On this day 10 years ago, Reading piled the pressure onto West Ham United by winning an eighth straight match to trail the second placed Hammers on only goal difference.

More than 21,000 crammed into the then Madejski Stadium to see Reading continue their incredible form by beating Leicester City 3-1.

Having failed to drop any points since late January, Brian McDermott’s men had gone from play-off contenders to top two battlers with wins over Bristol City, Coventry City, Derby County, Burnley, Middlesbrough, Millwall and Portsmouth before Nigel Pearson’s Foxes rocked up to RG2.

The Royals had it mostly their own way in the first half, having multiple efforts cleared off of the line and forcing Kasper Schmeichel into a series of strong saves.

However, the deadlock was eventually broken just 15 minutes in as current Reading coach Mikele Leigertwood thundered home a strike from the edge of the box, giving the Dane no chance in goal.

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Above: Mikele Leigertwood opened the scoring (credit: PA)


An improved Leicester kept it tight in the second half and threatened to test Adam Federici, however the Australian remained relatively at ease.

The win was confirmed with two goals in the final 15 minutes, with Jason Roberts scoring his fourth goal in seven matches since arriving from Blackburn Rovers, and his replacement Simon Church added the cherry on top with a header at the back post.

Neil Danns did pull back a consolation for the visitors in stoppage time but the game was long gone.

Reading would lose just two more matches and march to the Championship title while Leicester finished the season in ninth.

Little did we know that 10 years later Leicester City would go on to be Premier League champions, with three players starting in this match playing instrumental roles.