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Reading Reading vs Luton Town Luton Town

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.

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Sky Bet Championship

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

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