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Blackpool 0-2 Reading: Mark Bowen's side reach FA Cup fourth round

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Highlights: Blackpool 0-2 Reading

Goals from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita helped Reading beat Blackpool 2-0 to reach the FA Cup fourth round.

On-loan Torino striker Boye pounced on a mistake to prod home from six-yards towards the end of a drab first half.

Blackpool improved after the break but forward Obita tapped home to extend Reading's unbeaten run to nine games.

Mark Bowen's side will face the winner of Wednesday's replay between Carlisle and Cardiff City in the fourth round on Saturday, 25 January (15:00 GMT).

Reading, who made 11 changes from Saturday's 1-1 Championship draw against Nottingham Forest, struggled to create an opening until Boye capitalised on Jay Spearing miscontrolling a Jay McCleary cross from the right, three minutes before half-time, to score his first goal since 25 September.

Blackpool, who had not played since the original tie on 4 January, only made one change to their line-up from that game but they also lacked fluency and failed to register a shot on target during a lacklustre first half.

Simon Grayson's side were much better after the break and were twice denied by smart saves by Sam Walker to keep out a Matty Virtue header from six yards and a Nathan Delfouneso flick from 12 yards.

Reading hit the woodwork three times in the second half, as Boye twice saw efforts from the edge of the area cannon into the bar, either side of Omar Richards sliding in to divert the ball against post.

They eventually secured their place in the next round when Obita slipped a shot under goalkeeper Mark Howard from four yards, after seeing his initial back-post header saved.

'They looked like players, proper players' - what they said

Blackpool manager Simon Grayson: "Their keeper's made two or three good saves, but I think I sound like a broken record at times.

"I can't fault the players with the work-rate that they've put in and their attitude has been good, but it's just the quality sometimes. When we're under no pressure, we give it away too cheaply, we make the wrong decisions and if you give the ball away to good Championship players, they're going to punish you.

"Tonight we didn't really get punished too much and we were our own downfall, with the goals we conceded, but we've got to do better with the ball. Too many times we've given it away too easily and too cheaply, not enough care and not enough pride in it."

Reading manager Mark Bowen: "There wasn't anybody really that I could say was struggling today. They all stood up and not just stood up, but they looked like players, proper players.

"I'm delighted because I made my mind up to play senior guys who had waited for games, but youngsters as well.

"Coming to a place like this with the ammunition they've got, the big lad up front (Armand Gnanduillet) can cause you problems and I knew it was going to be a battle. But in a funny way, it never became that battle because our decisions on the ball were really clever and sharp at times.

"I thought we just handled the game well right throughout, professional. I thought Tom McIntyre was absolutely awesome at the back."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Howard
  • 26HusbandBooked at 85mins
  • 16Tilt
  • 6Heneghan
  • 20Turton
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forThompsonat 74'minutes
  • 17Virtue-ThickBooked at 24minsSubstituted forWardat 61'minutes
  • 11FeeneySubstituted forNuttallat 85'minutes
  • 25Guy
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 21Gnanduillet

Substitutes

  • 4Thorniley
  • 14Scannell
  • 15Thompson
  • 24Nuttall
  • 27Ward
  • 29MacDonald
  • 37Mafoumbi

Reading

  • 1Walker
  • 27Richards
  • 42BurleySubstituted forDorsettat 87'minutes
  • 16McIntyre
  • 22Howe
  • 11Obita
  • 21Olise
  • 8RinomhotaSubstituted forAdamat 90'minutes
  • 12McCleary
  • 15LoaderSubstituted forAlukoat 86'minutes
  • 18Boyé

Substitutes

  • 23Aluko
  • 26Adam
  • 32East
  • 36Medford-Smith
  • 43Southwood
  • 45House
  • 46Dorsett
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
5,213

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamReading
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Reading 2.

Attempt missed. Joe Nuttall (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Charlie Adam replaces Andy Rinomhota.

Lucas Boyé (Reading) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jeriel Dorsett replaces Andre Burley.

Attempt missed. Andy Rinomhota (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sone Aluko replaces Danny Loader.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Oliver Turton.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joe Nuttall replaces Liam Feeney.

Booking

James Husband (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Husband (Blackpool).

Danny Loader (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 0, Reading 2. Jordan Obita (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Foul by Grant Ward (Blackpool).

Michael Olise (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jordan Thompson (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Lucas Boyé (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Curtis Tilt.

Attempt blocked. Danny Loader (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Jordan Thompson replaces Jay Spearing.

Omar Richards (Reading) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box.

Lucas Boyé (Reading) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Andy Rinomhota.

Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Oliver Turton (Blackpool).

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Liam Feeney (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Grant Ward replaces Matthew Virtue-Thick.

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Jay Spearing (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Loader (Reading).

Hand ball by Teddy Howe (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Mark Howard.

Attempt saved. Michael Olise (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Jay Spearing (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Blackpool).

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