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Reading grind out a win at Yeovil
READING bounced back from League Cup humiliation at Peterborough by grinding out their first victory since the opening day of the season.
Championship new boys Yeovil were the better team for long periods of Saturday's game in Somerset - but it was the Royals who travelled home three points better off thanks to Adam Le Fondre's late penalty.
The hosts dominated the first half but were unable to create any clear opportunities, though Ed Upson did force Alex McCarthy into a diving save with a shot from distance, while Joe Ralls headed into the side netting.
They continued to press after the break, with McCarthy doing well to push Andy Williams' deflected shot around the post after a quick counter attack and Upson shooting narrowly wide from the edge of the area.
However, Reading, who lost 6-0 to League One Peterborough last Tuesday, made the home side pay for their lack of cutting edge 13 minutes from time. Having not mustered a single shot on target for 77 minutes, they took the lead from the penalty spot.
Le Fondre won the kick, cutting in from the left along the byline and being brought down by Luke Ayling, though there did not seem to be too much contact. The striker took the kick himself, smashing the ball down the middle to earn his side an important victory.
Manager Nigel Adkins said: “Come the end of the season when we look at the fixtures we'll turn around and say three points, clean sheet.
“You've got to work hard and grind out those wins. Today we did that. After the week we've had, it was great for the supporters.”
Reading will have to do without French winger Jimmy Kebe, who has joined Premier League newcomers Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.
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