Four past victories over BrightonThe Royals make the trip to the south coast on Tuesday night as they face Brighton in the Sky Bet Championship, and like we’ve done for previous encounters, we take a look back to past victories over our opponents.
With 24 goals scored between them in the last 10 meetings, and 12 in the last five, tomorrow evening should be a shoo-in for a couple of goals. Below, we give you written highlights from four of our most recent victories against the Seagulls…
Reading 2-1 Brighton, Sky Bet Championship, 10th March 2015
Ending a run of under par results with victory against a struggling Brighton side, Jamie Mackie set Madejski Stadium alight with his enthusiastic and terrier like performance, with two stunning goals helping seal victory that evening.
The first came when Brighton stopper David Stockdale carelessly gave the ball away midway into his own half, Chalobah then gave the ball to Mackie and the winger did the rest, shimmying his way past two defenders before firing a bullet high into the top right corner. Brighton did manage to equalise through Chris O'Grady’s spot kick eight minutes into the second half, but three minutes later, Mackie was again on hand to put the Royals back ahead. A flicked ball forward from Garath McCleary set the QPR loanee scampering down the right, and he then tricked his way back inside prior to steeling home from 20 yards with a left-footed strike powering into the corresponding bottom corner.
Brighton 0-1 Reading, npower Championship, 10th April 2012
Lying second in the table going into this fixture, being on the winning side after the 90 minutes moved Reading level on points with Southampton at the summit, and one step closer to lifting the trophy at the end of the season.
Although it has to be said Brighton may have deserved to get something out of the game, Ian Harte had other ideas 14 minutes in when after Noel Hunt was fouled on the edge of the area, his free-kick took a wild deflection off the Brighton wall, and landed its way into the right side of the goal giving a stranded Peter Brezovan no chance in saving it. Midfielder Vicente Rodríguez had the best chances of scoring an equaliser for the Seagulls, but after squandered chances at either end, 1-0 would be the final scoreline. Victors Reading went on to face Southampton the following Friday in a head-to-head battle for the advantage in the title race, with three games left to play.
Reading 3-0 Brighton, npower Championship, 26th December 2011
Brian McDermott’s men faced a mid-table Brighton side at Madejski Stadium on Boxing Day 2011, and a brace from Jobi McAnuff, along with an Adam El-Abd own goal, was enough to mean three points for a Royals side who would go on to win the title and promotion to the Premier League by April 17th.
With just under 17 minutes gone in the tie, Jimmy Kebe delivered a centre with pace and McAnuff was quickest to the ball, beating the defender to turn home from the 12 yards out to give the Royals a deserved lead. The second came on the stroke of half-time, when out on the left, Jobi cut through the defenders to make his way to the edge of the area before letting lose an effort which swept its way inside the far post. A very open and entertaining game was granted a third goal seconds from time when Kebe crossed to find Michael Antonio in the middle, but in trying to intervene with the ball across, El-Abd’s touch sent the ball past keeper Casper Ankergren, guaranteeing all three points and the perfect late Christmas present for fans of the Royals.
Reading 5-1 Brighton, Coca-Cola Championship, 10th December 2005
Unbeaten since an opening day defeat to Plymouth Argyle, Steve Coppell’s men faced a relegation-threatened Brighton side at Madejski Stadium, and a Dave Kitson hat-trick aided his team to a comfortable 5-1 victory in front of an 18,546 crowd.
The Seagulls’ Charlie Oatway was scorer of the first, however it was in the form of an own goal – Glen Little’s low centre had too much power on it, and the defender could only watch helplessly as the ball ricocheted off his foot and into the back of the net. Gary Elphick was given his marching orders three minutes into the second half, and the Royals ran riot after that, with Kitson scoring the games next goal by slotting home his spot kick after he was fouled on the edge of the six yard box. With 20 minutes to go, Kitson bagged his second of the game beating Alan Blayney from close range, then Stephen Hunt got his name on the score sheet with a header of his own. After Brighton had scored a consolation through substitute Colin Kazim-Richards, Kitson marked the sixth goal of the game by completing his treble, nodding home from six yards to end a perfect win and seal the match ball for his own.