A seasoned Reading outfit inflicted a heavy defeat upon a youthful Spurs reserve team as the league leaders made their chances count after striking four times without reply at Broadhall Way.
A seasoned Reading outfit inflicted a heavy defeat upon a youthful Spurs reserve team as the league leaders made their chances count after striking four times without reply at Broadhall Way.Clive Allen handed a first start to Kyle Fraser-Allen in a match that took place a day later after the rain subsided after Monday’s postponement. There were also returns to reserve team football for Jake Livermore and Emil Hallfredsson, following injury and a spell on loan at Malmo, respectively.
Our Berkshire counterparts opted for an experienced line-up with South Korean international Seol, United States winger Bobby Convey, January signings Michael Duberry and Greg Halford as well as Club top scorer Kevin Doyle among those starting from the off.
We began positively with Jamie O’Hara controlling the midfield area while Adel Taarabt, in a supporting role behind Andy Barcham, asked questions of the Reading defence early on.
Jake Livermore fired a warning shot within 120 seconds of the opening whistle with a long-range strike which flew just wide of Adam Federici’s left post, while the Reading shot-stopper did well to turn away Hallfredsson’s cross-cum shot on seven minutes.
Andy Barcham was unlucky not to put us ahead after 16 minutes when he just failed to connect with Phil Ifil’s perfectly-weighted cross from the right from five yards out.
The visitors failed to test Radek Cerny until the 20 minute mark, when the Czech Republic goalkeeper rushed off his line to block Dave Kitson’s shot after the tall forward had been put clean through by Seol. The South Korean winger almost scored a goal of his own shortly after, clipping the top of the bar following a mazy dribble as the visitors dominance began to show.
Ten minutes before half-time Reading took the lead when Kitson looped the ball over the onrushing Cerny and into the net.
Reading continued to put pressure on goal as they went in search of a second, before Hallfredsson was unlucky not to level the scores on the stroke of half-time. Duberry’s headed clearance from Charlie Lee’s cross fell only as far as the Icelandic man who fired a left-footed volley straight back towards goal, which Federici did well to keep hold of.
The introduction of Tomas Pekhart to partner Barcham in attack appeared to re-invigorate us at the start of the second 45 minutes. Hallfredsson cracked a shot from distance just past the post, while Livermore and Pekhart both had efforts kept out by Federici.
Our Czech substitute was offered a perfect opportunity to restore parity just before the hour when Reading failed to clear Ifil’s low centre, but he lashed the loose ball wide of goal from ten yards.
We were made to pay for the failure to make our chances count as Reading struck three times in just over ten minutes. Ulises De La Cruz doubled Reading’s advantage, weaving past our backline before slotting into an empty net on 64 minutes and Brynjar Gunnarsson made it three when he stroked home a rebound after Cerny had pushed out Doyle’s vicious turn and shot.
Welsh international John Oster wrapped up the scoring when he stole in front of his marker to tap in a Convey cross.