EFL Cup - Second Round
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Portsmouth 1-2 Reading

Garath McCleary of QPR
Garath McCleary's winner came with six minutes to play

Second-half goals from Nick Blackman and Garath McCleary saw Reading come from behind to beat Portsmouth in the League Cup second round.

Conor Chaplin gave the hosts the lead just before the break when he pounced on an error by goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi.

Chaplin kept his cool to round Al-Habsi and fire home from a tight angle.

Blackman equalised with a powerful run and low, driven shot, before McCleary poked home at the back post after Stephen Quinn found him unmarked.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Solent:

"You're always disappointed not to win a game as a manager, especially when you're 1-0 up and getting to the latter stages.

"If you can take credit from a defeat, that was one of those games without a shadow of a doubt.

"To make the changes we did and the plusses we had from the players who came into the side was there for all to see.

"In defeat we're disappointed, but the attendance tonight speaks volumes as to what the people think of the players at the minute and that's great for everyone at the club."

Reading first team coach Kevin Keen told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"We're really pleased with the result. It keeps a nice little run going and, although perhaps we've not got the wins in the league, that's five games unbeaten and to come back from 1-0 down here with a good crowd, in a good game, it's a really good effort.

"I'm really pleased for the boys and obviously Garath coming on and scoring the winning goal really makes a difference.

"Tonight was perhaps the culmination of all our hard work in recent games and perhaps that's something we've deserved that hasn't previously come about."

Line-ups

Portsmouth

  • 1Jones
  • 26Evans
  • 4Webster
  • 20Clarke
  • 38Haunstrup
  • 7McGurkSubstituted forDunneat 79'minutes
  • 23BennettSubstituted forTubbsat 89'minutes
  • 33Close
  • 29Hollands
  • 19ChaplinSubstituted forTollittat 83'minutes
  • 17Stockley

Substitutes

  • 6Burgess
  • 9Tubbs
  • 11Roberts
  • 18Tollitt
  • 21Dunne
  • 24Murphy
  • 25Atangana

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 8Hector
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 11Obita
  • 21Quinn
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 83minsSubstituted forTshibolaat 90+2'minutes
  • 6NorwoodBooked at 74mins
  • 22BlackmanSubstituted forMcShaneat 89'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuBooked at 45mins
  • 31CoxSubstituted forMcClearyat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McShane
  • 10
  • 12McCleary
  • 18Tshibola
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 37Stacey
  • 40Moore
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
18,190

Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamReading
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Reading 2.

Attempt blocked. Adam Webster (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Matt Tubbs (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anton Ferdinand (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Aaron Tshibola replaces Daniel Williams because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Paul McShane replaces Nick Blackman.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Matt Tubbs replaces Kyle Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Reading 2. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Conor Chaplin.

Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. James Dunne replaces Adam McGurk.

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Oliver Norwood (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Simon Cox.

Adam Webster (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Adam Webster (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Portsmouth 1, Reading 1. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth).

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Daniel Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt saved. Adam McGurk (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

Attempt missed. Conor Chaplin (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Kyle Bennett (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam McGurk (Portsmouth).

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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