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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 15,124) 17th September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

Reading Reading vs Doncaster Rovers Doncaster

Reading 2

S Church (52)
A Le Fondre (59)

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Royals cruise past Rovers

Last Updated: 17/09/11 6:03pm

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Church: On target for hosts

Church: On target for hosts

Reading cleared some of the gloom surrounding the Madejski Stadium with a convincing 2-0 Championship victory over Doncaster.

The Royals, who went into the game on a four-match losing streak, dominated throughout and were good value for their three points.

Second-half goals from Simon Church and Adam Le Fondre ensured Brian McDermott could sleep a little easier, after the Reading manager revealed earlier this week he was being kept up until the middle of the night by his side's precarious position in the table.

Reading started brightly, with Jimmy Kebe forcing Neil Sullivan in the Doncaster goal into an early save.

Church centred and Kebe nodded goalwards, only for former Wimbledon stopper Sullivan to push the effort around the post after seven minutes.

And Church acted as provider once more two minutes later as his cross found Noel Hunt, but the Irishman could not direct his header and the ball drifted behind for a goal-kick.

After taking quarter of an hour to settle, the visitors steadily began to find their feet, but for all the early promise the game hit a lull in the middle of the first period.

Church should have ended that, and put the Royals in front, on 32 minutes but failed to beat Sullivan after being put clean through on goal by Jobi McAnuff.

But quickly the home side began to assert themselves over their visitors from Yorkshire.

Mikele Leigertwood saw his drilled shot fizz just wide eight minutes before the break, and only a desperate clearance by Sullivan denied Church from following up McAnuff's original effort.

Just before the interval, the impressive Church had a good effort blocked by George Friend as Reading ended the opening 45 minutes at a canter.

The game picked up almost exactly from where it left off after half-time, with McAnuff blasting over the bar from long range, but soon the Berkshire outfit found themselves in front.

Sullivan fumbled a high ball, leaving Church with the simplest of tap-ins, and the striker took the chance his performance richly deserved.

Reading were soon dominant. Church went close with two attempts before Le Fondre, on as a first-half substitute for the injured Kebe, found himself in acres of space to head Joseph Mills' cross home for his first goal for his new club on his second appearance.

Doncaster rallied a little late on, with James Coppinger firing against the post, but it was an isolated moment in a display of comfortable control from Reading.

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1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17