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Reading 3-0 Stevenage

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Highlights: Reading 3-0 Stevenage

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scored a hat-trick as Reading beat League Two Stevenage to book an all-Championship FA Cup fourth round tie with Sheffield Wednesday.

Stevenage had forced a replay after holding Jaap Stam's side to a goalless draw on 6 January but fell behind when Iceland international Bodvarsson volleyed home at the far post.

He doubled the lead with a header before tapping home for his third.

Reading changed their kit at half-time due to a colour clash with Stevenage.

The Royals made 10 changes to the side that started the goalless draw at Hull on Saturday.

They will travel to Sheffield Wednesday, who beat League Two Carlisle United 2-0 in a replay, in the next round on 27 January after their first win in nine games.

Reading started the tie in their familiar blue and white hoops before switching to orange shirts for the second half as Stevenage were wearing predominantly white tops.

Reading changed their shirts at half-time against Stevenage due to a colour clash
First half: Reading in their familiar home colours
Reading in their orange away strip at home to Stevenage in the FA Cup third round replay at the Madejski Stadium
Second half: Reading ditch their blue and white hooped shirts for their orange away top due to a clash of colours

Stevenage made a strong start, Matt Godden glancing in Joe Martin's 11th minute free-kick only for it to be ruled out by offside flag.

Anssi Jaakkola saved well from the lively Godden and Jack King before Bodvarsson scored at the far post against the run of play after Chris Gunter's deflected cross.

Gunter, captaining the team on his 250th Reading appearance, also crossed for the second goal before teeing up Bodvarsson for his hat-trick as Stam's side comfortably went through.

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"It's good to have a win and go to the next round in the FA Cup but also for the players because it gives them a bit of extra confidence as well."

On the clash of kits: "I said it before the game that it was quite strange that both sides were almost wearing the same colours or identical.

"But this was the only shirt they had and a blue one I believe and the referee wouldn't let them play in blue, so they needed to wear the white one. We were wearing white as well of course so our kitman needed to get the stuff and then we changed it."

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll:

"I'm very frustrated that we couldn't convert any of our chances.

"When you don't against a Championship side, you get punished."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 31Jaakkola
  • 19BacunaSubstituted forRichardsat 80'minutes
  • 20Ilori
  • 24Blackett
  • 2Gunter
  • 16Edwards
  • 38Kelly
  • 14Aluko
  • 22Clement
  • 7Beerens
  • 23Bödvarsson

Substitutes

  • 1Mannone
  • 8Evans
  • 12McCleary
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 25Popa
  • 37Andresson
  • 50Richards

Stevenage

  • 13King
  • 25Henry
  • 4King
  • 33Wilmot
  • 3Martin
  • 11Pett
  • 2Smith
  • 30McKeeSubstituted forConlonat 71'minutes
  • 10KennedySubstituted forSamuelat 71'minutes
  • 19NewtonBooked at 40minsSubstituted forGeorgiouat 85'minutes
  • 24Godden

Substitutes

  • 1Fryer
  • 5Franks
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 15Samuel
  • 18Conlon
  • 20Vancooten
  • 34Georgiou
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
4,986

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 3, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Stevenage 0.

Pelle Clement (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Conlon (Stevenage).

Foul by Pelle Clement (Reading).

Alex Samuel (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Andronicos Georgiou replaces Danny Newton.

Attempt missed. Tom Pett (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Omar Richards replaces Leandro Bacuna.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alex Samuel (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Reading).

Alex Samuel (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Conlon replaces Mark McKee.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Alex Samuel replaces Ben Kennedy.

Attempt blocked. Leandro Bacuna (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ronnie Henry.

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Edwards (Reading).

Goal!

Goal! Reading 3, Stevenage 0. Jón Dadi Bödvarsson (Reading) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Foul by Tom Pett (Stevenage).

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by David Edwards.

Attempt blocked. Jack King (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jonathan Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leandro Bacuna (Reading).

Attempt missed. Pelle Clement (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Ben Wilmot (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Attempt missed. Tom Pett (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ben Wilmot (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by David Edwards.

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark McKee (Stevenage).

Second Half

Second Half begins Reading 2, Stevenage 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Reading 2, Stevenage 0.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ronnie Henry.

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