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Reading 1-0 Fulham Cham 24(2) 1617 - GetWestLondon

last updated Wednesday 25th January 2017, 3:15 PM

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Reading (0) 1-0 (0) Fulham

Fulham suffered a 1-0 defeat to Reading at the Madejski Stadium, as Chris Martin missed his second penalty in as many games.

Roy Beerens' goal second-half goal cemented a Royals win after John Swift's penalty, given for a foul on Liam Moore, was parried by David Button.

The Whites couldn't reciprocate after Martin was brought down in the box and Royals keeper Ali Al Habsi saved his last-minute efforts.

Unbeaten in their last two games, Slavisa Jokanovic's side remain five points away from the play-off places ahead of their trip to Burton Albion for their next league clash.

As 2,452 travelling away fans looked on, Fulham showed moments of hope but they struggled to beat home side's defence and make the most of the opportunities created.

Reading dominated the opening minutes with Button making a save at the near post before clearing the ball moment later to deny the Royals the chance of setting up a chance.

Fulham started to get into the game with Martin running the ball into the box but he failed to negotiate the Royals defenders.

Soon after Michael Madl's left-footed strike was stopped at the centre of the goal by Al Habsi, before Martin and Kevin McDonald both shot wide and Ryan Fredericks' effort was blocked by Royals captain Paul McShane.

Reading looked like they were to take the lead when Garath McCleary missed a sitter, before Swift's shot was saved by Button.

Sone Aluko had a big chance to put the Whites ahead but sent his strike over the crossbar before Stefan Johansen's attempt from outside the box also went over.

As the second half got underway, Reading were given a penalty after defender Moore was brought down in the box.

Swift's attempt from the spot was parried away by Button, leaving room for Roy Beerens to fire home for a Reading lead.

Reading looked fierce with two further chances hitting the crossbar and going wide, as substitute Lucas Piazon tried to balance the score but his shot was blocked.

The Whites had a couple of opportunities to create chances in the box but Reading's defence refused to back down as Button was employed to make saves on several occasions.

Martin was pushed over in the box leading to a penalty, which he failed to convert a penalty as Al Habsi denied an equaliser with a defiant save.

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