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Our path to round six...

10 March 2016

A look back on the Royals' route to the quarter finals

Friday evening sees the Royals play host to Crystal Palace at Madejski Stadium for a place in the FA Cup semi final.

The last round saw Reading dispatch Premier League West Brom in impressive fashion, but it has not been an easy run for the Royals since round three.

Ahead of what promises to be a stern test when the Eagles visit for the 7.55pm kick off, we look back on the Royals' path to the sixth round... 

Huddersfield Town 2-2 Reading
Emirates FA Cup third round
Saturday 9th January 2016

Reading’s 2016 FA Cup run got off to a difficult start in Yorkshire, when after a goalless first half Jamie Paterson headed Huddersfield in front.

The goal seemed to fire Reading into action as the Royals dominated from that moment on. Matej Vydra found the equaliser when his curling shot was deflected in, and Hal Robson-Kanu scored to complete what seemed to be turnaround at the John Smith's Stadium.

In the last moments however, Harry Bunn was adjudged to have been fouled in the box, despite claims it was outside the area, and Nahki Wells scored from the spot to set up a replay at Madejski Stadium.

Reading 5-2 Huddersfield Town
Emirates FA Cup third round replay
Tuesday 19th January 2016

Huddersfield were again the side that got off to the stronger start in the encounter, with Paterson giving the visitors the lead after just eight minutes. He fired in to put the Terriers ahead before Tommy Smith made it 2-0 with an angled drive.

Things were beginning to look bleak for the Royals until Vydra was brought down when through on goal. Jon Hogg was the offender and was shown a straight red card, with Lucas Piazon stepping up to score impressively from the resulting free kick.

Early in the second half Vydra finished off a great counter attack to level the scores and added two more from close range, before Alex Fernandez came on to net late long-range fifth as the Royals progressed in style.

Reading 4-0 Walsall
Emirates FA Cup fourth round
Saturday 30th January 2016

Reading welcomed in-form League One outfit Walsall to Madejski Stadium in the next round, but it was the Championship side that controlled the game from the outset.

On the 37th minute Robson-Kanu made the Royals’ dominance pay, when he rolled his marker to fire a powerful shot into the roof of the net. The lead was doubled within four minutes, with Vydra bundling in Stephen Quinn's cross from close range.

The second half was an open affair, with Romaine Sawyers and Oliver Norwood hitting the bar for each side. Reading sealed a place in the fifth round with a superb Danny Williams solo effort; the midfielder took the ball from his own half to run clear and finish through the keeper's legs, before Vydra headed a fourth late on.

Reading 3-1 West Bromwich Albion
Emirates FA Cup fifth round
Saturday 20th February 2016

Tony Pulis’ West Brom presented Reading with tough opposition as Brian McDermott’s men looked to progress to the quarter finals of the cup.

It was the Premier League side that struck first at the Mad Stad, when on the 59th minute former Manchester United man, Darren Fletcher, drilled a low shot from inside the area into the bottom corner of Ali Al-Habsi’s goal.

With the Royals behind, the Madejski Stadium crowd rallied and it was not long until Reading had an equaliser through captain Paul McShane. The centre-back rose to power in a header from Norwood’s free kick.

The Royals were now the team on top and with just under 20 minutes to play Michael Hector nodded the hosts into the lead - Norwood again providing the assist for the goal from a set-play. As West Brom surged forward looking for an equaliser, Piazon took advantage, stroking in a late third after good work from Ola John on the flank, to make sure of the result.

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