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Portman Road (ATT 22,621) 22nd November 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: P Melin

Ipswich Ipswich Town vs Reading Reading

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Reading hit the heights

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 22/11/05 5:09pm

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Reading produced a powerful performance to beat Ipswich 3-0 at Portman Road and move above Sheffield United at the top of The Championship.

Steve Sidwell, Leroy Lita and Kevin Doyle were on target for Steve Coppell's side as they stretched their unbeaten run to 22 matches and took advantage of Sheffield United's draw at Wolves.

The Royals were always in command against a lacklustre Ipswich team, who could have no complaints about the scoreline.

Reading went on the attack from the first whistle and it was a surprise that they had to wait half an hour for their first goal.

Lita had already had a goal ruled out for offside and Lewis Price had pulled off a fine save to deny James Harper before Sidwell put the visitors in front.

James McEveley conceded possession just outside his own penalty area and although he got back to block Bobby Convey's shot the ball ran to Doyle in the area. His effort was parried by Price, but Sidwell tucked in the rebound.

Glen Little saw a volley deflected wide and Lita bent a right-foot shot just wide of goal as Reading looked to double their advantage before the break.

Former Royals striker Nicky Forster should have done better when he dragged a shot into the side-netting early in the second half, but that was as good as it got for a disappointing Ipswich.

Eight minutes after the break, Reading grabbed their second goal when Convey pulled the ball back for Lita, who struck a firm right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

Convey's dazzling run into the penalty area almost led to a third but the United States international could not find the finish to match his fine dribbling skills.

Price produced a stunning save to prevent an own goal from Jason de Vos, but Reading were not to be denied a third, which arrived when Ibrahima Sonko headed goalwards, Lita flicked on and Doyle volleyed into an empty net.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 45 87
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 45 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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