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More Late Goals And Another 1-1 With Forest
23 January 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?
For the second time in the last three Championship League games, Reading faced Nottingham Forest and fans were treated to something of a repeat performance. After a dramatic 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium eleven days earlier, it all happened again with Forest looking to have secured a late win only for Reading to hit back with an even later equaliser. At the Madejski Reading were much the better side in the second half but looked to have lost it when Forest scored deep into injury time. The Royals immediately took the ball down the other end and Obita's cross was turned into his own net by Figueiredo as the game finished 1-1.
Back up to Nottingham for our re-arranged Championship game, a week and a half later, and again Reading came from behind to share the points in another 1-1 draw. This time former Reading player Lewis Grabban scored with just ten minutes to play. Again the Royals showed some great character to hit back - this time taking three minutes to draw level thanks to Sam Baldock. Baldock had only been on the pitch for five minutes, coming on to replace the the ineffective Puscas before his vital goal that ensured Reading have only lost one match out of the last eleven.
There were more bright signs for Reading who deserved another point on the road against a side fifth in the table. Sharing the points in both games against a side that will be in the mix for promotion at the end of the season shows Reading really should expect to finish in the top half of the table this season - which is great progress given recent seasons. Again the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game with both teams fairly equal on both possession and shots. Real goalscoring opportunities were limited for the Royals but both sides registered four shots on target during the 90 minutes.
Manager Mark Bowen was happy with the performance talking after the match: "I thought we edged it slightly in terms of our play in the second half. We were the team that looked more comfortable in possession. It was a bit like the first game where we defended resolutely in the first half against a side who've been in and around the top six all season. Yet again we showed our resilience to come back from going behind. We shrugged it off and I had a strange feeling we would get a chance."
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