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Britannia Stadium (ATT 13,484) 22nd October 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Salisbury

Stoke Stoke City vs Reading Reading

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Kitson strike seals Royals win

By Stephen Bateman.   Last Updated: 22/10/05 7:30pm

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Reading cut Sheffield United's lead at the top of the Championship table to just three points after defeating Stoke 1-0 at the Brittannia Stadium.

Dave Kitson's second-half penalty was enough to seal the win in a game which was dominated by Steve Coppell's men from start to finish.

Kitson nailed the 76th minute penalty after he was brought down in the box by Lewis Buxton.

Royals striker Kevin Doyle (pictured) - a former Stoke transfer target - looked lively throughout and he had a good chance to open the scoring following good work from James Harper.

Stoke struggled to create chances, with Paul Gallagher looking to be their most likely source of any joy.

As the clock wound down, Sam Bangoura saw his shot saved by Marcus Hahnemann, but Reading continued to look threatening on the counter.

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

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