Reading 2 Sheff Utd 1
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Blades responded from their home defeat to West Brom with a victory at Crewe, but left with nothing from their trip to Reading.
It all began so well for Neil Warnock's men with Andy Gray, on his debut, smashing home the opening goal after 10 minutes.
Reading were level after 25 minutes when Nicky Shorey's left-footed free-kick gave Paddy Kenny no chance in United's goal.
The Royals were ahead shortly after when Shaun Goater converted from the spot after 34 minutes for what proved the winning strike.
Warnock brought on strike duo Peter Ndlovu and Paul Peschisolido late on, however the pair failed to find the all-important equaliser.