With both defensive halves breached it was all about who could score more goals to take all three points. Danny Ward was the focal point for the Terriers as he registered a hat-trick sending the away end into pendulum and taking all the points away from home. The West Yorkshire side currently sit comfortably in sixth place in the play-offs, but only two points separate them from Middlesbrough in seventh who have two games in hand currently.
Reading opened the scoring in just the fifth minute, Lucas Joao breaking the deadlock but Town replied minutes later following a good spell of pressure. Danel Sinani the scorer, striking from range off his left foot, the ball took a nick off a defender and crept into the corner with Luke Southwood rooted to the spot.
Soon the Terriers found themselves in front with the goals coming thick and fast, this time the ball bounced around Readings area, after shots from Sorba Thomas and Sinani, eventually fell to Ward, who tucked the ball away to get Town in front.
This goal bought up a feat for Ward of 50 goals in the Championship.
Ward would go on to a register a very important hat-trick for the Terriers, showing his clinical nature up front.
His was able to wrap his foot around the ball to hit the back of the net, but just as the break was pending Reading scored their equaliser to take the game to 3-3 courtesy Michael Morrison.
The game was closed out in the second half with Ward getting the winner as he latched onto a ball following Josh Koroma who juggled the ball past a defender, Ward took it off his toes and crashed in his third in some style. This was his first hat-trick since back in 2014 against Watford.
After the win, the Terriers boss spoke to the press and was happy with the way the team showed a fighting spirit even after conceding so many early on. He said:
"The start of the game was a really good start but at the same time it was bad because we were dominating the ball and feeling comfortable on the pitch. We were finding players and going directly to the opposition half to get control, but during the first counter attack we struggled in transition in which we couldn't defend solidly. It’s important once we have one situation we don't put ourselves at risk results wise.
”We needed to keep the personality out there. In the second half we attacked less but defended better, in the first half we attacked well in some moments but didn't defend great.”
Corberan agreed that discipline and communication was key in this particular game and Danny ward was clinical.
"Yes, its important,” he said.
“For me the most important thing is recognising which type of situation we are facing, its true that we played a line of four with two strikers. After 15 minutes they changed their formation to make an impact in the game but we had the answers during the game.
“Ward was fantastic, the first 55 minutes was good, when we switched Koroma and Thomas we often lost balls in the last third of the pitch. But there was alot of personality from the back and good understanding in the spaces where Pipa was located."