A look back at some memorable wins over Preston North EndAhead of our trip to Preston North End next weekend, we take a look back five recent wins for the Royals over Saturday’s hosts.
The first time the two teams met was back in 1894, when Preston inflicted Reading's heaviest ever defeat, an 18-0 drumming in the FA Cup - thankfully things have looked up for the Royals since…
Reading 2-1 Preston
5th April 2011
Jimmy Kebe had put the Royals in front during a lacklustre opening half, bundling the ball home after a deflected cross caught out North End keeper Iain Turner. But Reading keeper Alex McCarthy was powerless after the break as the ball hit the post from Eddie Johnson's header and struck him on the back before rolling over the line.
Reading substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored a minute after his introduction to extend his team's winning run to five Championship fixtures but deepen Preston's relegation worries.
Reading 4-1 Preston
2nd May 2010
Reading finished their Championship campaign in style as a four-goal salvo overwhelmed Preston. Jimmy Kebe fired in a fine solo effort to give Reading an early lead and to put the Royals in control; Jobi McAnuff doubled the home side’s advantage when he rounded Billy Jones to slot home.
Preston’s Ross Wallace hit back for the visitors in impressive style with a 35-yard free-kick to put the Lilywhites back in the game, but Gylfi Sigurdsson drove in a Jimmy Kebe rebound to restore the Royals' two-goal cushion before substitute Simon Church arrowed in a stoppage-time volley to put the scores beyond doubt and hand the Royals a memorable victory.
Preston 1-2 Reading
29th September 2009
Early in the 2009/10 season the Royals made a trip to Deepdale as underdogs. Preston, who were in good form heading into the game, suffered a shock as the Royals came away 2-1 winners and survived a late onslaught from the home side.
After an even start, it was Reading that went in front when Preston’s Richard Chaplow lost the ball in his own half; Simon Church latched onto the ball and ran through to score and give Reading a lead. The Royals doubled their advantage before the break when Jimmy Kebe beat the offside trap and curled a superb finish past the despairing Andy Lonergan.
In the second period, Preston dominated for long spells with Neil Mellor and Ross Wallace both hitting the post for the hosts, before Ivar Ingimarsson conceded a penalty. Jon Parkin grabbed a late consolation for Preston and despite having other chances before the finish, Preston were denied by Adam Federici and Reading hung on for a vital victory.
Reading 2-1 Preston
25th February 2006
Back in 2006, Preston travelled to Madejski Stadium in hot form, having gone on a 22-match unbeaten run. It was not to be the visitors' day, however and the Royals took all three points.
A slice of fortune handed the Royals the lead when Preston 'keeper Carlo Nash dropped Bobby Convey’s cross - the ball fell to Ivar Ingimarsson whose drive was forced in by Steve Sidwell.
Preston were not 22 unbeaten for no reason though, and levelled through Callum Davidson. His fierce free-kick flew into the back of the Reading net as Preston looked to register a 23rd game without loss. But it was Leroy Lita that ended the visitors run, when he latched onto Kevin Doyle's pass to drill an angled shot into the bottom corner.
Preston 0-3 Reading
13th August 2005
Leroy Lita was a thorn in Preston’s side all afternoon as the Royals collected an impressive three points away from home. The striker scored twice as Preston lost at home in the league for the first time since November 2004.
Preston's Richard Cresswell had early opportunities for the home side, twice missing the target. Reading made the hosts pay for their wastefulness when Bobby Convey passed for Lita to open the scoring. And any hopes of a Preston comeback after the break were quickly quashed when Lita scored again 17 seconds into the second half; the striker slotting the ball home after Chris Lucketti misjudged a diagonal pass from Convey.
It was Glenn Little that wrapped up the scoring and the points for the visitors when he converted Nicky Shorey's cross for the third, with more good approach work from Convey opening up the Preston defence.