EFL Cup - First Round
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Reading 2-0 Plymouth Argyle

Roy Beerens
Roy Beerens joined Reading from Hertha Berlin for an undisclosed fee in July

Championship club Reading earned a spot in the second round of the EFL Cup by beating League Two club Plymouth.

The Royals went ahead when Joey van den Berg turned in John Swift's free-kick.

Roy Beerens doubled the lead before half-time, firing in from the edge of the box after Plymouth goalkeeper Vincent Dorel saved from Chris Gunter.

David Goodwillie fired wide for the Pilgrims after the break, as Reading held on to maintain new boss Jaap Stam's perfect record at the club.

Line-ups

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 2Gunter
  • 3Cooper
  • 4van den Berg
  • 30Watson
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 21mins
  • 6Evans
  • 7Beerens
  • 8Swift
  • 15HarriottSubstituted forMeiteat 57'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 10Rakels
  • 19Meite
  • 22Jules
  • 27Tanner
  • 28Gravenberch
  • 38Kelly

Plymouth

  • 21Dorel
  • 2Miller
  • 4Songo'o
  • 15Bradley
  • 3Sawyer
  • 18Threlkeld
  • 10Carey
  • 24FoxSubstituted forDonaldsonat 80'minutes
  • 14Jervis
  • 8SlewSubstituted forSmithat 73'minutes
  • 7GoodwillieSubstituted forSpencerat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Smith
  • 9Spencer
  • 11Donaldson
  • 16Purrington
  • 20Rooney
  • 22Ijaha
  • 23McCormick
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
6,979

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home71%
Away29%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away0
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Plymouth Argyle 0.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Donaldson.

Attempt missed. Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Attempt missed. Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tennai Watson (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by Gary Miller (Plymouth Argyle).

John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle).

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Joey van den Berg.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Donaldson replaces David Fox.

Attempt blocked. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Vincent Dorel.

Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Sawyer (Plymouth Argyle).

Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Fox (Plymouth Argyle).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Connor Smith replaces Jordan Slew.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. James Spencer replaces David Goodwillie.

Attempt saved. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by John Swift (Reading).

Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Yakou Meite (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gary Miller (Plymouth Argyle).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Foul by Yakou Meite (Reading).

Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by David Fox (Plymouth Argyle).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Yakou Meite replaces Callum Harriott.

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