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Huddersfield Town 0-2 Reading: Ovie Ejaria & Michael Morrison give Reading win

Ovie Ejaria
Ovie Ejaria scored his second goal in as many games to help Reading take their second win of the Championship season

Managerless Huddersfield Town's miserable start to life back in the Championship went on after two second-half goals guided Reading to victory at the John Smith's Stadium.

In a first meeting between the sides since the 2017 Championship play-off final, Ovie Ejaria put the Royals ahead after being played in by John Swift.

Swift was involved again as the visitors added a second six minutes from time as Michael Morrison headed in from a corner routine.

The Terriers, who sacked Jan Siewert as boss on 16 August, have won just once in 30 games so far in 2019.

Huddersfield, who were playing at home for the first time under caretaker boss Mark Hudson, had the better of a poor first half - but Rajiv van La Parra's tricky build-up play lacked end product.

The Dutchman was taken off in favour of Isaac Mbenza just two minutes before Ejaria's opener but, in all, the hosts offered up just two efforts on target.

It leaves them 23rd in the formative Championship table, with just one point from their five matches so far after a run of four straight defeats in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Jose Manuel Gomes' Reading claimed just a second away league win in their last 22 attempts.

Huddersfield Town caretaker manager Mark Hudson told BBC Radio Leeds:

"You could clearly see that they've taken on board what we've asked of them, but we can't do it for long enough. The game isn't 60 or 70 minutes. It's 90 minutes.

"I can't question the work rate or the endeavour. We squeezed the pitch for 70 minutes, and after that we started to get stretched.

"We created 11 opportunities, and only hit the target twice. That's nowhere good enough. We did create the chances, we just didn't hit the target when he should."

Reading manager Jose Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"We started the game giving too much of the ball to the opponent, but we defended well; even with their possession, they couldn't create a clear goal situation. We didn't allow it.

"But there is always a risk if you give the ball to the opponent. We should start the game strongly, even when we play away.

"The good thing was the spirit and the organisation we showed. Everybody is learning. We are growing as a team."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Grabara
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 26Schindler
  • 5Kongolo
  • 28BrownBooked at 40mins
  • 8Chalobah
  • 6Hogg
  • 11DiakhabySubstituted forKoromaat 79'minutes
  • 21PritchardSubstituted forCampbellat 75'minutes
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forMbenzaat 69'minutes
  • 16Grant

Substitutes

  • 4Elphick
  • 7Bacuna
  • 18Mbenza
  • 19Koroma
  • 22Campbell
  • 31Schofield
  • 39O'Brien

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 5MiazgaSubstituted forMcIntyreat 12'minutes
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 17Yiadom
  • 10Swift
  • 29Tuncará Gomes
  • 14EjariaSubstituted forRinomhotaat 76'minutes
  • 27RichardsBooked at 30mins
  • 18BoyéSubstituted forPuscasat 69'minutes
  • 31Lucas João

Substitutes

  • 8Rinomhota
  • 15Loader
  • 16McIntyre
  • 20Neves Virgínia
  • 26Adam
  • 39Barrett
  • 47Puscas
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
21,847

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamReading
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home10
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 2.

Foul by Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town).

Lucas João (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town).

George Puscas (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.

Josh Koroma (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 2. Michael Morrison (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Swift with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Terence Kongolo.

Attempt blocked. John Swift (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas João.

Attempt blocked. Josh Koroma (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Josh Koroma (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Attempt missed. George Puscas (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Yiadom with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Lucas João (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Josh Koroma replaces Adama Diakhaby.

Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Puscas (Reading).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Andy Rinomhota replaces Ovie Ejaria.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Fraizer Campbell replaces Alex Pritchard.

Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Pelé (Reading).

Attempt blocked. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Omar Richards.

Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Swift.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Isaac Mbenza replaces Rajiv van La Parra.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Puscas replaces Lucas Boyé.

Attempt missed. Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tom McIntyre.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Ovie Ejaria (Reading).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Tom McIntyre.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Omar Richards.

Attempt blocked. Adama Diakhaby (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Karlan Grant.

Foul by Rajiv van La Parra (Huddersfield Town).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds5410102813
2Charlton532095411
3Swansea431084410
4Bristol City531196310
5Fulham53029459
6Preston530210649
7Sheff Wed53027439
8West Brom52307529
9Nottm Forest52218538
10Millwall522146-28
11Reading52128627
12Birmingham42114407
13QPR521278-17
14Blackburn521234-17
15Cardiff521268-27
16Derby51316606
17Middlesbrough512256-15
18Luton511389-14
19Brentford511324-24
20Hull511358-34
21Barnsley511349-54
22Wigan5104411-73
23Huddersfield501449-51
24Stoke5014513-81
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