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Reading Suffer Another Defeat

15 October 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Rejuvenated by the appointment of interim manager Richard Beale following the sacking of manager Steve Bruce at the beginning of the week, the Baggies produced a perfect away performance to lift themselves out of the bottom three with only their second victory of the season. Royals' fans will be disappointed with the result, but Albion were sharp and focussed from the kick off, playing with an intensity in the first quarter of the match which put Reading on the back foot and produced the opening goal after twenty-five minutes. A sweeping cross field pass by Gardner-Hickman found Phillips wide on the right who shrugged off a feeble challenge by an isolated Guinness-Walker, who overall played well, to beat Bouzanis at the near post. The level of communication between the Albion players when defending was evidence of a team immediately benefitting from the fresh and positive influence of an interim manager.
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