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Result: Reading ease past Luton as Bowen revival continues

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Reading extended their unbeaten Championship run under new manager Mark Bowen to four matches with a 3-0 home win over Luton.

Defender Michael Morrison gave Reading a 22nd-minute lead when nodding in from a corner.

On the half-hour, midfielder Ovie Ejaria made it 2-0 with an angled drive from outside the area.

Against a poor Luton side, Reading added a third goal 11 minutes from time when substitute Garath McCleary coolly slotted home.

Bowen replaced Jose Gomes last month and had led his side to two victories and a draw in his opening matches in charge.

Luton, the League One champions last season, had lost their previous three league games and six of their past nine.

It was their first meeting with Reading since August 2008, when the hosts won 5-1 in a League Cup second-round tie at the Madejski Stadium.

Luton began brightly with Callum McManaman crossing into the home area only for goalkeeper Rafael to gather comfortably.

Reading counter-attacked quickly, Luke Bolton having to make a fine saving tackle as Omar Richards threatened to break through the Luton cover.

As the game see-sawed in the steady rain, Luton captain Martin Cranie found himself free at the back post from a Jacob Butterfield corner.

Although Cranie struck his shot powerfully, Rafael made a fine save.

Luton had another chance soon after from a well-flighted Harry Cornick centre from the right but James Collins misdirected his header and failed to trouble Rafael.

Reading replied with a mazy run from Richards, whose eventual 20-yard effort produced a superb save from keeper James Shea.

However, from the resultant corner, Reading went ahead as John Swift slung over the set-piece and centre back Morrison rose alone to beat Shea with a firm header.

Eight minutes later, Reading increased their advantage.

A fast break out of defence along the left flank saw Swift release Liverpool loanee Ejaria, who cut in and curled a precise shot past Shea.

Sam Baldock had a chance to stretch the lead further before half-time but Shea made a fine stop from his accurate attempt.

Luton offered little going forward and were pressed back again after the interval.

A poor defensive clearance found the unmarked Swift but he lost his composure and blazed high over the crossbar.

Reading continued to push forward, with Luton still unable to make much headway in attack.

The home side resumed control when Richards once again found space on the left wing.

His excellent cross was met by George Puscas at the far post but Shea made a superb save to keep out the Romanian's close-range header.

McCleary sealed it for Reading in the 79th minute when seizing on an error by Alan Sheehan before running through to calmly beat Shea.

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Result: Reading ease past Luton as Bowen revival continues

Result: Aleksandar Mitrovic's 12th goal of season earns Fulham victory at Birmingham

Aleksandar Mitrovic's 12th goal of the season clinched Fulham a 1-0 win at Birmingham.

The Serbian striker, who earlier had an effort disallowed for offside, hooked home in the 52nd minute after Birmingham goalkeeper Lee Camp dropped substitute Cyrus Christie's cross.

Fulham had to withstand heavy pressure from the hosts in the latter stages but goalkeeper Marek Rodak made a superb save from striker Lukas Jutkiewicz's point-blank header while Maxime Colin had an effort blocked.

The visitors could have made it 2-0 at the death but substitute Aboubakar Kamara's shot hit the inside of a post on the break.

Birmingham's only change saw on-loan Chelsea centre back Jake Clarke-Salter replace captain Harlee Dean, who started his three-match ban for his red card in the 4-2 defeat at Cardiff last week.

New striker Jeremie Bela, who left Spanish side Albacete to join the Blues, made his debut as a 62nd-minute substitute after receiving international clearance.

Fulham made three changes from their 3-0 defeat at Hull. Manager Scott Parker recalled Rodak, Maxime Le Marchand and Anthony Knockaert for Marcus Bettinelli, Joe Bryan and Tom Cairney.

Le Marchand, though, lasted just 35 minutes before he limped off following a challenge on Jutkewicz.

The Blues went close when left-back Kristian Pedersen, who had scored in his previous two games, unleashed a fierce angled drive which was tipped wide by Rodak.

