Crawley Town 1 - 3 Reading

Match info: FA Cup - 3rd Rnd at Stadium

Date: 05/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: A Taylor Att: 5,880

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Nicky Adams 1



Adam Le Fondre 13,49 (pen)
Noel Hunt 44

FT (ht: 1-2)

  • Last Updated: January 5 2013, 19:58 GMT

Reading manager Brian McDermott was pleased with the character his side showed to beat Crawley 3-1 and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup, having fallen a goal behind after just 14 seconds.

Noel Hunt celebrates for Reading
Noel Hunt celebrates for Reading

Crawley, who had reached the fifth round in each of the last two seasons, made the perfect start at the Broadfield Stadium with Nicky Adams' 25-yard strike.

But two goals from Adam Le Fondre, the second from the penalty spot after Noel Hunt had put Reading ahead, secured the Royals a place in the hat.

McDermott was encouraged by the way Reading, who came into the game with just one victory from their last 10 matches, kept their composure.

"It was about coming and trying to get a result and do the basics as well as we could, which we didn't in the first 14 seconds," McDermott said with a wry smile.

"They had another chance to go 2-0 up, which would have been a real problem. It is easy to panic but we got ourselves back into the game. The reaction from our players was good.

"When we got ourselves 2-1 up it was more comfortable for us. I thought the combination of Adam and Noel was really good and Garath McCleary made a really good goal for Noel.

"We made a few changes but we put out a team we thought could win and that is what happened.

"It has turned out to be an okay day. I am pleased to be in the next round."

McDermott hopes the victory can help boost Reading's bid for top-flight survival, a campaign which will continue next week against West Brom.

"It was important we won today and we have done that," he said.

"We are in the results business and we need to get a result against West Brom."

Crawley manager Richie Barker was disappointed his side's hopes of another cup adventure were dashed - and frustrated that a section of the home support were chanting at him to "sort it out".

"We are disappointed, no matter how it started, because we played well. We deserved more out of the first half," Barker said.

"We have given a Premier League team a real good go today. We created enough chances to be ahead but their goalkeeper pulled off two or three really good saves.

"To put their goalkeeper under as much pressure as we did, for a League One team against a Premier League side, speaks volumes about the players.

"I thought we would create something every time we went forward. Their quality in the final third defined the fact we were a goal down at half time. Adam Le Fondre and Hunt are good players."

On the reaction to the supporters, who were chanting at Barker as Crawley tried to find a way back into the game, he said: "You can't educate some people, can you?

"I will do the best I can and one day when I've gone, a bit like my old club, people will realise how well I did.

"The expectations (among some supporters) are ridiculous."

McDermott, who has the support of the Reading fans despite their struggles at the bottom of the Premier League, backed Barker.

"Sometimes you have to remember where you have come from and in a short space of time how well Crawley have done," McDermott said.

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