Sheffield Wednesday match report: Reading 1 Owls 2

Reading v Sheffield Wednesday
Reading v Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday secured a third consecutive Championship victory, defeating troubled Reading 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium.

Strikes either side of half-time from Adam Reach and Lucas Joao helped the Owls claim their first away league win of the campaign.

Reading captain Liam Moore pulled one back in the 64th minute but Wednesday stood firm to go into the first international break on a high.

Victory lifted the Owls up to ninth, just a point adrift of the play-off placings

Wednesday made a confident start, with Barry Bannan's sumptuous crossfield pass releasing Lucas Joao down the left. The Portugal international cut infield and unleashed a rasping right foot shot from outside the penalty areas which was acrobatically tipped over by Vito Mannone.

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It was a fast enterprising opening by the Owls and Luhukay's men deservedly went ahead in the 12th minute when Reach drilled home from 18 yards after Matt Penney's fine cut back.

Shortly after the opener, Penney was yellow carded after a late tackle on Sone Aluko deep inside Wednesday's half.

Reading came within a whisker of levelling things up just before the half hour mark, Republic of Ireland international David Meyler glancing Leandro Bacuna's free kee inches off target.

The hosts, without a league win this season, enjoyed the bulk of possession and pushed Wednesday back but only forced Cameron Dawson into one save. The academy graduate was called into action in the final throes of an entertaining first half, making a key block to keep Mo Barrow at bay after the wide man had gone through on goal.

At the other end, Reach's low drive was charged down by Liam Moore following good work by Joao.

Wednesday, who changed their entire 11 from the side who lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Carabao Cup in midweek, doubled their advantage 16 seconds into the second half.

Bannan teed up Joao, who curled an unstoppable right foot shot from outside the penalty area out of Mannone's reach. It was the forward's third goal in his last two matches.

There were boos from the home contingent after Joao's delightful strike.

But the Royals responded positively to going two nil down as Bacuna's fierce free kick was punched to safety by Dawson.

With Reading committing more and more bodies forward, it left them vulnerable at the back.

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And Nuhiu nearly grabbed a third after a free-flowing counter attack involving the industrious Bannan, Matias and Joao. In-form Joao slipped in Nuhiu but Mannone was equal to his right foot effort. Nuhiu should have scored.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and under-fire Royals boss Paul Clement used his full complement of subs on the hour mark.

Captain Moore reduced the deficit in the 64th minute, rising highest to nod in Bacuna's corner.

A neat, intricate move featuring Bannan and Reach led to another Wednesday chance. Penney latched on to Reach's clever through ball but the full-back's low attempt was deflected behind for a corner.

Bannan, an outstanding figure in the middle of the park, produced a vital challenge to stop Liam Kelly testing the reflexes of Dawson as Reading pressed for a late equaliser.

Reading: Mannone; Gunter, Ilori, Moore, Yiadom; Aluko (McNulty 60), Bacuna, Meyler (Kelly 60), Barrow (Sims 60); Baldock, Meite. Substitutes: Walker, McShane, Blackett, Swift.

Owls: Dawson; Palmer, Lees, Thorniley, Penney; Bannan, Pelupessy, Reach; Matias (Forestieri 81), Nuhiu, Joao (Fletcher 87). Substitutes: Wildsmith, Fox, Baker, J Lee, Hutchinson.

Attendance: 14,352 (1,933).

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

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