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Williams wins it for Royals

5 April 2014

Danny strikes to take three points

Charlton Athletic 0
Reading 1 (Williams 72)

The Royals tightened their grip on a play-off place thanks to Danny Williams' stunning second half strike at Charlton this afternoon.

Reading won the game thanks to their second half performance and Williams rounded off a lovely move, started by fellow midfielder Danny Guthrie, with a great strike into the top corner to win it.

Guthrie had earlier forced ex-Royals stopper Ben Hamer into an excellent save from his free kick, and it was no surprise when Reading took the lead in the middle of a good spell from Nigel Adkins' side.

The play-off push is tightening up, but we are now five points clear of seventh with six games to go.

Charlton: Hamer; Wilson, Wiggins, Dervite, Morrison; Jackson (c) (Petrucci 67), Poyet, Harriott, Cousins (Obika 82), Ajdarevic (Ghoochannejhad 58), Church
Subs: Phillips, Wood, Fox, Sordell
Booked: Wiggins (foul 38), Morrison (foul 57)

Reading: McCarthy; Gunter, Obita, Pearce, Gorkss; Guthrie, Williams, Drenthe (McCleary 64), McAnuff (c); Le Fondre (Robson-Kanu 75), Pogrebnyak
Subs: Federici, Kelly, Bridge, Morrison, Blackman 
Booked: Williams (celebration 72)

Starting XI team news
Reading made four changes from the previous game with Huddersfield: Adam Le Fondre, Royston Drenthe, Kaspars Gorkss and Danny Guthrie all coming in. Michael Hector was out injured, so too Hope Akpan.

First half
On a difficult surface, the opening 45 minutes produced very few clear cut chances.

It was a scrappy affair, with both teams trying to play the right way when possible, but finding it difficult to get any flow.

Our supporters were off their seats when Ben Hamer mishandled a cross, but Pavel Pogrebnyak was not close enough to capitalise.

Callum Harriott at the other end whipped in a couple of good crosses from the left, and Alex McCarthy was able to save comfortably from Jordan Cousins, but the teams went in goalless at the break.

Second half
Reading started the period with their best moment of the game so far - Le Fondre was released by Jobi McAnuff, and the striker's cutback was stabbed wide by Danny Williams under pressure. And a few minutes later the American tried his luck from 25 yards but was well off target.

The Royals had very much lifted the tempo and Le Fondre had a good chance on 55 minutes, turning well on McAnuff's cross but shooting wide.

Charlton's Rhoys Wiggins then shot straight at McCarthy, and Le Fondre looked to have a run at goal but was harshly penalised for a foul.

Hamer then made a super save from a brilliant Danny Guthrie free kick that was sailing into the top corner - the game had far more tempo and energy about it, the Royals' showing more quality with every minute.

Then substitute Garath McCleary almost scored a wonderful team move, getting onto Le Fondre's flick but just unable to get enough power on it as Morrison did enough to put him off his shot.

But the goal soon came, and an excellent burst forward by Guthrie was matched by a super Williams finish into the top corner, celebrating deliriously with the visiting fans. 

We then showed superb professionalism to see the game out well, and made it five wins out of six away games with a big result at The Valley.

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