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Reading 2-1 Brentford: Meite brace boosts Royals' survival bid

Yakou Meite scoring
Yakou Meite headed in his second of the game from Lewis Baker's free-kick

Yakou Meite scored two first-half goals as Reading beat Brentford to boost their Championship survival hopes.

The Royals' top scorer placed his first underneath Luke Daniels before beating the Bees' goalkeeper again with a glancing header minutes later.

The hosts were cruising to half-time until Emiliano Martinez gifted Neal Maupay his 26th goal of the season after he spilled Said Benrahma's free-kick into the path of the striker.

Martinez made up for his earlier error to keep his side in front with two quality saves to prevent Sergi Canos and Mads Bech Sorensen grabbing an equaliser in the second half.

Jose Manuel Gomes' side burst out of the blocks at the Madejski Stadium before Meite latched onto Mo Barrow's clever through ball give them an early lead.

The Ivorian then met Lewis Baker's flighted free-kick to head in his fourth goal in as many games.

On-loan striker Nelson Oliveira then provided Barrow with a golden opportunity to score but the winger failed to connect with the striker's cross in front of an empty net.

Reading continued to dominate in the second half, but Meite and Oliveira were unable to grab their side a third to kill of the game

A late surge by Thomas Frank's Bees created some nervy moments for the hosts, but the Royals managed to hold on and move four points above the relegation zone.

Reading manager Jose Manuel Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"We are at the end of the season, four games more, so (it was a) very important three points for us.

"We deserved it the way we played. We could have finished the game in the first half. In the end everyone was a bit nervous and with their coroners and free-kicks.

"My players were brave, they fought in the end of the game, they kept the three points.

"We cannot relax. Now we can celebrate for a few hours and after working again...collect all our energy and prepare for Friday's game against Bristol."

Brentford manager Thomas Frank:

"The positives are that we were better in the second half.

"We showed great willpower to do everything that we could to get back into the game. But on the day we lacked the quality to create enough clear-cut chances.

"We now have four games left and we need to do everything we can to get 12 points. That's the aim.

"We talked before this game that we need to finish the season on a high.

"We have to do everything we can and that will mean a lot for this club, this team and every individual. There is no reason not to do that."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Martínez
  • 3Yiadom
  • 19Miazga
  • 6Moore
  • 2GunterBooked at 56mins
  • 35RinomhotaBooked at 44mins
  • 16Baker
  • 18EjariaBooked at 37mins
  • 21MeiteSubstituted forHarriottat 85'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 22OliveiraSubstituted forBlackettat 89'minutes
  • 17BarrowSubstituted forMcClearyat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Baldock
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Harriott
  • 24Blackett
  • 28Walker
  • 39Barrett
  • 46McIntyre

Brentford

  • 28Daniels
  • 26Konsa
  • 23Jeanvier
  • 34Bech SörensenBooked at 51mins
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 14Da SilvaSubstituted forMarcondesat 68'minutes
  • 19Sawyers
  • 2OdubajoSubstituted forForssat 78'minutes
  • 11Watkins
  • 9Maupay
  • 21BenrahmaSubstituted forCanosat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Canos
  • 17Marcondes
  • 24Ogbene
  • 25Balcombe
  • 30Field
  • 33Forss
  • 36Oksanen
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
16,892

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home3
Away12
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Brentford 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Brentford 1.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lewis Baker.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Attempt missed. Julian Jeanvier (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ollie Watkins following a set piece situation.

Neal Maupay (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Foul by Julian Jeanvier (Brentford).

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

Marcus Forss (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Tyler Blackett replaces Nélson Oliveira.

Foul by Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford).

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

Booking

Callum Harriott (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Sergi Canos (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Brentford).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Callum Harriott replaces Yakou Meite.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Lewis Baker.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Forss (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard with a headed pass.

Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Forss (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romaine Sawyers.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Marcus Forss replaces Moses Odubajo.

Romaine Sawyers (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Reading).

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Emiliano Martínez.

Attempt saved. Mads Bech Sörensen (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Henrik Dalsgaard.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ollie Watkins.

Attempt blocked. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

Foul by Neal Maupay (Brentford).

Lewis Baker (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

goal

As It Stood

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6Bristol City411811125546965
7Middlesbrough421713124436864
8Derby411712125950963
9Hull42179166159260
10Sheff Wed421514135255-359
11Nottm Forest421415135652457
12Preston421512156059157
13Swansea41168175554156
14Brentford421412166658854
15Blackburn421411175764-753
16Stoke421119124147-652
17QPR42139205065-1548
18Birmingham421316135854446
19Reading421014184763-1644
20Millwall411012194659-1342
21Wigan411011204461-1741
22Rotherham42816184672-2640
23Bolton4288262972-4332
24Ipswich42416223368-3528
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