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25 September 2015

A look at our recent wins at Turf Moor

Our very first visit to Turf Moor in September 1930 ended in an 8-1 defeat – Frank Eaton scored his fourth Reading goal in five games, but eight in reply consigned our travelling team to defeat.

The next 85 years have seen improvement – it hasn’t all been plain sailing in Lancashire, but we have scored some notable victories on Burnley soil in the last few years.  Here’s a recap of our four most recent wins…

Burnley 0-1 Reading
15th October 2011

Our most recent win at Turf Moor came at the start of the 2011/12 season – and after 90 goalless minutes, it was a close-range effort in the eighth added minute from sub Jem Karacan which pinched the points.  He had been introduced into action in the 72nd minute, after Jay Tabb took a clearance from Clarets goalkeeper Lee Grant straight in the face, and turned home Mathieu Manset’s low cross to grab the win.  And in a season when the Royals won the Championship title by a single point ahead of runners-up Southampton, those extra points mattered come May.

Burnley 0-4 Reading
23rd October 2010

The previous win – just under a year prior – was a much more comprehensive affair, from a Royals perspective.  At least it looks that way on paper – in reality it was a tight affair until the hour-mark, with Shane Long’s early penalty after being fouled by Leon Cort providing the narrow difference.  But Jobi McAnuff turned it into a two-goal buffer when he latched onto a loose ball on the 64th minute.  Soon after, Cort – who had been booked when conceding the early spot-kick – was dismissed for a second poor challenge on Long, and the Royals made the hosts pay for a numerical disadvantage as Michail Antonio and Simon Church each scored in the final five minutes.

Burnley 0-3 Reading
4th March 2006

After just a second defeat of the season a fortnight earlier in Luton, the Royals had got back to winning ways at home to Preston with a 2-1 win.  And the game was only ten minutes old when Reading got back in from on the road, as Bobby Convey volleyed us in front.  Regrettably it was the final time that Leroy Lita played in Royals colours that season, after breaking an ankle shortly before the interval, but Ibrahima Sonko doubled the lead with a close-range header in the second period.  After Sonko missed a late chance to record a late brace, Dave Kitson turned in Stephen Hunt cross in added time.

Burnley 2-5 Reading
1st February 2003

We had endured a tough winter – eight league games in December and January had yielded just a single win, two draws and five defeats – so an emphatic win at Turf Moor, against a Burnley side unbeaten in seven, came out of the blue.  Steve Sidwell opened the scoring as he slipped the ball under goalie Marlon Beresford, and John Salako scored his first of the afternoon with a well-improvised effort just before the break.  He netted his second and Reading’s third soon after with a volley, although Ian Moore cut the arrears soon afterwards.  Marcus Hahnemann kept out a penalty from Clarets man Dimitri Papadopoulos, and then Sidwell showed him how to do it as he converted a Reading spot-kick.  Darius Henderson added a fifth for the Royals in stoppage time, although the hosts had the last say as Dean West netted a special strike even later.

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