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Reading 1-0 Preston North End: Miazga late goal secures win for Royals

Preston's Declan Rudd saves a shot
Preston keeper Declan Rudd made some decent saves and looked like earning his side a point

Matthew Miazga scored in the eighth minute of stoppage time against Preston North End to give Mark Bowen a winning start as Reading manager.

The game was heading to a goalless draw before defender Miazga fired his shot into the back of the net after Jordan Obita's effort was parried out by Declan Rudd.

Both sides created chances throughout at the Madejski Stadium but lacked quality in front of goal.

John Swift's free-kick forced Rudd into full-stretch diving save in the first half before Royals goalkeeper Cabral Barbosa caught David Nugent's back-post header shortly after the interval.

A head injury to Michael Morrison meant the officials added seven minutes of stoppage time.

And Reading, who this week sacked Jose Gomes after no wins in six games, started to pile forward before finally forcing the breakthrough.

Miazga's dramatic winner means Bowen, who was previously sporting director, has lifted the Royals out of the relegation zone to 19th.

Preston slip from third to sixth but remain in the play-off positions.

Reading manager Mark Bowen:

"When you get a last-gasp winner, a lot of managers - myself included - almost want to come in and say to the lads 'You've earned it, have a day off tomorrow. We'll start back on Monday'.

"With just one win in seven, we can't go patting ourselves on the back. We'll only do that when we get a run of results and start climbing that table.

"We wanted to get the ball forward to the strikers quicker but we probably did too much of that in the first half.

"I think we did that in the second half. It was a scrappy game but, at 0-0 at 70 minutes, I'd have settled for that. I was pleased the way it turned out and I thought that we deserved it."

Preston North End manager Alex Neil told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I don't think we played well enough albeit it I don't think we deserved to lose the game.

"I didn't think there was anything in it. I thought it was a poor game if I'm being honest,

"I think probably as poor as we've moved the ball. We didn't build well enough.

"We didn't look a threat as much as we generally do. It was one of those games. The game was just a poor game, there wasn't much quality."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 5MiazgaBooked at 90mins
  • 4Morrison
  • 6Moore
  • 17Yiadom
  • 10Swift
  • 29Tuncará GomesSubstituted forAdamat 84'minutes
  • 14Ejaria
  • 11ObitaBooked at 8mins
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forBaldockat 70'minutes
  • 19MeiteSubstituted forLoaderat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Walker
  • 9Baldock
  • 15Loader
  • 16McIntyre
  • 24Blackett
  • 26Adam
  • 27Richards

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 21Bauer
  • 6Davies
  • 16Hughes
  • 4PearsonBooked at 90mins
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forBrowneat 58'minutes
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forStockleyat 70'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 24Maguire
  • 35NugentBooked at 16minsSubstituted forHarropat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Browne
  • 10Harrop
  • 15Rafferty
  • 18Ledson
  • 20Stockley
  • 25Ripley
  • 44Potts
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
14,135

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 1, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 1, Preston North End 0.

Booking

Matt Miazga (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Reading 1, Preston North End 0. Matt Miazga (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt saved. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Attempt saved. Ben Davies (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Harrop.

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Reading).

Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

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

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Hughes.

Booking

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

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

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Liam Moore.

Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Matt Miazga.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

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

Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).

Matt Miazga (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Charlie Adam replaces Pelé.

Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Danny Loader (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by John Swift with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Preston North End).

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

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sean Maguire.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sam Baldock replaces George Puscas.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danny Loader replaces Yakou Meite.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jayden Stockley replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Davies with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by John Swift.

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Attempt missed. George Puscas (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 Patrick Bauer.

Attempt missed. Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Harrop with a cross following a corner.

goal

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