OXFORD United stepped up their Sky Bet League One play-off preparations with a 2-1 defeat at Reading.

Ben Woodburn, whose last game on loan from Liverpool was in October, put the visitors in front at the Royals' training ground in the third 30-minute period.

Simon Eastwood saved a penalty, but Charlie Adam and Danny Loader struck for the hosts.

The game was United's first against external opposition since their league campaign was suspended in March.

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A friendly earlier this month was called off after two people tested positive on the eve of the game.

Portsmouth, United's semi-final opponents, drew 1-1 with Brentford yesterday, having lost 3-1 to Reading a week earlier.