Reading FC Match Report: 2013/2014 Season - Championship
QPR 1 READING 3
Reading: D Williams (10), A Pearce (56), G McCleary (58).
QPR: K Doyle (20).
Reading pulled off a great win at automatic promotion chasing side QPR this weekend. The home side, third in the table, were firm favourites for victory but were well beaten by sixth placed Reading who were the better side. Even QPR boss Harry Redknapp was quick to acknowledge Reading's superiority: "I thought the best team won. Reading were bright, they had more energy than we did and I've got no complaints.". Reading remain in sixth spot but now have a four point cushion over seventh placed Brighton who have a game in hand. This was Reading's fifth win in seven Championship fixtures.
Reading took the lead after just ten minutes when Danny Williams headed home. Former Reading player, and recent QPR signing, Kevin Doyle pulled QPR level ten minutes later when he knocked home a rebound that McCarthy couldn't hold. It was 1-1 at half time before the game was settled in a two minute spell eleven minutes into the second half. Firstly Alex Pearce scored with his head from Jobi McAnuff's corner and then McCleary scored the goal of the game with a great run before smashing the ball into the top corner of the net to make it 1-3 and settle the game.
After Alex Pearce's suspect red card the weekend before was successfully over-turned on appeal, the club are set to launch another appeal after Gorkss was harshly dismissed with 19 minutes left to play. Despite the numerical disadvantage the Royals comfortably hung on to secure the full three points.
This Championship game took place 2122 days ago in the 2013/2014 season.