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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 18,149) 3rd December 2013 - Kick off 20:00

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Sky Bet Championship: Reading maintain unbeaten home run after 1-0 win over Charlton

Last Updated: 03/12/13 10:38pm

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Billy Sharp: Celebrates goals for Reading

Billy Sharp: Celebrates goals for Reading

Reading maintained their unbeaten home record in the Sky Bet Championship this season with a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Charlton at the Madejski Stadium.

They had to survive a few anxious moments in the closing stages as Charlton launched a late rally but the Addicks could not find a goal and slipped to within two points of the drop zone.

Reading went ahead early in the first half when Billy Sharp, making his full debut for the Berkshire club, drilled home a fine effort past goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.

Alex Pearce nodded over from a Danny Guthrie corner as Reading started the brighter but Charlton, who lost 1-0 at home to Ipswich on Saturday, perhaps should have had a penalty early on.

Reading keeper Alex McCarthy dithered and team-mate Stephen Kelly appeared to clip Simon Church, the former Reading striker, from behind.

Referee Darren Sheldrake waved play on, however, and Reading were quick to capitalise on their good fortune in the 13th minute.

Danny Williams gained possession in midfield and swiftly released Sharp. The on-loan Southampton striker took aim and beat Alnwick from 20 yards with a crisp shot for his first goal for the club.

Charlton offered little going forward and could have fallen further behind when Alnwick fumbled Pavel Pogrebnyak's 30-yard drive but the keeper recovered in time to block the onrushing Sharp.

The Addicks responded when Church raced clear of the home defence but McCarthy narrowed the angle and saved his effort.

Reading continued to dominate in the second half and almost doubled their lead soon after the restart. Garath McCleary homed in on the target but his well-struck 20-yard attempt struck a post and went behind.

Charlton at last got going but Dale Stephens failed to trouble McCarthy with a poor long-distance effort.

The game entered a dull phase midway through the second period, with neither side able to muster any worthy goal opportunities.

Rhoys Wiggins wasted a decent chance, prompting Charlton manager Chris Powell to make a triple substitution, with Johnnie Jackson, Danny Green and Marvin Sordell all coming on.

It had the desired effect, with Charlton immediately looking far more dangerous.

Reading lost control of the midfield and were forced to backtrack furiously as Charlton drove forward with purpose but they could not make their superiority count with Sordell having a goal disallowed for offside and Jackson and Cameron Stewart wasting efforts.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 43 93
2 Burnley 43 86
3 Derby County 43 78
4 Queens Park Rangers 43 73
5 Wigan Athletic 42 70
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 65
7 Reading 43 64
8 Ipswich Town 43 64
9 Nottingham Forest 43 62
10 Bournemouth 43 62
11 Blackburn Rovers 43 61
12 Watford 42 60
13 Middlesbrough 43 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 43 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 43 53
16 Leeds United 43 53
17 Huddersfield Town 43 47
18 Birmingham City 42 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 43 43
20 Millwall 43 43
21 Charlton Athletic 42 42
22 Blackpool 43 42
23 Barnsley 43 39
24 Yeovil Town 43 37

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