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Reading 2-1 Wolves: 60 Second Report

Paul McShane heads Reading towards three points after a drab 90 minutes at Madejski Stadium.

Whatever complaints the 17,000 Reading fans might have had about the performance on Saturday afternoon, the Royals took three important points against Wolves to push further into the play-off mix.

Wins for Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham, and Leeds elsewhere meant that Jaap Stam's side needed to find the impetus from somewhere and Paul McShane's header midway through the second-half did just that. However, questions remain.

No shot was fired at either goal for the opening 38 minutes and our best summary of the first-half is that it merely happened. Thankfully, that gave way to a short burst of attacking intent from both teams in the second period, Yann Kermorgant turning Danny Williams' effort towards goal to open the scoring.

Seconds later, Ben Marshall got on the end of a Wolves cross to level the score and, despite being on a five-match losing run, the visitors were well in the game.

But, as ever, Reading found a way to win with McShane converting from John Swift's set-piece to keep the Royals seven clear of seventh-placed Fulham, closing in on Brighton after their defeat to sit eight points off of the automatic promotion spots.