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Leeds United 2-0 Reading

Chris Wood
Chris Wood has scored 14 goals in all competitions this season for Leeds

Reading lost for the second successive away game as Leeds moved up to fifth in the Championship play-off places with a goal in each half at Elland Road.

Chris Wood struck his 11th league goal of the season to put the hosts ahead in the first half before a hamstring strain forced him off soon after.

Garry Monk's side only made sure of the points in injury-time when Souleymane Doukara converted a penalty.

Chris Gunter was adjudged to have pushed Charlie Taylor inside the area.

Reading's best chance of the game came right at the end when Yakou Meite's goal-bound effort was blocked by Pontus Jansson on the Leeds line.

Leeds, who responded from losing 2-0 at Brighton on Friday, had to send on Liam Bridcutt when New Zealand international Wood was withdrawn after his opening goal.

A rifled right-foot shot into the roof of the net produced his 14th strike in all competitions this season after Hadi Sacko dragged the ball back across the penalty area.

Leeds had little trouble containing a Reading side, who despite enjoying 77% possession, produced just two shots on target all game.

Leeds head coach Garry Monk:

"Chris Wood's just got hamstring tightness, we won't know for another 24 hours. It didn't look like a bad one where I was, but we will have to wait.

"You can see already we can't afford to lose any more but credit to those players, they're digging in.

"Physically it's hard for them but we don't want to lose Woody, who has been integral to what we're doing."

Reading manager Jaap Stam told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"I thought we played very, very well tonight, I think that was one of our best games.

"In how you play, you're not going to get 10 chances to score, but a couple during the game.

"We spoke about being patient and in the second half in the final third we could've done better in terms of decision-making.

"We should've scored before they got their first goal and then we needed to be sharper in terms of defending. Late on, we tried to force it for the equaliser and after that they got a late penalty."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Green
  • 2AylingBooked at 49mins
  • 5Bartley
  • 18Jansson
  • 21Taylor
  • 25Vieira
  • 24Sacko
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forMowattat 70'minutes
  • 11Doukara
  • 15DallasSubstituted forGrimesat 82'minutes
  • 9WoodSubstituted forBridcuttat 33'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cooper
  • 12Silvestri
  • 16Grimes
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 27Mowatt
  • 28Berardi
  • 36Wilks

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 6EvansSubstituted forMeiteat 78'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 4van den Berg
  • 38KellySubstituted forCooperat 87'minutes
  • 12McCleary
  • 7Beerens
  • 14SamuelSubstituted forKermorgantat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 15Harriott
  • 17Wieser
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Meite
  • 30Watson
  • 40Moore
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
21,242

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamReading
Possession
Home23%
Away77%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Reading 0.

Attempt blocked. Yakou Meite (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Tyler Blackett (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Leeds United 2, Reading 0. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Chris Gunter (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Leeds United. Charlie Taylor draws a foul in the penalty area.

Foul by Jake Cooper (Reading).

Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jake Cooper (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Bartley (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Liam Kelly.

Booking

Yakou Meite (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Matt Grimes (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ronaldo Vieira.

Foul by Roy Beerens (Reading).

Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Grimes replaces Stuart Dallas.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joey van den Berg.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces George Evans.

Offside, Reading. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Liam Kelly is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Robert Green.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ronaldo Vieira.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Kyle Bartley (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Alex Mowatt replaces Kemar Roofe because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Joey van den Berg (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Robert Green.

Attempt saved. Roy Beerens (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Stuart Dallas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton21136233132045
2Newcastle20141541162543
3Reading2111462727037
4Huddersfield2111372425-136
5Leeds2111282522335
6Sheff Wed2110472523234
7Birmingham219752627-134
8Norwich2110383632433
9Fulham2188536261032
10Derby209562013732
11Barnsley218493432228
12Preston208482725228
13Aston Villa2161052221128
14Brentford218492727028
15Bristol City2183102725227
16Nottm Forest207493436-225
17Ipswich216781922-325
18QPR206592029-923
19Cardiff2165102132-1123
20Wolves215792630-422
21Burton215792228-622
22Blackburn2155112534-920
23Wigan2046101622-618
24Rotherham2124152147-2610
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