Date: 24th January 2016 at 7:54pm
Written by:

Cooper rescues a point after Reading score from a corner for the first time in over a year.

Brian McDermott surprised many people in the stadium with his team selection as Obita came in for Taylor and new boy Evans replaced the injured Mccleary, pushing Williams to the right wing.

In terms of Wednesday team, Forestieri was passed fit after a slight knock last week.

Sheffield Wednesday started the far brighter and hit the post very early on after a quick free kick caught Reading out, allowing Bannan far too much space to shoot from 25 yards out. His shot luckily cannoned off the post and to safety.

However, this early scare didn’t wake Reading up whatsoever. The home side were being played off the park and I could see how Wednesday were the in form side in the league.

They made their dominance count just 10 minutes in when Hooper fired in a half volley from a cross from the right.

Reading then started to get in the game and Vydra did brilliantly to win a penalty after 20 minutes after acting quickly to a poor Loovens touch in the area.

The hat trick hero in the week, however, failed to convert from 12 yards as his well hit penalty came off the bass of the post.

The half then fizzled out and Wednesday went in 1 up.

At the break, McDermott then replaced the ineffective Lucas Piazon, bringing on new signing, Yann Kermorgant.

The Royals started to knock the ball about with more pace and intensity, but the midfield just didn’t look right with Williams out wide.

Brian then changed that with 25 minutes remaining and he bought on John to replace Evans, shifting Kanu to the right and John to the left, with Williams and Norwood in the middle.

The balance was now there with John and HRK causing their respective full backs all sorts of bother.

However, like a lot this season, the final ball was just not there.

Reading rarely troubled the Sheffield Wednesday keeper, despite dominating the ball and were nearly punished by Forestieri but for Gunter’s fantastic intervention.

The Royals hadn’t scored a corner in 186 attempts. So when the out-swinging delivery came in from Norwood, no one expected Cooper to nod home at the back stick, but to the delight of everyone involved, it crept into the far corner to equalise.

It was a great for the young lad, who’s been so impressive since breaking through, to score his first goal at the Mad Stad.

It was a big goal that got the crowd going and Reading were the only team going to win the game.

With just three minutes left, new signing, Yann Kermorgant, had a golden opportunity to win it for us on his debut, but he got his header from just four yards out completely wrong.

So a point shared for the two sides.

This game showed exactly why Reading should be higher in the league as they can match the top teams like Sheffield Wednesday.

Again they showed good character to get back from behind, but they must start faster in the future.