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Bournemouth moved to the top of the Championship table after overturning a two-goal deficit to beat Reading 4-2 in a pulsating lunchtime thriller at the Vitality Stadium.

Reading, who started the day top of the table raced into a two-goal lead at half-time with goals from Lucas Joao from the penalty spot and Sone Aluko just before half-time.

Whatever Jason Tindall said at half-time seemed to have rejuvenated his side as they came out guns blazing in the second-half, drawing back level through goals from Dominic Solanke and Arnaut Danjuma.

A scorching effort from Lewis Cook and a mistake from Reading goalkeeper Rafael allowed Solanke to round up the afternoon, meaning Reading suffered their fourth defeat in a row, relinquishing their spot at the top of the Championship.

A game with high stakes at the summit, Reading started off brilliantly as midfielder Alfred Semedo went on a marauding run inside the penalty area inside four minutes, fouled by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic as he tried to round him. The referee immediately pointed to the spot which Lucas Joao expertly scored to give Reading the lead. and notch his 10th goal of the season.

The Championship leaders then went 2-0 up through the rejuvenated Sone Aluko, racing clear from a Ovie Ejaria pass to score beneath the onrushing Begovic just before halftime.

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Bournemouth needed a response in the second-half and they provided it, with Dominic Solanke putting home Lloyd Kelly’s whipped cross to pull one back for before the hour mark.

Then Jason Tindall’s side soon drew level, three minutes level with some excellent work from David Brooks, threading through a lovely ball for Arnuat Danjuma to race clear and score past Rafael.

Midfielder Lewis Cook then put Bournemouth ahead with a wonderful effort in off the underside of the bar, to score his first goal for the club. A goal which also meant Reading have now conceded three or more goals for the fourth game running.

Reading nearly forced home an equaliser from a corner, but for a spectacular save from Asmir Begovic. The ball looked to have squirmed over the line but for the goal line technology to rule no goal.

It all went from bad to worse for Reading as goalkeeper Rafael’s sloppy play on the ball allowed Solanke to steal the ball and complete a wonderful afternoon for Bournemouth, scoring his fourth goal of the season.

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The defeat means Bournemouth overtake Reading at the Championship summit, continuing their excellent start to the campaign and deepening Reading’s recent woes.

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