Strike duo see off Palace
Goals in quick succession from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Adam Le Fondre earned Reading a comfortable 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in their final friendly before the Barclays Premier League. The Royals played well and were well on top, particularly in the second half, to further lift confidence ahead of the real business against Stoke.
It was a good day for our debutants, with Pogrebnyak scoring, Danny Guthrie named man of the match, Garath McCleary influential and Chris Gunter returning from injury to get 90 minutes at right back.
Indeed Pogrebnyak's goal came from an excellent pass by McCleary, and our second goal was very easy on the eye, Pogrebnyak finding Hal Robson-Kanu, whose superb cross was on a plate for Le Fondre.
With both strikers on the scoresheet, no goals conceded and more minutes under the belt, every boxed was ticked in terms of what to take from a pre-season game.
Both goals are available to watch on Reading FC Player now.
Jobi McAnuff, Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts sat out with injuries, while illness ruled out Shaun Cummings. Jem Karacan, Nicky Shorey, Sean Morrison and Brynjar Gunnarsson all played for our Reading FC XI in a friendly at Eastleigh to get further minutes under their belts.
Palace sub Jermaine Easter should have given Palace an 89th minute consolation, but pulled wide of the post. It was of no concern, and Reading were happy with their afternoon - goals for both strikers, a clean sheet and good displays from our newboys. Overall the perfect preparation.