Leeds United 3 Reading 2: Big match analysis

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Check out our at-a-glance big match analysis from Leeds United’s 3-2 win against Reading at Elland Road.


GOAL: Chris Wood and Ali Al Habsi watch his header hit the top of the net.

GOAL: Chris Wood and Ali Al Habsi watch his header hit the top of the net.

Chris Wood: It was threatening to be an ordinary day for him until he forced a cross from Charlie Taylor over the line but that got his tail up and Wood was far more convincing when the chance of a second goal came along. He looks very much like a confidence player and parts of this season probably haven’t helped his form in that respect. But he’s into double figures now and should feel happier because of it.


Michael Hector: Fair enough, he opened the scoring and did so with a tidy finish for a centre-back but his goading of the South Stand was pointless and it set him up for the fall that followed. It is easy to forget but Hector is actually a Chelsea player, on loan at Reading this season. His display was full of errors and misplaced passes and the joke was on him at full-time.


Wood’s decisive goal: Reading looked like they were heading for a draw at 2-2 and the manner of their equaliser upset Leeds and Steve Evans intensely. That would have dominated proceedings afterwards had Reading not slipped up and left Wood with only Al-Habsi to beat moments later. Chances for the visitors were limited in the second half and they did not look likely to draw blood for a third time.


Steve Evans: “The first half looked like an ‘ill’ performance. It wasn’t full of the things that we’re good at. But at half-time we spoke about putting that behind us and having a real go.”

Brian McDermott: “The first half was good and we could have been two up. In the second half we didn’t come out as well as we should have done. Two of their goals came from crosses which we’ve got to stop and we’ve got to do the ugly things better.”

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