A look at recent victories against WolvesBefore the Royals take on Wolves tomorrow, we take a look back at four of our most recent victories against the men from Molineux.
Compared to the mid-90s, where this match was a regular in the fixture list, over the past few years the two sides have been positioned in separate divisions, so league encounters have been hard to come by. It’s only due to Wolves’ recent promotion under Kenny Jackett from League One that the two can begin to battle it out again on a more regular basis.
Looking back, here are four of our most recent victories…
Wolves 1-2 Reading
Saturday 7th February 2015
The deadlock in this game was broken with the match barely a minute old. A long ball forward from kick-off landed in Simon Cox’s path; he flicked the ball onwards through a gap in the Wolves defence, and the big Russian Pavel Pogrebnyak watched the ball drop over his shoulder before smashing a volley home past Wolves stopper Tomasz Kuszczak. The hosts then nearly levelled from a corner when Bakary Sako’s header was cleared off the line by Nathaniel Chalobah. But with 26 minutes gone, Afobe did eventually find the back of the net when he steered home a right sided cross past Adam Federici. With the Wolves goal under heavy fire in the second-half, Garath McCleary recycled a Hal Robson-Kanu cross and teed up Williams on the edge of the area, and the American international powerfully sidefooted in off the base of the left upright to assure all three points were travelling back to Berkshire.
Reading 1-0 Wolves
Tuesday 27th January 2009
This top-of-the-table clash was decided in the second minute of the game with a bizarre own goal from Wolves defender Neill Collins. Doyle’s persistence down the left forced an error which lead to the opportunity for Armstrong to deliver a cross. His centre floated towards the penalty spot, and Collins looked sure to deal with it, but somehow his attempted clearance looped over a stranded Hennessey and dropped into the net. The perfect start for a Royals side looking to close the gap on the league leaders. What followed was a scrappy and but hugely entertaining game as both sides looked to score the next goal. Chances at either end came close, but come the final whistle it was Steve Coppell’s side that held the bragging rights, closing the gap at the summit to just two points.
Wolves 0-3 Reading
Tuesday 30th September 2008
An eye-catching display at Molineux saw a Reading side fresh from the Premier League comfortably put three goals past Mick McCarthy’s table topping Wolves. The opener was scored inside four minutes when a Stephen Hunt cross was inadvertently turned goalward at the near post; Wolves 'keeper Wayne Hennessey with the fatal touch. Stephen's brother Noel was then denied a second for the Royals when his header was cleared off the line by Kevin Foley. In the 71st minute, Andre Bikey lost his marker to head home from six yards, celebrating with his trade mark cartwheel and summersault combo. Shane Long then raced clear down the right to set up the third goal two minutes from time. His low centre picked out Kalifa Cisse in the middle and the Malian international obliged with the finish to complete the scoring.
Wolves 0-2 Reading
Monday 26th December 2005
An away trip to Molineux on Boxing Day 2005 saw a Reading team in form look to keep their 23 game unbeaten run going with a result over Glenn Hoddle’s Wolves. Right from kick-off, Steve Coppell’s side showed their prowess as to why they were residing at the summit of the Championship. Having won a corner in the opening minutes, Dave Kitson twice saw his header meet the crossbar, before Glenn Little stood up a cross from the right for the striker to make no mistake and power home with his head past Stefan Postma. Bobby Convey rapped things up in the second half when he rifled home from 20 yards off the upright. Three points stretched the Royals’ run of consecutive league wins up to nine, meaning they were now a massive nine points clear of second place Sheffield United, and well on their way to a record-breaking 106 points come the end of the season.