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Our second goal analysed

29 December 2014

A closer look at Cox's goal

Reading's second goal against Norwich was described by the local press as sublime, and manager Steve Clarke was left delighted by the move that led to Simon Cox scoring.

The sequence took 16 seconds and involved 8 passes from 14 touches, and there were a number of factors that will have pleased the boss.

Simon Cox started and finished the move with lovely control, while Glenn Murray played a key role in closing down the initial City clearance. Cox fed Garath McCleary, and a very neat interchange ensued involving Danny Williams, Oliver Norwood and Chris Gunter.

From Murray's deep cross the first touch from Cox was superb with the outside of his right foot, and then the left foot finish beat John Ruddy to double our lead.

BBC Berkshire described it as a possible contender for team goal of the season so far, and the boss was delighted when speaking on air about the team's combinations.

Clarke said, "It was good play. We're trying to get them to be more adventurous in possession, which when your confidence is down it's not always easy to do.

"But we're starting to show little movements and combinations, and if we get the ball in the box we've got people who can score."

It was Cox's eighth of the season to make him our joint leading marksman for the campaign, and he has scored 26% of our league goals in 2014/15. At home, he's contributed 32% of our goals, with only six players in the division registering a higher home percentage. also had a number of interesting stats, and they said:

-52% of our attacks came down the right, 28% down the left and 20% in the middle.

-Oliver Norwood was their star man with an 8.6% rating, and was our leading passer with 72.

-According to their stats, Norwood had an incredible 11.2% of the game's overall possession. Next closest was Norwich's Steven Whittaker with 6.5%

-Norwood also led the stats for number of touches with 83.

-Michael Hector won most aerial duels in the game with 6. Alex Pearce had five, as did Bradley Johnson.

-Danny Williams led the game for interceptions with 7.

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