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Reading fly through to the quarters

3 - 1
West Brom

Madejski Stadium

20th February

Attendance: 19,566


Readings terrific record against West Brom continued after goals from McShane, Hector and Piazon helped The Royals to victory. It was another memorable afternoon in the greatest cup competition in football at the Madejski Stadium.

Brian made two changes as Cox came in for the cup tied Kermorgant and Rakels made his first start replacing Piazon. This saw the usual back four, with Hector, Norwood and Quinn in midfield and Robson-Kanu and Rakels supporting Cox.

West Brom also started a very strong team with the likes of Berahino, Brunt, Fletcher and Rondon all starting.

It was a slow start to the game with neither side really creating much.

Reading had drawn their last two home games 0-0 whilst West Brom are the lowest scorers in the league.

This clearly showed as chances were at a premium throughout the first half.

However, Reading had the best chance as Robson-Kanu's glancing header was tipped over the crossbar by Ben Foster.

Despite having the better of the first half, West Brom took the lead with 54 minutes gone through Darren Fletcher. His low and hard drive into the corner gave Al-Habsi no chance.

I did feel that this was going to be enough to win the game as West Brom are renowned for having a rather stubborn defence.

However, the introduction of Vydra and John was marked by an equaliser as McShane headed in his first goal for The Royals to make it 1-1.

Ola John and Vydra then started to affect the game massively and a nice bit of skill from John won Reading another free kick on the edge of the box.

This was again clipped in excellently by Norwood and Hector was their to nod home at the back stick. 2-1 Reading with 15 minutes to go.

West Brom then started to pile players forward and gave Reading some scares for the first time in the game.

A couple of wicked balls in were firstly dramatically cleared by Norwood and then shockingly missed by Darren Fletcher from just 5 yards out.

Reading then looked to catch The Baggies on the break and Robson-Kanu should've finished the tie but his one on one went wide.

Lucas Piazon then replaced Quinn in the 93rd minute and within seconds he sent Reading through to the quarter finals of the FA Cup with a tidy finish.

This sent the Reading fans into raptures and some ugly scenes in the West Brom end with a coin thrown at Chris Brunt.

However, it was a fantastic second half performance from The Royals and another quarter final awaits.

Star Player

Stephen Quinn played more centrally for the second game running and he controlled it. Running tirelessly and always wanting to be all the ball, the Irishman had an absolutely cracking game.

Date:Sunday February 21 2016
Time: 1:01PM

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