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  • Reading 2-2 Westbrom: Kebe fastest score

    The Baggies got off to the worst possible start as Jimmy Kebe put the Royals ahead with just seven second on the clock, before Robert Koren equalised after 18 minutes.

    After Shane Long and Youssouf Mulumbu were both sent off in separate incidents, substitute Simon Church put the Royals back ahead, only for full-back Joe Mattock to strike and force a replay at the Hawthorns three minutes from time.

    Right from the kick-off Reading pushed forward, and Kebe caught West Brom defender Gianni Zuiverloon dithering on the ball facing his own goal and picked his pocket. The Mali midfielder surged towards goal and fired past Scott Carson to give his team a dream start.

    Roberto di Matteo's side recovered from that embarrassment, and eventually began to show the class that has them 20 places above Reading in the Championship, bidding for promotion while their hosts fight off relegation.

    They were rewarded when Chris Brunt's cross found Koren on his own at the far post, and the Slovenia midfielder couldn't miss from three yards out for only his second goal of the season.

    Koren then struck the post of Adam Federici's goal with a fearsome volley as the match evolved into an open and fiercely-contested cup tie.

    West Brom were handed an advantage when Reading striker Long - who was briefly knocked out cold following a collision with Jonas Olsson early in the first half - led into a late challenge with Abdoulaye Meite with his studs showing and was given a straight red card by referee Chris Foy.

    The Baggies were unable to fully capitalise and they also became a man down on the hour mark when Mulumbu - a half-time substitute - picked up a second yellow card and got his marching orders.

    Church - who scored the opening goal in the third round tie against Liverpool - put the Royals back ahead on 73 minutes when he beat the offside trap and latched on to a long ball. Scott Carson got a hand to the ball as Church tried to chip it over him, but he could do nothing as the Welshman slotted home the rebound.

    West Brom pushed for the equaliser as the clock ticked down, abandoning their passing style for a more direct approach, and it worked when Simon Cox held the ball up on the edge of the box before rolling it into the path of Mattock, who drilled a strike into the far side netting for his first goal in over a year.
    Tony Mabert / Eurosport



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