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Reading Lose To Stoppage Time Goal

21 August 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading came agonisingly close to earning much needed a point away from home against a City side enjoying their best start to the season in fourteen years. They were denied by the questionable time-keeping of a weak referee, and poor game management by a Royals side who had battled hard and deserved to take something for the game. With the scores level after the allocated six minutes of additional time had elapsed, Reading won a corner. Having been under considerable pressure in the second half and repelled the onslaught of a City comeback, the obvious decision would be to keep the ball in the corner and run the clock down to earn a point. Unfortunately Reading unwisely launched the corner kick into the City box. The referee for some reason decided to add a further two minutes and City grasped the opportunity provided by Reading's poor tactical decision and the referee's generosity to counter attack and score the winner through substitute Godden.

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