Brighton gifted a goal to Reading on 26 minutes, as visiting captain Charlie Oatway could only steer Glen Little's cross into his own net. Things went from bad to worse for Brighton when early in the second half Gary Elphick pulled back Dave Kitson inside the box, only to recieve a second yellow card and was sent off. Kitson scored the resulting penalty, his 25th in the Championship, giving Reading a 2-0 lead.
On 71 minutes Dave Kitson added a second goal to his tally, nodding home Nicky Shore's deflected shot at the far post. Four minutes later Stephen Hunt scored his first goal for the club to make it 4-0 to the Royals.
Brighton did manage to pull one goal back, when on 84 minutes Colin Kazim-Richards struck a powerful 25 yard drive that beat Marcus Hahnemann. Dave Kitson, however, rounded off the game with his third goal, and the only hat-trick of the league campaign, to make the final score Reading 5-1 Brighton.
|Team huddle against Brighton & Hove Albion|
|Young Royals fan shows her support for the team|
|Chalie Oatwat slices an attempted clearance|
|and pass his own keeper to score an own goal|
|Elphick is booked for the second time|
|Dave Kitson takes the resulting penalty|
|An unhappy Mark McGhee|
|John Oster steers the ball between two defenders|
|Stephen Hunt is mobbed after scoring his first goal for the club|
|Steve Sidwell controls the ball|
|Graeme Murty on the ball|
|Dave Kitson is keeping that ball for scoring a hat-trick|