Sky Blues receive Royal beating

Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts found the net as Reading made it back-to-back home wins in the Championship with a 2-0 victory over Coventry City.

Last Updated: 11/02/12 at 17:09

Roberts: In the goals once more

Roberts: In the goals once more

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The pair both registered in the first 45 minutes as the Royals followed up their 1-0 triumph over Bristol City at the Madejski Stadium a fortnight ago with another three important points in the race for a play-off place.

Despite starting the match slowly and enjoying very few clear-cut chances, Reading cantered into a two-goal half-time lead.

Kebe opened the hosts' account with a deflected attempt midway through the opening period before Roberts bundled the ball home from Ian Harte's corner two minutes before the break to hand the Berkshire outfit a comfortable advantage at the interval.

In the second half, Coventry came close through Alex Nimely and Gary McSheffrey, both of whom produced fine saves from Reading keeper Adam Federici, but the visitors struggled to find a breakthrough.

Reading manager Brian McDermott handed a debut to on-loan full-back Matthew Connolly, while the Royals were buoyed by the returns of midfielder Mikele Leigertwood and winger Kebe.

Kaspars Gorkss took the captain's armband in the absence of Jobi McAnuff, with Joseph Mills filling in on the left of midfield.

Coventry brought Oliver Norwood and Cyrus Christie into their starting line-up, with David Bell and Jordan Clarke dropping to the bench, but boss Andy Thorn was forced into an early change as Richard Wood made way for Clarke within seven minutes because of injury.

After a quiet opening to the match, Noel Hunt saw his tame shot saved by Joe Murphy before Gary Deegan's 25-yard snap shot flashed wide of the Reading goal.

The visitors had started well, but life on the road has not been kind to Coventry of late and the Sky Blues' chances of avoiding an eighth successive away defeat took a serious dent when Kebe marked his comeback from a knee injury with a goal after 25 minutes.

The Malian picked up a loose ball outside the penalty area, burst into the box and lobbed a deflected effort past Murphy from 15 yards.

Having struggled to get a foothold on proceedings in the first 20 minutes, the strike suddenly handed Reading the upper hand.

Hunt nodded Harte's corner just wide after Alex Pearce and Gorkss both went close from similar positions, and the Royals had their guests on the ropes.

And their dominance paid off for a second time in the 43rd minute.

Harte whipped in a corner from the right, Connolly nodded the cross on and Roberts popped up to usher the ball over the line for his second goal since arriving from Blackburn last month.

After the break Reading slipped back into a comfortable rhythm and Roberts felt he should have had a penalty after being felled following a zig-zagging run into the area, but referee David Coote waved away the frontman's claims.

The experienced striker was back in the action moments later, however, shooting high and wide after latching onto Hunt's flick-on.

Coventry went close through the lively Nimely, who produced a good save from Federici from 12 yards out, and the Reading stopper performed acrobatics to tip McSheffrey's long-range piledriver over the crossbar moments later.

Bell came off the bench for the injured Sammy Clingan for Coventry as the Sky Blues continued to stretch their hosts.

Federici again denied Nimely, following his turn and shot from the edge of the box, before the Australian had a much easier save to make from McSheffrey's mis-hit left-footed effort.

And despite having the better of the chances in the second period, Coventry's miserable away run drags on.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 16 May 2015
12:15
Norwich 3-1 Ipswich Report
Friday, 15 May 2015
19:45
M'boro 3-0 Brentford Report
Saturday, 09 May 2015
12:15
Ipswich 1-1 Norwich Report
Friday, 08 May 2015
19:45
Brentford 1-2 M'boro Report
Saturday, 02 May 2015
12:15
Blackburn 3-2 Ipswich Report
Bolton 0-1 Birm'ham Report
Brentford 3-0 Wigan Report
Charlton 0-3 B'mouth Report
Derby 0-3 Reading Report
Leeds 0-0 Rotherham Report

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho eyes Premier League title defence with new additions

Jose Mourinho may freshen up his Chelsea squad with new faces as the club look to defend their Premier League title next season.

Hull suffer Premier League relegation as Newcastle beat West Ham

Hull City suffered relegation on a goal-laden final day in the Premier League after Newcastle secured a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Hull 0-0 Manchester United: Steve Bruce's men suffer final-day relegation

Hull City were relegated from the Premier League after they drew 0-0 with Manchester United, who had Marouane Fellaini sent off.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company