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Huddersfield Town 0-1 Reading

Billy Sharp

Billy Sharp scored his second goal in three games as Reading punished wasteful Huddersfield to rise a place to fifth in the Championship table.

Sharp, on loan at the Royals from Southampton since September, headed the winner from Pavel Pogrebnyak's cross.

Martin Paterson fired against the post and a number of other chances were wasted as the hosts pushed to level.

Their frustration was compounded in added time when Joel Lynch was sent off for a second caution.

Huddersfield were short on firepower, with top scorer James Vaughan sidelined by a thigh problem, and defeat sees them drop to 12th.

Missing key players through injury or suspension, Reading were forced to soak up early pressure before hitting Huddersfield on the break.

Kaspars Gorkss headed wide in the first minute, but the Royals did not create another chance until Sharp scored.

Pogrebnyak's centre gave him his chance and though Terriers keeper Alex Smithies got a hand on the downward effort, he only succeeded in palming the ball into the roof of the net.

Sharp drilled wide six minutes later but after half-time Huddersfield were back on top and Danny Ward's shot was blocked by Chris Gunter before a long-range Lynch effort was well held by Alex McCarthy.

Ward forced McCarthy into another good save and then Oliver Norwood fired over from an Adam Hammill cross when unmarked.

Paterson then struck the woodwork from Paul Dixon's cut-back and Royston Drenthe went close for Reading.

Pogrebnyak was only denied by Anthony Gerrard's vital block while at the other end Sean Scannell headed wide from close range.

Lynch was dismissed after being shown yellow cards for two challenges on Pogrebnyak late on.

Huddersfield Town manager Mark Robins:

"Reading would not have been able to complain if we had run away with that game.

"We should have had two clear penalties which on another day we would have got and we would have come out clear winners.

"I am proud and pleased, and the players have done everything I could have asked. It's just in the penalty box where we need to keep a cool head."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins:

"We knew this would be a challenging fixture and it's good to come away with the three points.

"Billy Sharp scored the only goal but we could have scored three or four. We were very offensive in our mindset, we saw the game out and won quite comfortably.

"There were two good teams on the pitch but our victory was well deserved and it's another three points on the road."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Smithies
  • 12HammillSubstituted forScannellat 81'minutes
  • 3Dixon
  • 33LynchBooked at 90mins
  • 39Gerrard
  • 27Smith
  • 10GobernSubstituted forHolmesat 73'minutes
  • 8Clayton
  • 11Ward
  • 17PatersonSubstituted forLópez Santamariaat 81'minutes
  • 4NorwoodBooked at 38mins

Substitutes

  • 2Woods
  • 7Scannell
  • 13Bennett
  • 15M Wallace
  • 16Southern
  • 19López Santamaria
  • 38Holmes

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 24Cummings
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 42mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 11McAnuff
  • 37ObitaSubstituted forAkpanat 80'minutes
  • 14SharpSubstituted forBlackmanat 72'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forMcClearyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Akpan
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
13,572

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamReading
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home27
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Anthony Gerrard.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Booking

    Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Joel Lynch (Huddersfield Town).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Daniel Williams tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Ward.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Paul Dixon (Huddersfield Town).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Cristian replaces Martin Paterson.