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Turf Moor (ATT 11,256) 5th October 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Michael Jones

Burnley Burnley vs Reading Reading

Burnley 2

D Ings (21)
S Vokes (80)

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Reading 1

J Shackell (og 82)

Championship: Burnley stay top after beating Reading 2-1 at Turf Moor

Last Updated: 15/10/13 11:28am

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Danny Ings: Opened the scoring for Burnley

Danny Ings: Opened the scoring for Burnley

Burnley increased their unbeaten run to seven games following a 2-1 win against Reading in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday at Turf Moor.

In-form strikers Danny Ings and Sam Vokes fired Burnley to victory and kept them flying high at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Ings struck in the first half, his seventh league goal of the season, before Vokes doubled the hosts' advantage with his fifth in four Championship games late on.

Jason Shackell's own goal with eight minutes remaining set nerves jangling at Turf Moor but the Clarets held on to earn their fifth league win in a row which represents their best start to a season since 1961 - when they finished runners-up in the top flight.

Neither side had much to show for a largely ineffective opening 20-minute spell before Ings celebrated his midweek call-up to the England Under-21s by netting the opener.

Kieran Trippier's seemingly innocuous ball towards the penalty area was misjudged by two Reading defenders allowing Ings to slot home unchallenged after 21 minutes from just six yards out.

Vokes almost added a second two minutes later when David Jones' 25-yard drive was spilled by Alex McCarthy only for the Royals goalkeeper to recover in the nick of time.

Michael Duff reacted well to snuff out a through-ball intended for Pavel Pogrebnyak at the other end as shell-shocked Reading looked to respond.

And the Russian international then forced Tom Heaton into action with a 30th-minute header that the Burnley stopper tipped over the bar.

Heaton then plucked a Jordan Obita volley out of the air but Ings almost doubled his tally on the stroke of half-time when he found space on the edge of the box before watching his shot drift wide of the upright.

McCarthy was at full stretch to deny Scott Arfield after he was played into space by Vokes early in the second half and he was alive to turn away a stinging 20-yard strike from Ings before recovering to thwart Jones with his feet.

The busy keeper then palmed away Ings' header from the resulting corner and got the better of him in a one-on-one before the Burnley man spun on the ball only to see his volley blaze over the crossbar.

Nick Blackman dragged a tame shot wide as the Royals struggled to create an opening however, and Vokes punished them after 80 minutes when he slid the ball home from a narrow angle.

Reading posted an immediate reply though when the ball hit the unlucky Shackell on the knee and rebounded into his own net from Pogrebnyak's header just two minutes later to set up a tense finale.

But the visitors did not have enough in the tank to snatch a late equaliser with Chris Gunter's header going straight at Heaton five minutes from time.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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