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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 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

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