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Reading 0-1 QPR: Toni Leistner wins it for Steve McClaren's side

Toni Leistner scores for QPR at Reading
A goalmouth scramble saw Toni Leistner net the only goal for QPR at Reading

QPR edged past Reading in a game of few chances as Toni Leistner's scrambled second half goal separated the two sides.

Massimo Luongo had a low shot palmed behind by Royals goalkeeper Sam Walker and from the resultant corner Leistner profited when the hosts failed to clear.

Walker had earlier denied Nahki Wells with the best chance of the first half when he was played through on goal by Eberechi Eze.

Reading pushed for a leveller as late addition Yakou Meite struck a post with his shot inside the area but QPR held on to end a run of two successive defeats.

Meite was handed an unexpected start for Reading after leading scorer Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was forced to withdraw from the hosts' line-up after the warm-up.

But he was unable to offer much of a threat for the Royals, who were a touch fortunate to be level at half-time.

Jordan Cousins headed narrowly over the crossbar from Jake Bidwell's centre before Wells was denied by Walker's smart save.

Reading remain in 20th after a first defeat in three games, while QPR's fourth win of the campaign moves them up two places to 17th.

QPR boss Steve McClaren has won his last seven matches in all competitions against managers called Paul - Clement, Ince, Dickov (twice), Heckingbottom and Cook (twice).

Reading manager Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"It wasn't very good, it's a very disappointing evening.

"I thought the first half we didn't play well at all, I thought we looked leggy and I tried to make a few changes to freshen it up after Saturday's game.

"I have to take responsibility, I probably didn't get the line-up right from the start and we didn't play well tactically either.

"The spaces were too open and we gave them too many opportunities from set pieces. Maybe we could've got away with a draw, but I would still be making the same observation that we didn't play very well."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 28Walker
  • 2Gunter
  • 20Ilori
  • 6Moore
  • 3Yiadom
  • 7Bacuna
  • 38KellySubstituted forSwiftat 65'minutes
  • 32EzatolahiBooked at 68minsSubstituted forMcNultyat 79'minutes
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forSimsat 65'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 21MeiteBooked at 55mins
  • 17Barrow

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 10Swift
  • 19Sims
  • 24Blackett
  • 29McNulty
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 43Loader

QPR

  • 13Lumley
  • 22Rangel
  • 37Leistner
  • 33Lynch
  • 3Bidwell
  • 8CousinsSubstituted forWszolekat 82'minutes
  • 21Luongo
  • 5Cameron
  • 7Freeman
  • 10EzeSubstituted forScowenat 80'minutes
  • 32WellsSubstituted forHemedat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ingram
  • 4Hall
  • 11Scowen
  • 16Hemed
  • 17Smith
  • 20Osayi-Samuel
  • 23Wszolek
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
13,568

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 0, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 0, Queens Park Rangers 1.

Hand ball by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Foul by Tomer Hemed (Queens Park Rangers).

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Pawel Wszolek tries a through ball, but Tomer Hemed is caught offside.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

Attempt blocked. Andy Yiadom (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leandro Bacuna.

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

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

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

Foul by Josh Scowen (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Pawel Wszolek replaces Jordan Cousins.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Josh Scowen replaces Eberechi Eze.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Marc McNulty replaces Saeid Ezatolahi.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Massimo Luongo.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tiago Ilori with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Tomer Hemed replaces Nahki Wells.

Yakou Meite (Reading) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Attempt blocked. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Booking

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

Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Sims (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Modou Barrow (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yakou Meite.

Booking

Saeid Ezatolahi (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Saeid Ezatolahi (Reading) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Freeman tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Queens Park Rangers).

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

Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces Liam Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Josh Sims replaces Sone Aluko.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds116412181322
2Middlesbrough116411441022
3West Brom1062225141120
4Sheff Utd106131813519
5Brentford114521913617
6Swansea11452106417
7Wigan115241412217
8Norwich105231413117
9Derby105141311216
10Bristol City104331512315
11Nottm Forest103611311215
12Aston Villa113621918115
13Sheff Wed104331515015
14Blackburn103611313015
15Bolton114341014-415
16Stoke113441618-213
17QPR11416818-1013
18Birmingham111821011-111
19Rotherham10316816-810
20Reading112361416-29
21Hull112271018-88
22Millwall10136916-76
23Ipswich11065816-86
24Preston111371424-106
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