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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.

Matches

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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