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Sheffield United’s John Fleck taken to hospital after collapsing during match at Reading

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Sheffield United's John Fleck is placed on a stretcher during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading

Sheffield United's John Fleck is placed on a stretcher during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading

Sheffield United's John Fleck is placed on a stretcher during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Madejski Stadium, Reading

Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck was taken off on a stretcher after a serious-looking incident in the second half of the Championship game at Reading.

With the Blades leading through Jayden Bogle's 56th-minute strike, Fleck went down apparently unchallenged - and his team-mates quickly indicated for the medics to run onto the pitch and tend to him.

Fleck, 30, appeared to receive emergency attention before, after a 10-minute delay, he was taken off on a stretcher and out of the ground to a waiting ambulance.

United said on Twitter that Fleck was conscious when he left the stadium via the ambulance gate.

West Brom ended a run of four successive away defeats but gave up more ground in the automatic promotion race as they were held to a goalless draw at Blackpool.

Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone made a brilliant double stop to deny Gary Madine and Keshi Anderson while Matt Clarke came close to snatching a late winner for the visitors.

Chris Wilder is still waiting for his first win as Middlesbrough boss after Preston hit back from behind to claim a 2-1 win at the Riverside Stadium.

Paddy McNair's 33rd-minute header looked set to get Wilder's regime up and running after he marked his debut in the dugout with Saturday's 1-1 draw against Millwall.

But Ched Evans headed Preston's equaliser in the 77th minute and four minutes later, Emil Riis Jakobsen lashed an unlikely winner for Frankie McAvoy's men.

Birmingham ended a run of two straight defeats by clinging on for a goalless draw at former tenants Coventry despite having Ryan Woods sent off eight minutes from time.

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Nottingham Forest also ended the night with 10 men after Jack Colback was sent off for two bookable offences in their goalless draw with Luton at the City Ground.


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