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2017/18 English League Championship, Regular Season
  • Liam Kelly (20' PEN)
  • Yann Kermorgant (79')
  • Paddy McNair (47')
  • Lee Cattermole (66')

League One looming for Sunderland after they lose lead at Reading

Sunderland edged another step closer to a second successive relegation as they squandered a 2-1 lead in their 2-2 Championship draw at fellow strugglers Reading.
Reading went in front in the 20th minute, when Liam Kelly lashed in a penalty after Jon Dadi Bodvarsson had been fouled in the area.
Sunderland controlled much of the first half, with Ashley Fletcher unlucky to hit a post, but they struck twice after the break.
Paddy McNair levelled it with a long-range screamer soon after the interval and stand-in skipper Lee Cattermole made it 2-1.
But home substitute Yann Kermorgant rose high to head in the equaliser with 11 minutes left.
Sunderland, relegated from the Premier League last season, had shown improved form recently, losing only once in four matches.
They drew 1-1 at home to Norwich on Tuesday, denied a victory by Ivo Pinto's 89th-minute equaliser. Chris Coleman's men are six points shy of safety with three games left.
Reading had won 1-0 in both their previous home games under new manager Paul Clement, seeing off QPR and Preston.
But they lost 1-0 at Fulham on Tuesday, when utility player Leandro Bacuna was sent off in stoppage time.
Reading began sluggishly in the Berkshire sunshine, with Sunderland forcing the early pace.
But nothing came of the visitors' pressure and Reading soon went close to breaking through the Sunderland cover.
Bodvarsson and John Swift looked to have raced clear, on separate occasions, but Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone was on hand to twice snuff out the danger.
Sunderland replied quickly, with Callum McManaman shooting wide, before Reading went ahead in the 20th minute.
Goalkeeper Lee Camp spilled Sone Aluko's fierce effort and then brought down Bodvarsson as he pounced on the loose ball. Kelly hammered home the spot kick with the minimum of fuss.
Camp then parried away a powerful 20-yarder from Kelly before Sunderland regrouped and almost equalised.
Fletcher struck an upright, with Liam Moore heading off the line from McManaman's goalbound follow-up effort.
Aiden McGeady was also twice denied by fine saves from home keeper Vito Mannone while McManaman drove over when well placed.
However, Sunderland deservedly drew level two minutes into the second half.
Dave Edwards carelessly lost possession in midfield and McNair was handed a free run before unleashing a superb 30-yard shot that Mannone barely saw.
Sunderland could then have gone ahead when McGeady crossed from the left but Cattermole headed over at the far post.
Cattermole did much better in the 66th minute, stooping low to nod in McGeady's free-kick from close range. It was his first goal since August 2014.
But Reading pushed forward towards the end and were rewarded when Kermorgant nodded in a Chris Gunter cross.

English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 West Bromwich Albion 11 +8 22
2 Nottingham Forest 11 +7 22
3 Preston North End 11 +11 21
4 Swansea City 11 +7 21
5 Leeds United 11 +8 20
6 Sheffield Wednesday 12 +7 20
7 Bristol City 11 +5 20
8 Fulham 11 +10 19
9 Queens Park Rangers 11 -1 19
10 Charlton Athletic 11 +3 18
11 Cardiff City 12 0 17
12 Birmingham City 11 -3 16
13 Derby County 11 0 15
14 Blackburn Rovers 11 -2 14
15 Millwall 11 -4 14
16 Hull City 11 -2 13
17 Brentford 11 0 12
18 Luton Town 11 -5 11
19 Wigan Athletic 11 -7 11
20 Middlesbrough 11 -5 10
21 Huddersfield Town 11 -6 8
22 Reading 11 -6 8
23 Barnsley 11 -14 6
24 Stoke City 11 -11 5