Leeds United reinforced their location within the Championship’s high two, on yarn of Pablo Hernandez’s 2nd-half of winner against Reading.
Hernandez struck on 57 minutes, stabbing into the tip corner after his first shot had been blocked.
Reading had pissed off the hosts till that time and nearly snatched an equaliser unhurried on, with Liam Moore denied by Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla.
Victory for Leeds puts them five positive aspects sooner than third-placed Fulham, who dropped positive aspects in a 1-1 design at Derby on Friday.
That result gave Leeds a morale boost going into this match, nonetheless they had been no longer given an effortless slide by the mid-table Royals, who dug in deep within the first half of.
Reading keeper Rafael Cabral saved from Ezgjan Alioski and Moore blocked Helder Costa’s shot, while on the replacement cessation, Casilla grew to develop to be away George Puscas’ effort.
Within the 2nd half of, Mateusz Klich went shut for Leeds earlier than the deadlock used to be sooner or later broken by Hernandez, who used to be later denied a 2nd by Cabral.
And that would additionally luxuriate in proved a critical attach as Moore, acting as an auxiliary forward in injury time, shot on the turn nonetheless Casilla made an equally vital intervention.
Defeat sees Reading descend to 16th within the table, nonetheless eight positive aspects sure of relegation trouble.
Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa said:
“It used to be a an identical match to what we’re worn to playing. On the total we invent more chances than the opponent, we have more possession than the opponent and on the present time used to be this attach.
“There used to be a attach within the final minute for them, the amount six grew to develop to be a striker and that created confusion that per chance we could well additionally luxuriate in solved from the bench.
“This participant had a clear likelihood and it used to be a critical attach by Kiko Casilla. For some time we had been better than the opponent and the attach had a gargantuan manufacture.”
Reading head coach Stamp Bowen said:
“Leeds luxuriate in misplaced games by errors right here and there, nonetheless I did now not leer them as a team off originate. They are a neatly-oiled machine and I am obvious they’ll have within the tip two.
“We came right here with a gameplan, it used to be refined and we’re going to bewitch it on the chin. I am upset, even though. I notion we did sufficient to return away with something.
“Our gameplan used to be to support it tight and counter and we did neatly to invent just a few chances. We wished to press excessive up and spoil hastily, nonetheless we wished more guile with the final ball and we could well additionally luxuriate in finished better.”