READING remain without a point at Madejski
Stadium this season after slumping to a 2-1 defeat against Norwich this
The Royals looked to have rescued a point when
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson equalised with 18 minutes to play after Teemu Pukki’s first
But less than 60 seconds later the Canaries were back in front after more slack defending from the hosts allowed Mario Vrancic to score what proved to be the winning goal.
Defeat, Reading’s fourth straight home league loss this campaign, leaves them 22nd in the Championship relegation zone on five points from eight games.
For the first time all season Paul Clement named an unchanged starting 11 following the weekend win over Preston. New signing Saeid Ezatolahi was named among the substitutes.
But it was Norwich who created the first chance
of note when Christoph Zimmermann found space to meet a free-kick, but he
headed off target.
Emi Buendia was the next to try his luck, firing
straight at Sam Walker.
And the early pressure told when the deadlock was
broken on 14 minutes. Liam Moore was outmuscled, allowing Todd Cantwell to
break forwards and the winger slid the ball beyond Chris Gunter and into the
path of Pukki, who coolly guided his shot into the bottom corner from just
outside the box.
At the other end Sone Aluko fired into the side
netting while Yakou Meite’s fierce drive was parried over by Tim Krul towards
the end of a fairly uneventful first half.
Buendia was denied by a brave Moore block shortly
after the restart before Reading began to threaten with Andy Yiadom firing off
target before substitute Mo Barrow teed up Sam Baldock, but he delayed in the
Alex Tettey headed over at the other end while
John Swift bobbled an effort wide before the Royals did carve out an equaliser.
John Swift delivered a ccross which was met by Moore, and Bodvarsson was on hand to poke home from two yards after the ball had rebounded back off the post.
But any joy was short-lived as the visitors
immediately got back in front. A low cross from the left was only cleared as
far as substitute Vrancic, who composed himself before guiding his shot into the
Reading offered very little in the closing stages
with a vital interception from Yiadom and a smart Walker stop helping to keep
the score down.
READING: Walker; Gunter, Ilori, Moore (c), Yiadom; Bacuna;
Aluko (Sims 65), Kelly (Bodvarsson 68); Swift, Meite (Barrow 59); Baldock.
Subs not used: Jaakkola, O’Shea, Ezatolahi, McNulty.
Goal: Bodvarsson (72)
Yellow cards: Meite (27), Gunter (54)
NORWICH: Krul; Aarons, Zimmermann, Klose, Lewis; Tettey
(c), Leitner (Trybull 76); Buendia (Vrancic 68), Stiepermann (Rhodes 86),
Subs not used: Oxborough, Godfrey, Passlack, Srbeny.
Goals: Pukki (14), Vrancic (73)
Yellow cards: Vrancic (76), Aarons (81)
Referee: Tim Robinson
Attendance: 12,822 (including 919 away)