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Nathanael Roberts' first game in football management was against Hull City. It started on a high with Jobi McAuff sprinting through the Hull defence and rifling a shot in the top corner, 1-0 to Reading. This remained the score when the teams went in for half-time. After half-time both teams seemed strong and cancelled each other out. The next goal came after 65 minutes and an own goal from Hull City defender, Andy Dawson, put Reading 2-0 up. Hull got one back just five minutes after Reading's second, 2-1. Five minutes from the end Jame Harper shot from 20 yards and a mistake from Adam Federici gifted Corry Evans a tap-in, 2-2. Roberts was angered that his team had thrown away a two goal lead so easily.
MOTM: Adam Federici. A good game from the Reading 'keeper with one major mistake which did not stop Federici grabbing the Man of the Match award.
Final Score: Hull City 2 - 2 Reading
The second match in Reading's season was against AFC Wimbledon in the League Cup and it wasn't as calm as Royals supporters would have hoped. In fact, Wimbledon went 1-0 up in the 29th minute through Sam Hatton. Reading did not react well and only equalised in the 53rd minute, a goal headed from Jason Roberts after a wonderful cross from half-time substitute Rory Delap. The game was then equal with both teams getting chances. Reading came closest hitting the bar from an Amdy Faye header. But, in extra-time, a run from Adam Le Fondre gave Reading hope and he cheekily chipped the Wimbledon goalkeeper from 10 yards.
MOTM: Rory Delap. An assist from the Irishman gave him the edge over team-mates Jason Roberts & Adam Le Fondre, who both scored a goal each.
Final Score: AFC Wimbledon 1 - 2 Reading (AET)
The League Cup second round draw saw Reading play away to Sheffield Wednesday. Other interesting games are:
Dagenham & Redbridge vs. Liverpool & Huddersfield vs. Aston Villa.
Reading vs. Peterborough was a thrilling 4-3 win for Reading. A brace from Emile Sinclair put the Posh 2-0 up leading into half-time. But Roberts' men came out fighting with Le Fondre scoring just 2 minutes into the half, and Karacan followed in Le Fondre's footsteps scoring in the 56th minute. Emile Sinclair then finished his hat-trick with a header from close range. In the 73rd minute Roberts brought on inspirational holding midfielder Mikele Leigertwood and he assisted Reading's third which was scored, again, by Le Fondre. From here Reading kept pressing and were the dominating team, a fourth goal looked inevitable. In the 87th minute Reading's 'inevitable' goal came and Le Fondre had scored again, this time from a header. Le Fondre had got the first hat-trick in the Roberts era.
MOTM: Adam Le Fondre. No one could have done better than ALF today. He was flawless from start to finish. He scored the perfect hat-trick in one of the best games of the season so far.
Final Score: Reading 4 - 3 Peterborough.
Reading travelled to Fratton Park to play Portsmouth and big things were expected of Reading's Adam Le Fondre, who last game scored a hat-trick. He played upfront with two other men today, Victor Anichebe and Darwin Quintero. The first goal came after 68 long minutes and it was Portsmouth who struck first with Benjani. The Pompey forward scored a curling effort from 18 yards. As players started to get tired, they started to get clumsy, and a flying tackle from Alex Pearce saw him get straight red carded. 10 men Royals equalised in the dying moments of the game through Ian Harte. The left-back had drifted toward the back post from a corner and nodded it past the 'keeper.
MOTM: Jamie Ashdown (Portsmouth). The Pompey 'keeper showed great composure to keep Reading at bay for so long in the match before lazy defending cost him a clean sheet.
Final Score: Portsmouth 1 - 1 Reading.
Next the Royals played host to high-flying Millwall, they were sat in 4th place before the game and were still there after as they snatched all three pooints in the dying moments. Hamer Bouazza scored after a magnificent run cutting the Reading defence in half. and cooly taking it round Adam Federici who was left flapping. They doubled their lead less than ten minutes later through Darius Henderson. Reading did manage to claw one back through a fumbled effort by the Millwall goalkeeper which gifted Jason Roberts a tap-in.
MOTM: Hamer Bouazza (Millwall). The pacey Algerian winger toyed with the Reading back line all day long with his turns and skills. He also got a goal.
Final Score: Reading 1 - 2 Millwall.
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