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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 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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