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Royals Come From Behind To Thrash Huddersfield

19 January 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading came from two goals down to record a huge 5-2 victory over Huddersfield Town in their FA Cup third round replay at the Madejski Stadium. The two sides finished level at 2-2 in the first meeting with Huddersfield scoring a late penalty to force a replay. The visitors looked like they'd come to finish the job by racing into a two goal lead. It looked set to be a miserable night for the crowd of 8,119 on a freezing night at the Madejski Stadium. It could have been worse with Huddersfield almost making it three, before a sending off saw them forced to play out most of the game with ten men - much to Reading's advantage.

Piazon immediately pulled one back from the resulting free-kick, with a great effort that went over the wall and under the bar to beat the keeper. With Nick Blackman no longer at the club, the Royals are in the need of a new top scorer - and Vydra took up that role in the second half with his best 45 minutes in a Reading shirt. He pulled Reading level on 57 minutes - starting the move in his own half before Hal Robson-Kanu put in a great run before forcing the Huddersfield keeper into a save. The ball came out to Vydra to score the equaliser.

Vydra's second put Reading ahead just three minutes later. Again the combination of Robson-Kanu, John and Vydra created the goal with John providing the goal to allow Vydra to score from close range. However, at 3-2, The game was far from over and Huddersfield nearly equalised with an effort that beat Al Habsi in the Reading goal but failed to beat the corner of the crossbar. However, Reading gradually looked in control with the Terriers chasing the game, away from home and with ten men.

Vydra claimed his hat-trick on 90 minutes when he was played in by Norwood's ball through the middle. Vydra twisted round his defender to calmly finish and secure the win at 4-2. Vydra was replaced by Orlando Sa in stoppage time - and there was still time for another Reading goal to turn it into a thrashing. Ferdandez scored with a low long range effort into the bottom corner to seal at 5-2 victory - a scoreline that never looked likely after the opening 45 minutes.

Reading will now go on to face League One Walsall in the fourth round on Saturday 30 January as they look to put together another cup run. Ticket prices will be 10 pounds for adults and 5 pounds for concessions, as the club try to get a reasonable crowd in for the next round.


Discussion On This Story:


» 20 Jan 2016 00:01

Well that was oxf*rd freezing.

We started off as we left off at MK Dons and for the first quarter of an hour we were utterly shit, this time Huddersfield were a better team than we played Saturday and looked pretty threatening coming forward. They scored two but could of had 3 or 4. Then came the sending off and the game changed.

IMHO the Saturday incident that wasn't given was a 10/10, this one was more like a 7/10 but we got it. Scoring from the free kick (a cracker from Piazon) and suddenly we were back in the game.

The score flattered us but it was really all down to the red card, and for once us taking advantage of it. We're still shit at corners and crossing in general but this will give the squad a confidence boost for Saturday.


» 20 Jan 2016 00:06

How good was Ollie Norwood? MOTM and POTS so far, there should be PL interest in him after that performance. Outstanding.

 Royal Ginger

» 20 Jan 2016 00:12

Dunno what was going on in the beginning there. Obviously the game was all about the red card, but hats off to McDermott for exploiting the extra man so well. Worlds apart from Adkins' side not being able to break down 9 man Yeovil.

 P!ssed Off

» 20 Jan 2016 00:16

8 man Yeovil

 Silver Fox

» 20 Jan 2016 00:22

That'd be 8-man Yeovil!

Anyway, tonight I thought we were OK for the first 8 minutes, bossing possession but Matej and Piazon couldn't do anything when confronted with Lynch's physicality. Then we might have had our worst 20 minutes since Adkins, giving the ball away, completely incapable of stopping Huddersfield from doing whatever the hell they wanted.
Then Matej gets dragged down , their man deservedly sees red and Piazon smacks in a delightful free kick and we didn't really look back, although the defence did fall asleep again to get done by a decent run from Wells who luckily did a Ronnie Rosenthal.
Let's hope we can take this performance and build on it on Saturday.
Finally, I don't care about Tim Dellor, but I do hope he enjoyed his plate of words.


» 20 Jan 2016 00:24

Bolton was colder.

Putting aside the shambles of a first 25 mins, excellent performance. Vydra, Norwood, Cooper and Ferdinand all brilliant. Al-Habsi made a cracking sliding save on Wells to stop them going 3-0 up which would've killed us off in the first 20 minutes. Top marks to him too.

Also LOL at the pre-match Royals Anagram on the big screen for Simon Church being "Chronic Mush"


» 20 Jan 2016 00:27

Utter shyte for the first 25/30 mins - red card (easily I would say from my angle, but wasnt anywhere near level enough in reality) and the free kick changed the game. They obviously got the hairdrier at half time, but lets not forget we were against 10 for most of the game. At 3-2 Wells hit the woodwork and it could have been dfferent.

Great confidence booster, especially for Vydra. A win is a win in the end.

oxf*rd me it was cold.

 Royality creeps In

» 20 Jan 2016 00:43

Well that was a freezing cold LOLZ
We were absolutely woeful/dreadful/shit (Delete as appropriate) for the first 25 minutes and Huddersfield were in cruise control, could and should have been three or four up. We came out like we couldn't be bothered. (Except Al Habsi and Mr post who kept us in the game)

They then commit Kamikaze. Player sent off when Vydra was through and subsequently bought down. We score from resulting free kick.
(Very similar sending of decision to the one at MK Dons on Saturday. This time it went in our favour)

We suddenly realised that there was a game on and won comfortably in the end.
Vydra caused them all sorts of problems and hopefully shut a few of his critics up.

Please lets hope we don't draw that lot again next season.

 Lower West

» 20 Jan 2016 00:46

Was a throw in. Never a corner. So tonight for once lady luck was on our side. The guys deserved a break,

There's a good relationship between Vydra and McD judging by the embrace when he was subbed. Good man management. McD has defended his player and been proven right.


» 20 Jan 2016 00:49

Would just like to say that 635 from Huddersfield was a cracking effort from them.

 Blue Blood

» 20 Jan 2016 00:56

Turning point for me was Al Habsi's save at 2-0 down on the one on one. Game over if he did not make that.

Possibly turning point of season?


» 20 Jan 2016 01:01

Beers are on Pepe btw, he had money on a Vydra hattrick at 100/1

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