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
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
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.
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.
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.