On this day eight years ago, Reading FC kept chase with the play-off pack after a 2-4 win over former manger Brian McDermott’s Leeds United.

Coming into the game off of the back of a three-game winless spell, Nigel Adkins’ men had previously drawn with Brighton and Hove Albion, with Dutch winger Royston Drenthe scoring after a Chris Gunter own-goal gave the Seagulls the lead.

The enigmatic former Real Madrid forward notched again at Elland Road, as did Garath McCleary, Nick Blackman and Hal Robson-Kanu.

McCleary opened the scoring, pouncing on some loose play from the Leeds back line to nip in ahead of Jack Butland in the Whites goal.

There was little to talk about in the first half, but the game burst into life in the second 45, with Drenthe and Blackman scoring goals within five minutes of the restart to put the Royals into a commanding 0-3 lead.

Just 10 minutes later it was four when Robson-Kanu got on the end of a long pass from the defence to stride clear and power past future Stoke City and England goalkeeper Butland.

Despite the game being all but over, Leeds rallied in the remaining 25 minutes to pull two goals back through Matt Smith and Rudolph Austin.

The final whistle was met by a chorus of boos as Leeds fell to another defeat, the second of the week having lost 5-1 to Bolton Wanderers three days previous.

They would win just four more times and finish 15th in the Championship, while Reading continued their mixed form to take the play-off race to the final day.

A 1-1 draw with Burnley was not enough and Brighton pipped the Royals the sixth spot.