Reading further underlined their Championship promotion credentials with a convincing win against out-of-form Bournemouth.
First-half goals from Josh Laurent, Tom McIntyre and Lucas Joao helped stretch their unbeaten run to six games and lifted them to fourth in the table, level on points with second-placed Swansea.
Bournemouth improved after the break but a late free-kick from Junior Stanislas only proved to be a consolation.
Laurent capitalised on a half-cleared corner for the opening goal before centre-back McIntyre reacted quickest to stab home when Asmir Begovic failed to hold Michael Olise’s free-kick.
Joao then added a third shortly before half-time with his 15th league goal of the season, getting on the end of Ovie Ejaria’s through ball and weaving past Bournemouth captain Steve Cook before finding the bottom left corner.
A third successive league defeat for Bournemouth leaves them sixth and with only one victory from their past seven games.
After a promising start to the game, they were effectively out of the contest by half-time as Reading took their chances clinically.
A triple change at the break saw manager Jason Tindall bring on David Brooks, Jack Wilshere and Adam Smith. But Wales international Brooks and England midfielder Wilshere could not instigate a meaningful comeback.
Chris Mepham and Joshua King were both denied by fine defensive blocks by Tom Holmes while Philip Billing and Cook had a shot and a header clawed away by Reading goalkeeper Rafael Cabral.
It took the introduction of forward Stanislas on his return from injury late on to end their near three-game wait for a league goal.
He found a gap in the Reading defensive wall to net his eighth league goal of the season but they were unable to add to it.
- 33Cabral Barbosa
- 29HolmesSubstituted forYiadomat 89′minutes
- 7OliseSubstituted forPontes Estevesat 88′minutes
- 10SwiftBooked at 34minsSubstituted forSemedoat 72′minutes
- 14EjariaSubstituted forAlukoat 77′minutes
- 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forMeiteat 88′minutes
- 2Pontes Esteves
- 3S Cook
- 21RicoBooked at 31minsSubstituted forA Smithat 45′minutes
- 8LermaSubstituted forWilshereat 45′minutes
- 16L Cook
- 29BillingSubstituted forStanislasat 81′minutes
- 10Danjuma GroeneveldSubstituted forBrooksat 45′minutes
- 15A Smith
- James Linington
Match ends, Reading 3, Bournemouth 1.
Second Half ends, Reading 3, Bournemouth 1.
Attempt blocked. Chris Mepham (Bournemouth) with an attempt from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Junior Stanislas with a cross.
Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Michael Morrison (Reading).
Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt saved. Tomás Esteves (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Omar Richards.
Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Wilshere with a cross.
Attempt missed. Tomás Esteves (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Laurent following a fast break.
Foul by Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth).
Sone Aluko (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
David Brooks (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Sone Aluko (Reading).
Attempt missed. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Reading. Andy Yiadom replaces Thomas Holmes.
Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces Lucas João.
Substitution, Reading. Tomás Esteves replaces Michael Olise.
Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Mepham.
Goal! Reading 3, Bournemouth 1. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.