Reading bolsters survival hopes with win as Paul Ince takes care of interim charge | Championship

Paul Ince has made a shock return to the dugout after agreeing to take over as interim Readingthe struggling Championship club his son, Tom, joined on loan last month.

Ince has failed since being sacked by Blackpool in January 2014 but will take over from Veljko Paunovic, who took charge of Saturday’s 3-2 win at Preston – their first in 14 matches – as the club search for a new permanent manager. Reading risks being relegated to Ligue 1, five points and a place above Derby Countywho have been in administration since September.

Reading finished seventh last season but this campaign has been a different story, with Paunovic overseeing eight defeats since the start of the year, including an embarrassing FA Cup third round exit at Kidderminster.

Paunovic met under-fire Reading chief executive Dayong Pang on Friday after a 0-0 draw with fellow Peterborough fighters in midweek after which he declined to comment on questions about his future. Players expected Paunovic to be sacked before now, but the arrival of former Manchester United midfielder Ince will inevitably raise eyebrows.

In a statement on Saturday evening, Pang said: “The board and I will now work diligently to identify the right candidate to take this club forward. This work will be done quickly but without undue haste as we fully appreciate the importance of our decision to appoint a new manager at this crucial stage of the campaign.

Lucas João scored twice in the opening 19 minutes, with John Swift adding a third early in the second half. Daniel Johnson pulled one back for the hosts, with Cameron Archer, on loan from Aston Villa, setting up a tense final 15 minutes from time, but the Royals held on.

Louie Sibley hit a stoppage time winner as Derby beat their relegation rivals Peterborough 1-0, both teams finishing with 10 men. Classy defender Hayden Coulson was sent off after receiving two bookings in the space of four minutes just after half an hour. Rams captain Tom Lawrence was sent off for a foul on Nathan Thompson early in the game. second half, but Sibley had the last laugh.

Derby County manager Wayne Rooney with goalscorer Louie Sibley at the final whistle. Photography: Steve Bond/PPAUK/Rex/Shutterstock

Bottom Club Barnsley lost 1-0 to Coventrywhere Dominic Hyam scored in the third minute of added time. Cardiff and Blackpool draw 1-1. Marvin Ekpiteta led Blackpool on 11 minutes but Joel Bagan equalized at home shortly after the restart.

Feed and birmingham shared four goals at the bet365 Stadium. Jordan James put the Blues ahead in the 12th minute, with Tyrese Campbell equalizing before half-time. Campbell struck again seven minutes into the second half, but Gary Gardner squared things up on the hour mark.

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Ten goals weren’t enough to separate Wycombe and Cheltenham as they were forced to share the spoils of a frantic 5-5 draw.

Alfie May scored four goals in all, netting his first in the opening three minutes after kicking goalkeeper David Stockdale. Wycombe then scored three times in eight minutes to take the lead, Jordan Obita scoring two before Brandon Hanlan added a third.

May got his second early in the second half with a header effort and Robins then equalized through Kion Etete. Two quick goals from Sam Vokes less than a minute apart put the Chairboys back in front, but May added two more to draw the game 5-5.

MK Donations remain third in the table with a 2-1 victory against Sunderland. Mo Eisa put the visitors ahead but Ross Stewart quickly equalized for the Black Cats, scoring his 19th goal of the season. Former Sunderland striker Connor Wickham has found the winner for Dons and Sunderland now give up the play-off places in seventh.

Oxford put four past in trouble Charlton to access the checkpoints. Matty Taylor scored a first-half brace before Sam Baldock and Cameron Brannagan struck in the second half. Sean Clare was shown a direct red card for the Addicks in the 62nd minute for a clash with Taylor.

Four was also the magic number for Bolt after goals from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Oladapo Afolayan, Dion Charles and Amadou Bakayou saw the Trotters beat Wimbledon 4-0.

Sheffield Wednesday came from behind to beat Doncaster 3-1 in a Yorkshire derby. Rovers were awarded a penalty just before half-time and Dan Gardner scored from the spot. Wednesday equalized through Callum Paterson and earned a 76th-minute penalty, but Barry Bannan’s effort was saved. Saido Berahino gave the Owls the lead two minutes later and Bannan added a third.

