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21 January 2013

Journalists' take on Royals comeback

For the second week running, the Royals endeavors secured their place at the top of Match of the Day, and Sky Sports' Game of the Day.

Our first away win of the season, perhaps our best ever away win in the Premier League, notching our fourth victory in five games in all competitions - enough to make the big story once again.

Here's how our triumph in Tyneside was perceived by the media...


The Guardian's Louise Taylor: Mikele Leigertwood hit a wonderful crossfield ball for Jimmy Kébé, who centred it into the six-yard box. Once Mike Williamson spurned a chance to clear the danger, Le Fondre twisted his body instinctively to meet the ball, using the top of his chest to bundle it past Krul from close range.

If his first goal looked scrambled, Le Fondre's second was an accomplished shot unleashed after Hope Akpan's miscued effort rebounded to his feet.

The Independent's Martin Hardy: Le Fondre cost Reading £300,000. Brian McDermott said afterwards that you could not buy Le Fondre’s right sock for that price now after his stunning double, from the substitutes’ bench. 

The Telegraph's Luke Edwards: Reading had barely got hold of the ball, but as Newcastle retreated into their shell after the break, content to hang on to their slender lead, the visitors were allowed to crank up the pressure.
Reading manager Brian McDermott threw on Adam Le Fondre and Hope Akpan and for the second weekend running Reading turned a losing position into a winning one.

Sky Tyne and Wear: Then Reading boss Brian McDermott brought on Le Fondre and within 60 seconds he had levelled. Mikele Leigertwood found Jimmy Kebe with a wondrful cross-field pass - he fired the ball into the six-yard box and Le Fondre bundled the ball over the line.

The Mirror's John Wardle: Adam Le Fondre has bought into Brian ­McDermott’s tactics at Reading – even though it has cost him a place in the starting line-up.

More than half the ­striker’s appearances this season have been off the bench as McDermott puts the accent on making his team hard to beat.

The Sun's Ian Gordon: Adam Le Fondre’s double after coming on as a 70th-minute substitute helped the Royals complete an astonishing fightback for the second week in a row.

Team of the Week

Adam Federici's outstanding goalkeeping performance earned his place in ESPN's team of the week. Click here to see who he lined up alongside.

Chris Borg wrote, "Reading achieved what could be an absolutely pivotal win over Newcastle at the weekend - but, had it not been for 'keeper Adam Federici, the Royals would not have been in a position to turn the game around at St James' Park. The Australian made a brilliant one-handed save from a Papiss Cisse header, later denying him again as Newcastle dominated the first half, and also thwarted Yohan Cabaye."


The Royals were certainly getting a lot of attention on Twitter, too. Here's just a few of many tweets..

ESPN's Ian Darke: Two wins in a row for Reading. Showing real fight and character.

Ex-Royal Sam Sodje: It's a fantastic result for my old club! I wish them all the best.

Left back Ian Harte: Thanks to all the reading fans today got well behind the team. Now talk to me about the one and only Adam le fondre #goalmachine

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