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Burnley vs Reading

26 September 2015

Royals beat Burnley on their own Turf

Two early goals from Nick Blackman and Lucas Piazon earned the Royals a terrific 2-1 win away at Burnley.

Tendayi Darikwa pulled the Clarets to within a goal midway through the second period but another hearty defensive display meant that was academic at the final whistle.

Royals Manager Steve Clarke handed a first league start to Chelsea loanee Lucas Piazon and recalled Hal Robson-Kanu following a spell on the sidelines through injury.
The Royals made a blistering start to the game with Danny Williams finding space to shoot from just outside the box on 25 seconds. His effort was blocked by Ben Mee however and went out for a Royals corner, which was subsequently cleared.

But the Royals took the lead on four minutes when a long ball pumped forward towards Hal Robson-Kanu is half cleared by Michael Duff. The forward pounced on the loose ball and cheekily sent through Nick Blackman who finished coolly with his left foot past Tom Heaton.

And a surging counter attack saw the Royals double their lead on nine minutes. Slick passing in midfield saw the ball find Chris Gunter, whose low cross found Piazon on the penalty spot for his first Reading goal.

There was a wake up call for the Royals on 11 minutes when Michael Kightly found space on the edge of the area to fire at goal. Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond got his positioning spot on however, and was able to hold onto the shot.

The Royals continued their search for goals, with Robson-Kanu breaking free of the defence in the 15th minute. He expertly found Nick Blackman who jinked into a shooting position on his right foot, but his effort sailed over the bar.

Burnley won a corner in the 26th minute, but David Jones’ set piece is headed way over from George Boyd. The hosts continued to attack with Kightly seeing a shot blocked by Gunter on 29 minutes. The first half progressed with Burnley enjoying the lion share of possession, but struggling to create any clear cut chances.

The referee signaled the end of the first half - Burnley 0-2 Reading, a superb 45 minutes for the Royals.

Half-time: Burnley 0 Reading 2

There was a half chance for the Royals on 53 minutes when Robson-Kanu pounced on a loose ball outside the box. His left footed effort was tame however, and it was easily saved by Heaton. Two minutes later Blackman finds space on the right wing before unleashing a curled effort just wide.

Burnley had two fantastic chances to get back into the game in the 56th minute when George Boyd’s effort was blocked by Paul McShane. Sam Vokes was on hand to collect the loose ball but saw his shot superbly blocked by Obita.

Burnley got back into the game midway through the second half when Tendayi Darikwa latched onto the end of a Scott Arfield cross to volley home from close range.

A deflected long range shot from Vokes on 73 minutes initially troubled Bond in the Reading goal, but he was able to smother the ball at the second attempt as he got swiftly to his feet.

A chance came and went for the Royals on 78 minutes when McCleary tested Heaton from all of 30 yards, but the Burnley keeper was equal to the effort and managed to hold on.  Then Robson-Kau was denied on the line as Williams skipped to the byline and pulled back into his path.

Somehow hometown boy Oliver Norwood turned a golden chance for the hosts off the line on the other end to keep Reading’s lead intact.  At the other end he was within the width of the bar from extending the lead as he hammered a free-kick against the woodwork.

Williams had a late chance blocked too – but that mattered little, as Reading held out for a terrific three points in Lancashire.
Full-time: Burnley 1 Reading 2

Burnley: Heaton, Duff, Arfield, Boyd, Mee, Jones (Taylor 86), Keane, Kightly (Barton 55), Darikwa, Vokes, Hennings (Long 55).
Unused subs: Gilks, Ward, Lowton, Anderson.
Goal: Darikwa (68).
Reading: Bond, Gunter, Obita, McShane, Hector, Norwood (Cooper 89), Williams, Piazon (Tshibola 70), McCleary (John 80), Robson-Kanu, Blackman.
Unused subs: Al-Habsi, Taylor, Hurtado, Fernandez.
Goals: Blackman (4), Piazon (9).

Attendance: 15,226 (401 away).

Referee: Tony Harrington

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