Ipswich made it three wins in five games with a 3-0 victory against Burton. Kayden Jackson opened the scoring in the first minute before Wes Burns and Bersant Celina both scored in the second half.

Plymouth made it four straight wins after beating Gillingham 2-0. The Pilgrims opened their account a minute into the second half through Jordan Garrick and Luke Jephcott doubled the lead after scoring from the spot in the 75th minute.

Cambridge returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Accrington thanks to second-half strikes from Sam Smith and Wes Hoolahan.

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QPR late to draw 1-1 at home against shell and sit fourth, above Huddersfield – 2-1 winners at Fulham – on goal difference. Marcus Forss, on loan from Brentford, propelled the Tigers into the lead in the 26th minute. There was a long delay just after the hour mark when Hull goalkeeper Matt Ingram needed treatment following a collision with QPR’s Albert Adomah and was eventually taken on a stretcher. Ilias Chair then struck from close range with 15 minutes remaining to secure a point for QPR.

United Kingdom of Sheffield continued their push up the table after sweeping Swansea 4-0 at Bramall Lane. Morgan Gibbs-White opened the deadlock in the 14th minute and George Baldock quickly added a second before Billy Sharp made it 3-0 shortly before half-time. Gibbs-White pocketed his second with 12 minutes left as the Blades moved into the top six.

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Michael Flynn’s first game in charge of Wallsall ended in a surprise 1-0 win over the runaway leaders Forest Green.

This ended Rovers’ 20-game unbeaten streak, although they still lead by 10 points with two games less on Tranmere. George Miller’s goal in the 12th minute, after Emmanuel Osadebe’s through pass, was enough to secure victory.

Tranmere missed a chance to strengthen their hold on second place in the table after Harbor Valley snatched a draw in stoppage time.

Josh Hawkes put Tranmere ahead after 50 minutes, slotting in on Kane Hemmings’ through ball, before Jamie Procter’s 94th-minute leveler made it 1-1.

Exeter now have three games in hand at Rovers after being frustrated by the weather in their clash with Wheelbarrow has been cancelled.

from Salford try to continue their push in barrages against Crawley was also a victim of bad weather, while from Harrogate meet Leyton East was also postponed.

Northampton capitalized on Exeter’s absence to climb to third place with a 3-0 win over relegation threat Colchester.

Dom Telford snatched a 1-1 draw for Newport against other barrage hunters Mansfield. Telford struck from the penalty spot nine minutes from time to cancel out Josh Pask’s own goal, after John-Joe O’Toole was sent off for Nigel Clough’s side in the 73rd minute.

Hartlepool are four games unbeaten after a 1-1 draw at sutton.

Oldham’s the revival under John Sheridan continued as they climbed out of the relegation zone after going five games unbeaten with a 2-0 win over without a manager Bradford. The Latics took the lead through Hallam Hope after 19 minutes and Davis Keillor-Dunn doubled their advantage five minutes later. Paudie O’Connor was ejected in the 71st minute for the Bantams.

Carlisle replaced Oldham in the relegation zone after a 3-0 home defeat by Swindon. Harry McKirdy gave Swindon, who entered the play-offs, a 17th-minute lead before the Robins scored twice in two minutes in the second half with Josh Davison and Louie Barry on target.

scunthorpe remain anchored to the foot of the table after Rochedale came from behind to win 2-1. Manny Onariase put Scunthorpe ahead after 13 minutes, but Liam Kelly and a late winner from Max Taylor left Scunthorpe seven points from safety.

Bristol road hammered Stevenage 4-0. Rovers, who have now lost just one of their last 10 games, took the lead through Sam Finley in the 36th minute before Elliot Anderson, Harry Anderson and Aaron Collins sealed a resounding victory for the visitors .

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Middlesbrough saw their play-off ambitions stagnate after losing 2-1 at City of Bristol. Andreas Weimann quickly put the hosts ahead, with Antoine Semenyo winning the points in the second half. Matt Crooks scored a late consolation for Boro, who are seventh and one point behind Sheffield United.

West Brom also lost ground in the top six after a 2-0 defeat at Luton. Cameron Jerome headed in from a free kick in the 55th minute and Allan Campbell scored the points seven minutes from time.

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