Tom Dele-Bashiru netted twice since Reading only their second Championship win of The season with a 3-1 home win over fellow fighters Peterborough.
in a boring one first half, Reading was lucky not to be behind and were grateful to the rookie goalkeeper Luke Southwood for making stunning saves to deny Siriki Dembele and Ollie Norburn.
Reading open up a 2-0 lead halfway through the second half with goals from John Swift and Dele-Bashiru in the space of three minutes.
Peterborough cut the gap in half with a Nathan Thompson header, but Dele-Bashiru attacked again with two more minutes.
Both clubs had matching bad records in the match, with nothing but one win in seven league and cup outings this term – including five defeats.
reading problems are aggravated by nine first-team players missing due to injuries, latest number being-one goalkeeper Raphael.
The Brazilian suffered a broken hand when he reportedly punched a dressing room tactics board in frustration after the 3-3 home draw with QPR on Saturday – and could out for up up to two months.
Southwood, a 23-year-old former England youth international, replaced Rafael for being alone second league appearance for the club.
peterborough, who lost met 6-2 at Sheffield United on Saturday started better, but when Jonson Clarke-Harris tried his luck from a free kick, the defensive wall held firmly.
Reading gradually worked their way in the battle, with Dele-Bashiru tries to make an ambitious curling shot that Peterborough goalkeeper Christy Pym gathered comfortably.
Pym also had little problems in intercourse with a tame effort from Andy Yiadom.
approaching the halfhour, Peterborough created the best chance of the game when Dembélé galloped free.
His well beaten effort proved on target but Southwood made a great save to knock it away to safety.
Southwood did even better just before the break, throwing himself to the skies to tip over An powerful long-distance drive from Norburn.
Reading suffered another injury setback in first-half injury time, with captain Liam Moore forced to stumble off, and the visitors tried to exploit his absence in central defense early in the second period.
But after a promising build-up and a weak one home clearance shot Conor Coventry wildly wide.
read had made little progress forward but hit in the 64th and 67th minute for a surprise lead.
Swift thundered first home a 25-yard free kick to score his seventh goal of The season.
Then Dele-Bashiru . locked on to a cross of George Puscas to scourge in to be first goal for the club.
However, Peterborough reduced the deficit seven minutes later, when Thompson nodded in Decisive in the distance post from a free kick by Joe Ward.
But Dele-Bashiru stepped up again in the 88th minute, another hard hit attempt whistling past pym.
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