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Huddersfield Or Reading To Face League One Walsall
11 January 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Huddersfield or Reading will face League One Walsall in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Walsall will have to travel to the winners of Reading's replay after the Royals drew 2-2 at Huddersfield on Saturday. The fourth round game will most likely take place on Saturday 30 January. Reading looked to have stolen a late win at Huddersfield but a suspect stoppage time penalty from the Terriers forced a replay that will take place at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday 19 January.
After that away draw, Reading have the possibility of two home games against teams below them in the football pyramid. Huddersfield may only be a few places behind the Royals but the home advantage should see Reading start as favourites. If we do manage to progress to the next round then the Walsall game will be seen as a decent chance for Reading to put together another FA Cup run - however Walsall are a team in top form.
Walsall will certainly provide a tough test for Reading. While Reading have been struggling to put results together in the Championship, The Saddlers sit in third place in League One and are just two points outside the automatic promotion places with two games in hand. They will certainly fancy their chances of claiming another Championship scalp after already putting out Brentford in round three on Saturday. Walsall scored in the first half in what was to be the only goal of the game at Griffin Park. A trip to Reading will be seen as an ideal opportunity to repeat their third round result.
In a repeat of last years third round game, Reading looked to be heading through to the fourth round at Huddersfield Town's expense once more on Saturday. Huddersfield took the lead on 57 minutes before Vydra scored the equaliser, with the help of a deflection, with 19 minutes left to play. The game looked to be heading towards a draw until Hal Robson-Kanu appeared to have won the game for Reading - only for Huddersfield to win a penalty despite the challenge appearing to be outside the area. The spot kick was put in to make it 2-2 and set the game up for next Tuesday's replay.
Reading are expecting a low crowd for the third round replay but have priced tickets at just 10 pounds for adults to try and get a crowd in. The game kicks-off at the usual 8pm on Tuesday 19 January. The East and West stands will be open for Reading fans and will be unreserved seating for the night. Children are just a pound and other concessions are five pounds.
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