Gozie Ugwu returned from his loan spell at Plymouth to score for the Royals under-21s in stoppage time away at Stoke.
Back with Reading from his injury-hampered loan spell at Plymouth, Ugwu dispatched a late penalty to secure a workmanlike victory in Staffordshire and cement our place at the top of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League group two.
The 19-year-old played the full match and will looking for further involvement with our under-21s as he aims to continue his development at Reading Football Club in Chris Cummins’ squad.
The Royals were the better side after a scrappy opening 20 minutes - and almost went ahead when Lawson D'Ath's freekick headed towards goal, but goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann got a finger to it.
Stoke first team players Jamie Ness and Florent Cuvelier both had efforts go wide from range, while Reading defender Matthew Partridge agonisingly fired over from six years out.
Potters striker Andy Musungu missed a decent opportunity when he cut inside from the left, only to shoot wide. But the Royals were the better side throughout and had a number of chances to win it - and did, right at the death.
Dominic Samuel, fresh from scoring his incredible goal for the under-21s against Man City, showed great skill once again to get in the box, before seeing the referee point to the spot as the striker was felled by defender George Rigg.
Ugwu kept his cool as he stepped up to take the penalty, and sent Bachmann the wrong way to clinch victory for the Royals - their fourth in five games. Click here
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Henly, Lincoln, Arnold, Webb, Partridge, Keown, Sweeney, Edwards, D’Ath, Tshibola, Kuhl, Losasso, Fosu, Ugwu, Samuel, Tanner.