Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading Highlights
James Harper’s injury-time goal gave Reading victory and ended their run of eight straight Premier League defeats.
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Middlesbrough had the majority of the chances but Harper scored with an unchallenged strike from six yards out after a pass from Stephen Hunt. Boro’s Tuncay Sanli and Stewart Downing were a threat, but new signing Afonso Alves forced the best save of the first half from a dipping free-kick. Downing was booked late on for trying to win a penalty for the visitors. Reading began positively, embarking on a number of forays into Boro’s half without posing any serious threat on goal. The Royals’ best effort in the opening exchanges came when Liam Rosenior crossed accurately from the left only for Sean Long to direct his close-range header over the bar.