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Young Reading Side Overcome Millwall In Extra Time

23 August 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading finally overcame a Millwall side offering little more than stubborn resistance with goals in extra time from George Evans and Sam Smith to reach the Third Round of the EFL Cup. Reading dominated possession in the first half, taking the lead through a stunning goal from Bacuna making his home debut, only to concede an equaliser within minutes. The game opened up in the second half with Reading creating more scoring opportunities than their opponents but were frustrated by some wayward shooting. The introduction of Barrow and Clement from the bench in the second half gave the Royals a more of a cutting edge but nobody was able to find the composure to provide the finish. Reading took control of the game in extra time and after re-taking the lead inevitably ran out comfortable winners in the end.
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 Lower West

» 22 Aug 2017 23:14

Plenty of positives to take from tonight's game. Cracking goals. Roll on round 3.

 windermereROYAL

» 22 Aug 2017 23:25



Excellent performance from the young lads, 4 great goals. 26 shots on goal 8 on target. All the players looked comfortable on the ball.

 Snowball

» 22 Aug 2017 23:29

Just reading elsewhere that someone thought this a boring game.

I really enjoyed it. There were plenty of very good performances, a few moments of brilliance,
some moves that were a joy to watch.

Bacuna is classy and should soon establish himself as a starter in midfield. Apart from one moment, he worked hard, tackled back, won loads of ball, was always available, keen to receive the ball and showed lots of vision with almost always the most sensible pass, He fed Popa often (Popa had a great game apart from his finishing). The goal was excellent. Picked up the ball deep in midfield, ghosted through two opponents, carried it to the edge of the box and wellies a great shot into the back of the net. This is a very good player. 8

Popa ran his socks off, was a great outlet. Had he not missed all those chances he'd've got 8.5 from me, but 7.5

Clement showed some fabulous ball skills when he came on as sub. He is going to be an awesome player in a few years, 8

The kid up front worked very hard, but didn't look like he'd ever score. I was so chuffed for him when he finally got a goal. 6

Rinomhota was solid throughout and can step into the first 11 without worries, when needed. 7

The three centre backs did OK throughout up against some big strikers, but we still manage to give away chances after dominating. 6.5s

Gunter was a mixed bag, sometimes OK-to-good, sometimes a bit casual, but overall he was probably a 6.5

Keeper was decent throughout, so I'd go 7

McCleary looked rusty and, I thought, a bit heavy

Millwall looked like a League 1 outfit, but when they went Route 1 it almost came off.

Barrow, Bacuna, Clement show some real class and lovely touches. We still lack "steel" though. At our best we look like we could open up any defence. I expect us to put 5-6 past some team this season

 Snowball

» 22 Aug 2017 23:30

Just reading elsewhere that someone thought this a boring game.

I really enjoyed it. There were plenty of very good performances, a few moments of brilliance,
some moves that were a joy to watch.

Bacuna is classy and should soon establish himself as a starter in midfield. Apart from one moment, he worked hard, tackled back, won loads of ball, was always available, keen to receive the ball and showed lots of vision with almost always the most sensible pass, He fed Popa often (Popa had a great game apart from his finishing). The goal was excellent. Picked up the ball deep in midfield, ghosted through two opponents, carried it to the edge of the box and wellies a great shot into the back of the net. This is a very good player. 8

Popa ran his socks off, was a great outlet. Had he not missed all those chances he'd've got 8.5 from me, but 7.5

Clement showed some fabulous ball skills when he came on as sub. He is going to be an awesome player in a few years, 8

The kid up front worked very hard, but didn't look like he'd ever score. I was so chuffed for him when he finally got a goal. 6

Rinomhota was solid throughout and can step into the first 11 without worries, when needed. 7

Quin was industrious throughout. I think we look better when he plays.

The three centre backs did OK throughout up against some big strikers, but we still manage to give away chances after dominating. 6.5s

Gunter was a mixed bag, sometimes OK-to-good, sometimes a bit casual, but overall he was probably a 6.5

Keeper was decent throughout, so I'd go 7

McCleary looked rusty and, I thought, a bit heavy

Millwall looked like a League 1 outfit, but when they went Route 1 it almost came off.

Barrow, Bacuna, Clement show some real class and lovely touches. We still lack "steel" though. At our best we look like we could open up any defence. I expect us to put 5-6 past some team this season

 windermereROYAL

» 23 Aug 2017 00:01



You have to be kidding me. no doubt it was boring on the radio..

 FiNeRaIn

» 23 Aug 2017 00:10



Excellent performance from the young lads, 4 great goals..

The last one so good it didn't even register on sky sports, google or the BBC :shock:

 windermereROYAL

» 23 Aug 2017 00:21



Excellent performance from the young lads, 4 great goals..

The last one so good it didn't even register on sky sports, google or the BBC :shock:

I included Millwalls goal which was very good too.

 FiNeRaIn

» 23 Aug 2017 00:25

Someone said it was a horrible deflection so I ruled that one out.

 Top Flight

» 23 Aug 2017 00:42

I could swear we made four substitutions this evening.... Have I missed the change in the law?
I hope I haven't just landed Jaap in the sh*ts.

Barrow, Clement, Loader and Blackett all came off the bench tonight didn't they?

Since when were four substitutions allowed?

 maffff

» 23 Aug 2017 00:44


One more allowed in extra time.

They made four too.

 windermereROYAL

» 23 Aug 2017 00:45



I think you are allowed an extra sub in extra time.

 Top Flight

» 23 Aug 2017 00:45

Apart from the fact that we cheated by bringing on four substitutes. I thought we played very well.

I just feel we need to be able to penetrate more. I think we need to put more balls in the box and have bodies charging in trying to get on the end of things.

Anyway, I'm not going to interfere with Stam's work. I will let him get on with it and I will support him. Something good is brewing at Madejski Stadium. I hope Stam can bring in the players he wants.


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