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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 22,068) 1st October 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Hegley

Reading Reading vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Gunnarsson brace sinks Blades

By Lewis Rutlege.   Last Updated: 01/10/05 6:30pm

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Brynjar Gunnarsson scored twice as Reading won 2-1 in the top-of-the-table clash at The Madejski Stadium to halve Sheffield United's lead.

The match appeared to be heading for a draw until Gunnarsson headed past Paddy Kenny a minute from time.

Reading started the stronger, setting a furious pace from the outset, and were rewarded with a goal in the third minute.

Glen Little picked out the unmarked Gunnarsson with a corner, and the forward volleyed home from 15 yards.

The Blades had not won 10 games out of 11 without reason though, and forced their way back into the game, creating chance after chance.

An equaliser arrived on the quarter hour mark. After great work down the right, Paul Ifill swung in a deep cross, and Alan Quinn rose to nod it back across goal. Steve Kabba flung himself forward to head past Marcus Hahnemann from close range.

The visitors looked to be gaining the upper hand, but were lucky not to lose goalkeeper Kenny after he seemed to handle outside the area in order to prevent an own goal.

The game continued to ebb and flow after the break, even though the teams could not sustain the frantic pace of the first half, until Gunnarsson's header after 89 minutes.

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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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