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Reading 2-1 Blackburn Rovers: Nelson Oliveira's late strike seals rare Royals win

Nelson Oliveira
Nelson Oliveira played with a protective mask after suffering a nasty facial injury earlier this month

Nelson Oliveira's late goal helped Reading move out of the Championship relegation places with a dramatic late victory over Blackburn Rovers.

The Portugal forward - who is on loan from Norwich and was playing for the first time since needing surgery after a nasty facial injury against Aston Villa - curled in John Swift's excellent long ball from the edge of the box to lift the Royals above Rotherham and out of the drop zone by a point.

Reading had taken the lead in first-half stoppage time when Swift converted Andy Yiadom's cutback against the run of play.

Yakou Meite should have doubled the lead midway into the second half but the Ivory Coast forward dragged his effort wide when through on goal.

Amari'i Bell thought he had made the Royals pay when he levelled with an angled effort from inside the box, but Oliveira scored three minutes later for Reading to seal just their second win since the start of November.

Rovers could have gone ahead after just six minutes, but Emiliano Martinez's save stopped Adam Armstrong's effort, while Oliveira saw an audacious 40-yard lob land on the roof of the Blackburn net.

Martinez again thwarted Armstrong in the final minute of the first half before Reading went straight up the other end and took the lead through Swift.

Blackburn, who drop to 14th in the table, have now lost three Championship games in succession, having won their previous four in a row and lost three consecutively before that.

Reading manager Jose Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"I'm very happy with the three points, they're very important points for our position in the table.

"It's the first time this season that Reading have collected points in four games in a row, so it's very important.

"If we look at the last six games we've just lost one, so we need to catch these positive things for the future."

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I thought the performance was very good, I thought we controlled it for long spells, and yet we didn't get any points.

"We're disappointed, but performance-wise it was ok, but we didn't have end product in the final third.

"The confidence was there, the team were on the front foot and played decent football, they just couldn't pick that final pass from being in some great positions."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Martínez
  • 3Yiadom
  • 19Miazga
  • 6Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 38KellySubstituted forBakerat 81'minutes
  • 10Swift
  • 18EjariaBooked at 40mins
  • 14AlukoSubstituted forMeiteat 45'minutes
  • 27Richards
  • 22OliveiraSubstituted forBödvarssonat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Gunter
  • 15Harriott
  • 16Baker
  • 17Barrow
  • 21Meite
  • 23Bödvarsson
  • 28Walker

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 31Bennett
  • 5Rodwell
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 17Bell
  • 27Travis
  • 6SmallwoodSubstituted forDackat 57'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 19BreretonBooked at 41minsSubstituted forRothwellat 69'minutes
  • 7Armstrong
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forGrahamat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Nyambe
  • 3Williams
  • 4Reed
  • 8Rothwell
  • 10Graham
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 23Dack
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
11,271

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Blackburn Rovers 1.

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Baker.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Omar Richards (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Swift.

Attempt saved. Joe Rothwell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Joe Rothwell.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by John Swift with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Lewis Baker replaces Liam Kelly.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jack Rodwell.

Attempt blocked. Tyler Blackett (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Amari'i Bell.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Graham replaces Craig Conway.

Attempt blocked. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

Omar Richards (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joe Rothwell replaces Ben Brereton.

Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ovie Ejaria with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross following a set piece situation.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Foul by Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers).

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Swift.

Foul by Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers).

Emiliano Martínez (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Bradley Dack replaces Richard Smallwood.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ovie Ejaria.

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leeds32187753361761
2Norwich32179661421960
3Sheff Utd32177854342058
4West Brom31159762402254
5Bristol City31158840301053
6Middlesbrough311312635241151
7Derby3114984336751
8Birmingham32111384940946
9Nottm Forest32111384638846
10Aston Villa32101485650644
11Hull32128124542344
12Swansea32128124239344
13Preston321110115047343
14Blackburn321110114349-643
15Brentford311010115043740
16Sheff Wed311010113445-1140
17Stoke32912113340-739
18QPR31116143947-839
19Wigan3297163246-1434
20Millwall31710143445-1131
21Reading32611153445-1129
22Rotherham32513143151-2028
23Bolton3268182147-2626
24Ipswich32310192455-3119
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