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Reading 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday: Promotion hopefuls coast past 10-man strugglers

Lucas Joao
Reading striker Lucas Joao has scored 21 goals in all competitions this season

Relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday fell to a heavy defeat at promotion hopefuls Reading after having defender Julian Borner sent off.

The hosts took the lead when Borner was shown a red card for hauling down George Puscas in the area and Michael Olise scored from the spot.

Ex-Wednesday striker Lucas Joao claimed his 21st goal of the season with a composed finish after being teed up by Andy Yiadom who then rifled in a low third to wrap up the scoring.

Sheffield Wednesday have now lost their past six games and remain seven points adrift of safety.

The game completely turned in the 29th minute when Romania forward Puscas got in behind the Owls defence, Borner shoved him to the ground as he was about to shoot and was sent off for the first time in his career in England.

The visitors never looked like getting back into it and failed to register a single shot on target.

Darren Moore's tough start to life at Hillsborough could get trickier as they host runaway Championship leaders Norwich next Sunday.

In contrast, play-off chasing Reading have now won their past three games and are four points clear of seventh-placed Bournemouth.

Reading manager Veljko Paunovic: "We started the game well and were very good in the press when we had lost the ball.

"There was good running into the box by Puscas and very good execution from Michael [Olise] from the penalty.

"From that moment, we kept playing our football, though it's not always easy playing against 10 men.

"Those teams just sit back and wait for you and then build themselves for the counter-attack against you. This happens every time you play against 10. But being 1-0 up was obviously helpful for us. But we still had to do our homework and do our jobs."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Darren Moore told BBC Radio Sheffield: "From our perspective, obviously a disappointing afternoon. The pivotal part in the game was the sending off because on the balance of play up until then we were in the ascendency.

"It was like a double blow. To lose him [Borner] and then go a goal down from a penalty is disappointing. I thought the boys were more than well in the game.

"What they have to do is maintain their focus to move on to the next game. What has gone on has gone on, there's nothing we can do to replace that now. What we have got to do is quickly look to the next game."

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 33Cabral Barbosa
  • 17YiadomSubstituted forPontes Estevesat 90'minutes
  • 29Holmes
  • 6MooreBooked at 37mins
  • 3Richards
  • 5McIntyre
  • 30Semedo
  • 28LaurentSubstituted forAzeezat 90'minutes
  • 7OliseSubstituted forTetekat 82'minutes
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forAlukoat 67'minutes
  • 47PuscasSubstituted forBaldockat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pontes Esteves
  • 9Baldock
  • 22Southwood
  • 24Aluko
  • 34Tetek
  • 44East
  • 45Azeez
  • 48Dorsett
  • 50Camara

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 19Urhoghide
  • 15Lees
  • 13BörnerBooked at 29mins
  • 2Palmer
  • 7K HarrisSubstituted forMarriottat 70'minutes
  • 6Hutchinson
  • 26Shaw
  • 18WindassSubstituted forPelupessyat 85'minutes
  • 10BannanSubstituted forPenneyat 32'minutes
  • 5PatersonSubstituted forRhodesat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Pelupessy
  • 9Marriott
  • 11Reach
  • 14Penney
  • 20Rhodes
  • 23Dunkley
  • 24Brown
  • 44Jackson
  • 45Kachunga
Referee:
James Linington

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home15
Away4
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Alfa Semedo (Reading).

  4. Post update

    Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sam Baldock (Reading).

  6. Post update

    Osaze Urhoghide (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Tomás Esteves replaces Andy Yiadom.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Femi Azeez replaces Josh Laurent.

  9. Post update

    Omar Richards (Reading).

  10. Post update

    Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 3, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Andy Yiadom (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Joey Pelupessy replaces Josh Windass.

  13. Post update

    Omar Richards (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Josh Windass (Sheffield Wednesday).

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Marriott (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Lees with a headed pass.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Sam Baldock replaces George Puscas.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Dejan Tetek replaces Michael Olise.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Omar Richards (Reading).

  19. Post update

    Josh Windass (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Omar Richards (Reading).

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1Norwich35237551252676
2Watford35199746242266
3Swansea33198643241965
4Brentford34189761362563
5Reading351861149371260
6Barnsley34176114237557
7Bournemouth351511950341656
8Cardiff351591153351854
9Middlesbrough35148134138350
10Stoke351212114139248
11Millwall35101693433146
12Bristol City35143183648-1245
13Preston35135173945-644
14Luton34128142840-1244
15Blackburn34127154839943
16QPR331110123439-543
17Nottm Forest351010152834-640
18Huddersfield35108173951-1238
19Derby34108162538-1338
20Coventry35911153246-1438
21Birmingham35811162643-1735
22Rotherham3295183543-832
23Sheff Wed3497182443-1928
24Wycombe3458212357-3423
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