West Bromwich Albion made it three wins in a row and created a six-point gap at the top of the Championship with a 2-1 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Goals from Matheus Pereira and Kyle Bartley were enough for the Baggies to keep on track for their automatic promotion push.

Slaven Bilic stuck with the same side that defeated Millwall 2-0 last Sunday.

The Baggies yet again made a positive start with good tempo and quick passing and were unfortunate not to be in front as Filip Krovinovic’s effort on goal was clipped on to the bar by the Reading goalkeeper Rafael Cabral.

All of that went out the window though in the opening ten minutes as Albion gifted The Royals a penalty.

A looping corner was handled in the box by Bartley which gave Reading the chance to make a perfect start.

George Puscas stepped up and rolled the ball into the middle of the goal past Sam Johnstone who dived to the right-hand side.

15 minutes later, Albion responded perfectly. Callum Robinson drove down the left-hand side and fizzed a low cross over which was met by Pereira. Cabral parried the ball away smartly, but Pereira was on hand on the rebound to get the Baggies back in the game.

Reading goalkeeper Cabral was kept busy after that, keeping out efforts from Jake Livermore and Krovinovic, denying the latter once more early on in the second half.

Robinson then crashed the crossbar with a right-footed snapshot from the edge of the penalty area and the resulting corner ended up with Bartley giving the Baggies the lead.

Livermore then blazed over on the counter-attack as Albion searched for a third goal.

Reading came close a couple of times late on as Yakou Meite curled narrowly wide from the edge of the box, before finding the back of the net with a header but was ruled out for offside.

Albion managed to see the remainder of the game out and grab their third straight win.

Here’s how we rated the WBA players in the 2-1 win: