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Burnley 2-1 Reading

An away trip to league leaders Burnley proved fruitless for Reading, who inflicted only the second defeat of the campaign. Reading came into the game having not lost in six, but with only a draw from the midweek game against Barnsley.

Burnley quickly pressed Reading and some poor defending left the in-form Danny Ings with a simple finish. A flat ball went over Pearce's head, and Morrison couldn't get a foot on it to leave Ings with a one-on-one with the keeper, and somebody who already has ten goals this season rarely misses chances like that. Burnley had a spell of pressure until Sam Vokes went down to give the away side a respite.

From there Reading looked safe, never really troubling Heaton in the opposition goal - apart from one looping Pogrebnyak header that was tipped over - but also managing to dispel Burnley. In the second half the action was again mostly around Alex McCarthy, who once again showed his worth with some terrific saves. In the 80th minutes Danny Guthrie foolishly lost the ball in the Reading half allowing Danny Ings to slide in Sam Vokes for an easy finish.

Two minutes later Reading replied, a cross from Obita to the back post where Pavel nodded at the keeper saw the keeper parry onto his own defender before beating him but Reading failed to find an equaliser, even with ALF on the pitch.

In the continuing push to #BuildEvolveSucceed Jake Taylor got his second run-out in the league wearing the Reading colours, as part of a triple-substitution around the hour mark, and Obita again started, and by the sounds of things both performed well, although the latter was continually booed for a fairly blatant dive early in the first half. There's now a two week break before Doncaster visit the Madejski for what should be a guaranteed Reading victory. Reading have beaten Doncaster in six out of the eight recent meetings the teams have played - drawing the remaining two - and Doncaster haven't beaten Reading since 1984 in Division Three.

Touch wood.

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