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A trio of wins on Teesside

11 April 2016

Three away wins over Boro to remember...

Tuesday evening sees the Royals travel up to the north east to face Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.

Tomorrow's hosts currently sit second in the league table and are in an automatic promotion position, but in recent seasons Reading have taken some memorable results away from the Riverside Stadium...

Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading, 1st March 2008, Barclays Premier League

In March 2008 the Royals headed into the game in a difficult run of form, having lost their previous eight in the Premier League before their meeting with Boro.

Reading began positively, embarking on a number of forays into Boro's half, looking to try and find an early breakthrough away from home.

The Royals' best effort in the opening exchanges came when Liam Rosenior found space on the left hand side, whipping his delivery into the box and picking out Shane Long, but the striker couldn’t direct his header on target.

The next to go close for Reading was Stephen Hunt, but his effort from range flew just over the Boro cross-bar, as the visitors looked to turn the screw.

Middlesbrough's most likely source of a goal looked to be Downing, who had two long-range efforts comfortably saved by Marcus Hahnemann.

Downing was a constant threat however, and was again involved when he rounded the advancing Hahnemann only to see his cross blocked well by the Royals' rear-guard.

Reading thought they had the lead a few minutes later when Kevin Doyle put the ball in the back of the home side’s net, only for the goal to be ruled out after Andre Bikey was ruled to have fouled Mark Schwarzer in the Boro goal.

In a game that was being played with a ferocious intensity, it was eventually the Royals that prevailed, when James Harper slotted home late on to hand Steve Coppel’s side the points.

The midfielder latched onto Hunt’s pass and coolly dispatched his finish past Schwarzer to wrap up what was a much needed victory for Reading. 

Middlesbrough 0-2 Reading, 25th February 2012, Sky Bet Championship

The meeting between the two clubs in early 2012 saw Brian McDermott’s Reading pushing for promotion, going into the game having won four on the trot in the Championship.

Reading got off to a flying start at the Riverside Stadium when Noel Hunt gave them a 17th minute lead. Ian Harte’s delivery picked out Alex Pearce at the back post, who headed back across the area to Hunt. The Republic of Ireland international striker was quick to respond, poking his finish home from six yards to give Reading a deserved lead.

After the break Middlesbrough looked to respond to the Reading goal, and it was Rhys Williams that went close for the home side on two occasions. First of all with a looping header that was well saved by Adam Federici.

Williams was then denied again by the Royals’ stopper, this time saving his 25-yard effort impressively to preserve Reading’s lead.

The visitors then came close to doubling their advantage, but Jason Steele's outstretched boot denied striker Jason Roberts a fourth goal in five games for the Royals’ as they looked to press home their advantage.

Federici pulled off another couple of smart saves in as many minutes when Lukas Jutkiewicz went close, shooting straight at Federici, before bringing the best out of the Australian keeper with a header.

It was Harte that eventually sealed the win for Reading with a trademark free-kick. Curling the ball brilliantly past a helpless Steele in the Middlesbrough goal to seal a fifth win on the bounce for the Royals, in what would go onto be a memorable promotion and title winning season.

Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading, 30th August 2014, Sky Bet Championship

Simon Cox's strike was enough to wrap up a hard fought away victory for the Royals early in the 2014/15 season.

The Teessider’s looked to get off to a quick start when Adam Clayton volleyed just over the bar form a Grant Leadbitter corner, with Kike and Albert Adomah both drawing sharp stops from Federici in the Reading goal.

Reading were not daunted however and seemed to catch Middlesbrough cold when Cox netted to give Reading the lead after just seven minutes.

Midfielder Ryan Edwards looked up and found his teammate with a through ball, which Cox controlled brilliantly and then lobbed Tomas Mejias in the Boro goal in spectacular fashion to put the visitors 1-0 up.

The rest of the first half was played out with few chances for either side, but after the break Middlesbrough came out with renewed attacking vigour.

The hosts could not break through a strong Royals’ defence however, with Lee Tomlin going closest, trying his luck from range and firing narrowly over the bar. Even the introduction of Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford could not rattle the Royals, as they held out for a valuable three points in the north east. 

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