Sheffield Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay was delighted by his side’s third successive league win.
Wednesday went in front after 12 minutes when midfielder Adam Reach guided home a shot from the edge of the area. Lucas Joao increased their lead, just 15 seconds after the interval, with a curling 20-yard effort.
Although Reading reduced the gap when captain Liam Moore headed in from a corner, Wednesday held on comfortably.
“The team worked hard and were very intensive for the 90 minutes long and the extra five minutes,” said Luhukay.
“In the first 20 to 25 minutes, we played very well. We had some chances and it was a fantastic first goal.
“We had some good combinations but it was not an easy goal for Adam to score. We started the second half directly with the second goal. We had spoken about that at half-time – that we must still try to play football, that we must still work together.
We have had many games in the past three weeks and now we have the international break. I think that it is a good time as the players need a rest.Jos Luhukay
“Just before half-time, we lost too many easy balls and we played too many long balls. When they later made it 2-1, then we had a situation where you have some difficult moments.
“In football, you sometimes have to go through that to get the three points. We are now in a little bit of a winning mood and the recovery is now important.
“We have had many games in the past three weeks and now we have the international break. I think that it is a good time as the players need a rest.”
Reading manager Paul Clement has asked his players for “honesty” after his side’s winless run was stretched to six Championship matches.
“I take responsibility for this run,” said Clement. “It’s normal that the manager does that.
“I have a lot of control of a lot of situations. The way we train, the way we prepare and the tactics.
“But I’ve also asked the players to do the same and be very honest in their reflections on themselves.
“Whether they are doing as well as they can. I always reflect very honestly about games and I feed back to them in that way.
“At times we are our own worst enemies. I need 15 to 16 players turning it on every week and it is up to them to step up. Everyone needs to be fighting to play.”
Reading: Mannone, Gunter, Tiago Ilori, Moore, Yiadom, Aluko (McNulty 59), Meyler (Kelly 60), Bacuna, Barrow (Sims 60), Meite, Baldock. Unused substitutes: McShane, Swift, Blackett, Walker.
Sheffield Wednesday: Dawson, Palmer, Lees, Thorniley, Penney, Pelupessy, Bannan, Marco Matias (Forestieri 82), Reach, Lucas Joao (Fletcher 87), Nuhiu. Unused substitutes: Fox, Hutchinson, Baker, Wildsmith, Jack Lee.
Referee: G Ward (Surrey).