Reading 1-4 Spurs (PL2)
Report from Reading Training Ground
Mon 22 August 2016, 16:16|Tottenham Hotspur
A sparkling brace from Marcus Edwards paved the way for an emphatic 4-1 win at Reading in the Premier League 2 on Monday afternoon (August 22).
The young midfielder scored twice from the edge of the box, the second quickly followed by goals from Will Miller and Shayon Harrison as we enjoyed a blistering spell just after the break.
It could have been more, too, but goalkeeper Jonathan Bond atoned for his error on Harrison’s goal to deny both Harrison and Edwards late on, with Andy Rinomhota having netted a consolation for the Royals 17 minutes from time at their Hogwood Park training base.
Off the line: Amos denies Jules - 29mins
The game, although entertaining, drifted from end to end in the opening stages without any clear opportunities for either side. Skipper Luke Amos had to be alert, however, to clear Zak Jules' deflected effort off the line after goalkeeper Tom Glover had initially punched Dominic Hyam's header out to the edge of the box.
Goal: Reading 0-1 Spurs - Marcus Edwards - 32mins
After Miller burst through but shot straight at keeper Bond, we found a breakthrough as Nathan Oduwa laid the ball off for Edwards on the edge of the box, the midfielder turned away from his marker and rifled into the top corner from 18 yards out. We kept the pressure on, too. Within four minutes, Amos saw his long-range shot crash off the crossbar while Edwards missed his kick in front of a gaping net as he tried to latch onto Miller's cut-back.
Goal: Reading 0-2 Spurs - Marcus Edwards - 47mins
Edwards doubled his tally two minutes after half-time with another fine strike, this time cutting in from the right side and finding the net with a left-footed shot from 20 yards out.
Above: Marcus Edwards celebrates his second goal with Luke Amos and Kyle Walker-Peters.
Goal: Reading 0-3 Spurs - Will Miller - 48mins
Our blistering start to the second period continued 60 seconds later as Oduwa sent the ball in from the left wing and Miller, arriving late in the box, met it first time, arrowing a shot across Bond and into the top corner.
Goal: Reading 0-4 Spurs - Shayon Harrison - 51mins
We maintained our goalscoring momentum and forced a mistake from Bond to make it 4-0. Hyam played the ball across to the keeper from the left-back position but Harrison was quickly in attendance, closing Bond down and tackling him to force the ball over the line.
Goal: Reading 1-4 Spurs – Andy Rinomhota – 73mins
Less than a minute after Glover denied Axel Andresson at his near post, Reading grabbed a consolation goal as substitute Jake Sheppard crossed from the right and Rinomhota sent a header spinning into the top corner from just inside the 18-yard box.
Save: Bond prevents us from adding number five – 87mins
Andresson headed over the bar for Reading in the closing stages but with three minutes left we almost added to our side of the scoreline. Substitute Ryan Loft raced forward on the counter-attack and rounded Bond but, having taken the ball wide, he laid it back for the arriving Harrison. The latter took a touch before striking fiercely towards goal but Bond gathered well to deny him. Edwards also saw a shot blocked shortly afterwards.
Coach Ugo Ehiogu said
“We were pleasing with domination of the ball, sharpness of crosses, great individual moments on the pitch and a terrific team ethic, which was the foundation for all of our good play. We want the boys to enjoy that winning feeling because we've not had too many of these results, especially away from home.
“We’re disappointed with the lack of a clean sheet, though. I thought we switched off a little bit and stopped doing the things that got us into a comfortable lead but we still missed four or five gilt-edged chances. You could sense that the boys had the beating of the opposition and at 2-0 and 3-0 there were shouts encouraging good play and urging people not to get sloppy which is wonderful to see and hear. That’s what we’ve talked about – if there’s a problem, solve it, and if someone's not doing their job we want the players to take ownership.”
Reading: Bond, Osho (Andresson 55), Jules, East, Hyam, Dickie (c), Stacey, Rinomhota, Samuel (Cardwell 46), Barrett, Novakovich (Sheppard 52). Substitutes (not used): Davis, Southwood (GK).
Spurs: Glover, Walker-Peters, Ogilvie, Amos (c), Walkes, Owens, Edwards, Pritchard (Goddard 60), Harrison, Miller (Loft 67), Oduwa (Tracey 77). Substitutes (not used): Stylianides, Whiteman (GK).
Goals: Reading – Rinomhota 73; Spurs – Edwards 32, 47, Miller 48, Harrison 51.
Yellow cards: Reading – Sheppard 83; Spurs – Harrison 81, Amos 83.
Referee: A Bromley.
We’re back in Premier League 2 action on Friday afternoon with a rearranged game against newly-promoted Derby County. Our youngsters are sure to enjoy the chance to test themselves against fresh opponents, although securing a second away victory in the space of five days won’t be easy against a side that ran Manchester City close in their opening game last week.