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Reading 3-0 Blackburn Rovers: Royals upset early Championship leaders

Reading 3-0 Blackburn
Substitute Lucas Joao sealed the victory for Reading in the second half

Reading bounced back from a heavy loss at the weekend with a dominant win over early Championship leaders Blackburn Rovers.

Defender Tom McIntyre nodded Tom Ince’s corner past Thomas Kaminski to open the scoring early in the first half.

The Royals held the visitors at bay before the break with a fine midfield performance and pressing at every opportunity.

Reading midfielder Tyrese Fornah and defender Tom Holmes both came close to extending the lead before half-time but their efforts were cleared off the line.

Looking for a spark to ignite his side Blackburn manager Jon Dahl Tomasson made three changes to start the second half.

The home side missed chances to double their lead before midfielder Junior Hoilett smashed an unstoppable shot off the underside of the bar to make it 2-0.

Substitute striker Lucas Joao put the game to bed with a well worked goal to give Reading their second league win of the campaign.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1LumleyBooked at 87mins
  • 17Yiadom
  • 5McIntyre
  • 3HolmesBooked at 55mins
  • 22LoumBooked at 90mins
  • 23HoilettSubstituted forClarkeat 90+2′minutes
  • 8Hendrick
  • 19FornahBooked at 53mins
  • 18Guinness-WalkerBooked at 63minsSubstituted forAbrefaat 80′minutes
  • 10Ince
  • 7LongSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Lucas João
  • 21Bouzanis
  • 28Camara
  • 30Abrefa
  • 33Clarke
  • 35Ehibhationham
  • 36Craig

Blackburn

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Kaminski
  • 2Brittain
  • 33PhillipsSubstituted forMortonat 90+3′minutes
  • 4AyalaBooked at 55mins
  • 3PickeringBooked at 12mins
  • 27Travis
  • 21Buckley
  • 10DolanSubstituted forHedgesat 45′minutes
  • 8SzmodicsSubstituted forDackat 45′minutes
  • 22BreretonSubstituted forEdunat 85′minutes
  • 29ValeSubstituted forGallagherat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Morton
  • 7Edun
  • 9Gallagher
  • 11Rankin-Costello
  • 13Pears
  • 19Hedges
  • 23Dack

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