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Royals' proud record at hosting the Clarets

11 February 2016

Royals' record against Burnley at Madejski Stadium

Ahead of our Championship clash this Saturday, we take a look back at our past record against Burnley at Madejski Stadium.

In its 18 year history, the Clarets have made the trip south to the Mad Stad on 13 occasions; looking back at results, the Royals boast a fine record when it comes to encounters with the side from Turf Moor.
Reading have come out winners in seven cases, drawing five, and have only left empty-handed on the single occasion. Casting our minds back, here are five of those matches at Madejski Stadium…        

Reading 1-0 Burnley, npower Championship, 17th February 2012

Serious contenders for automatic promotion, Brian McDermott’s side closed the gap on Southampton at the summit with a win over Eddie Howe's Burnley in this Friday fixture. As the Sky cameras watched on, it was the Clarets who nearly struck the first blow when Charlie Austin’s header came bounding back of Federici’s crossbar. Despite coming under early pressure, Jason Roberts struck first for the Royals when he converted home McAnuff’s centre, looping the ball over Lee Grant from 12 yards out. Chances at either end were in abundance – a trademark Ian Harte special nearly made it 2-0, and then Jay Rodriguez almost equalised when he glanced his near post header onto the upright. Some crucial saves from Adam Federici were enough to seal the victory that day, and the Royals were one step closer to lifting the Championship trophy come May.

Reading 2-1 Burnley, npower Championship, 3rd January 2011

The Royals had to come from behind in this one against the recently relegated Clarets. Tyrone Mears’ cut back from the right found Ross Wallace arriving in the area, he steadied himself before striking low and hard past Federici to give the visitors a 28th-minute lead. Three minutes later however, Shane Long was on hand to equalise for Brian McDermott’s men. A subtle flick by Hunt sent Long racing clear, and with only Grant to beat, he calmly slotted home low right to make the tie all square. The Republic of Ireland international was again on target when he headed home McAnuff’s corner at the far, securing victory for the Royals leading into an FA Cup encounter with West Brom the following Saturday.        

Reading 3-1 Burnley, Coca-Cola Championship, 4th October 2008

Steve Coppell’s Reading side secured an early season victory against eventual play-off rivals Burnley, with Shane Long and the both the Hunt brothers on target that afternoon. Noel opened proceedings in the fourth minute by turning home Jimmy Kebe’s cross, but the 5’6” forward was denied a goal celebration after he found himself flat on his back following the aerial challenge with the defender. He had to be substituted for Shane Long on the 25 minute mark, but his brother made up for his absence by making it 2-0 not long after the turn around. Substitute Shane Long killed the game off by making it 3-0, however Burnley did grab a last gasp consolation goal when Chris McCann headed past Marcus Hahnemann in the 89th minute, 3-1 the final scoreline.       

Reading 2-1 Burnley, Coca-Cola Championship, 29th August 2005

Six games into the season and Steve Coppell’s side were onto a winner. Having put the opening day defeat to Plymouth Argyle behind them, the Royals marched on, unbeaten in the next 33 games, and goals from Lita and Doyle made sure of number five in that list. Kitson handed the ball to Leroy in the seventh minute, and his turn and flick looped over stranded stopper Danny Coyne to give the Royals an early lead. A swift turn and shot from Burnley’s Ade Akinbiyi closed the deficit shortly before half-time. But in the second-half, Reading were in full control, and Kevin Doyle’s header from Bobby Convey’s right sided cross sealed the victory with 20 minutes to go. A late red card for Burnley finished off a miserable day in Berkshire, with Steve Coppell’s men running riot in the league.  

Reading 2-2 Burnley, Sky Bet Championship, 3rd May 2014

Although this match may not have ended the way many would have hoped, there’s a moment that still bears special mention when reminiscing over past encounters with the Clarets. A Garath McCleary wonder strike gave hope to a Madejski Stadium packed to the rafters, that their Reading side could still achieve promotion via route of the play-offs. Despite a 90th minute Brighton goal cutting short those dreams, the quality of McCleary’s strike cannot be forgotten, as it was voted as our 2013/14 Goal of the Season.

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