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Ipswich Town 2-1 Reading FC: Instant Reaction

A late win for the Tractor Boys saw them climb back into the Championship play-off places leaving them 13 points ahead of Reading.

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Another Tuesday night, another Ipswich victory. The Suffolk side have now won an incredible 16 games in a row on Tuesday nights. For the Royals it was another night of misery.

They last won away in September when they look destined for a promotion challenge. How different things are now.

Brian McDermott made one change to the starting line-up for the visitors. Yann Kermorgant came in for the injured Aaron Tshibola.

A dull first half saw little quality from either side but it was to be the home side who would break the deadlock just before the hour. Good play by Freddie Sears found Bournemouth loanee Ryan Fraser who scored his sixth goal of the season.

McDermott responded by bringing on Garath McCleary for Stephen Quinn. The Jamaican international made an instant impact when he fired home a penalty after a strong run by inform Hal Robson-Kanu was stupidly ended by Cole Skuse.

Just when it seemed Reading would get a credible away point they were let down by some poor defending. Anton Ferdinand was too worried about Sears easily beating him that he stood off and allowed an easy cross over.

Despite that Jake Cooper should have be in position to clear the ball but he was nowhere to be seen as Brett Pitman slid in at the far post for the winner.

Overall another disappointing away day and it was perhaps apt that it fell on Groundhog Day. Reading now face another final three months of a season with nothing to play for in the league with a squad full of players who know there is a good chance they will not be at the club next season.

Thank god for the FA Cup!

Keep an eye out for our full match report, player ratings and analysis in the coming days.