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Royals see off Posh

28 August 2012

Royals into round three

Reading 3 (Pogrebnyak 16, Gunter 21, Knight-Percival og 39)
Peterborough 2 (Taylor 13, Tomlin 18)

Reading progressed to the third round of the Capital One Cup following an entertaining cup tie that produced five goals in 24 first half minutes.

Brian McDermott paid full respect to the tournament and our opponents by selecting a full strength side, and they had to come from 1-0 and 2-1 down to win the game. Paul Taylor had opened the scoring before Pavel Pogrebnyak equalised, and then Lee Tomlin's effort beat Adam Federici before Chris Gunter's cross floated home for 2-2.

Another floated cross then produced the winning goal before half time as Nat Knight-Percival nodded into his own net, and the second half was a far quieter affair. So overall a good evening's work for Brian McDermott's side, who go into Thursday's third round draw.

Reading (4-4-1-1): Federici; Gunter, Harte, Gorkss, Pearce; Karacan (Tabb 72), Leigertwood, McCleary (Hunt 62), McAnuff; Guthrie; Pogrebnyak
Subs: McCarthy, Cummings, Shorey, Mariappa, Le Fondre

Peterborough (4-2-3-1): Olejnik; Little, Nthle (Sinclair 83), Brisley (Newell 25), Knight-Percival; Bostwick, McCann; Tomlin (c), Swanson, Boyd; Taylor
Subs: Day, Clarke-Harris, Richins, Grant, Gordon
Booked: Swanson (foul 61)

Attendance: 7,262 (315 away)

Team news: Boss Brian McDermott named the same starting XI that face Chelsea six days previously, using Danny Guthrie as the second striker in a 4-4-1-1 formation. With Hal Robson-Kanu injured, Nicky Shorey was back on the bench for the first time since his return to Berkshire. Peterborough also named a strong team; four changes from their weekend game with Leeds.

First half: Pavel Pogrebnyak had the first real sight of goal, shaving the outside of the post with a sidefoot from Garath McCleary's neat pass. But the Posh had started well, and after Reading were unable to clear their lines Paul Taylor smacked home a good low strike from the edge of the box.

That strike sparked a flurry of goals, and Reading responded very quickly as Pogrebnyak turned home Chris Gunter's cross at the second attempt. A moment later it was 2-1 to the away side, Lee Tomlin getting away an angled strike that Adam Federici got a hand to but it wasn't enough. Chris Gunter's cross then floated in for 2-2 and it was four goals in less than ten minutes.

Federici's name was being sung loudly by our supporters at this point - and it echoed even louder when he made a superb one-on-one save to deny George Boyd 12 yards out. The action was not to stop, and Pogrebnyak's sidefooter whacked the upright from Danny Guthrie's neat play. And there was to be another goal, McCleary doing well to pressure Nathaniel Knight-Percival into a headed own goal.

Second half: It was a much quieter affair after the break, and it took 20 minutes for the first real effort, Pogrebnyak's header saved from Guthrie's good cross. Not too long afterwards Boyd flashed a header just above the bar, Mark Little having whipped in a devilish cross.

As the game entered its last ten minutes Federici made a fine low stop, and then sub Noel Hunt hit the post for the last moment of note - the real action had taken place in the first half when Reading earned their passage into the next round.

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