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West Bromwich Albion 4-1 Reading: Dwight Gayle double helps Baggies to fifth home win on spin

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Dwight Gayle pounced at the far post to head the Baggies level from close range

West Bromwich Albion came from behind to eventually ease to victory against Reading and claim a fifth consecutive home league win.

The Royals took an early lead through Leandro Bacuna's clinical finish from a corner, before the hosts' Harvey Barnes struck the post.

But the Baggies took full control in the second half, as on-loan striker Dwight Gayle produced two well-guided finishes in quick succession to turn the game on its head.

Barnes' fine long-range effort made it 3-1 before defender Kyle Bartley netted Albion's fourth from a corner.

The convincing result saw West Brom stretch their unbeaten league run to seven games, having now won all five of their home Championship matches since hitting seven past Queens Park Rangers on 18 August.

Yet again, the poacher's instincts of Newcastle United loanee Gayle boosted the Baggies, as he netted his seventh and eighth goals of the campaign so far.

Reading's defeat left them above the relegation zone only on goal difference, after fellow strugglers Preston and Ipswich ended their respective winless runs.

In contrast, Darren Moore's confident hosts moved up to second in the table, capitalising on Middlesbrough's home loss to Nottingham Forest and Leeds' draw with Brentford.

West Brom boss Darren Moore told BBC WM 95.6FM:

"You get the job done, we started very slow but we had two tough away games to factor in and I thought the longer we went on the stronger I thought we'd get.

"To go a goal down was very difficult but the key for us was not conceding a second goal. Coming in at half-time we thought we could show more signs in the second half and we did, we got the early goal and it gave us more impetus.

"The goals came after that and we ran out worthy winners in the end, a slow start and a strong finish."

Reading boss Paul Clement told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"First half was the best we'd played all season, we came to a team who had been really strong, scored more goals than anyone, had PL quality all over the pitch and we were better side by far.

"We got a good goal and stopped them doing the things they like to do. We had to be pleased. They deserved the praise for the first half but second half they came out with more intensity.

"I don't think they were tactical reasons as to why we lost the game, we made mistakes and looking back at the goals we can do better in all those situations."

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 25DawsonBooked at 41mins
  • 26Hegazi
  • 5Bartley
  • 12MearsSubstituted forEdwardsat 62'minutes
  • 8LivermoreSubstituted forBruntat 67'minutes
  • 18BarryBooked at 52mins
  • 3Gibbs
  • 15BarnesSubstituted forAdarabioyoat 88'minutes
  • 19Rodriguez
  • 16Gayle

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 11Brunt
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Townsend
  • 21Edwards
  • 22Hoolahan
  • 24Adarabioyo

Reading

  • 28Walker
  • 2GunterSubstituted forSimsat 77'minutes
  • 20IloriBooked at 56mins
  • 6MooreBooked at 82mins
  • 24Blackett
  • 3Yiadom
  • 7BacunaSubstituted forKellyat 81'minutes
  • 32Ezatolahi
  • 10SwiftBooked at 51mins
  • 29McNultySubstituted forBarrowat 77'minutes
  • 21Meite

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 14Aluko
  • 17Barrow
  • 19Sims
  • 35Rinomhota
  • 38Kelly
  • 44Holmes
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
22,865

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamReading
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 4, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 4, Reading 1.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dwight Gayle with a headed pass.

Foul by Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion).

Saeid Ezatolahi (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Tosin Adarabioyo replaces Harvey Barnes.

Attempt missed. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kyle Edwards.

Foul by Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion).

Josh Sims (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

Booking

Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kyle Edwards (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Liam Kelly replaces Leandro Bacuna.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 4, Reading 1. Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Andy Yiadom.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Modou Barrow replaces Marc McNulty.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Josh Sims replaces Chris Gunter.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Moore (Reading) because of an injury.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kieran Gibbs.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 3, Reading 1. Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez with a through ball.

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

Saeid Ezatolahi (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dwight Gayle.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ahmed Hegazi.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt replaces Jake Livermore.

Goal!

Goal! West Bromwich Albion 2, Reading 1. Dwight Gayle (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Kyle Bartley following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bartley (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harvey Barnes with a cross.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Kyle Edwards replaces Tyrone Mears.

Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Booking

Tiago Ilori (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd128132113825
2West Brom1273231171424
3Leeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottm Forest124711713419
6Brentford124622014618
7Derby125341513218
8Norwich125341515018
9Blackburn124621415-118
10Swansea12453129317
11Wigan125251416-217
12Bristol City114431512316
13Sheff Wed114431717016
14Stoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton124351015-515
17Birmingham122821312114
18QPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston122371824-69
23Ipswich121651118-79
24Hull122281019-98
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