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FA Cup: Where last season's run began...

4 January 2016

A reminder of the start of Reading's historic cup journey

Our next fixture comes away to Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup third round... and it feels a little like déjà vu.  This time last year, the Royals were also making the journey up north to the John Smith's Stadium at the start what would turn out to be the most successful FA Cup run in our club's history.

Ahead of the return to West Yorkshire, we revisit that fixture from a year ago, and where our journey began...

After a tight first half in Huddersfield, it was James Vaughan who spurned the home side’s best chance, when he headed over at the back post from Jack Robinson's cross from the left byline.

But Royals forward Nick Blackman was introduced into the action at half-time for Jamie Mackie; his influence on the game turned out to be vital when he scored the winning goal for the Royals on the 69th minute.  The striker latched onto Hal Robson-Kanu’s pass to finish low into the corner.

Blackman’s effort was enough to secure passage to the next round, with the Royals man having the only shot on target in a game of few chances.

Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg was dismissed late for a second bookable offence when he tussled with Danny Williams as the Royals held out to book a place in the fourth round.

Few would have believed after battling to victory at Huddersfield that the Royals would make it all the way to Wembley, losing out at the hands of eventual winners Arsenal in extra time of a thrilling semi-final...

... relive that afternoon by watching the highlights below!


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