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Unbeaten Run Ends
05 October 2013
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading's unbeaten run of six games came to an end with a 1-2 away defeat at league leaders Burnley. The game saw the return to action for Bridge and McAnuff but Reading were forced to suffer their second league defeat of the season and drop to seventh in the Championship table. Reading's man of the match was Alex McCarthy in goal, who was forced into some excellent saves to keep Reading in the game.
Overall, Reading were well beaten despite a nervous finish for the home side after Reading clawed a goal back thanks to an own goal with eight minutes left to play. The game took a long time to get going, and when it did it was a goal for Burnley with just over 20 minutes played. The home side picked up confidence as the game went on, and although Reading enjoyed a reasonable start to the second half, with plenty of the ball, it was Burnley that emerged on top. They probably should have scored more but were frustrated by McCarthy, until they doubled their lead with ten minutes left to play.
Two minutes later Reading, earnt a lifelife when Obita's cross was met by Pogrebnyak, and his effort was deflected in by Shackell past his own goalkeeper. Reading pushed forward in the last minutes and might have stole a point when Gunter headed on target - but unfortunately straight at the Burnley goalkeeper. However, a draw would have been an unfair result on Burnley, who are now seven points ahead of the Royals at the top of the table.
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