February 21, 2017 / 10:56 PM / 5 months ago

Huddersfield strike late to beat Reading

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Britain Football Soccer - Huddersfield Town v Reading - Sky Bet Championship - The John Smith's Stadium - 21/2/17 Philip Billing scores the first goal for Huddersfield Town Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Ed Sykes

(Reuters) - Huddersfield Town kept up the pressure on the top two teams in the Championship with a 1-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Reading thanks to a late goal by Philip Billing on Tuesday.

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Billing struck from close range with eight minutes left to take third-placed Huddersfield back within four points of Brighton & Hove Albion, who trail leaders Newcastle United by a point.

Newcastle beat Aston Villa 2-0 on Monday to reach 69 points while Brighton won 2-0 at Barnsley on Saturday. Huddersfield's win gives them 64 points, ahead of fourth-placed Reading on 60.

Huddersfield lead the teams in the playoff places. Sheffield Wednesday, who occupy the final spot, lost 2-1 at home to Brentford and stay level on 58 points with Leeds United.

The top three all have a game in hand over their immediate rivals in England's second-tier Championship.

Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Clare Fallon

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