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Reading 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday: Owls make it three wins from three

Adam Reach celebrates Sheffield Wednesday's first goal at Reading
Adam Reach put Sheffield Wednesday ahead after just 12 minutes

Sheffield Wednesday picked up their third successive win as Reading were left still searching for their first three points of the season.

Adam Reach put the Owls ahead when he fired home a Matthew Penney ball across the area after Reading midfielder Sone Aluko had been dispossessed.

The visitors doubled their lead within 14 seconds of the restart as Lucas Joao curled in a fine effort from outside the box for his third goal in two league games.

Reading did pull themselves back into it with a Liam Moore header from Leandro Bacuna's corner but Paul Clement side's were unable to force an equaliser.

The Royals have lost all three of their home league matches this campaign, accruing just two points from a possible 18.

Boss Clement has now presided over two wins from his 15 matches in charge at the Madejski Stadium, stretching back to his appointment at the end of March.

For Wednesday, three wins in three lift them into the top 10 and their margin of victory could have been more comfortable had Atdhe Nuhiu not been denied by a fine Vito Mannone save on the hour.

Forward Joao maintained his fine recent form on the back of two goals in the 2-1 victory against Ipswich last Saturday.

Reading manager Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"It's not great, it's very frustrating for me, the players and the club how we've started this season.

"The reason we are where we are is we're not good enough. We've got to start doing the basics better.

"The second goal we concede comes within 20 seconds of us talking in the changing room about how we're going to try and force our way back into the game and what jobs we need to do.

"Suddenly the ball's in the back of the net and we're left with a mountain to climb. Clearly I'm going to be looking very, very closely at how I prepare this team."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay said:

"We had four or five chances today but we were effective in the final third and took two of them very well.

"We said at half-time we want more control of the game, to keep the ball better and create the spaces.

"There is a winning mood in the squad, three games in a row and now we have the international break to recover the players and get ready for the next game."

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mannone
  • 2Gunter
  • 20Ilori
  • 6Moore
  • 3Yiadom
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forMcNultyat 59'minutes
  • 8MeylerSubstituted forKellyat 60'minutes
  • 7Bacuna
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forSimsat 60'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 21Meite
  • 9Baldock

Substitutes

  • 5McShane
  • 10Swift
  • 19Sims
  • 24Blackett
  • 28Walker
  • 29McNulty
  • 38Kelly

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Dawson
  • 2Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 12Thorniley
  • 42PenneyBooked at 19mins
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 10Bannan
  • 19MatiasSubstituted forForestieriat 82'minutes
  • 20Reach
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forFletcherat 87'minutes
  • 17Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 6Fox
  • 9Fletcher
  • 23Hutchinson
  • 24Baker
  • 28Wildsmith
  • 41Lee
  • 45Forestieri
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
14,352

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

  6. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).

  8. Post update

    Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc McNulty (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

  11. Post update

    Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Steven Fletcher replaces Lucas João.

  13. Booking

    Josh Sims (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Josh Sims (Reading).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Sims.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).

  18. Post update

    Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Fernando Forestieri replaces Marco Matias.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds64201441014
2Middlesbrough642092714
3Sheff Utd6402128412
4Derby6402108212
5Brentford6321126611
6Swansea632175211
7Bolton632188011
8West Brom6312159610
9Wigan6312118310
10Sheff Wed631299010
11Blackburn52306429
12Aston Villa6231111109
13Bristol City52217528
14Nottm Forest61418807
15Rotherham6204511-66
16Millwall612368-25
17Stoke6123711-45
18Preston612359-45
19Birmingham604246-24
20Norwich5113811-34
21Hull6114611-54
22QPR6114313-104
23Reading602459-42
24Ipswich502348-42
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