Jayden Bogle’s strike gave Sheffield United a narrow win at Reading in a match overshadowed by Blades midfielder John Fleck’s collapse.
The Scotland international required medical attention after collapsing off the ball midway through the second half.
Fleck was helped back to his feet and given oxygen by medical staff before being stretchered off.
Defender Bogle’s volley just before the hour helped the visitors to their first win in four matches.
After the match Sheffield United tweetedexternal-link that Fleck was “conscious when he left the stadium via the ambulance gate”.
The 30-year-old collapsed off the ball just after the hour mark and play was stopped for 10 minutes.
Earlier Bogle had put the visitors deservedly in front, stabbing in David McGoldrick’s deep cross.
United had also gone close to an opener in the first half when Wolves loanee Morgan Gibbs-White struck the crossbar from a direct free-kick.
Reading offered little after going behind as the visitors held on to all three points.
Match ends, Reading 0, Sheffield United 1.
Second Half ends, Reading 0, Sheffield United 1.
Foul by Morgan Gibbs-White (Sheffield United).
Danny Drinkwater (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Reading. John Swift tries a through ball, but Liam Moore is caught offside.
Substitution, Sheffield United. Ben Osborn replaces David McGoldrick.
Offside, Reading. Danny Drinkwater tries a through ball, but Liam Moore is caught offside.
Substitution, Reading. Thomas Holmes replaces Ovie Ejaria.
Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).
Andy Carroll (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. George Puscas (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Swift with a cross.
Foul by Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United).
Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Reading. Alen Halilovic replaces Baba Rahman.
Attempt missed. Andy Carroll (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Baba Rahman with a cross.
Morgan Gibbs-White (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.
Josh Laurent (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Billy Sharp.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Davies.