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Quickfire Royals!

9 February 2015

How fast was Pavel's goal?

Pavel Pogrebnyak's goal at Molineux on Saturday has been officially timed at 20.35 seconds, and is the fastest league goal for the Royals in over eight years!

The last league strike to better the Pog's quickfire effort was Kevin Doyle's 16 second goal at Bramal Lane in September 2006, as the Royals ran out 2-1 winners over Sheffield United.

It wasn't the first time the Irishman had shown such eagerness to get off the mark, seven months previously he had fired home in 18 seconds against Luton - only to see the Hatters win 3-2 as Reading's 33 match unbeaten league run came to an end.

Jimmy Kebe did of course score in an astonishing 9.5 seconds in the FA Cup in February 2010, with that goal against West Brom thought to be the fastest in the club's history.

Whilst exact timings aren't available for some efforts, Pogrebnyak's goal against Wolves is only the 21st time the club have scored inside a minute in the last 30 years.

It isn't, however, the first time Steve Clarke's men have managed it this season; Glenn Murray fired home after 35 seconds in the 2-2 draw with Brighton in the manager's second game in charge.

The first goal on record as having hit the net in under 60 seconds for the Biscuitmen was scored by a player by the name of Tarplin, in a 2-1 win over rivals Swindon Town in September 1908.

Read more about these rapid Royals goals in Tuesday night's matchday programme for the visit of Leeds United!

With thanks to statistician Nigel Meek

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