Dec 3, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
Reading
1-0
CharltonCharlton Athletic
Sharp (13')
Kelly (29'), Gorkss (71')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Morrison (27')

Half-Time Report: Billy Sharp fires Reading ahead

An early goal from Billy Sharp gives Reading a 1-0 lead over Charlton Athletic in the Championship.

An early goal from Billy Sharp has given Reading a 1-0 lead over Charlton Athletic at the Madejski Stadium this evening.

Billy Sharp of Reading scores the opening goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Charlton Athletic at Madejski Stadium on December 3, 2013© Getty Images

Alex Pearce had an early chance for the home side as he looked to head in from a Danny Guthrie cross in the sixth minute, but the midfielder could not keep his finish on target.

On-loan striker Sharp was able to break the deadlock shortly after though, drilling the ball in from distance to score his first goal in a Reading shirt.

Pavel Pogrebnyak came close to doubling the Royals' advantage just six minutes later, but the Russian's long-range effort was saved.

Nigel Adkins's side continued to look the more threatening as the first half came to a close, with Jobi McAnuff and Pogrebnyak both creating chances late on.

Kaspars Gorkss of Reading celebrates the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Reading at City Ground on November 29, 2013
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