Victory Puts Reading Third

Last updated : 14 August 2004 By Rob Cooper

James Harper's first half strike lifted the Royals into third place behind Gillingham only on goals scored.

But Steve Coppell's side will drop to fourth tomorrow afternoon if there is a winner in the Wigan v West Ham fixture.

Whilst forty-three matches remain unplayed, Reading find themselves in a very healthy league position.

Few would have predicted the Berkshire-based Royals scooping six points from their tough opening three games against Brighton, West Ham and Sheffield United.

Indeed, had Kitson, Hughes and accompanying shy shooters had their finishing boots on at Upton Park on Tuesday evening, Reading could have been leading the way in the chase for the Coca-Cola Championship.

Newly-promoted Plymouth Argyle are topping the table with seven points from three games.

Although the Pilgrims have established themselves as a footballing force to be reckoned with in recent years, few would have thought that they would find themselves in the lofty league position that they currently occupy.

Elsewhere, Derby wom their way out of the bottom three today with a 3-2 win over Ipswich.

Yet QPR and Brighton remain stuck at the foot of the table, despite picking up a point apiece this afternoon.

Gillingham's home win against Preston puts them second. The Kent side have been widely tipped for relegation after a poor year last year, but are not looking like a side destined for the drop.

Leeds United, Leicester, Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Millwall, Sheffield United and Sunderland will all wish to improve on their current lowly placings.

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Today's Championship Results:

Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Coventry City 1 - 6,368
Derby County 3 Ipswich Town 2 - 22,234
Gillingham 2 Preston North End 1 - 7,073
Millwall 2 Leicester City 0 - 11,754
Nottingham Forest 2 Crewe Alexandra 2 - 24,201
Rotherham United 1 Stoke City 1 - 5,925
Sheffield United 0 Reading 1 - 22,429
Sunderland 2 Queens Park Rangers 2 - 26,063
Watford 0 Burnley 1 - 12,048
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 Leeds United 0 - 28,397

Fri: Cardiff City 0 Plymouth Argyle 1 - 12,697

Coca-Cola Championship League Table:

Last game played on
Saturday 14th August 2004
1Plymouth Argyle 30100020030210307+3
2Gillingham 32004200112201546+1
3Reading 31003210111201436+1
4Stoke City 31002102011120325+1
5Burnley 30101111010120215+1
6Wigan Athletic 20101110020110314+2
7Coventry City 31002001123111434+1
8West Ham United 21001001000110104+1
9Ipswich Town 310021011341115540
10Preston North End 310021011341115540
11Sunderland 311053001021115540
12Cardiff City 310122010221114440
13Leeds United 310010011121112240
14Millwall 310122010001112240
15Leicester City 30100010123111234-1
16Watford 31013100112102433+1
17Nottingham Forest 302033010110304430
18Rotherham United 302011010110302230
19Derby County 31014400101102453-1
20Wolverhampton Wanderers 30202200112021342-1
21Sheffield United 30110101011021122-1
22Crewe Alexandra 30102201135021572-2
23Queens Park Rangers 30101101125021362-3
24Brighton & Hove Albion 30111300123012361-3
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