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U21s sink Hammers

2 November 2012

Pearce, Obita and Le Fondre secure 3-0 win

Reading 3 (Pearce 12, Obita 54, Le Fondre 88)
West Ham 0

Reading's U21s put on an outstanding performance as they comfortably beat league leaders West Ham by three goals to nil at Hogwood Park.

Goals from Alex Pearce, Jordan Obita and Adam Le Fondre secured a comfortable win and ended the Hammers' five-game winning run.

On the back of an encouraging 3-3 draw away at West Brom, Chris Cummins named a similar starting line-up bolstered by first-team players Ian Harte, Pearce and Le Fondre.

Watched by Brian McDermott, Nigel Gibbs and the visiting Steve Coppell, Reading started vibrantly and Le Fondre went just wide early on, before setting up the in-form striker Dominic Samuel who missed the target.

But the Royals were rewarded for their early pressure when Harte delivered an inch-perfect corner - buried home by the towering Pearce.

Leading by example, skipper Pearce was winning every challenge in the air and gave Reading the impetus to go on and win the match.

It was nearly two for the young Royals when Aaron Tshibola forced a great save from Hammers 'keeper Jake Larkins, before Le Fondre had a lobbed effort cleared off the line.

Reading were dominant in virtually every aspect and goalkeeper Stuart Taylor was seldom called into action as the players went into the changing rooms at half time.

'Alife' set up the energetic Obita straight after the break, but the winger's effort hit the side netting - before eventually getting the goal he deserved.

Scoring his second in as many games for the U21s, Obita was causing havoc down the left and - just like his goal against West Brom - he had an effort fall back to him and fired the follow up into the back of the net.

Minutes later, Samuel and Le Fondre went close before Pearce had a goal chalked off for a slight nudge in his marker's back.

With Reading cruising to victory, Le Fondre added a third before the final whistle. 'ALF' got onto a cross from the left and made no mistake to make it three.

League leaders West Ham quite frankly had no answer to the Royals' superiority and it was a justified scoreline for Cummins' side - who face Bolton at home next.

Reading: S Taylor; Arnold, Harte, Pearce (Sweeney 80), Keown; J Taylor (Fosu 78), Tshibola, Obita, Losasso; Le Fondre, Samuel
Subs not used: Henly, MacDonald, Kuhl.

West Ham: Larkins; Driver, Potts, Shaw, Wearen; Moncur, Lletget, Turgott, E Lee (Piquionne 58); Fanimo, McCallum
Subs not used: Guzman Rosique, Ruddock Mpanzu, Powell, K Lee.

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