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MetiNews.Com - Some of the bits you may not have seen from Royals' clash on the south coast
Breaking News ! It proved to be an afternoon to forget for Reading on Saturday as they were knocked off their perch at the top of the Championship. Royals were defeated 4-2 by AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium and coupled with other results, slipped from first place to sixth in a matter of hours. Lucas Joao gave the visitors the lead with a fourth-minute penalty and Sone Aluko's tidy finish just before the break meant Reading were firmly in control. Find out how you can get the latest news from BerkshireLive delivered straight to your inbox However, Dominic Solanke pulled a goal back for the Cherries 10 minutes into the second half and Arnaut Danjuma then drew the hosts level three minutes later. A sublime strike from Lewis Cook put Bournemouth 3-2 ahead and even though Royals had a couple of good chances to draw the scores level, Solanke added a second late on to settle the contest. Here are six moments you may have missed from the game. Agonising Joao header Lucas Joao thought he had grabbed a dramatic late equaliser for Reading with the score at 3-2. The forward met Michael Olise's inswinging cross from the right side and headed low towards the bottom right corner of the goal. Cherries no.1 Asmir Begovic was equal to it - but only just. Read More Related Articles The disastrous stat which highlights Reading FC's woeful defensive displays in past five matches Read More Related Articles Reading FC manager Veljko Paunovic on the Bournemouth defeat, second half collapse and defensive woes The Reading players pleaded with the officials to allow the goal but it was all in vain, with goalline technology showing not all of the ball had crossed the line. It wasn't the prettiest save from Begovic, but it was an effective and hugely crucial one which helped the hosts go away with all three points. For Reading, it was one of those 'if only' moments. Royals undone by a Royal The hero in the end for Bournemouth was striker Dominic Solanke. The former Liverpool frontman began the comeback when he converted a low cross into the box while he ended it by forcing Rafael into a mistake. Dominic Solanke (Image: Getty Images) Solanke is finally finding his feet after a difficult couple of years with the Cherries and now has four goals to his name so far this season. The frustrating aspect for Reading is that Solanke was actually born in Reading. You can't say he was one that got away as he was never on Reading's books, but yes, Royals were ultimately undone by a fellow Royal. One sub short A change to the substitution regulation during the week meant clubs are now able to name nine replacements on the bench and bring on five players during a game. However, Reading only ended up having eight players on the bench due to injuries and illness. The ninth player was supposed to be centre-back Tom McIntyre, but the defender had to watch on from the sidelines due to cornavirus. Reading's Josh Laurent (Image: PA) The 22-year-old was told to self-isolate having come into someone who had tested positive while he was away on international duty with Scotland U21s. Despite having Liam Moore, Yakou Meite, Tom Holmes and Ovie Ejaria all back from injury, there are still several key players on the sidelines including George Puscas, Andy Yiadom and John Swift. The lack of depth in the squad is again a concern for Reading going forward. Paunovic's mind games Talking of Moore, Meite and Ejaira, all three players were expected to miss the game. In the pre-match press conference on Thursday, Paunovic gave the impression all three were unlikely to make the game.
Reading manager Veljko Paunovic
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"This is where the decision comes to. That's our approach, but we are getting there and they are close." However, it all proved to be mind games from the boss, with Moore and Ejaria named in the starting line-up and Meite on the bench. Although Ejaria and Meite are not quite fully fit, their returns represent a timely boost for Reading who have a hectic schedule over the next weeks. Aluko's passion Sone Aluko's goal was a rare sight - it was the first time he had found the net for Reading in nearly two years. The former Fulham attacker swept home a lovely through ball by Ejaria to double Royals' advantage two minutes before half time.
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Aluko is a rather reserved player and generally doesn't show too much emotion during games. But it all came out after his goal and his passion in his celebration was clear to see as he roared with delight, jumping in the air and producing a few fist bumps as he wheeled away towards the corner flag with his teammates. Ejaria's shirt swap You don't see players swapping shirts post match these days...but that's exactly what happened after the final whistle involving Dominic Solanke and Ovie Ejaria. The pair know each other very well from club and international level. Both had spells at Liverpool and in the England youth teams before furthering their careers away from Merseyside. Ejaria had a loan spell at Rangers before two loans at Reading and then turning it into a permanent move last summer. Solanke joined Bournemouth in January 2019 and recently passed 50 appearances for the Cherries. It's fair to say both players have had stuttering careers but are finding their feet now. Solanke got the edge in this encounter - but time will tell in the future whose shirt will be the more valuable!
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