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Reading 0-1 Brentford

Lasse Vibe
Dane Lasse Vibe has scored seven goals for Brentford this season

Lasse Vibe scored the only goal as Brentford extended Reading's winless run in the Championship to eight games.

Liam Kelly hit the crossbar with a free-kick for the hosts before Vibe fired in at the other end from the edge of the area.

Yoann Barbet headed a Yann Kermorgant flick-on off the line as the Bees held on for three points.

Brentford have moved up to ninth in the table, three points off the top six, while Reading are in 18th place.

Dean Smith's Bees are in good form, having claimed four wins from their last five league games, and went close to taking the lead when Florian Jozefzoon had a shot cleared off the line by Tyler Blackett.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, who scored a hat-trick for the Royals against Stevenage in their FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday, went close at the other end.

Kelly then saw his 20-yard free-kick clip the top of the bar, but Reading's problems continued as Vibe struck the winner from just inside the box.

A minute's applause was held during the match for Royals fan Tom Stead who died from a rare form of bone cancer on Boxing Day.

Reading boss Jaap Stam:

"You can see in the decision-making and the accuracy in passing, at times, it was just not good enough.

"Sometimes, in winning the second ball and anticipating situations, we can do better.

"And when you get a moment when you can score, you need to take that opportunity and put it in the net."

Brentford head coach Dean Smith:

"Lasse got injured early on in the campaign but he's just starting to come back now and looking like the goal threat that he's always been.

"He's a clever player. He takes shots early, when goalkeepers and defenders don't expect it, and he makes great runs as well. At times, he's very selfless.

"It was always going to be a tough place to come here but I'm really pleased. We asked a lot of our front three, in particular, to press Reading a little bit higher."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Mannone
  • 2GunterBooked at 45mins
  • 20Ilori
  • 6Moore
  • 50RichardsSubstituted forBlackettat 45'minutes
  • 4van den BergBooked at 10minsSubstituted forKermorgantat 77'minutes
  • 8EvansBooked at 90mins
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forBeerensat 60'minutes
  • 38Kelly
  • 17Barrow
  • 23Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 7Beerens
  • 12McCleary
  • 16Edwards
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 22Clement
  • 24Blackett
  • 31Jaakkola

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 8Yennaris
  • 33Mepham
  • 5BjellandBooked at 85mins
  • 29Barbet
  • 12Mokotjo
  • 15WoodsBooked at 83mins
  • 7JozefzoonSubstituted forMacLeodat 87'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 60minsSubstituted forCanosat 65'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 21Vibe

Substitutes

  • 4MacLeod
  • 9Maupay
  • 10McEachran
  • 17Marcondes
  • 20Clarke
  • 28Daniels
  • 47Canos
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
17,893

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away23
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Brentford 1.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Booking

George Evans (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Attempt saved. Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis MacLeod.

Attempt saved. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andreas Bjelland.

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

Foul by Lewis MacLeod (Brentford).

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Ryan Woods (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Lewis MacLeod replaces Florian Jozefzoon.

Booking

Sergi Canos (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

Attempt saved. Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yoann Barbet.

Booking

Andreas Bjelland (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andreas Bjelland (Brentford).

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Booking

Ryan Woods (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ryan Woods (Brentford).

Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tiago Ilori (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Yoann Barbet.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Daniel Bentley.

Attempt saved. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Sergi Canos (Brentford) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kamohelo Mokotjo.

Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Joey van den Berg.

Attempt saved. Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 0, Brentford 1. Lasse Vibe (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Florian Jozefzoon (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers with a through ball.

goal

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