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Pogrebnyak Scores Two As Royals Win

21 September 2013
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading recording their most comfortable win of the season with a 3-1 away win at Derby County in the Championship. It was the first time Reading had won by more than a single goal and the first game where Reading looked good for the win. Having won with the last action of the game against Leeds United, Reading wrapped this one up slightly earlier. However, despite all those positive signs, it was still the home side that dominated the first half with Derby having the better of the play but failing to score. McCarthy wasn't under massive pressure, but when he was called into action he made a couple of decent saves to keep the scores at 0-0 at the break. Robson Kanu had Reading's best chance of the first half but his effort failed to hit the target from McCleary's cross.

The second half saw Reading much improved as they scored three times to record a deserved victory and make it two wins from two. Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has struggled this season to get minutes on the pitch, and therefore had failed to score all season, until picking up a second half double. They were both reasonably easy efforts for Pogrebnyak but he put in an excellent performance for the Royals after serving a suspension against Leeds. His first came from an Obita free-kick and was a close range finish and his second he had a defensive mistake to thank for. With ten minutes left to play Derby pulled one back - it as the first goal Reading had conceeded in nearly four whole games. Blackman restored Reading's two goal advantage right at the end with a decent finish, he second of the season, as Reading broke away.

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