… stay for the late drama!"I don’t know how many late wins I’ve had during my time here at Reading, but it was great to get another one today.”
That was Brian McDermott’s reaction on Saturday, following Nick Blackman’s stoppage-time strike which gave the Royals a 1-0 victory against visitors Bristol City.
We’ve done the maths – and by our reckoning, that was the 30th goal that Reading have scored in the final minute of the match (stoppage time included!) under the stewardship of Brian McDermott, and the 10th victory that has come as a result of scoring so late!
And that doesn’t even begin to take into account the countless other late goals that gave the Royals a dramatic result – Simon Church’s 88th-minute winner in a 4-3 triumph against Doncaster springs to mind, as does a brace of goals in the final five minutes by Mathieu Manset against Millwall, to save an unlikely 2-2 draw.
Here are all 30 of our last-gasp goals under Brian McDermott…
19th December 2009 - Bristol City (a) - Simon Church - D1-1
Academy graduate Church grabbed a stoppage-time leveller against the Robins on McDermott’s very first appearance in the dugout as boss.
13th January 2010 - Liverpool (a) - Gylfi Sigurdsson - D1-1 (W2-1 AET)
Icelandic midfielder Sigurdsson kept the Royals alive with a stoppage-time penalty, to take the FA Cup Third Round tie to extra-time – Shane Long won it in the 100th minute at Anfield.
16th January 2010 - Nottm Forest (a) - Jimmy Kebe - L2-1
Jimmy Kebe also scored a goal in the final minute the following Saturday – but it was purely academic as hosts Forest won at the City Ground.
9th February 2010 - Plymouth (h) - Shane Long - W2-1
After Long’s second-half penalty had been cancelled out by Carl Fletcher, the Irishman struck again from the spot in the final throes to sink the Pilgrims.
24th February 2010 - West Brom (a) - Brian Howard - D2-2 (W3-2 AET)
West Brom had forced a late draw at Madejski Stadium in the FA Cup – and Howard’s last-minute goal took the replay to extra-time, allowing Sigurdsson to poach a winner and make history for the quarter-final bound Royals.
24th March 2010 - Leicester (a) - Gylfi Sigurdsson - W2-1
Once again Sigurdsson was called to take a 90th-minute make-or-break penalty – he coolly converted past Chris Weale to hand travelling Reading the points.
3rd April 2010 - Ipswich (a) - Gylfi Sigurdsson - L2-1
Sigurdsson again scored late in the day when the Royals travelled to Ipswich 10 days later – it counted for a lot less, with the Tractorboys a man up and a goal up at the final whistle.
2nd May 2010 - Preston (h) - Simon Church - W4-1
Church netted a superb goal in the final seconds of the 2009/10 season – Reading were already well out of sight of by the time that went in.
11th August 2010 - Torquay (a) - Grzegorz Rasiak - W1-0 AET*
It looked like the Capital One Cup tie at Plainmoor was going to penalties, until Polish striker Rasiak stole a victory with a goal in added time in extra-time.
11th September 2010 - Crystal Palace (h) - Jimmy Kebe - W3-0
Winger Kebe put the finishing touches on a comprehensive win – penalties either side of the break from Shane Long and Ian Harte had Reading well in the ascendency.
25th September 2010 - Barnsley (h) - Hal Robson-Kanu & Ian Harte - W3-0
After Zurab Khizanishvili’s dismissal, Kebe gave Reading a lead but the Tykes were within a goal until the final minute. But Robson-Kanu and Harte both struck after the 90th minute to make the margin surprisingly wide.
23rd October 2010 - Burnley (a) - Simon Church - W4-0
The Clarets were comprehensively picked apart at Turf Moor – Leon Cort’s dismissal didn’t help matters but Church finished the game off in the last minute.
1st February 2011 - Cardiff (a) - Mathieu Manset - D2-2
On a rare occasion, a stoppage-time goal was met with an unhappy ending. It looked like a last-gasp winner from Manset, but Bluebirds striker Craig Bellamy controversially wrestled it back to a draw with a free kick even later.
