Championship - Reading edge Leicester

Eurosport - Sat, 28 Aug 19:28:00 2010

A thumping late Matt Mills header gave Reading a 2-1 win over Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium.

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The Royals captain nodded home in the 86th minute before again using his head to clear the ball off the line just moments later.

Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the visitors the lead with a cute chip over Conrad Logan in the Leicester goal in the 21st minute.

The bustling Lloyd Dyer equalised with a fierce drive from 25 yards just after the break as both winless teams set about kick-starting their campaigns.

The win means that the Royals are now unbeaten in their last four visits to The Walkers Stadium.

The home team began the brighter with Dyer breaking down the channels and causing the Reading defence a number of problems.

However, as the half progressed Reading began to look more dangerous and almost went one up through Mills, who headed just wide from a corner in the 20th minute. Mills immediately held his head in his hands as he realised what a good chance it was.

Two minutes later Reading took the lead through Sigurdsson. Jimmy Kebe clipped the ball inside to the young Icelandic international who controlled the ball - committing keeper Conrad Logan in the process - and then deftlly dinking the ball over him.

As the referee's whistle sounded at half-time, boos could be heard from the home fans as they vented their frustration to their team's slow start to the season.

These fans were then targeted by Lloyd Dyer as he put his finger to his lips when celebrating his stunning equalising goal.

The winger cut in off the right, ghosted past two defenders before driving the ball into the bottom corner across Adam Federici.

Leicester were dominating proceedings but - like the first half - they let their advantage slip away with Sigurdsson going close for the visitors with a stooped header which fell just wide.

The Foxes very nearly took the lead in the 83rd minute through Dyer who controlled the ball well at the back post and fired in a volley which was destined for the bottom corner but was knocked just beyond the post by a full stretch save from Federici.

Three minutes later it was the away team celebrating as Mills rose highest to power a header into the roof of the net.

66 seconds later Mills cleared off his own line as Dyer broke into the box and saw his shot deflect off the keeper into the path of Steve Howard who stabbed the ball in on the unguarded goal. But throwing himself full stretch at the ball was Mills with a crucial clearance.

Leicester were to go close again two minutes into stoppage time as Michael Lamey's header was cleared only as far as Joao Moreno three yards out who had his shot saved by Federici.

The win propels Reading up the league into 13th, while Leicester sit one off the bottom with no win to their name.


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