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Hitting heights against the Whites

14 April 2016

Four times the Royals have beaten Leeds United...

Ahead of Saturday's trip to Elland Road in the Sky Bet Championship, we look back at some past victories over Leeds United...
Leeds United 0-1 Reading
17th December 2011, npower Championship

In 2011, Simon Church’s goal was the difference between the two sides as the striker scored the game's only goal in the second minute helping Reading to a win over play-off rivals Leeds.

Reading got off to a quick start away from home and were clinical with their first opportunity. Jobi McAnuff found the Welsh international who controlled before putting an angled finish past Andy Lonergan in the Leeds goal from 12 yards out.  As Reading looked to press home their advantage, McAnuff twice went close, having one effort saved by Lonergan and another fly just wide of the Leeds upright.

Danny Pugh’s effort was one of the home side’s biggest openings of the game when he shot from inside the area but his strike was well saved by Adam Federici.  The chance came just before the hour mark, and the Royals goalkeeper denied Pugh's angled drive before substitute Andy Keogh lashed a shot over the crossbar just seconds after coming off the bench.  Royals defender Alex Pearce nearly killed the game off late on but headed wide from six yards, but defender redeemed himself minutes later by deflecting Pugh's goal-bound shot wide from 25 yards.

Reading 2-0 Leeds United
6th April 2012, npower Championship

Reading’s win back in April 2012 saw Brian McDermott’s side move to the top of the Championship.  A double from Adam Le Fondre late on broke the resistance of 10-man Leeds who had been defending valiantly to try and earn a point at Madejski Stadium.

In a feisty first half, Leeds had Zac Thompson sent off after 13 minutes for a rash tackle on Jobi McAnuff.  Reading dominated possession but the visitors were focused on frustrating the Royals in front of goal and went close themselves when Ross McCormack's shot hit the outside of the post.

The Royals were persistent however and the hard work paid off when Le Fondre chested in Hal Robson-Kanu's nod across goal after 84 minutes.  The striker then side footed home when Jason Roberts found him in the centre to wrap a win for Reading as they pushed ever closer to automatic promotion and a return to the Barclays Premier League. 

Reading 1-0 Leeds United
18th September 2013, Sky Bet Championship

Two seasons later, Adam Le Fondre was again the hero for Reading when he scored the 96th-minute winner for the Royals as they beat Leeds on home turf.

Danny Williams and Hal Robson-Kanu both tested Paddy Kenny, but the Leeds goalkeeper pushed both strikes away as the Royals looked to break the deadlock.  Luke Varney had the best chance for Leeds but his week effort did not test Adam Federici in the Reading goal.  Leeds midfielder Rodolph Austin had two opportunities, striking a free-kick over the bar and sending a 25-yard attempt narrowly wide - the only other noteworthy efforts for the visitors,

Reading centre-back Sean Morrison twice headed wide from free-kicks and Nick Blackman saw his goal bound drive deflected wide by Stephen Warnock.   Warnock’s afternoon took a turn for the worse however when he received his second yellow card of the match for a trip on Le Fondre. And Le Fondre went on to convert from Royston Drenthe's free-kick in the dying seconds, showing his poachers instinct and handing Reading all three points.

Leeds United 2-4 Reading
11th March 2014, Sky Bet Championship

In an open encounter at Elland Road the Royals were victorious over the Whites - although the margin had been greater than in was at the final whistle.

Garath McCleary put the Royals ahead after a misplaced pass from defender Marius Zaliukas, with the winger making no mistake to make the score 1-0.  Royston Drenthe made it two when he netted from a free-kick as Reading looked clinical in front of goal. Nick Blackman was the next to net for the visitors when scored a diving header from Danny Guthrie's cross, seemingly putting the game beyond doubt.

Hal Robson-Kanu fired in with a half-volley to put the Royals 4-0 up on their travels, taking his chance superbly and leaving Jack Butland in the Leeds goal with no chance.  The hosts scored twice in a minute as Matt Smith converted a header from Rodolph Austin, who then fired home from 25 yards, but it was not enough to stop Reading from winning and putting space between themselves and the rest of the clubs chasing the play-off positions.

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