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Nov 9, 2019 at 3pm UK
Reading
3-0
LutonLuton Town
Morrison (22'), Ejaria (30'), McCleary (79')
FT(HT: 2-0)
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Result: Reading ease past Luton as Bowen revival continues

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New boss Mark Bowen remains unbeaten.

Reading extended their unbeaten Championship run under new manager Mark Bowen to four matches with a 3-0 home win over Luton.

Defender Michael Morrison gave Reading a 22nd-minute lead when nodding in from a corner.

On the half-hour, midfielder Ovie Ejaria made it 2-0 with an angled drive from outside the area.

Against a poor Luton side, Reading added a third goal 11 minutes from time when substitute Garath McCleary coolly slotted home.

Bowen replaced Jose Gomes last month and had led his side to two victories and a draw in his opening matches in charge.

Luton, the League One champions last season, had lost their previous three league games and six of their past nine.

It was their first meeting with Reading since August 2008, when the hosts won 5-1 in a League Cup second-round tie at the Madejski Stadium.

Luton began brightly with Callum McManaman crossing into the home area only for goalkeeper Rafael to gather comfortably.

Reading counter-attacked quickly, Luke Bolton having to make a fine saving tackle as Omar Richards threatened to break through the Luton cover.

As the game see-sawed in the steady rain, Luton captain Martin Cranie found himself free at the back post from a Jacob Butterfield corner.

Although Cranie struck his shot powerfully, Rafael made a fine save.

Luton had another chance soon after from a well-flighted Harry Cornick centre from the right but James Collins misdirected his header and failed to trouble Rafael.

Reading replied with a mazy run from Richards, whose eventual 20-yard effort produced a superb save from keeper James Shea.

However, from the resultant corner, Reading went ahead as John Swift slung over the set-piece and centre back Morrison rose alone to beat Shea with a firm header.

Eight minutes later, Reading increased their advantage.

A fast break out of defence along the left flank saw Swift release Liverpool loanee Ejaria, who cut in and curled a precise shot past Shea.

Sam Baldock had a chance to stretch the lead further before half-time but Shea made a fine stop from his accurate attempt.

Luton offered little going forward and were pressed back again after the interval.

A poor defensive clearance found the unmarked Swift but he lost his composure and blazed high over the crossbar.

Reading continued to push forward, with Luton still unable to make much headway in attack.

The home side resumed control when Richards once again found space on the left wing.

His excellent cross was met by George Puscas at the far post but Shea made a superb save to keep out the Romanian's close-range header.

McCleary sealed it for Reading in the 79th minute when seizing on an error by Alan Sheehan before running through to calmly beat Shea.

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Championship Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds40229960332775
2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom402014667382974
3Brentford402091170333769
4Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest401813953401367
5Fulham4019101154441067
6Cardiff CityCardiff40151695751661
7Derby CountyDerby401612125552360
8Swansea CitySwansea401415115047357
9Preston North EndPreston40169155250257
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn401511145550556
11Millwall401317104744356
12Bristol City401510155359-655
13Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds401410164954-552
14Wigan AthleticWigan401311164550-550
15Queens Park RangersQPR40148185966-750
16Reading401310174848049
17Birmingham CityBirmingham401213155163-1249
18Charlton AthleticCharlton401210184654-846
19Hull City40129195468-1445
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield40129194963-1445
21Middlesbrough401014164052-1244
22Stoke CityStoke40127215061-1143
23Barnsley401011194562-1741
24Luton TownLuton40117224673-2740
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