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Friday, April 6, 2012
Alfie brace sends Royals top

ESPNsoccernet staff

Substitute Adam Le Fondre's late double sent Reading top of the League Championship following a gritty 2-0 win over ten-man Leeds United.

The striker came off the bench to net twice in the final six minutes of a pulsating and at times ill-tempered clash at the Madejski Stadium as the visitors paid the price for the early sending-off of defender Zac Thompson.

Playing his first match since January 31, the youngster was sent off by referee Darren Drysdale after just 12 minutes, leaving Leeds to absorb wave after wave of Reading attacks.

Blackpool moved level on points with fourth-placed Birmingham following a 2-0 win at Watford.

The Tangerines went ahead in the 25th minute when Stephen Dobbie produced a superb finish when he swept the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal.

Blackpool doubled their lead with Dobbie's second goal of the game. Thomas Ince knocked the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak prompting the Hornets goalkeeper to bring down the Tangerines striker.

Dobbie stepped up to take the spot-kick and calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, rolling the ball home.

Charlie Austin's 16th goal of the season gave Burnley their first home win since Valentine's Day and dealt a blow to Brighton's play-off hopes with a 1-0 defeat.

Eddie Howe's side displayed the kind of form that marked them out as top-six contenders at the turn of the year as they had the better of an entertainingly open first half.

The decisive moment came after 27 minutes when Austin coolly converted Josh McQuoid's cross at the second attempt. Brighton stepped up their efforts in the second period, but a Burnley defence superbly marshalled by Michael Duff stood firm.




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