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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Martyn Waghorn (71')
  • Jordan Spence (79')
  • Freddie Sears (90'+1')
  • Callum Connolly (90'+3')

Reading 0-4 Ipswich Town

Reading's bid for Championship safety will go to the last match of the season after they fell to a miserable 4-0 defeat at home to Ipswich Town.
Although Reading dominated much of the game, they missed a series of chances that allowed mid-table Ipswich to strike four times in the second half.
Leading goalscorer Martyn Waghorn broke the deadlock 19 minutes from time with Jordan Spence adding a second eight minutes later.
Substitute Freddie Sears and Callum Connolly made it 4-0 with a goal apiece in stoppage time.
To avoid the drop, Reading may need at least a draw at Cardiff City on the last day of the season next weekend.
The hosts knew before kick-off that victory over Ipswich would guarantee their Championship safety, regardless of results elsewhere.
The managerless visitors, with Bryan Klug in caretaker charge after Mick McCarthy quit prematurely on April 10, had won only one of their previous nine games.
Ipswich opened in enterprising fashion, with Mustapha Carayol escaping along the left flank and seeing his fierce cross palmed away by home goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
Reading started, unusually, with a twin strikeforce of Yann Kermorgant and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson but they were unable to make any headway in the early exchanges.
Mo Barrow enjoyed better success on the left wing but - after a surging run from his own half - he wasted his efforts with a poor cross.
It did, though, signal a spell of concerted pressure from Reading.
Kermorgant had a close-range attempt blocked, after a Sone Aluko corner, and Bodvarsson saw a well-struck shot deflected wide.
Reading should have gone ahead shortly before the half-hour mark when Barrow crossed low to the edge of the Ipswich six-yard box.
But the onrushing Bodvarsson, with the goal at his mercy, miscued his contact with the ball.
Reading made a bright start to the second half, with John Swift seeing a firm shot deflected wide for a corner.
From Aluko's subsequent set-piece, Bodvarsson's clever near-post flick was smartly saved on the goal line by Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Ipswich were forced to defend in numbers as Reading pushed forward strongly - but they did so successfully.
And when Barrow did manage to find space at the far post, he was unable to keep his effort down and the ball flew over the crossbar.
Bialkowski then saved superbly from Swift before Ipswich went ahead against the run of play in the 71st minute.
A quick break led to Spence releasing the unmarked Waghorn, who tucked home his 15th goal of the season from close range.
Spence then cut in from the left to beat Mannone at his near post, Sears charged down a Mannone clearance to make it 3-0 and Connolly completed the rout after charging through unchallenged.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Leeds United 22 +18 45
2 Norwich City 22 +14 44
3 West Bromwich Albion 22 +15 39
4 Derby County 22 +7 38
5 Sheffield United 22 +9 37
6 Middlesbrough 22 +8 36
7 Nottingham Forest 22 +10 35
8 Aston Villa 22 +9 33
9 Swansea City 22 +3 32
10 Birmingham City 22 +5 31
11 Stoke City 22 +2 31
12 Blackburn Rovers 22 -4 31
13 Queens Park Rangers 22 -5 31
14 Bristol City 22 +1 30
15 Preston North End 22 -2 28
16 Wigan Athletic 22 -7 25
17 Hull City 22 -7 24
18 Sheffield Wednesday 22 -12 24
19 Brentford 22 -1 22
20 Rotherham United 22 -11 22
21 Reading 22 -8 19
22 Millwall 22 -10 19
23 Bolton Wanderers 22 -15 18
24 Ipswich Town 22 -19 14