Premier League 2

Loader takes Reading level with leaders

9 Jan 2018
Danny Loader, Reading

Royals are second in Division 2 and behind Boro on goal difference after dramatic 2-1 victory over Brighton

Danny Loader's penalty in the fifth minute of stoppage time gave Reading a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Madejski Stadium and put the Royals level on points with Division 2 leaders Middlesbrough.

Loader (pictured) sent goalkeeper Bailey Vose the wrong way from the spot to move his side up to second, having played one match more than Boro.

Substitute Akinwale Odimayo volleyed Reading into a 75th-minute lead but Henrik Bjordal quickly equalised from close range.

Ben House hit the post for Reading before Adrian Popa's free-kick struck an outstretched arm in the wall. Loader stepped up to end Brighton's seven-match unbeaten run. 

See: Reading report | Brighton report

Next fixtures

Reading: 12 Jan v Fulham (A) PL2
Brighton: 15 Jan v West Brom (H) PL2

(Photo courtesy of Reading FC)

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