Royals march on
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
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.
Sat 3rd Dec
Ipswich1 - 1Wolves
Southampton1 - 1Burnley
Derby2 - 0Norwich
C Palace1 - 1Millwall
Hull City2 - 0Cardiff
Watford1 - 1Brighton
Coventry3 - 1Plymouth
Stoke City1 - 2QPR
Sheff Utd1 - 0Sheff Wed
Leeds2 - 1Leicester
Reading3 - 0Luton Town
Crewe0 - 2Preston
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