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Extra Time Defeat For Impressive Royals

03 March 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading came very close to taking this excellent cup tie to penalties in the very last minute of extra time, when Pele's shot from the edge of the box flew agonisingly just outside the post with United's 'keeper Henderson beaten. Had it gone to penalties and Reading had won, nobody could argue that they had not played well enough to progress to the next round. It was night when Reading Football came back to life. The crowd, the atmosphere, and the team's performance were all something of which everyone at the club should feel proud. Against a team three points off a Champions League qualification place (with a game in hand) in the Premier League, Reading more than held their own, and can realistically claim were capable of winning the tie. The visitor's current status and reputation made this match a daunting prospect for the Royals, and falling a goal within two minutes made their task seemingly beyond their reach. At that point nobody could have imagined how the game would unfold. Reading were far from demoralised by this early setback and showing remarkable composure and determination raised their game to a level we have not seen for some time.

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