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Chris Coleman's first home game in charge of ended in disaster as Reading's revival continued with a 3-1 victory at the Stadium of Light.

Jaap Stam's Royals made it one defeat from their last seven matches as Modou Barrow scored twice in the 68th and 71st minutes to follow up David Edwards' opener eight minutes after half-time. 

did liven up when Lewis Grabban hit his 11th goal of the season with a penalty won by Joel Asoro with 14 minutes remaining, but the damage had already been well and truly done.

Modou Barrow celebrates his second of two goals as Reading eased past Sunderland

Modou Barrow celebrates his second of two goals as Reading eased past

Barrow slots home his second goal to secure a 3-0 advantage for the Royals

Barrow slots home his second goal to secure a 3-0 advantage for the Royals

Barrow scored twice in a matter of minutes to put the result beyond all doubt for the visitors

Barrow scored twice in a matter of minutes to put the result beyond all doubt for the visitors

The Black Cats, deep in relegation trouble and who had to play the second half with 10 men following Callum McManaman's sending off for a second caution before the break, have now gone a staggering 21 games without winning on Wearside.

Even in the short space of time Coleman has been in charge, he has encountered his fair share of injury problems and he suffered another in the pre-match warm-up - well before McManaman contributed in his own special way too.

Paddy McNair, due to start in the middle, had to be withdrawn from the starting line-up after injuring himself beforehand, so Darron Gibson had to be introduced as a late replacement.

It was hardly the sort of thing , looking for the same set of players to build on the victory at Burton a week earlier, needed to deliver the result that would have lifted them out of the bottom three.

David Edwards bundled in the opening goal before Barrow's quick-fire double

David Edwards bundled in the opening goal before Barrow's quick-fire double

Jaap Stam praises his side with Reading having now lost just once in their last seven games

Jaap Stam praises his side with Reading having now lost just once in their last seven games

Barrow volleys the visitors' second goal past Sunderland goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter

Barrow volleys the visitors' second goal past goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter

MATCH FACTS AND TABLE

(4-2-3-1)

Ruiter; Matthews, Browning, O'Shea, Oviedo; Cattermole, Gibson; McManaman, Honeyman, McGeady; Grabban

Subs not used: Steele, Galloway, Maja, Love, Gooch, Asoro, Wilson

Goals: Grabban (Pen) 76

Sent off: McManaman 45+3 

Reading (4-2-3-1)

Mannone; Bacuna, McShane, Moore, Gunter; van den Berg, Edwards; Aluko, Kelly, Barrow; Kermorgant

Subs not used: Beerens, Tiago Ilori,

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