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Press pandemonium!

14 January 2013

National acclaim for Royals

The big story, front-page of the Sunday pull-outs, first on Match of the Day, the 'Game of the Day' on Sky Sports - you name it.

It makes a nice change, you might say. But given the enormous unlikelihood of the feat, it would be safe the say that the media mania was justified!

Here's how some of the national press described the turnaround...

The Telegraph's Gerry Cox 
I Believe in Miracles by The Jackson Sisters was blaring out of the PA system after another memorable game here, but Brian McDermott preferred to highlight the “desire, resilience and character” that enabled his Reading side to make a remarkable recovery.

At 2-0 down and with eight minutes remaining nobody gave Reading a hope against high-flying West Brom, for whom Romelu Lukaku had scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season.
But when Jimmy Kébé gave Reading a sliver of optimism with a diving header in the 82nd minute, McDermott sensed something special was in the air.

Daily Mail's Peter Higgs
A welcome point then became three as Alex Pearce headed down Ian Harte's free-kick and Pogrebnyak volleyed home from close range for his third goal in three games - before being booked for taking his shirt off. 

This was one occasion when the big Russian could surely have been forgiven.

The Sunday Times'John Aizlewood
Pogrebnyak sprang into life to tuck home the winner, his eighth goal of the season. What glory, what madness, what wonder.

The Sun's Vikki Orvice 
PAVEL POGREBNYAK hit a dramatic winner as Reading grabbed THREE goals in the final eight minutes to leave the Baggies stunned.
The Royals looked to be heading for bottom place before Brian McDermott’s men produced a turnaround — against the run of play, never mind the odds — to pull off only their third league victory of the season.

The Guardian's Barry Glendenning
Jimmy Kébé, Adam Le Fondre and Pavel Pogrebnyak spared the Royals' blushes, scoring a goal apiece in the final 10 minutes to transform the mood in the Madejski Stadium from outright hostility to bemused jubilation.

The Independent's Daniel Cutts
On 82 minutes, Jimmy Kebe scored, six minutes later Adam Le Fondre converted a penalty and in added time Pavel Pogrebnyak pinched a winner, to complete one of the greatest Premier League turnarounds of all time.

Twitter was also in meltdown - here's just a few of thousands of messages about the Royals:

MOTD's Gary Lineker ‏@GaryLineker
Wow what a comeback from Reading. 2 down with 8 minutes to go, now lead 3-2

Former Royal Chris Casper ‏@ChrisCasper1
Fantastic result for Reading and Brian Mac 2-0 down and showed a lot of character to win 3-2 well done the Royals

Sky Sports' Football ExpertGuillem Balague ‏@GuillemBalague
Oh yeah Reading baby!!

Robbie Savage ‏@RobbieSavage8
. @bbc606 is this the turning point for reading !!

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