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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 14,027) 29th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Oliver

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Doyle delivers for Royals

By Peter ORourke.   Last Updated: 29/08/05 4:55pm

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Reading continued their good start to the season with a 2-1 win over Burnley at The Madejski Stadium.

Kevin Doyle's second half goal proved to be enough to give Steve Coppell's men all three points after Ade Akinbiyi had cancelled out Leroy Lita's early opener. 

Reading started brightly and they broke the deadlock after just seven minutes when Lita hooked his shot over Danny Coyne and into the net.

Burnley battled well to get back into the contest, but were struggling to make any inroads against the home defence.

Bobby Convey tried his luck from a free kick from the edge of the box on 35 minutes which Coyne did well to save low down to his left.

Five minutes later Reading suffered a blow when Dave Kitson was forced off with an injury and he was replaced by Doyle.

Burnley then stunned the home side when they drew level three minutes before the break when Akinbiyi picked the ball up on the edge of the box, turned his marker and then drove his shot into the bottom corner.

Akinbiyi then had another chance for Burnley a minute later when he broke clear down the right, but he fired his shot into the side-netting.

Micah Hyde had the final chance of the half with a shot from the edge of the area which Marcus Hahnemann collected comfortably.

Doyle had a chance for Reading two minutes into the second half when he met Convey's corner, but he could not direct his header on target.

Doyle had another sight of goal soon after when he burst past John McGreal into the box, but Coyne was quickly off his line to block his shot.

Reading restored their lead on 70 minutes when Convey worked a short corner with Glen Little and the American whipped in a cross which Doyle headed past Coyne.

Burnley fashioned a chance ten minutes from time when Michael Duff cut the ball back inside the box for James O'Connor and he saw his shot tipped over the bar by Hahnemann.

Burnley's hopes of getting back into the game went up in smoke in the dying minutes when Garreth O'Connor was sent off for a second bookable offence after kicking out at Convey.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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