A look at some recent victories over FulhamAhead of this weekend’s meeting with Fulham in the Sky Bet Championship, we reflect on our four most recent wins over the Cottagers.
The sides first met in the FA Cup during the 1905/06 season. It wasn't exactly a classic cup tie; it took two replays, extra-time and five hours of football before the crowd had as much as a goal to cheer - unfortunately that went Fulham's way, who were 1-0 AET victors on neutral ground at White Hart Lane.
We didn't lock horns with the Cottagers for over two decades after that - but when we did, on Christmas Day 1926, we registered our first win against the Cottagers as Ernie Porter bagged a brace in a 2-0 victory at Elm Park; two days later, we also won the reverse league fixture, triumphing 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
That's all in the distant past - we look at the some games that are slightly fresher in the memory...
Fulham 0-1 Reading
Barclaycard Premiership 25th November 2006
The two sides met in Reading’s first Premiership season, with the Royals in a strong run of form ahead of the game, having beaten Charlton and Tottenham in their previous two fixtures.
It was a close affair at Craven Cottage; the one and only goal of the game came as early as the 17th minute. Reading striker Kevin Doyle was bearing down on the Fulham goal when he was stopped in his tracks by defender Ian Pearce.
Reading were awarded a penalty and the left-back was given a straight red, with Doyle picking himself up to slot home the spot kick past a helpless Anti Niemi. Fulham rallied in the second half but the Royals held on to continue their winning run.
Reading 1-0 Fulham
Barclaycard Premiership 14th April 2007
The return fixture at the Madejski between the two sides that season was decided by the same slim scoreline. Reading, who had hopes of a UEFA Cup place in mind, dominated the early stages of the game and took a deserved lead after 15 minutes. Good work from Kevin Doyle and Seol Ki-hyeon saw the lively Stephen Hunt break the deadlock from close range.
The closest the visitors came was a disallowed goal from a Papa Bouba Diop header on the stroke of half time. The win was the second match in what would go on to be a five-game unbeaten run for the Royals, eventually finishing an impressive 8th in their first top flight season.
Fulham 2-4 Reading
Barclays Premier League 4th May 2013
Towards the end of the 2012/13 season Reading visited Craven Cottage already knowing they would be playing Championship football the following campaign. A high-scoring contest ensued, with Reading taking the lead after 12 minutes courtesy of Hal Robson-Kanu penalty.
It wasn’t until after the break that the second goal came, with Robson-Kanu again the scorer. Just as it seemed Reading were going to see out a 2-0 win, Brian Ruiz fired Fulham back into the game. Two minutes later Reading responded and made it 3-1 through Adam Le Fondre, only for Ruiz to strike again and make it 3-2 moments later. The final goal of a frantic second half came in the 83rd minute when Jem Karacan’s strike put the Royals 4-2 up and the result beyond doubt, giving Nigel Adkins his first win as Reading manager.
Reading 3-0 Fulham
Sky Bet Championship 13th September 2014
Our most recent victory over the Cottagers came at Madejski Stadium in 2014. Fulham again fell foul of a Reading goal within the first 15 minutes when Glen Murray put the Royals 1-0 up after quarter of an hour. Things got worse for the visitors three minutes later when Matt Smith was sent off for a lunge on Hope Akpan.
In the second half the Royals made the extra man count, with Glen Murray scoring his and Reading’s second on the 54th minute. The Royals wrapped up an impressive victory five minutes from time when substitute Nick Blackman slid our third - his first in the league in 2014/15 - past Kiraly in the Fulham goal.