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Reading 2-1 Aston Villa

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport at Madejski Stadium
Reading celebrate
Reading won in the league for the first time this season after losing to QPR and drawing with Fulham

Reading picked up their first league win of the season courtesy of two second-half goals against Aston Villa.

Glenn Whelan deflected an Adrian Popa shot in off his own post for Reading's opener before Mo Barrow poked home his first goal for the hosts.

Midfielder Conor Hourihane pulled a goal back late on for Villa from Gabby Agbonlahor's chest down.

Defeat left Steve Bruce's side still searching for their first win of the Championship campaign.

Villa have just one point from their opening three games, while Reading made amends for failing to take all three points in a 1-1 draw at home against 10-man Fulham on Saturday.

Chances were scarce in a goalless first half, but Romania international Popa twice forced Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone into reflex saves.

Popa's right-foot shot after cutting in off the left wing was aided by both Whelan's deflection and the introduction of goal-line technology in the Championship this season.

After a moment's pause, referee Kevin Friend and his assistants were able to award Reading their opener, despite Johnstone's efforts to claw it away along the line to safety.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"It was pleasing how we played. From the start we were very aggressive, sharp and concentrated in what we were doing.

"After giving away an early chance, I thought we dominated possession and the chances and should have scored more goals.

"We should have made it a lot more comfortable for ourselves by scoring earlier in the game."

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce:

"It's disappointing as I didn't think we deserved to lose. We had a great chance in the first half and unfortunately in the three games we've had, we've missed those and it reappears week after week.

"When you come to Reading, they're going to have possession and they're very decent at keeping it. As for the first two big chances in the first half, they were ours.

"The first goal is an awful deflection and a horrible goal to concede, but I was pleased with the response that we could have got something from the game late on."

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 6MooreBooked at 36mins
  • 24Blackett
  • 4van den BergSubstituted forEvansat 70'minutes
  • 38Kelly
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forBeerensat 77'minutes
  • 10Swift
  • 25PopaSubstituted forMcClearyat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22Clement

Substitutes

  • 7Beerens
  • 8Evans
  • 9Mendes
  • 12McCleary
  • 19Bacuna
  • 20Ilori
  • 31Jaakkola

Aston Villa

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2de LaetSubstituted forHuttonat 63'minutes
  • 5Chester
  • 26Terry
  • 3Taylor
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 6Whelan
  • 14HourihaneBooked at 37mins
  • 19GreenBooked at 27mins
  • 18OnomahSubstituted forAdomahat 77'minutes
  • 9HoganSubstituted forAgbonlahorat 29'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Samba
  • 8Lansbury
  • 11Agbonlahor
  • 13Steer
  • 16Bree
  • 21Hutton
  • 37Adomah
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
20,144

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 2, Aston Villa 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 2, Aston Villa 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andre Green (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

  6. Post update

    Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Pelle Clement tries a through ball, but Roy Beerens is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Conor Hourihane following a set piece situation.

  9. Booking

    Garath McCleary (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

  11. Post update

    Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 2, Aston Villa 1. Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Roy Beerens replaces Modou Barrow.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Albert Adomah replaces Josh Onomah.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andre Green (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Conor Hourihane.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cardiff33006069
2Wolves33006249
3Ipswich33007439
4Middlesbrough32013126
5Nottm Forest32016516
6Leeds31203215
7Hull31117524
8Sunderland21104224
9QPR21103124
10Bristol City31116514
11Birmingham31112204
12Preston31111104
13Reading311134-14
14Derby311123-14
15Fulham30302203
16Barnsley310246-23
17Sheff Utd310213-23
18Bolton302134-12
19Sheff Wed201112-11
20Brentford301257-21
21Millwall301246-21
22Norwich201124-21
23Aston Villa301226-41
24Burton300317-60
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