The FA Cup - Third Round
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Huddersfield Town 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

Formation 4-4-2

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

Substitutes

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

Reading

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Simon Cox.

  6. Dismissal

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

  7. Booking

    Daniel Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Joe Lolley replaces Tommy Smith.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Nahki Wells.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Dominic Samuel replaces Danny Guthrie.