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Huddersfield Town 1-0 Reading

Rajiv van La Parra strikes at goal
Rajiv van La Parra wasted a great chance to put Huddersfield ahead from the penalty spot in the first half

Huddersfield Town moved back to within four points of the automatic promotion places in the Championship as Philip Billing's late winner was enough to beat rivals Reading.

Billing grabbed the only goal when he reacted quickly to volley in from close range with eight minutes left.

Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi saved a first-half penalty from Rajiv van La Parra to keep the scores level.

But home pressure told late on, with the Royals now four points behind Town.

Wins for Brighton on Saturday and Newcastle on Monday meant a draw would have seen both sides lose ground on the top two, and they appeared mindful of that in an entertaining and open first period.

The Terriers, who have now won 11 of their past 13 league matches, created the best chance when Izzy Brown was felled by Liam Moore, but Van La Parra's spot-kick was well saved.

Nahki Wells and Elias Kachunga also wasted good opportunities for the hosts.

Reading's best chance saw a Roy Beerens shot brilliantly pushed onto the bar by Danny Ward, who also made a couple of smart close-range stops to preserve his clean sheet.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Danny Ward saves from Reading's Lewis Grabban
Both goalkeepers made several important saves, including this fine block by Huddersfield's Danny Ward from Lewis Grabban

Huddersfield boss David Wagner:

"We have only had one penalty this season and we are not used to it!

"What concerned me was after we missed the penalty our body language was not good and for 10 minutes Reading were on top and Danny Ward kept us in it.

"We spoke about it at half-time and I told the players they could still go out and win it in the second half.

"Both teams had good chances but we had more and that's why we deserved the three points."

Reading boss Jaap Stam:

"I am very proud of what we have done. It's disappointing that we did not get at least a point.

"All the teams in the top six are playing each other and if we can keep winning we will get there.

"We have played against a good side in Huddersfield and there is not a lot of difference between two teams who want to play good football."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Ward
  • 2Smith
  • 44HefeleBooked at 90mins
  • 26Schindler
  • 15Löwe
  • 8Billing
  • 10Mooy
  • 9Kachunga
  • 37BrownSubstituted forPayneat 38'minutes
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forLolleyat 66'minutes
  • 21WellsSubstituted forQuanerat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Whitehead
  • 5Hudson
  • 14Cranie
  • 16Payne
  • 18Lolley
  • 23Quaner
  • 39Coddington

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 11Obita
  • 23Williams
  • 38Kelly
  • 54MutchSubstituted forSwiftat 71'minutes
  • 12McClearySubstituted forPopaat 61'minutes
  • 50GrabbanSubstituted forKermorgantat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Beerens

Substitutes

  • 5McShane
  • 6Evans
  • 8Swift
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Meite
  • 25Popa
  • 31Jaakkola
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
19,894

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamReading
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Reading 0.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Collin Quaner tries a through ball, but Jack Payne is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.

Booking

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Hefele (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Jack Payne (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Collin Quaner replaces Nahki Wells because of an injury.

Delay in match Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).

Offside, Reading. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Roy Beerens is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Reading 0. Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top right corner. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Philip Billing.

Offside, Reading. Adrian Popa tries a through ball, but Roy Beerens is caught offside.

Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Löwe (Huddersfield Town).

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town).

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town).

Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. John Swift replaces Jordon Mutch.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Lewis Grabban.

Attempt blocked. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Mooy.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Lewis Grabban.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Jordon Mutch.

Foul by Roy Beerens (Reading).

Elias Kachunga (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle32223762253769
2Brighton32208454262868
3Huddersfield3220484335864
4Reading3318694742560
5Leeds331841145341158
6Sheff Wed33177942321058
7Norwich331561258471151
8Fulham311310852371549
9Barnsley33147125147449
10Preston331310104440449
11Derby32139103629748
12Cardiff33136144547-245
13Ipswich331011123441-741
14Brentford32117144646040
15QPR33117153646-1040
16Birmingham331010133448-1440
17Aston Villa32812123038-836
18Nottm Forest33106174658-1236
19Wolves3198143842-435
20Burton3398163346-1335
21Bristol City3195174246-432
22Wigan3379173040-1030
23Blackburn3178163649-1329
24Rotherham3345243073-4317
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