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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 15,035) 19th August 2014 - Kick off 20:00

Reading Reading vs Huddersfield Town Huddsf'ld

Reading 1

S Cox (79)


Huddsf'ld 2

J Butterfield (10)
H Bunn (38)

Sky Bet Championship: Huddersfield claim first win against Reading

Last Updated: 20/08/14 3:36pm

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Jacob Butterfield: Celebrates first goal for Huddersfield

Jacob Butterfield: Celebrates first goal for Huddersfield

Reading slipped to their first defeat of the season when they lost 2-1 against Huddersfield Town in a Sky Bet Championship encounter at the Madejski Stadium.

Huddersfield dominated much of the game and forged into a 2-0 half-time lead with fine finishes from Jacob Butterfield and Harry Bunn.

Reading reduced the deficit with an individual effort from Simon Cox with 11 minutes left but Huddersfield clung on for their first win of the season.

Reading were previously unbeaten in three matches, in the league and Capital One Cup, but were again missing eight senior players due to injury or lack of fitness.

A young side - similar to that which beat Ipswich Town 1-0 at home on Saturday - started tentatively and were put under mounting pressure by their opponents.

Huddersfield were without midfielder Oliver Norwood, who is expected to move to Reading by the end of this week, but were the more composed side.

Sean Scannell drove a fierce shot across the face of the home area, with Nakhi Wells only a fraction away from making contact.

Pointless and managerless Huddersfield - Mark Robins having been sacked after the 4-0 home defeat by Bournemouth on the opening day of the season - were looking impressive.

And they deservedly, if somewhat fortuitously, went ahead in the 10th minute, after a sloppy error by Reading centre back Michael Hector.

Tommy Smith and Jonathan Hogg: Celebrating Town win

Hector played a poor pass to Hope Akpan, who was easily dispossessed by Butterfield. The midfielder ran on and curled in a superb shot past home goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Huddersfield went 2-0 up in the 38th minute. Bunn was allowed the freedom of the left flank to cut in and easily place his shot past Federici.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins decided action was needed at half time and brought on 18-year-old midfielder Aaron Kuhl, for his senior debut, in place of left back Shaun Cummings.

But it got little better for the home side. Butterfield drove wide and Federici had to save smartly from Wells and Bunn.

Kuhl began to give Reading a more incisive approach and from his precise cross from the right Cox had a free header, but he nodded it wide.

Mark Lillis: Joy at the Madejski

With Huddersfield content to sit back and take what they had, Reading came more into the game. But their finishing continued to be well off target.

Pavel Pogrebnyak's close-range attempt took a deflection on its way behind for a corner but Nick Blackman's effort was badly miscued from 20 yards.

Cox did better soon after, with Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies having to make a diving save to smother his low shot.

But Smithies could do nothing in the 79th minute when Reading equalised. Cox gathered a loose ball on the edge of the area and let fly with a fine shot.

Alex Pearce lobbed onto the top of the bar with two minutes left but Huddersfield held on.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17