The FA Cup - Fifth Round
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Reading 3-1 West Bromwich Albion

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport

Championship Reading came from behind to earn a shock FA Cup fifth-round win over Premier League West Brom.

Darren Fletcher opened the scoring for the away side by drilling a low shot from inside the area into the corner.

Reading's equaliser came through Paul McShane, who powered in a header. He could also have scored in the first half but shot narrowly wide.

Michael Hector nodded in the second for the hosts, before substitute Lucas Piazon stroked in the third late on.

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Against the form book

Reading's inconsistent season sees them lie 15th in the second tier, with little hope of reaching the play-off places.

Manager Steve Clarke was dismissed earlier in the campaign and former Royals boss Brian McDermott was brought back. Although he has struggled to make an impact in the league, McDermott has guided the club to their fourth FA Cup quarter-final in seven seasons.

The hard-working Hal Robson-Kanu missed two clear opportunities - a first-half header was tipped over by Baggies keeper Ben Foster and he shot agonisingly wide after running clear in injury time.

Despite falling behind, the hosts continued to battle and earned their reward through two set pieces, both of which were headed home, as well as a neatly taken third.

Reading goal
Reading carved West Brom open with some intricate play for the third goal. Substitute Lucas Piazon was on the pitch for just 45 seconds before scoring

Brunt struck in the face by own fans

In a largely forgettable opening 45 minutes, the two sides mustered just one shot on target but the match livened up considerably in the second once former Manchester United man Fletcher had struck the first goal.

However, West Brom's poor run at Reading continues, the Midlanders having failed to win away to the Berkside side for 11 straight games - a sequence stretching back to January 1995.

The Baggies were outplayed for large spells by their Football League opponents and can now concentrate on survival in the top flight, where they sit eight points above the relegation zone.

At the final whistle, Chris Brunt went over to the stand in which the visiting supporters were housed and was hit in the face by a coin. The midfielder remonstrated angrily with the crowd and had to be ushered off the pitch by captain Fletcher.

West Brom's Chris Brunt hit by coin

Read Brunt's reaction to being struck by a coin

Man of the match - Michael Hector

Michael Hector
Scored the second goal and was an imposing presence in the middle of the park. In an all-action performance, he made four tackles, gained possession 16 times and drew three fouls from the opponents

What next?

Both sides return to league action. Reading host Rotherham on Tuesday (kick-off 20:00 GMT), while West Brom play Crystal Palace next Saturday (17:30).

The stats you need to know:

  • Reading are highest scorers in this season's FA Cup competition so far, with 14 goals
  • Three of West Brom's last four FA Cup exits to lower-league opposition have been against Reading (also in 2011 and 2006)
  • Darren Fletcher has scored two goals in three games for the Baggies - as many as he had scored in his previous 42 for the Baggies in all competitions

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Formation 4-4-2

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 35Cooper
  • 11Obita
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 6Norwood
  • 8Hector
  • 21QuinnSubstituted forPiazonat 90+3'minutes
  • 10RakelsSubstituted forJohnat 59'minutes
  • 31CoxSubstituted forVydraat 59'minutes


  • 1Bond
  • 7Vydra
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 17Piazon
  • 20John
  • 49Barrett

West Brom

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Foster
  • 4Chester
  • 6EvansBooked at 87mins
  • 3OlssonBooked at 72mins
  • 11Brunt
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 24Fletcher
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroSubstituted forPritchardat 82'minutes
  • 14McCleanSubstituted forAnichebeat 75'minutes
  • 18Berahino
  • 33Rondón


  • 5Yacob
  • 8Gardner
  • 10Anichebe
  • 13Myhill
  • 15Pocognoli
  • 17Lambert
  • 20Pritchard
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Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamWest Brom
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 3, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 3, West Bromwich Albion 1. Lucas Piazon (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ola John.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Lucas Piazon replaces Stephen Quinn.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ola John.

  6. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Alex Pritchard tries a through ball, but Jonas Olsson is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

  8. Post update

    Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul McShane.

  11. Booking

    Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Evans (West Bromwich Albion).

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Darren Fletcher with a headed pass.

  16. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Michael Hector.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Alex Pritchard replaces Sandro.

  18. Post update

    Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Saido Berahino is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

  20. Post update

    Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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