Everton 1-0 Reading
Reading slipped into the relegation zone after suffering a seventh straight defeat in the league with Everton snatching a narrow 1-0 victory at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Phil Jagielka scored his first league goal for Everton midway through the second half as Reading put up an improved display to end their losing streak but in vain. The win, coupled with Liverpool's 0-0 draw to Chelsea, sees Everton extend their lead over Liverpool to 3 points for the fourth place fight in the league table.
Reading started the game determined to overcome their poor form and Stephen Hunt almost put his side in an early lead but Tim Howard managed to palm his curling free kick in the opening minute of the game.
However that proved to be one of the few chances in the first half with both the teams struggling to link up attacking moves. Everton's first chance of the match came just before half time when Tim Cahill failed to connect properly from close range and then headed a corner high over the cross bar.
David Moyes introduced James Vaughan for Manuel Fernandes and the move almost got the break through when Vaughan slid the ball to Cahill but the Australian failed to reach in time. The hosts finally took the lead in the 62nd minute when a half clearance saw Leon Osman take control of the ball and his cross was headed home by Jagielka.
Vaughan came close to doubling the lead but his spectacular attempt was saved brilliantly by Hahnemann. Reading pressed forward in search of an equalizer but the Everton defense held firm to condemn the visitors to a seventh straight defeat in the league.
Tags: Everton, Goodison Park, Reading, David Moyes