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Reading 3-1 Forest

31 October 2017

Nottingham Forest suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Reading at the Madejski Stadium this evening.

The Royals got back to winning ways through John Swift's brace and an own goal from Jordan Smith with Ben Osborn's late consolation strike the only positive to show for Forest's efforts.

Mark Warburton named an unchanged side from Saturday's victory at Hull City with the only change coming on the bench as Mustapha Carayol was brought in to replace Jamie Ward.

It was a cagey start to the match as both teams looked for an early breakthrough. Former Reds defender Chris Gunter tried his luck from outside the area in the opening five minutes, only to see his effort comfortably saved by Smith.

The home side were growing in confidence and after a swift counter-attack they found themselves in front after 12 minutes.

Leandro Bacuna skipped past the challenge of Tendayi Darikwa on the left-hand side and pulled the ball back to Swift who was arriving late into the penalty box.
The midfielder kept his composure and neatly finished past Smith to put The Royals ahead.

Sam Smith had an opportunity to double the hosts' lead just before the break. Bacuna delivered an inch-perfect cross from the right-hand side but Sam Smith was unable to get enough on his header and trouble Jordan Smith in the visitors' goal.

Forest did nearly snatch an equaliser in first-half injury-time, however Barrie McKay couldn't direct an Eric Lichaj cross on target.

The visitors came out for the second half on the front foot. Kieran Dowell slipped in Osborn with a clever through ball but the winger's effort was well saved by Vito Mannone from a tight angle.

The Reds were growing in confidence and Liam Bridcutt was next to test Mannone. The former Leeds man worked some space for himself and unleashed a powerful right-footed shot from outside the area forcing the Reading stopper into a save down to his right.

Warburton made his first changes shortly after the hour mark with Carayol replacing Barrie McKay and Tyler Walker coming on for Jason Cummings.

Despite these changes and Forest's dominance it was the hosts who doubled their advantage with 20 minutes remaining.

Barrow, this time from the right, cleverly chipped the ball over the visitors' defence to Swift who slid in the ball past Smith for his and The Royals' second. It was a cruel blow for The Reds who had looked in control for large periods of the half.

After Dowell and Walker had seen their efforts superbly saved by Mannone it got worse for the visitors as Reading made it 3-0 and squashed any hopes of a Forest fightback.

Sone Aluko cut inside from the left and saw his effort across goal saved by Smith before the Forest goalkeeper unfortunately saw the shot deflected back into his own net.

There was to be some reward for the visitors with five minutes remaining when Osborn powered home a left-footed effort from inside the Reading penalty area. It was good link-up play between Dowell and Osborn as The Reds finally found a way past Mannone.

It was, however, too little too late for Warburton's men as The Royals ran out 3-1 winners at the Madejski Stadium.

Forest: Smith; Darikwa, Worrall, Mancienne (c), Lichaj; Vaughan (Bouchalakis 74'), Bridcutt; McKay (Carayol 63'), Dowell, Osborn; Cummings (Walker 68')

Subs not used: Henderson, Mills, Clough, Brereton

Goal: Osborn 86'

Booking: Lichaj 9'

Reading: Mannone; Gunter, McShane (c), Moore, Bacuna; van den Berg (Clement 46'), Swift, Edwards, Barrow (Beerens 83'); Aluko, Smith (Kermorgant 60')

Subs not used: Jaakkola, Blackett, Popa, Richards

Goals: Swift 13', 70', Aluke 78'

Referee: Paul Tierney

Attendance: 14,848 (1,282 away)


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