Paul McShane heads Reading back to winning ways against Wolves
Reading ended a poor run in the Championship with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Wolves to boost their play-off hopes.
After a dour first half, Reading went ahead three minutes into the second period when Yann Kermorgant was slightly fortunate to divert in a miscued effort from Danny Williams.
Wolves, still battling to steer clear of relegation, equalised two minutes later when Ben Marshall got on the end of a low cross from Nouha Dicko
But Reading regained the lead 12 minutes from the end when Paul McShane headed home from a John Swift free-kick.
Wolves ended with 10 men when defender Mike Williamson was sent off in the 85th minute for a foul on Kermorgant, his second bookable offence.
Reading had won eight of their previous 10 home matches but had lost their past two games - 1-0 at Huddersfield and 3-0 at Brighton.
Wolves lost all five matches in February - four in the league and the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Chelsea.
A cagey opening by both sides resulted in little action in the early stages, with Reading content to build patiently from the back.
When Reading did venture forward, much of their main threat came from Adrian Popa on the right wing.
Making his full debut after a move from Steaua Bucharest in January, the Romanian used his tricky skills to the full and gave Wolves left-back George Saville a severe examination.
Reading began to gain control before the interval, with Swift surging through from midfield
However, Williamson brought him crashing to the ground and was rightly booked.
Swift took the free-kick but his tame effort from 30 yards was easily saved by Carl Ikeme.
Wolves responded with the best efforts of a poor first half
Helder Costa saw a well-struck drive deflected wide and, from Marshall's resultant corner, home goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi saved smartly from David Edwards' header.
The game finally sprung to life soon after the break, with two goals in three minutes.
Reading went ahead in the 48th minute, when Kermorgant stuck out a foot to divert home Williams' mis-hit shot.
It was Kermorgant's ninth goal of the season, making him Reading's leading scorer.
Wolves drew level in the 50th minute, when Marshall jabbed in a Dicko cross from close range via post
It was Marshall's first goal for the club.
Wolves grew increasingly dangerous, with Al Habsi keeping out a firm effort from Conor Coady and then having to save an Edwards header.
Reading just about held firm and were rewarded in the 78th minute, when they regained the lead.
Swift swung over a free-kick from the right and captain McShane rose unmarked in the Wolves area to nod past Ikeme.
Wolves' dismay was compounded late on when Williamson barged over Kermorgant and was dismissed.
Source : PA