After the decisive victory, read four points from the relegation zone
Last updated: 13/04/19 18:58
Reading eased fears of a relegation championship with a 2-1 win over Brentford at Madejski Stadium.
Two goals from Reading's leading shooter Yakou Meite ensured a healthy cushion at the beginning of the first half.
Top scorer Neal Maupay gave Brentford a break at halftime, but Reading could have done well in the second half just to miss a couple of good chances.
Reading had a decent run and scored four wins and six draws from their last 13 games.
Thanks to a dramatic equalization game by Andy Rinomhota during the night to 2-2 lead in Norwich.
Midfield Brentford ended a series of five games without a win, beating home side Ipswich 2-0 on Wednesday.
The reading started impressively, with a long pass from Ovie Ejaria, who almost chose the nimble-looking Meite.
Brentford defender Mads Bech Sorensen did well, however, with a timely head defense from the danger area intercept.
Dominant Reading then hit two goals in seven minutes, both from Meite's clinical conclusion.
First, in the eighth minute, he cracked a superb Mo Barrow ball to defeat keeper Luke Daniels.
Soon after, Barrow should have increased the lead, but he had somehow missed Nelson Oliveira's point cross from a few meters away.
Brentford could not learn from the defensive mistakes and was punished again in the 15th minute.
Lewis Baker rolled over a free-kick from the right and Meite headed with a header to the near post for his 12th goal of the campaign.
Brentford responded positively with a wealth of clean work.
However, they lacked an effective end product – until Maupay scored the half-time with his 26th goal of the season.
Home goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez fumbled a long free-kick attempt by Said Benrahma and the towering Maupay nodded in rebound.
In the second hour, Reading almost restored the gap to two goals.
Baker made one bold attempt from a free kick of all 45 yards, but Daniels just managed to pull away and tip him over the crossbar.
Meite could have completed his hat-trick after sacrificing behind the Brentford defense to hit an Andy Yiadom cross.
But his firm head with Daniel's stranded wand cleared the crossbar.
Shortly thereafter, Oliveira came from an almost identical Yiadom center, when it seemed easier to score.
Brentford was limited to rapid counter-attacks, but was almost caught in the end when Ejaria was left 20 yards outside.
His effort did not bother Daniels.
Brentford started a late rally, but Martinez had saved for his earlier mistake with Smart Save to stop Sergi Canos and a deflected Sorensen header.
Jose Gomes: "There were three very important points for us, and I think we could have ended the game in the first half as my players used their speed behind the Brentford defense line.
"We missed some [goalscoring] Situations, but we earned those three points, even at the end of the game, when everyone was a bit nervous with the Brentford corners and free kicks. But that's the championship, and in those moments we have to protect ourselves and defend properly. My players were really brave enough to do it. "
Thomas Frank: "On the positive side, we were better in the second half, with more intensity, forcing the reading back and creating more opportunities.
"We have shown great will to do everything we can to get back in the game, but on that day we lacked the quality to create enough clear opportunities."
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