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Reading Reading vs Hull City Hull City

Royals close the gap

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 19/11/05 5:39pm

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Reading extended their club record unbeaten run to 21 matches with a 3-1 victory over Hull which moves them within one point of Championship leaders Sheffield United.

Bobby Convey's goal was cancelled out by Nick Barmby, but Kevin Doyle (pictured) and Glen Little struck to give Steve Coppell's side all three points.

Convey went close in the opening minutes when his shot was brilliantly tipped over by fellow American Boaz Myhill in the Hull goal.

But the United States international was not to be denied as he put Reading ahead with a firm shot beyond Myhill's left hand in the seventh minute.

Barmby drew The Tigers level shortly after the break when he nodded in from close range after Mark Lynch's cross was flicked on by Ben Burgess.

Stung by the equaliser Reading, who were without suspended top scorer Dave Kitson, upped the tempo as they chased a third consecutive win.

And they got their reward when they struck twice in the space of two minutes to wrap up the points.

Doyle got the first - his fifth of the season - when he turned in the impressive Convey's cross before Little fired in from just inside the penalty area.

Leroy Lita, returning after a shin injury, was denied by three good saves from Myhill as he attempted to add further gloss to the result.

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

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