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Reading 3-0 Hull City: Nigel Adkins slams 'terrible' Tigers as Royals get first home win

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins
Nigel Adkins' side have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions

Hull City boss Nigel Adkins says his side were "terrible" in their 3-0 loss at his former club Reading - the Royals' first Championship home win since April.

Sam Baldock reacted fastest to put the hosts in front after David Marshall had kept out Leandro Bacuna's attempt, before Jon Dadi Bodvarsson tapped home to make it 2-0 in the second half.

Andy Yiadom's first Reading goal, a neat finish from inside the area, made the points safe with nine minutes left - although the Royals ended the game with 10 men as defender John O'Shea was shown a straight red card for a foul on Chris Martin.

"For me, the players have been really good this season, but today's performance was nowhere near the level it has been," Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside.

"We gifted Reading the impetus because we were nowhere near close enough on the one-on-one duels on the field of play."

Victory for Reading, who had lost each of their past five games at the Madejski Stadium, will ease some of the growing pressure on manager Paul Clement.

The win, only Clement's fifth victory in 19 games as boss, lifted the Royals out of the Championship relegation zone after nine games.

Hull did have the ball in the net three times during the match, with Todd Kane and then Fraizer Campbell each flagged offside before a late Kamil Grosicki consolation was ruled out for handball.

Reading's Sam Baldock
Reading striker Sam Baldock opened the scoring from close range in the fourth minute

Adkins' side are now 21st and enduring their own poor run of form - they have won just twice this season and face the division's top two teams, Leeds and Middlesbrough, in their next two games before going to fourth-placed Sheffield United.

"This was a big week, there were nine points up for grabs," added Adkins, whose side lost at Wigan on Tuesday having beaten winless Ipswich seven days ago.

"On paper this was a better run of games than the next three we've got.

"The players are well aware they've got to knuckle down, but for me that first half performance set the tone of the game."

Reading assistant manager Nigel Gibbs told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"A first home win, three goals and more importantly a clean sheet.

"The players really worked hard for that and we're delighted after Wednesday's game (a 2-1 loss at home to Norwich City).

"The biggest thing about Wednesday was the first half, the players were so disappointed and the players wanted to put that right.

"From the first whistle the intent was there, the intensity was there, we got the early goal and that settled us down."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 28Walker
  • 20Ilori
  • 4O'SheaBooked at 83mins
  • 6Moore
  • 3Yiadom
  • 7Bacuna
  • 32EzatolahiSubstituted forSwiftat 68'minutes
  • 38KellySubstituted forGunterat 85'minutes
  • 19Sims
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forBarrowat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gunter
  • 10Swift
  • 14Aluko
  • 17Barrow
  • 21Meite
  • 29McNulty
  • 31Jaakkola

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Lichaj
  • 35ElphickBooked at 90mins
  • 5Burke
  • 23Kingsley
  • 20BowenSubstituted forGrosickiat 63'minutes
  • 22Henriksen
  • 6StewartSubstituted forMartinat 63'minutes
  • 17Kane
  • 16Irvine
  • 25CampbellBooked at 33mins

Substitutes

  • 4de Wijs
  • 9Dicko
  • 10Toral
  • 12Long
  • 14Grosicki
  • 27McKenzie
  • 29Martin
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
12,409

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamHull
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 3, Hull City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Hull City 0.

Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tiago Ilori.

Booking

Tommy Elphick (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Hull City).

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

Offside, Hull City. Todd Kane tries a through ball, but Eric Lichaj is caught offside.

Hand ball by Tommy Elphick (Hull City).

Attempt blocked. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Chris Gunter replaces Liam Kelly.

Dismissal

John O'Shea (Reading) is shown the red card.

Chris Martin (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John O'Shea (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 3, Hull City 0. Andy Yiadom (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Todd Kane (Hull City).

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Josh Sims (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Stephen Kingsley (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Andy Yiadom (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Eric Lichaj (Hull City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Todd Kane with a cross.

Attempt saved. Chris Martin (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Reece Burke (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Hull City 0. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andy Yiadom.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Modou Barrow replaces Sam Baldock.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces Saeid Ezatolahi.

Chris Martin (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Foul by Chris Martin (Hull City).

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

Chris Martin (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Saeid Ezatolahi (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Kamil Grosicki replaces Jarrod Bowen.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Chris Martin replaces Kevin Stewart.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

John O'Shea (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Fraizer Campbell (Hull City) because of an injury.

Delay in match John O'Shea (Reading) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds95311971218
2Middlesbrough9531113818
3West Brom952222121017
4Sheff Utd95131511416
5Wigan95131411316
6Derby95131310316
7Brentford94321610615
8Bristol City94231411314
9Nottm Forest9351119214
10Sheff Wed94231414014
11Norwich94231313014
12Blackburn93511111014
13Aston Villa93421514113
14Swansea934276113
15Bolton9333912-312
16QPR9315715-810
17Birmingham916278-19
18Stoke92341216-49
19Rotherham9306614-89
20Reading92251213-18
21Hull9216916-77
22Millwall9135713-66
23Ipswich9054612-65
24Preston9126918-95
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