Reading 3-2 Brentford: Match reportby Rohan Toure 14/02/2017 19:12:00 0 comments 1 Views
- An extraordinary comeback helped Reading beat Brentford in the Championship
- John Swift opened the scoring for the Royals in the 22nd minute of the game
- Jota equalised for the visiting Bees before Lasse Vibe equalised
- The two goals came in the space of three minutes to turn the game on its head
- Reading were not sunk, however, and equalised through Danny Williams
- And with seven minutes left substitute Roy Beerens secured all three points
By Oliver Todd for the Daily Mail
Published: 16:54 EST, 14 February 2017 | Updated: 19:12 EST, 14 February 2017
A Reading rescue job handed Jaap Stam a brilliant victory in a game of two turnarounds against Brentford.
Goals from Jota and Lasse Vibe, in the space of four second-half minutes, looked to have flipped this one in the Bees' favour after John Swift had put Reading ahead.
But Danny Williams and Roy Beerens struck for the hosts in five mad minutes of their own to turn the tables again.
Roy Beerens was Reading's match-winner with an 83rd-minute strike against Brentford
Beerens taps home from close range to complete a stunning late comeback
Lasse Vibe slots home Brentford's second goal during the dramatic encounter
Vibe's strike had looked to have put the Bees on course for all three points
MATCH FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE
Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, Blackett, Moore, Kelly (Kermorgant 73), Williams, Swift (Evans 73), Mutch, McCleary, Grabban (Beerens 73)
Subs not used: Jaakkola, Meite, Popa, Oxford
Goals: Swift 22, Williams 77, Beerens 83
Manager: Jaap Stam
Brentford: Bentley, Colin, Dean, Bjelland, Field, Canos (Jozefzoon 61), Woods, McEachran, Yennaris (Kerschbaumer 84), Jota (Clarke 80), Vibe
Subs not used: Bonham, Egan, Sawyers, Barbet
Booked: Canos, Jota, Woods
Goals: Jota 63, Vibe 66
Manager: Dean Smith
Referee: Keith Stroud
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'The spirit in the team is very good,' Stam said afterwards, before admitting: 'Sometimes you need to have a bit of luck.
'We keep believing in ourselves. We know we've got the quality to make it difficult for every team in the Championship.'
Reading started the better side took a deserved early lead on 22 minutes when Swift slotted in after Gareth McCleary's cross was knocked on to the post by a desperate slide from defender Maxime Colin.
From there, though, Stam's side fell apart and chance after chance went begging for Brentford.
Tyler Blackett was caught short to allow Sergi Canos in and when his pass was cycled through to Vibe the Danish striker really should have scored. He was similarly guilty as a cross flashed across his forehead and wide.
Somehow, the visitors went in a goal behind at the break. They also felt a sense of injustice after Jordon Mutch appeared to shove Canos to the ground inside the area on the stroke of half-time.
Referee Keith Stroud gave nothing.
Brentford's profligacy would not go on forever, though.
They hassled and harried at the start of the second period and eventually, after a change from manager Dean Smith, got the equaliser that looked like evading them.
Florian Jozefzoon came on as a substitute on the hour and made an instant impact, laying a ball on a plate for Jota to fire into the top corner from inside the area.
John Swift strikes to put Reading in front in their Championship clash with the Bees
The midfielder wheels away in celebration after finding the net at the Madejski Stadium
Danny Williams of Reading holds off the challenge of Brentford midfielder Sergi Canos
Brentford manager Dean Smith screams instructions at his players from the touchline
Swift leaps in the air after opening the scoring for the Royals in the Championship clash
Williams goes up for a header with Ryan Woods during Tuesday night's game
The Bees were buzzing — moments later Jota played Vibe in one-on-one and, having cut in, his blasted finish flew in off Chris Gunter.
But Reading were keen on a turnaround themselves. Williams netted from McCleary's cross with 13 minutes left to revive their intent. Smith would have complaints about the way that move started but they went unanswered.
This great game was ultimately decided by a goalkeeper error. Brentford stopper Daniel Bentley advanced out of his area but, with a Reading swarm coming at him, fluffed his lines.
His pass was weak and into the path of Yann Kermorgant, whose initial effort was trundling in the general direction of the empty net; Berrens applied the finishing touch, stroking home.
There was still time for a Jozefzoon strike to somehow stay out as it zipped across the line after Ali Al-Habsi had pawed away his initial shot and the keeper then had to claw at the feet of Vibe while grounded to keep Reading ahead.
Brentford manager Smith conceded afterwards: 'We've had chances we haven't taken where we could have put the game to bed. I thought there was only going to be one winner' — but it didn't prove to be the one he was backing.
Through a crazy second half, this was anyone's game. Stam was just relieved it ended up Reading's.