Tanner brace seals win over QPR
Reading's under-21s are safely through to the last 16 of the Barclays Premier League Cup as a Craig Tanner brace and Dom Samuel strike secured a deserved 3-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Madejski Stadium.
Samuel grabbed the first of the night with a beautifully curled strike before his strike partner Tanner found the back of the net after some great work from captain Jake Taylor.
Tanner secured his double with a fantastic left-footed effort into the top corner, before Mohammed Shariff scored a consolation for Rangers at the death.
Reading: Lincoln, Long, Griffin, Cooper, Keown; Kuhl (Fosu 87), Tshibola, D'Ath (Stacey 82), J.Taylor (C); Tanner (Kelly 90), Samuel.
QPR: Murphy, Magri, Kpekawa, Laurent, Sendles-White, Brown, Shariff, Diakite, Hitchcock, Balanta (Comley 65), Fitzpatrick (Pattie 69).
Shooting towards the South Stand of Madejski Stadium, the Royals took a firm grip on the cup tie from the off - putting together a number of good moves as they settled into the game well.
And after just 11, Reading were in front. A good team move resulted in Dominic Samuel getting hold of the ball, and he struck a superb curled effort past QPR goalkeeper Brian Murphy.
Martin Kuhl's men were in the ascendancy throughout the half. Jake Cooper had a header easily saved, before Murphy desperately beat Tanner to a loose ball and then Taylor very nearly completed an excellent attack on goal.
Dan Lincoln then pulled off a stunning save to deny Mohammed Shariff from a free kick, before Lawson D'Ath struck an ambitious effort over the bar.
The Royals had Lincoln to thank again as he stopped Mali international Samba Diakite, before the Royals capitalised on their superior attacking play.
Skipper Taylor advanced towards QPR's goal, had two or three attempts blocked by defenders before wisely laying the ball off for Tanner - who brilliantly found the back of the net despite a number of Rangers players on the line.
Aaron Kuhl had the first attempt of the second 45 for the Royals, as he shot just wide from distance before Samuel tested Murphy from the edge of the area with a well-placed effort.
But just after the hour mark, Reading established a three goal lead in style. Tanner got his second of the match as he weaved in and out of his marker on the right hand side, before curling a beautiful strike into the top corner.
It could and really should have been two just seven minutes later when Samuel found himself closing in on goal, but headed over the bar.
The Royals looked comfortable throughout though, and a headed goal from QPR midfielder Shariff wouldn't damper a superb night for our under-21s - as the final whistle blew on a well deserved 3-1 victory at Madejski Stadium.
Our youngsters are now through to the last 16 of the Barclays Under 21s Premier League.