Berkshire news Coventry end Reading's unbeaten Championship start in five-goal thriller MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Reading have been beaten by Coventry at St. Andrew's Stadium.
Breaking News ! Top of the table Reading are in Birmingham tonight to take on Coventry City at St. Andrew's. Veljko Paunović's side are six points clear at the top of the Championship table heading into this one against a Sky Blues side that have struggled in recent weeks. Coventry have won only one of their first eight games, scoring only six and conceding 16 along the way following their points per game promotion from the third division during the summer. Meanwhile, Reading have surprised everybody with their incredible start to the campaign. Still unbeaten, the Royals have leaked only three goals and will be looking to build on their impressive 4-2 win over Blackburn Rovers in midweek. Lucas Joao and Yakou Meite will be out in search of goals to add to their already growing collections. And Paunovic's could this weekend become the last Championship side to boast an unbeaten record with Bournemouth tomorrow hosting Derby County on the south coast. So stick with us as our stand-in Reading reporter Tom Leach, filling in for Jonathan Lowe, brings you LIVE match updates from Birmingham for what promises to be an exciting night of Championship action.Key EventsThat's that, sadly. 21:41GOOOOALLLL READING21:38Goal. Coventry. Godden.21:20GOOOOALLLLL!!!!!!!!!21:11Half-time20:34MRTom LeachMatch reportReading unbeaten start to their Championship campaign has come to and end at the hands of Coventry City.Lucas Joao got himself on the scoresheet during the second half, sandwiched between Sky Blues goals from Gustavo Hamer and Matty Godden.Fingers will be pointed at Rafael between the posts for Reading as this one is picked apart by pundits in the days that follow.His first mistake came after a shot from Fankaty Dabo which he pushed straight to Coventry striker Godden to score before Sam McCallum put the final nail in Reading's coffin from 35-yards - and effort many will feel Rafael should have saved. George Puscas did pull one back lat one but time ran our for Reading ot get anything from the game.Coventry became the first side in the Championship to put the Royals behind mid-way through the first-half when £1.35m summer signing Gustavo Hamer fired in the opener from the edge of the area.Hamer was a central figure of City's opening period and was booked shortly after for persistent fouling as he did his very best to stop Reading's midfield from playing their football.The Royals did get themselves level after the break with a stunning effort from Joao.The Portuguese forward escaped two Coventry defenders and, in little more than a yard of space, was able to pick out the bottom corner from range. But Coventry responded really well and were back ahead through Godden moments later as he latched onto a rebound that Rafael will feel he should have held on to.And Rafael will have been disappointed with himself once again just before full time when McCallum's speculative strike, straight at him, went straight through him.FTKEY EVENTThat's that, sadly. Coventry are the winners here, 3-2. 90'KEY EVENTGOOOOALLLL READINGJoao assist and George Puscas scores! Five minutes added on...86'Tom LeachMore on the goal...Rafael should have done better. The strike was right at him and he pushed it into the corner. 3-1.85'Tom LeachGoal Coventry. McCallum with a stunner.That's it, I'm afraid. 82'Tom LeachHyam booked too for CoventryHe kicks the ball at Aluko, I think it was, on the floor. Stonewall yellow.81'Tom LeachChange for CoventryDabo OFF and McCallum ON81'Tom LeachGood save, Coventry...Aluko's cross is parried away by Marosi. Good save. Coventry's keeper has been good tonight, it must be said. 80'Tom LeachPuscas coming on for Reading.....and so too is McIntyre. Liam Moore in injured. Michael Olise comes off for the Royals.76'KEY EVENTGoal. Coventry. Godden.Dabo strikes it from range, Rafael parries and Godden buries it to make up for his teammates miss. 2-1.75'Tom LeachHOW HAS HE MISSED?!?!Max Biamou hits the bar from all of two yards! I am stunned!73'Tom LeachChange for Coventry.
..Hamer OFF, O'Hare ON. 72'Tom Leach18 minutes left to win this...70'Tom LeachGet in, Moore!Biamou skips away and Liam Moore comes over the win the ball and kill the attack. Hero. He takes a big knock on the knee for his troubles. 68'Tom LeachMore on the goal!It's a brilliant strike for Joao. He is given a crum of space on the edge of the area and he skips clear of the challenge to blast into the far corner. Marosi was nowhere near it.He then grabs the ball from in the net and charges back tot he half-way line.Game on!67'KEY EVENTGOOOOALLLLL!!!!!!!!!Lucas Joao scores for Reading!!!!!63'Tom LeachGood chance ReadingAluko, man of the match so far, crosses to Lucas Joao but Rose has to interfere to get it clear. 62'Tom LeachMy word...There is walking a tight-rope and then there is hanging from it by your teeth - the later is Hamer for Coventry right now. I can't believe Mark Robins isn't taking him off. 59'Tom LeachFinal warning?It's another foul from Hamer. He's on his final warning now. Mark Robins will surely think about taking him off.55'Tom LeachGood chance, Coventry...Matty Godden has a chance to double Coventry's lead but hits it too soon and it flies over the bar.51'Tom LeachBig second half to come, then!It's hard to remember what it feels like coming from behind... but Reading are going to have to do it to win...45'Tom LeachShall we do that all over again......but this time shall Reading score two and then we can all go home happy? Yeah?The second half is underway.HTTom LeachWhat needs to change?HTKEY EVENTHalf-timeCoventry lead at the break. That is a surprise.45'Tom LeachPenalty shout for Reading!That's one that VAR gives, I think. It hits Michael Rose's arm, nothing he could do and would have been harsh. 44'Tom LeachAnother yellow for CoventryIt's the goalscorer, Gustavo Hamer goes into the book for persistent fouling. He is a proper little terrier. 41'Tom LeachIt has quietened down a little, here.The tempo has slowed. Coventry looking the more dangerous. Leo Ostigard has gone into the book for a bad challenge. 40'Tom LeachOuch x2And now Omar Richards takes a cross right in the crown jewels. The threat of a cold sponge gets him back to his feet. 31'Tom LeachIt should be 2-0 to Coventry...It's another good move and Biamou gets in behind, one-on-one, but his first touch ruins what would have been a certain goal. Rafael collects.26'Tom LeachNow then...This appears a tougher test than first feared. Reading are behind for the first time this season through a really well-taken goal. How will they respond?
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