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Positive Royals earn 2-0 win

26 July 2014

Pavel and Jake on target

  • Royals win another pre-season game with convincing display
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak heads home just before half time
  • Jake Taylor adds a second after the break with a volley
  • Nick Blackman smashes the bar late on with sensational effort
Wycombe 0
Reading 2 (Pogrebnyak 42, Taylor 74)

Reading put in a dominant performance to beat Wycombe Wanderers 2-0 at Adams Park in a pre-season friendly.

We were well on top throughout, and could have won by more - although to be fair Wycombe put in some superb blocks in the area.

Our first goal came just before half time, Pavel Pogrebnyak heading home from a tight angle after superb work by Jordan Obita down the left.

And then Jake Taylor made it 2-0 with 15 minutes to go, finishing nicely with a side-footed volley from Ryan Edwards' cross.

Both goalscorers had other chances, while Edwards also had a good sight of goal, Nick Blackman hit the bar with a sensational effort and was denied by a wonderful save right on full time.

Overall it was a very satisfying afternoon's work, and we now look forward to our next match away at Stevenage on Tuesday, before Swansea at home on Saturday.

Reading: Federici; Gunter (c) (Long 75), Obita (Kuhl 75), Morrison (Cooper 75), Pearce (Sweeney 75); Akpan (Tshibola 75), Hector (Cummings HT), Edwards (Stacey 75), Taylor (Tanner 75), Robson-Kanu (Blackman 62), Pogrebnyak
Sub: McCarthy

Attendance: 1,697 (840 Reading)

Starting XI team news:
Danny Guthrie and Stephen Kelly were not risked because of injury, while Danny Williams, Garath McCleary and Jem Karacan remain sidelined.

Adam Federici was handed a starting berth, with Alex McCarthy to begin Tuesday's friendly at Stevenage.

First half:
Reading had the better of the chances throughout the first 45, with Ryan Edwards going close early on after a lovely Hope Akpan through ball.

The Royals then put together a nice 15-pass move to give Jake Taylor a shooting chance, but he fired over on the volley from 12 yards.

Hal Robson-Kanu also dipped a volley over from similar range, and Reading were well in control after Wycombe made a bright start.

Our dominance turned into a goal on 42 minutes, Jordan Obita doing brilliantly down the left to supply a right-footed cross that Pavel Pogrebnyak headed home well.

Taylor could have scored just after Pogrebnyak's goal, and we ended the half well on top.

Second half:
The second period continued in much the same vein as the first, and Pogrebnyak almost made it 2-0 but Matt Ingram was out well at his feet.

Soon enough Nick Blackman nearly had a wonderful goal, seeing a 30-yarder crash off the bar with the 'keeper well beaten - it really was some strike.

He then almost scored from a one-two with Pogrebnyak, before Taylor did double the advantage with a nice sidefoot finish from Ryan Edwards' cross.

Blackman then saw a header incredibly saved right on full time - and overall it was a very good afternoon's work.

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