FA Cup - Third Round
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Huddersfield Town 0-1 Reading

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Huddersfield 0-1 Reading

Nick Blackman's goal gave Reading a narrow win over their Championship counterparts Huddersfield in a tie low on quality in the FA Cup third round.

After a scrappy first half James Vaughan spurned the game's best chance, heading over at the back post from Jack Robinson's cross from the left byeline.

Blackman finished low into the corner after Hal Robson-Kanu's pass with the game's only shot on target.

Jonathan Hogg picked up a late second yellow card as Huddersfield fell short.

With just a point separating the two sides in the middle of the Championship it was always likely to be a tight match and the first period saw no goalmouth action.

In a contest short of chances Vaughan should have tested Royals goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen when he was picked out by Robinson's back-post cross.

But Royals boss Steve Clarke replaced Jamie Mackie, who had been booked on the stroke of half-time, with Blackman at the break and the change proved crucial.

Reading moved the ball quickly from a throw-in and Robson-Kanu played in Blackman, whose low left-footed shot beat goalkeeper Alex Smithies.

Hogg received a second yellow card following an altercation with Danny Williams in the closing minutes as the lacklustre hosts failed to threaten Reading's goal.

Huddersfield manager Chris Powell:

"It was a flat game with no real quality. It's a shame because we took it seriously and didn't make wholesale changes.

"I put out an attacking side but we never got ourselves or the game going. The only shot on target was a goal.

"We were looking for some bright play and some enthusiasm but I am at a loss as to how it could be like that.

"There was an opportunity there for certain players to stake a claim in the team. It's hard to fathom."

Reading manager Steve Clarke:

"The referee made such a dramatic scene with Mackie. He intimated that the next foul and Mackie would be off. I thought that was very harsh.

"The referee put himself under pressure from then on and I wasn't prepared to take the risk. Rather than leave the decision to the referee I took Mackie off.

"Nick is a good finisher and I had every confidence he would score.

"It was a very good away performance but not a classic game. I told the players at half-time the best way to enjoy a poor game is to win it."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 27SmithBooked at 29minsSubstituted forLolleyat 86'minutes
  • 4HudsonBooked at 45mins
  • 15WallaceSubstituted forGerrardat 45'minutes
  • 17Robinson
  • 12HammillSubstituted forScannellat 66'minutes
  • 10Coady
  • 6HoggBooked at 90mins
  • 30Bunn
  • 9Vaughan
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 5Gerrard
  • 7Scannell
  • 8Butterfield
  • 18Lolley
  • 28Gobern
  • 31Allinson
  • 37Peltier

Reading

  • 31Andersen
  • 2Gunter
  • 5Pearce
  • 15Hector
  • 11Obita
  • 8GuthrieSubstituted forSamuelat 77'minutes
  • 6Norwood
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 19MackieBooked at 17minsSubstituted forBlackmanat 45'minutes
  • 10CoxSubstituted forCooperat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 21Karacan
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
  • 30Samuel
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
7,980

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamReading
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home4
Away2
Shots on Target
Home0
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Simon Cox.

Dismissal

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) is shown the red card for fighting.

Booking

Daniel Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Booking

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces Tommy Smith.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Nahki Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Dominic Samuel replaces Danny Guthrie.

Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

Attempt missed. Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Harry Bunn (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Adam Hammill.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by James Vaughan.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Mark Hudson.

Foul by Jack Robinson (Huddersfield Town).

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adam Hammill (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Huddersfield Town) header from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Adam Hammill.

Booking

Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town).

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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