Fulham thought they had broken the deadlock in the 14th minute. Mitrovic bundled the ball home after Camp dropped Bobby Reid's shot when Knockaert crossed, but the linesman's flag immediately went up for offside.

The Blues hit back strongly and Kerim Mrabti's first-time effort was smothered by Rodak before the Fulham keeper made a superb reflex save to his right from Fran Villalba's flick following a cross.

The home side had a let-off in the 26th minute. Jude Bellingham gave the ball away in midfield and Fulham swept forwards, Knockaert crossing for Reid, who just missed when sliding in from point-blank range.

There was a flashpoint off the ball in the third minute of first-half stoppage time after Knockaert landed on Bellingham, apparently splitting the Birmingham midfielder's lip.

Mitrovic and Bellingham then shared a heated exchange and players from both sides became involved before Bellingham and Mitrovic were booked.

Fulham threatened when Reid's snapshot was smothered by Camp after Mitrovic won Colin's headed clearance.

Mitrovic remained centre stage as he gave Fulham the lead in controversial fashion.

The Serbia international, making his 150th league start, tapped home after Camp dropped Christie's cross under pressure.

The Cottagers looked to double their lead and Knockaert's chip dropped not far over the bar, before Ivan Cavaleiro drove wide.

The Blues finally forced another save from Rodak in the 80th minute when Jutkiewicz's header from point-blank range was tipped over by the Fulham keeper.

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Result: Swansea score deep in stoppage time to claim point at Wednesday

Late drama saw Swansea extend their unbeaten league away record with an equaliser deep into stoppage-time to make it 2-2 at Sheffield Wednesday after conceding moments earlier.

Andre Ayew gave the visitors a first-half lead and Wednesday finally equalised through substitute Fernando Forestieri (81) after hitting the woodwork three times.

The home side thought they had won it when Morgan Fox put them ahead but Ben Wilmot struck at the death to level.

Wednesday went close to taking the lead inside the fourth minute when a corner from Kadeem Harris picked out Jacob Murphy and his first-time shot was saved by Freddie Woodman, who pushed the ball onto his left-hand post.

Atdhe Nuhiu also threatened with a curling 20-yard effort which was not far off target.

As the hosts continued to apply early pressure, Woodman parried Steven Fletcher's header and Nuhiu looked to get on the end of the rebound but Ayew was on hand to head clear.

Swansea's first effort of note came when Dominic Iorfa challenged Nathan Dyer and deflected the ball goalwards, forcing Keiren Westwood to save.

The visitors survived another scare on the half-hour mark when Kieran Lee's cross found Fletcher whose header came back off Woodman's left-hand post.

Swansea took the lead against the run of play when Westwood failed to deal with a Matt Grimes corner and Ayew (32) pounced on the loose ball, smashing it into the net from close range.

Bersant Celina put a low drive wide while at the other end, Barry Bannan fired in a 30-yard effort which was on target but straight at Woodman.

Wednesday threatened soon after the restart when Fletcher's searching low cross from the left picked out Murphy, running in at the near post, who shot wide under pressure.

Nuhiu failed to make proper contact after stooping to meet Murphy's free-kick, glancing the ball wide.

Wednesday hit the woodwork for a third time just after the hour-mark. Fletcher's header from a Harris cross was saved by Woodman and Murphy smashed the loose ball against the keeper's left-hand post.

The hosts had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down after Nuhiu appeared to be hauled to the ground inside the area.

Swansea threatened twice in quick succession with Ayew putting a header wide from a Wayne Routledge cross and Wilmot heading against a post.

Westwood made a fine save down to his left to keep out a shot on the turn from Ayew.

Wednesday equalised when Adam Reach's low drive was parried by Woodman and Lee put the ball across the face of goal for Forestieri (81) to finish from close range.

Fox struck in time added on after Iorfa headed down following a corner before Wilmot equalised with a far-post header following a Grimes corner.

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