EFL Cup - Third Round
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Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Reading

Stephen Quinn
Stephen Quinn volleyed Reading into the lead in the first half following a corner

Reading held on with 10 men as they beat fellow Championship side Brighton in the EFL Cup third round.

Stephen Quinn's close-range finish from a corner gave them a first-half lead but defender Tyler Blackett was sent off before half-time for a late tackle.

Jaap Stam's side pressed on after the interval and John Swift doubled their lead with a right-foot strike.

The Royals then survived a nervy finish after Tomer Hemed pulled a goal back for Brighton with five minutes left.

Blackett's dismissal made him the second Reading player in the space of four days to be shown a red card following Garath McCleary's sending off against Barnsley in the league on Saturday.

The former Manchester United player tangled with midfielder Sebastien Pocognoli, who was making his Brighton debut, and referee Lee Probert had no hesitation in showing him a straight red card.

Albion's former Reading loanee Glenn Murray struck the crossbar moments after Blackett's departure, but the hosts were up against it once Swift netted his second goal in as many games.

Murray did lay on Hemed's consolation, but Brighton were unable to add to the striker's effort.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton:

"We conceded two poor goals against a side that started better than us. We found it difficult to get close.

"We weren't able to take our chances. In that period it wasn't the lack of trying, but we didn't get enough bodies in the box."

Reading assistant manager Andries Ulderink:

"We started very well when it was 11 against 11 - it was a little bit like Saturday. We dominated the game and created a couple of great chances.

"I must be honest, Brighton had a couple of good chances too, but overall we were very happy with the 11 v 11 situation and we deserved our first goal.

"You hoped we would get the second goal in the first half. But then the sending off and the game changes... again.

"We worked very hard. And it was hard work, defending more than playing the football we like to play."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 42Hunt
  • 4Hünemeier
  • 18Goldson
  • 12PocognoliSubstituted forSkalakat 69'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21NorwoodBooked at 87mins
  • 14SidwellBooked at 79mins
  • 24InceSubstituted forHemedat 62'minutes
  • 19ManuSubstituted forMurphyat 73'minutes
  • 9Baldock
  • 17Murray

Substitutes

  • 3Bong
  • 5Dunk
  • 7Kayal
  • 8Skalak
  • 10Hemed
  • 15Murphy
  • 16Ankergren

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 30Watson
  • 16MooreSubstituted forGunterat 61'minutes
  • 24BlackettBooked at 42mins
  • 11Obita
  • 38Kelly
  • 8SwiftBooked at 61minsSubstituted forEvansat 76'minutes
  • 14SamuelSubstituted forGravenberchat 43'minutes
  • 21Quinn
  • 15Harriott
  • 9Mendes

Substitutes

  • 2Gunter
  • 6Evans
  • 7Beerens
  • 17Wieser
  • 28Gravenberch
  • 40Moore
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
6,235

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 2.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Liam Kelly.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Danzell Gravenberch.

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Rob Hunt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tennai Watson.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 2. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Glenn Murray.

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Callum Harriott (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tennai Watson (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces John Swift.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Elvis Manu.

Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Elvis Manu (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Rob Hunt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).

goal

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