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Reading 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Ivan Cavaleiro
Ivan Cavaleiro scored Wolves' first goal in front of almost 4,000 travelling supporters

Wolves returned to the top of the Championship with victory at Reading despite late pressure from the hosts.

Goals from Ivan Cavaleiro and Matt Doherty helped restore Wolves' two-point lead at the top after Sheffield United had temporarily replaced them at the summit on Friday.

Cavaleiro rounded Vito Mannone for the visitors' opener in the first half.

John Ruddy made several saves to deny Reading late on before full-back Doherty fired in from inside the box.

Ruddy had already pushed an early long-range effort from John Swift onto the post before denying Mo Barrow, Leandro Bacuna and Sone Aluko as the Royals pressed.

Having also survived several goalmouth scrambles, Wolves' first victory at the Madejski Stadium since 2005 was wrapped up by Doherty's late second.

Reading were boosted by last season's top scorer Yann Kermorgant making his first start of the campaign, but Wolves' stout defending and clinical finishing prevented them from notching a third successive league win.

Wolves have won 12 of their 17 league matches so far this term, while Reading's eighth defeat of 2017-18 leaves last season's play-off finalists five points above the relegation zone.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"Did we deserve more from the game? We should have got at least a draw. We started the game very well and could maybe have scored that first goal, but we didn't do it.

"Then, after a while, you knew that Wolves were going to be taking part in this game as well and go forward. They have got a lot of ability and quality in their team. Everybody knows that and we knew that.

"In the second half, we totally dominated the game. We created opportunity on opportunity but didn't score."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo:

"We know that we played a good team who caused us a lot of problems. We had to find solutions against them and that meant we had to defend well, which we did.

"When you see a player throwing his body in front of the ball, then you know that you can count on your players. We played well in the first half but, after that, we knew that Reading would come forward at us.

"We had to recognise that and work hard, but we still had moments to try to get a second goal. It would have been nicer if it had come before the 88th minute, but we are happy."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 5McShane
  • 20IloriSubstituted forEdwardsat 31'minutes
  • 6Moore
  • 19BacunaBooked at 20mins
  • 4van den BergBooked at 56mins
  • 10Swift
  • 2Gunter
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forBödvarssonat 81'minutes
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forAlukoat 66'minutes
  • 17Barrow

Substitutes

  • 14Aluko
  • 16Edwards
  • 22Clement
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 24Blackett
  • 31Jaakkola
  • 50Richards

Wolves

  • 21Ruddy
  • 5BennettBooked at 64mins
  • 16Coady
  • 15Boly
  • 2DohertyBooked at 59mins
  • 27Saiss
  • 8Neves
  • 29Vinagre
  • 7CavaleiroSubstituted forA N'Diayeat 79'minutes
  • 33BonatiniSubstituted forEnobakhareat 72'minutes
  • 18JotaSubstituted forHélder Costaat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4A N'Diaye
  • 6Batth
  • 17Hélder Costa
  • 19Price
  • 25Miranda
  • 26Enobakhare
  • 31Norris
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
20,708

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross following a set piece situation.

Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Rúben Vinagre (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Modou Barrow (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna with a cross.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bright Enobakhare tries a through ball, but Romain Saiss is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hélder Costa.

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

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul McShane.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa replaces Diogo Jota.

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joey van den Berg.

Attempt blocked. Paul McShane (Reading) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Roy Beerens.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roy Beerens.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Alfred N'Diaye replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.

Attempt saved. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roy Beerens.

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

Foul by Bright Enobakhare (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bright Enobakhare replaces Léo Bonatini.

Attempt missed. Léo Bonatini (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Willy Boly.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sone Aluko replaces Yann Kermorgant.

Booking

Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. Rúben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Léo Bonatini.

Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) has gone down, but that's a dive.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves17122331151638
2Sheff Utd17120527151236
3Cardiff17104324131134
4Bristol City1787226161031
5Aston Villa178542416829
6Middlesbrough167542113826
7Derby167542420426
8Ipswich168172824425
9Sheff Wed176652119224
10Nottm Forest178092527-224
11Leeds167272419523
12Norwich176561621-523
13Brentford175752523222
14Preston175751919022
15QPR175662024-421
16Barnsley165562322120
17Fulham174851920-120
18Millwall174671919018
19Reading165381821-318
20Hull174583032-217
21Birmingham174310925-1615
22Burton1734101134-2313
23Bolton172691329-1612
24Sunderland171882233-1111
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