2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Lasse Vibe (74')

Reading 0-1 Brentford

Brentford strengthened their push for the Sky Bet Championship play-offs with a scrappy 1-0 victory at lowly Reading.
Florian Jozefzoon saw a goalbound effort cleared off the line by Tyler Blackett in the second half before Lasse Vibe snatched the winner in the 74th minute.
Reading created only limited openings but Liam Kelly's well-flighted free-kick struck the Brentford crossbar midway through the second period.
A solid run of four wins in their five previous matches had seen Brentford move to within three points of the play-off places. They defeated Bolton 2-0 at Griffin Park last Saturday.
Reading's poor form had seen them slide towards the relegation zone. They halted a winless run of eight matches in all competitions with a 3-0 victory over Stevenage in an FA Cup third-round replay at Madejski Stadium on Tuesday.
Iceland striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored a hat-trick against the League Two outfit and was rewarded with a rare Championship start.
It was Reading who made the early running, with Brentford content to sit back and soak up the pressure.
A dangerous free-kick from Kelly was cleared by the Brentford defence, then Bodvarsson had a fierce shot blocked.
But when Brentford broke quickly, it was often effectively.
Vibe had the game's first chance in the eighth minute, producing a fine save from Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone. From the follow-up, Ollie Watkins' well-struck effort was charged down by the home defence.
Reading replied when full-back Chris Gunter escaped on the right flank and crossed low into the middle.
Kelly could not make up his mind whether to control the ball or shoot first time and in the end did neither, with the opportunity going begging.
Brentford responded with a fine 20-yard free kick from Yoann Barbet, which Mannone just managed to tip over the bar.
From another free-kick from slightly further out, Jozefzoon sent his attempt just wide of Mannone's right-hand post.
Three minutes into the second half, Brentford should have gone in front.
Jozefzoon found himself with plenty of space in the Reading area but his shot was hacked off the line by half-time substitute Blackett.
Reading gradually improved and Bodvarsson went close with an attempt from a Gunter cross.
Kelly went even closer in the 64th minute, when his 20-yard free-kick clipped the top of the bar with Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley well beaten.
But after Mo Barrow wasted a good opening for the hosts, Brentford went straight down the other end to grab the winner 16 minutes from the end.
Reading had several chances to clear the threat but instead allowed Vibe to crash home from just inside the area.

English League Championship Standings

1 Norwich City 33 +23 63
2 Sheffield United 33 +24 61
3 Leeds United 32 +17 61
4 West Bromwich Albion 33 +25 60
5 Middlesbrough 32 +12 54
6 Bristol City 31 +10 53
7 Derby County 32 +6 51
8 Nottingham Forest 33 +8 47
9 Birmingham City 32 +9 46
10 Aston Villa 33 +4 44
11 Preston North End 33 +3 44
12 Hull City 32 +3 44
13 Swansea City 32 +3 44
14 Blackburn Rovers 33 -7 43
15 Sheffield Wednesday 32 -11 41
16 Brentford 31 +7 40
17 Stoke City 33 -7 40
18 Queens Park Rangers 32 -9 39
19 Millwall 32 -10 34
20 Wigan Athletic 32 -14 34
21 Reading 33 -15 29
22 Rotherham United 33 -20 29
23 Bolton Wanderers 33 -30 26
24 Ipswich Town 33 -31 20