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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 19,478) 3rd December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

Reading Reading vs Luton Town Luton

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Luton 0

Royals march on

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 03/12/05 6:04pm

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Reading sit pretty at the top of The Championship, but were fortunate to run out 3-0 winners at home to Luton Town.

Goals from Steve Sidwell, Dave Kitson and Kevin Doyle maintained The Royals' promotion push, although the scoreline was a lopsided reflection of the game.

Marlon Beresford made a fine early save from Sidwell before Leroy Lita passed up a presentable chance for Reading to open the scoring.

Luton rallied in the closing 10 minutes of the first half as Rowan Vine thumped a volley straight at Marcus Hahnemann.

Just before the break, Reading nosed ahead when Sidwell let rip from 30 yards, but his shot took a noticeable deflection off Paul Underwood en route to the goal.

Hahnemann made another important stop early in the second half - from Dean Morgan's header - and then saved from Russell Perrett, with Carlos Edwards lashing the rebound off target.

The Hatters' profligacy returned to haunt them on 62 minutes when Kitson capitalised on slack defending to head home from close range.

Reading wrapped up the success two minutes from the finish when Glen Little whipped in the ball for Doyle to head past an exposed Beresford.

Matches

Table

Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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