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Loftus Road (ATT 15,347) 5th November 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Leake

QPR Queens Park Rangers vs Reading Reading

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Reading stay close to Blades

By Patrick Whyte.   Last Updated: 05/11/05 6:45pm

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Reading kept the pressure on Championship leaders Sheffield United with a 2-1 win at Loftus Road against a determined QPR.

Icelander Ivar Ingimarsson won the match for Reading cancelling out a Lee Cook equaliser after James Harper had opened the scoring for Reading.

The match began at a frenetic pace with chances for both sides as the game swung from end to end.

Reading had a chance after only 20 seconds. Kevin Doyle burst through the Rangers defence and forced Simon Royce into making a smart save.

George Santos, Rangers' makeshift centre forward, then set up a chance at the other end with the game only a few minutes old. He teed up the ball for Richard Langley whose shot flashed across the face of the goal.

A corner from Cook produced another chance for Rangers. Reading keeper Marcus Hahnemann made a hash of the incoming ball, punching it straight into the air. However, Kevin Gallen was unable to convert the opportunity.

Reading then went in front on 10 minutes with a passing move that dissected the Rangers defence.

A Steve Sidwell pass was collected by Dave Kitson and he played an inviting pass into the path of Harper who put the ball past Royce from 12 yards.

Rangers came back fighting with chances for Cook who brought a good save from Hahnemann before Dean Sturridge put a shot over the bar.

Rangers' already injury ravaged forward line was dealt another blow as Sturridge limped off before half time to be replaced by Gareth Ainsworth.

Having created a number of chances in the first half, Rangers deservedly equalised after the break. Substitute Ainsworth cut in from the right and slid the ball to Cook, who took the ball in his stride and smacked the ball past the despairing Hahnemann from 20 yards.

Reading were lucky to keep 11 men on the pitch after Glen Little, already on a yellow card, took down Tommy Doherty.

Understandably Royals manager Steve Coppell wanted to cool the atmosphere and so brought off Little and replaced him with John Oster.

The Welshman's introduction was telling as his corner produced the winning goal as Ingimarsson thumped in the winner.

Rangers immediately pushed for a second equaliser with Gallen lobbing a chance over and Ainsworth skying a volley. While at the other end Reading had chances to tie up victory with Ingimarsson wasting the best of them.

Nevertheless Reading notched up a valuable away victory, remaining three points behind The Blades.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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