Reading 2-1 Aston Villa

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Reading won in the league for the first time this season after losing to QPR and drawing with Fulham

Reading picked up their first league win of the season courtesy of two second-half goals against Aston Villa.

Glenn Whelan deflected an Adrian Popa shot in off his own post for Reading’s opener before Mo Barrow poked home his first goal for the hosts.

Midfielder Conor Hourihane pulled a goal back late on for Villa from Gabby Agbonlahor’s chest down.

Defeat left Steve Bruce’s side still searching for their first win of the Championship campaign.

Villa have just one point from their opening three games, while Reading made amends for failing to take all three points in a 1-1 draw at home against 10-man Fulham on Saturday.

Chances were scarce in a goalless first half, but Romania international Popa twice forced Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone into reflex saves.

Popa’s right-foot shot after cutting in off the left wing was aided by both Whelan’s deflection and the introduction of goal-line technology in the Championship this season.

After a moment’s pause, referee Kevin Friend and his assistants were able to award Reading their opener, despite Johnstone’s efforts to claw it away along the line to safety.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

“It was pleasing how we played. From the start we were very aggressive, sharp and concentrated in what we were doing.

“After giving away an early chance, I thought we dominated possession and the chances and should have scored more goals.

“We should have made it a lot more comfortable for ourselves by scoring earlier in the game.”

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