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Four times we’ve upset the Eagles’ nest

10 March 2016

A look back to four Royal victories over Palace

Ahead of our FA Cup quarter-final clash with Crystal Palace on Friday, we reminisce over four past victories against the Selhurst Park side.

With the last meeting between the two teams coming back in April 2012, neither side really holds the bragging rights, as the past three fixtures between them have ended with the scores tied and a share of the points.  

But looking back at the scoresheets, below we give you highlights from four past victories against the Eagles…

Reading 3-0 Crystal Palace, npower Championship, 11th September 2010

Brian McDermott’s men cruised to an early season victory over Crystal Palace this particular Saturday, with goals from Shane Long, Ian Harte and Jimmy Kebe helping to seal the three points, and move them ever closer to the fabled play-off positions.

Palace’s Paddy McCarthy had an early chance to open the scoring, but it was the Royals who struck first when Shane Long turned his man and scampered into the box, only to be brought down by an Eagles defender – the resulting spot kick sending Julian Speroni the wrong way in the process. Ian Harte made it two 20 minutes into the second half, slotting home again from 12 yards after another upheaval in the box. 3-0 was the score when after Jimmy Kebe controlled Brian Howard’s pass; he shimmied the defender before slamming home into the bottom right corner, and ensuring three points were coming the way of the Royals.   

Crystal Palace 1-3 Reading, Coca-Cola Championship, 17th February 2010

A Reading side lingering dangerously close to the relegation zone visited Selhurst Park to take on a Crystal Palace side with a fair share of problems of their own. Brian McDermott’s men rallied themselves to defeat the Eagles 3-1, and push on with a fantastic end of season run that would take the Royals to a ninth place finish come the telling time in May.

22 minutes gone and Academy graduate Simon Church was the scorer of Reading’s first. A cross from the right was on its mark and Church was free at the far to volley into the ground and past Speroni, giving the men from Berkshire a deserved lead. One goal became two shortly after half-time with Jimmy Kebe the goal scorer, calmly striking home after Brynjar Gunnarsson’s lofted delivery. Palace did managed to breach Federici’s goal and pull one back through Sean Scannell, but the damage was pilled on the Eagles defence even more when Simon Church turned home from Matt Mills’ pass to make sure that the three points were coming home with Reading.     

Reading 4-2 Crystal Palace, Coca-Cola Championship, 30th August 2008

In a rather entertaining game with four Reading goals for the fans to cheer, James Harper scored the first of them when, after Jimmy Kebe’s low cross caused confusion in the box, the midfielder was on hand to pounce the ball home past Eagles stopper Julian Speroni.

Nick Carle then hit back by converting a penalty for Palace, and they took the lead when Calvin Andrew slotted home, but what followed was the Kevin Doyle show, as his hat-trick secured victory for Steve Coppell’s men. The first of those came when he tapped in from close range from Stephen Hunt’s corner, and the second followed moments later when a slammed cross from the right was bundled home from yards out. A corner again was at the heart of Palace’s demise, Hunt again with the in swinging delivery, and the Republic of Ireland international bagged his treble, again from close range, as the Royals had managed to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 win.       

Reading 3-2 Crystal Palace, Coca-Cola Championship, 13th September 2005

A memorable match during that record-breaking 106 season due to a certain Leroy Lita goal, the Royals again came from behind to beat Palace at Madejski Stadium, and continued their unbeaten run since the loss to Plymouth Argyle on the opening day of the season.

Kevin Doyle scored the opener after he rode some heavy challenges to strike low past stopper Gabor Kiraly, but three minutes later Palace’s Andy Johnson was on hand to level the scores by slamming his shot past Reading’s Marcus Hahnemann. Steve Coppell’s men found themselves behind when Clinton Morrison’s volleyed effort found the back of the net, but what was to follow was a sheer moment of brilliance from a Reading forward. Glen Little stood up his cross in the middle, the ball leaped into the air off a defender's header, and as it was dropping to the ground, Lita connected with an overhead kick to send the ball goalbound and score a spectacular equaliser. Reading went one better when Ibrahima Sonko’s header found the back of the net from Little’s wide free-kick, fortifying another three points for the Royals towards 106 come the end of the season.

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