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Reading 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Roy Beerens (centre)
Roy Beerens (centre) netted his first league goal for Reading

Ten-man Huddersfield Town slipped off the top of the Championship table after suffering defeat at Reading.

The Terriers were on the back foot after winger Rajiv van La Parra was sent off before the half-hour mark for two bookable offences.

After John Swift hit the post, the Royals went ahead just before the break through Roy Beerens' deflected shot.

Nahki Wells nearly grabbed an equaliser late on as the visitors fell to their second league loss of the season.

David Wagner's side drop to second in the table after Norwich City beat Burton 3-1 and climbed above them.

Reading, meanwhile, are unbeaten in six Championship games and are now two points behind Huddersfield in fourth.

Van La Parra's dismissal proved the turning point as the Dutchman picked up his first caution for a late challenge on Jordan Obita and then received a second yellow from referee James Linington for dissent three minutes later.

The hosts came close to a second after the break when Stephen Quinn's drilled effort was parried away by Terriers keeper Danny Ward but Huddersfield rallied in the closing stages in search of a point.

However, Michael Hefele and Elias Kachunga failed to take advantage of headed chances as Wagner threw players forward.

Huddersfield pair Mark Hudson and Chris Lowe picked up their fifth bookings of the season and, along with van La Parra, will be suspended for Tuesday's match against Rotherham.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"It was a hard, very tough game. We knew it was going to be like that from the start. Huddersfield are a tough side as a unit, as a team and they also have some quality players.

"We pressed them high up the pitch. Sometimes we succeeded, sometimes we didn't. We can do a lot better than that.

"Before the red card, we should have moved the ball a lot quicker. We didn't do that very well. And it was always going to be difficult against 10 men."

Huddersfield head coach David Wagner:

"We don't have to use too many words about this situation. Rajiv knows that this was a mistake. He knows that this was not correct.

"The referee was right in this decision. Rajiv has to react in a different way in this moment.

"I was disappointed about the result but proud about the performance. We were the better team in the second half.

"Even with one man less, we were still able to try for the equaliser or even win the game."

REACTION: Huddersfield head coach David Wagner speaks to BBC Radio Leeds

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-3-3

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterBooked at 56mins
  • 5McShane
  • 16Moore
  • 11ObitaBooked at 35minsSubstituted forWatsonat 45'minutes
  • 8SwiftSubstituted forQuinnat 70'minutes
  • 4van den BergSubstituted forEvansat 53'minutes
  • 23Williams
  • 15Harriott
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 7Beerens

Substitutes

  • 6Evans
  • 9Mendes
  • 14Samuel
  • 21Quinn
  • 28Gravenberch
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola

Huddersfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ward
  • 2SmithBooked at 27mins
  • 5HudsonBooked at 59mins
  • 26Schindler
  • 15LöweBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCranieat 80'minutes
  • 6Hogg
  • 10Mooy
  • 9KachungaBooked at 66mins
  • 45PalmerSubstituted forBunnat 28'minutesSubstituted forHefeleat 81'minutes
  • 17van La ParraBooked at 26mins
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 7Scannell
  • 11Bunn
  • 13Coleman
  • 14Cranie
  • 16Payne
  • 44Hefele
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
17,030

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Christopher Schindler with a headed pass.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Hefele with a headed pass.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

  6. Post update

    Martin Cranie (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Mooy with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Callum Harriott with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

  12. Post update

    Tennai Watson (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Christopher Schindler.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top right corner.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Danny Williams (Reading) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Michael Hefele replaces Harry Bunn.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich96211610620
2Huddersfield9612117419
3Brighton9522126617
4Reading95221010017
5Newcastle95131771016
6Birmingham9441117416
7Barnsley95041913615
8Wolves94321310315
9Brentford9423148614
10Bristol City94231611514
11Sheff Wed94231112-114
12Leeds94141011-113
13Fulham9342810-213
14Ipswich933388012
15Nottm Forest93241719-211
16QPR93241115-411
17Aston Villa91629909
18Burton92341315-29
19Preston9306812-49
20Blackburn92251218-68
21Cardiff9225815-78
22Derby913539-66
23Rotherham91351022-126
24Wigan91261013-35
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