9th April 2011 - Nottm Forest (a) - Simon Church - W4-3
Church’s fourth stoppage-time goal, and perhaps the most dramatic. A Lewis McGugan penalty looked like it had secured the hosts a point, until the Royals forward pounced in added time.
13th August 2011 - Leicester (a) - Hal Robson-Kanu - W2-0
Noel Hunt had opened the scoring, and Robson-Kanu’s late strike – beating Kasper Schmeichel – ensured a buffer for the remaining seconds of the game.
27th September 2011 - Bristol City (a) - Mathieu Manset - W3-2
A quite remarkable turnaround at Ashton Gate – the Royals were two goals down with 20 minutes to go, but Jobi McAnuff and Adam Le Fondre struck in quick succession before a dramatic winner by Manset.
15th October 2011 - Burnley (a) - Jem Karacan - W1-0
A meeting at Turf Moor looked like it was petering out into a stalemate – but midfielder Karacan had other ideas, and netted a winner in stoppage time.
26th November 2011 - Ipswich (a) - Alex Pearce & Noel Hunt - W3-2
Any Tractorboys fans that left before the end would be blissfully ignorant that Alex Pearce levelled for Reading in stoppage time, before Noel Hunt netted again to turn the game on its head and send the travelling fans into raptures.
26th December 2011 - Brighton (h) - Adam El-Abd o.g. - W3-0
The Seagulls delivered a late Christmas present on their trip up from the south coast – the Royals were already two goals to the good before Adam El-Abd turned into his own net.
17th March 2012 - Barnsley (a) - Jason Roberts - W4-0
After a goalless first half at Oakwell, Jobi McAnuff put Reading ahead before a Karacan brace – and forward Roberts turned it into a flattering result late on.
6th April 2012 - Leeds (h) - Adam Le Fondre - W2-0
Despite Leeds being a man down since Zac Thompson’s 12th-minute dismissal, it took until the 84th minute for Le Fondre to open the scoring; he netted his and Reading’s second in stoppage time.
13th April 2012 - Southampton (a) - Adam Le Fondre - W3-1
Another Le Fondre double, with the match-sealer falling after the 90th minute – Roberts’ first-half header had been cancelled out by Rickie Lambert, before two from the Royals front-man saw Brian McDermott's men take a huge step towards promotion at St Mary's.
18th August 2012 - Stoke (h) - Adam Le Fondre - D1-1
Le Fondre’s last-gasp penalty ensured that Reading secured a point from the first ever fixture in the Premier League – aided by Dean Whitehead’s 88th-minute dismissal for the Potters.
16th September 2012 - Tottenham (h) - Hal Robson-Kanu - L3-1
A Jermain Defoe double, either side of a Gareth Bale goal, meant that Robson-Kanu’s goal in added time was only worth its weight in goal-difference.
27th October 2012 - Fulham (h) - Hal Robson-Kanu - D3-3
This time, Robson-Kanu’s late goal counted for much more – Dimitar Berbatov looked like he had nicked a late win for the hosts at Craven Cottage, only for the Reading man to have the final say and grab a point.
12th January 2013 - West Brom (h) - Pavel Pogrebnyak - W3-2
An incredible turnaround from the Royals – a Romelu Lukaku brace had the Baggies ahead until Kebe’s 82nd-minute goal… Le Fondre’s spot-kick levelled matters in the 88th minute, before Pogrebnyak snatched a remarkable victory.
30th January 2013 - Chelsea (h) - Adam Le Fondre - D2-2
Likewise, Chelsea felt comfortable at two goals ahead going into the final few minutes – only for Adam Le Fondre to net in the 87th and 90th minutes to snatch an unlikely point from the Blues.
2nd January 2016 - Bristol City (h) - Nick Blackman - W1-0
Just like his first game in charge, more than six years before, McDermott’s men grabbed a bit extra at the Robins’ expense – this time it was Nick Blackman who grabbed the game’s only goal in added time.