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

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