Stoke City breeze past top side Reading


Reading 0 Stoke 3 – 7/11/20 12.30

It seemed effortless for Stoke to dismiss league leaders Reading, but City looked like promotion possibles in this gutsy 3-0 win. Gutsy, but only McClean got a yellow card. Predictably. Here’s how the game unfolded in real time:
Stoke unchanged for 3 in a row? Unprecedented. The only shock is Tom Ince returning to the bench. It’s come to this that Ince is the shock-factor in this side! Although James McClean will be playing without a poppy on his shirt, the players all still take the knee. Kudos. Reading are top, Stoke are 11th. Ominous.
5.40 Attacking Reading struggling to get their corners past the Stoke defender posted only 15 yards away. They’ve obviously done their homework on set pieces. The Delap factor.
22.15 1-0 !!! Campbell sneakily hits a loose ball into the corner after Reading fail to clear a free kick. Never take your eye off Tyrese!!
34.48 2-0 ! Reading messing up at the back, the keeper’s chipped clearance put back in by Smith via Tyrese, & Fletch slots home!!! Not offside either despite wimpy protests. More sloppy defending.
HT Top Team 0 Mid-Table Team 2
45.00 Tash on for Powell. Defensive move by MON?
48.30 After McClean robs the defender, Tyrese hits a lazy looking curling shot from the left & hits the post! Everyone looks stunned. Too stunned to put in the rebound.
71.40 Despite Tash pulling something, Nathan Collins comes on for Fletcher. Collins joins a back-3, with Fox now left back… Stoke surviving with 32% possession.
82.20 Jacob Brown comes on for Tyrese, who looked like he had a poke in the eye. Who would dare do that?!
94.40 3-0 ! Brown picks up the ball after defender Gibson’s back pass goes array, rounds the keeper for 3-0! Easy! Gibson collides with post in desperation.
FT League Leaders 0 Stoke Challengers 3!