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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 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Fulham 21 25
15 Birmingham City 21 25
16 Reading 21 25
17 Huddersfield Town 21 24
18 Bolton Wanderers 21 23
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 21 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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