Reading moved to the top of the Atmosphere Bet Championship and extended their particular unbeaten start to six matches using a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Wycombe at the Madejskii Stadium.
Winless, yet energetic, Wycombe completely outclassed the first period but failed to produce many clear-cut chances.
Reading almost went ahead over the stroke of half-time but Yakou Meite made a mess of their attempted close-range header.
Improving after the break, Reading pennyless the deadlock just past the hr mark when top scorer Lucas Joao thundered in his sixth objective of the season in all competitions.
Reading had won their particular first four matches – their finest start to a league campaign pertaining to 35 years – but they dropped their 100 per cent record whenever having to settle for a goalless pull at Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Wycombe’s maiden term in the 2nd tier had opened miserably along with five successive defeats.
They did at least score their own first league goal of the period – through Scott Kashket — in the 2-1 home loss in order to Millwall on Saturday.
Neither side threatened in the earlier exchanges with both teams content to shift the ball slowly as they appeared for space.
It had been Wycombe, though, who showed the higher urgency and could have gone right in front after just seven minutes.
Full-back Jack Grimmer steered clear of along the right flank and entered cleverly into the home box.
Unmarked Alex Samuel fulfilled the ball first time on the volley but his tame effort had been comfortably gathered by Reading goalkeeper Rafael.
Samuel’s team-mates Matt Bloomfield and Dennis Adeniran should also have done better but did not trouble Rafael from long variety.
Reading were bad going forward, laboured in their approach perform and unable to break down the inflexible away defence.
Ovie Ejaria fell in the Wycombe region after a good run from the remaining wing but referee Andy Revealed deemed the challenge from Grimmer to become fair.
Ejaria after that crossed well from the same flank but Meite mistimed his jump at the far post and hardly connected with his head.
Wycombe again played positively following the interval with a dangerous Grimmer center hastily cleared by the home protection.
Reading gradually started to make headway and – right after Ejaria had driven an effort broad – they took the direct in the 64th minute.
Skipper Liam Moore launched a lengthy pass upfield and Joao gathered it, turned superbly and lashed a fierce shot past Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.
The visitors replied quickly however when Adeniran found himself totally free on the edge of the Reading container, he drove his effort wastefully wide.
Substitute Wendy Onyedinma forced a fine sprawling conserve from Rafael in stoppage period but , after Bristol City’s 1-0 home loss to Middlesbrough, Reading through climbed above City to the Tournament summit.
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