Portsmouth 1-2 Reading

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport at Fratton Park
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."



Formation 4-4-2

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


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


Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


  • 5McShane
  • 10
  • 12McCleary
  • 18Tshibola
  • 19Fernández Iglesias
  • 37Stacey
  • 40Moore
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Match Stats

Home TeamPortsmouthAway TeamReading
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Portsmouth 1, Reading 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Portsmouth 1, Reading 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Anton Ferdinand (Reading).

  7. Substitution

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

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Paul McShane replaces Nick Blackman.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Matt Tubbs replaces Kyle Bennett.

  10. Post update

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

  11. 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.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. Ben Tollitt replaces Conor Chaplin.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Portsmouth. James Dunne replaces Adam McGurk.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Simon Cox.

  20. Post update

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