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Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Reading

Yann Kermorgant
Yann Kermorgant cut inside and found the bottom corner past Keiren Westwood

Reading secured three crucial points in the race for the Championship play-off places as they held on for victory at top-six rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Yann Kermorgant's clinical first-half finish put the visitors in front.

Reading's Ali Al Habsi produced several important saves, reacting well to deny Jordan Rhodes and Will Buckley.

The hosts threw keeper Keiren Westwood up for a late corner and were punished when Reading broke away and Adrian Popa tapped into an unguarded net.

The Royals move up to fourth, five points above sixth-placed Wednesday, who will feel they could have easily won the game but for Al Habsi's brilliance.

The Owls had chances to level before the break but Morgan Fox's low shot struck the post, Adam Reach missed the target from close range and Al Habsi instinctively turned away Rhodes' header.

After half-time, Al Habsi saved another Rhodes header before substitute Callum McMananam had an effort cleared off the line and the Royals keeper denied the winger twice to cap a man-of-the-match display.

Wednesday committed men forward in the closing stages, including their own keeper deep into stoppage time, but that enabled Popa to break and slot in a second goal that was harsh on Carlos Carvahal's side.

The result means seventh-placed Fulham could leapfrog the Owls, who have lost four of their past six games, and move into the play-off places when they host Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: "I think all of us will agree that we did everything to win the game. We gave the maximum and we deserved to win the game, in my opinion.

"My players played with a fantastic attitude and they created a lot of chances. The highlights will explain the story of the game very easily.

"It was a very hard week for me - probably one of the hardest for me in my career as a coach - because we missed some players.

"This is not over yet. We're still alive and we'll be focused in the last eight games to achieve the points which will achieve a good position."

Reading manager Jaap Stam: "It's been a fight and I'm very proud of my team. In these games it's going to be very tight, especially away from home and we knew it was going to be very hard.

"We also knew what we could do to make it hard for them. We scored a very good early goal and they gave us time to play. They had their chances as well, which is normal.

"Part of our game plan was to keep the ball and make them impatient. We succeeded in doing that. We defended, kept it very tight and didn't give them a lot of space to play.

"We're very realistic in what we can achieve. We're up there and we're going to give it a shot so hopefully we can stay up there."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Westwood
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 12LoovensSubstituted forNuhiuat 89'minutes
  • 43Fox
  • 38Buckley
  • 3JonesSubstituted forMcManamanat 60'minutes
  • 41Bannan
  • 9Reach
  • 17Rhodes
  • 11WinnallSubstituted forFletcherat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wildsmith
  • 6Fletcher
  • 10McManaman
  • 16Palmer
  • 21Matias
  • 24Semedo
  • 44Nuhiu

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 16Moore
  • 24BlackettBooked at 25mins
  • 11ObitaBooked at 64mins
  • 23Williams
  • 4van den Berg
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forGrabbanat 62'minutes
  • 8SwiftSubstituted forOxfordat 90+4'minutes
  • 12McClearySubstituted forPopaat 87'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 9Mendes
  • 19Meite
  • 25Popa
  • 30Watson
  • 32Oxford
  • 43Legg
  • 50Grabban
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
26,072

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamReading
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home22
Away10
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Reading 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Reading 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Reading 2. Adrian Popa (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Reece Oxford replaces John Swift.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  8. Post update

    Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Glenn Loovens.

  11. Post update

    Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Adrian Popa replaces Garath McCleary.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Joey van den Berg.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. William Buckley (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Reach with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum McManaman (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by John Swift.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle37245870323877
2Brighton37238663313277
3Huddersfield37225104743471
4Reading38207115149267
5Leeds372061150361466
6Sheff Wed38188124839962
7Fulham371613865442161
8Preston371511115145656
9Norwich37159136356754
10Derby371410133936352
11Barnsley37149145553251
12Aston Villa371212133739-248
13Cardiff37139155053-348
14Brentford37138165554147
15QPR37138164150-947
16Ipswich371015123744-745
17Birmingham371111153854-1644
18Wolves36119164347-442
19Bristol City38118195053-341
20Burton371011163648-1241
21Nottm Forest37117195162-1140
22Blackburn37912164455-1139
23Wigan37810193142-1134
24Rotherham3745283282-5017
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