Reading vs Preston
Sky Bet Chship
3:00pm Saturday 19th October
The Madejski Stadium
New Reading manager Mark Bowen saw his struggling side catch a Sky Bet Championship win over Preston at the Madejski Stadium.
Centre-back Matt Miazga struck deep into stoppage time since the match appeared to be petering out to a goalless draw.
Victory sees the Royals move two points clear of the bottom three as they ended a winless league streak dating back to August 24.
Bowen, 55, took over on Monday – his initial permanent role for a director – to replace the sacked Portuguese Jose Gomes.
Readings sporting director, hed spent the majority of his training profession to fellow former Wales global Mark Hughes as No 2.
Bowen inherited a group that were without a win in six league matches, including five defeats.
Preston came to the match in third position in the table and were unbeaten in eight Championship games, winning five of these.
The visitors started the brighter, with full-back Andy Hughes inducing difficulties when moving forward on the left flank.
At the place, Tom Barkhuizen mis-controlled the ball from a Hughes cross and allowed Reading goalkeeper Rafael to collect comfortably.
Preston continued to press but the bodies were missed by a from captain Paul Gallagher in a house place.
Reading finally got moving in attack, using Jordan Obita releasing striker George Puscas, however, an ambitious volley tried from a tight angle that flew over the crossbar.
John Swift subsequently fired that Declan Rudd did around a post.
When Barkhuizen set off on a mazy run across the perfect flank, only to finish with a feeble effort at Rafael, preston reacted.
Pele responded sending to the North End six-yard box. Puscas arrived to meet it but could manage only the smallest of touches and the chance went begging.
Reading upped the tempo before half-time however Rudd made solid saves to double deny Ovie Ejaria.
Preston started a rare attack first in the second half and should have gone in front.
Darnell Fisher crossed from the right and David Nugent, totally unmarked, nodded into the grip of Rafael.
He chucked over a opportunity that was transparent from an Andy Yiadom centre although ejaria again proved problematic.
But Reading snatched it when Miazga followed up to net from close range after Rudd have rescued from Jordan Obita.
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