Reading vs Stoke City
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The hosts, despite winning four of their seven matches, went into the fixture with two 4-0 defeats. Including their most recent fixture against the Blades. Therefore a solid result was needed for the home side. The visitors, meanwhile, have started the campaign in a rather worrying manner.
The Royals wasted no time as they scored almost immediately from kickoff in 2’. However, they could not go into halftime with the lead as they conceded in the 40th minute.
Joao stepped up to convert a penalty to double his tally in the 57th minute. This was enough for Reading to put three points on the board.
Reading vs Stoke City: Match report
Full time score: Reading 2-1 Stoke City
Reading: Lumley (GK), Yiadom (C), Holmes, Hutchinson, McIntyre, Hoilett (Rahman 69’), Hendrick, Fornah (Guinness-Walker 90+1’), Ince, Joao, Long (Ehibhatiomhan71’).
Unused Subs: Bouzanis (GK), Tetek, Abrefa, Craig.
Yellow Cards: Hutchinson (6’)
Scorers: Joao (2’ and 57’ pen)
Stoke City: Bonham (GK), Wilmot, Flint, Fox, Brown, Smallbone (Wright-Phillips 86’), Baker (C), Clucas (Thompson 73’), Fosu (Powell 61’), Delap (Taylor 71’), Campbell.
Unused Subs: Bursik (GK), Jagielka, Sparrow.
Scorers: Wilmot (40’)
Attendance: 12,292 (942 away)
Reading’s Paul Ince: “It’s just good to get a good performance. As I’ve said to the players, it’s not about winning, it’s about performing. We performed today. That’s all you can ask for. You know with these players what they’re like, the spirit and the togetherness. And when we came out for the second half, they were incredible in every department. That’s so pleasing. With the first goal, it’s about time we got a gift. It’s about time we got something like that.”
Stoke’s Alex Neil: “Some things in football you just can’t legislate for. We put a poor cross into their box, the goalie [Joe Lumley] collects it and punts it up the pitch. And from that point onwards it was just mistake after mistake. There’s not much you can do. You just watch it and think: ‘Wow’. For five minutes afterwards, you could see that that had affected us. It’s a bad trait that we’ve had for some time now, I don’t know whether it’s lack of confidence or lack of belief. But after that, we started to move the ball a little bit better and get into better areas.”