT ON

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Kevin Dillon

Ex-Reading assistant manager on BBC Berkshire

Gunter closes down but the ball deflects off him as he tries to win a corner for Reading - he was unlucky there. This is intriguing - they're playing two different ways. Leeds are looking to create, Reading keeping the ball, but not always intelligently. I do think reading have looked better from set pieces. 

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Charlie Taylor puts his team in trouble there and Beerens aims for the top corner, but Green turns it away well and punches the ensuing corner clear, too. 

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Roofe takes the ball on his chest and is taken down, but the referee waves play on - probably did go down too easily. Vieira feeds Dallas and Gunter lunges in with a poor challenge, but the referee doesn't give a card to Kermorgant. 

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Gunter is being chased by Dallas and, for the umpteenth time tonight, must go all the way back to Al-Habsi. Evans must drop right to the bottom of their defence to try and play them out. Reading win a free kick but Roofe closes all the avenues. Drink every time we say, "All the way back."

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Kermorgant tries to get Kelly away, but Kelly looks reluctant to turn and gives a foul away. Leeds loop a free kick in and Van Den Berg's header goes to Dallas, but the ball is too fast for him to control properly.

BreakingREADING SUB: SAMUELS OFF, KERMORGANT ON

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"I think it's the right sub for the way Stam wants to play, but I'd put another striker on," says Dillon. 

Leeds 1-0 Reading

Kevin Dillon

Ex-Reading assistant manager on BBC Berkshire

Ayling's just crossed from 35 yards and there are three people in the box waiting to meet it. Reading couldn't do that because there are never people in the box - Leeds always look like they're going to get it away early. 

McCleary is getting a bit angry, this second half.