A look at five home wins against Sheffield Wednesday
After a thrilling FA Cup victory over Huddersfield on Tuesday night, we now look ahead of Sheffield Wednesday’s visit to Madejski Stadium this Saturday.
The Royals have a proud record when it comes to hosting Sheffield Wednesday, having been triumphant in five of the last six matches here at the Mad Stad we cast our minds back to some memorable wins over the Owl. Here are those five victories…
Reading 2-0 Sheffield Wed, Sky Bet Championship, 31st January 2015
An entertaining match at Madejski Stadium saw a Royals side take all three points from a Sheffield Wednesday side notorious for their fine form on the road. The scoring was opened when Stephen Kelly’s centre was met by Pogrebnyak’s powerful header, which left Keiren Westwood with no chance as the ball nestled into the upper left corner. Nathaniel Chalobah then made sure of all three points just before half time. After a surging run from McCleary, the Jamaican winger picked out the on loan Chelsea man on the edge of the area and his half-volley flew into the top left corner, the perfect way to mark a home debut.
Reading 5-0 Sheffield Wed, Coca-Cola Championship, 27th February 2010
They may have struggled to score at home that season, but a Reading team lead by Brian McDermott at the helm succeeded in putting five past a fraught Wednesday side on their way to a ninth place finish, having been sitting in the lower reaches of the Championship before Christmas. With Kebe’s deflected shot opening the scoring, and Rasiak making in 2-0 before the break, Church then found space on the edge of the area to score the pick of the bunch, a low curling drive into the bottom left corner. Rasiak soon had his brace with 25 minutes to go and Jimmy Kebe followed suit by smashing home past Lee Grant after a mix up in the Owls defence.
Reading 6 - 0 Sheffield Wed, Coca-Cola Championship, 16th September 2008
After notching three against Crystal Palace in the previous home game, Kevin Doyle helped himself to a successive Madejski stadium hat-trick when Wednesday came to visit two weeks later. Having opened the scoring in the fifth minute, the Irishman had his brace just four minutes later when he pounced on a defensive error to slot the ball home via a deflection. Bikey latched on to a Noel Hunt free-kick to make it three, and then the 5ft 6in forward scored his first of the game after a confident finish from close range. Doyle secured his hat-trick on the 62nd minute after slamming home from the edge of the box, for it to be followed two minutes later by another superb finish from his fellow countryman.
Reading 2-0 Sheffield Wed, Coca-Cola Championship, 1st November 2005
Shortly after the Royals had dispatched the Blades in the League Cup, they received a visit from the other half of Sheffield as Wednesday came to town for this evening fixture. Keen to keep their battle for the summit on track, a Dave Whelan own goal meant that the Royals were one step closer to securing another vital three points. After accidentally bundling home from a Kevin Doyle cross, the Owls defender was then unable to deal with a certain Glen Little’s wizardry. After beating his man, ‘Blakey’ then provided the ball to Kitson who finished off in style to make sure that all three points were staying in Berkshire – A trio of points that went towards the record breaking 106.
Reading 2-1 Sheffield Wed, Nationwide Football League, 13th August 2002
Reading’s first ever Division One game at Madejski Stadium played host to this Saturday’s opponents, and with 18 minutes gone things were looking ominous as Gerald Sibon latched on to a centre from the left to give the visitors an early lead. After weathering the storm of continuous Wednesday attacks, the Royals found their equaliser shortly after half-time when Jamie Cureton was on hand to slam home from 18 yards. The Bristol born forward then secured his brace to put Reading in front. Again gathering from an Andy Hughes cross he made sure with his finish that the first Division One game at the Madejski ended in victory for the Blue and White hoops.