Town travelled to the Madjeski knowing they would in for a tough afternoon. Reading, like Town, were yet to taste the bitterness of defeat at home so far this season.
David Wagner picked a familiar looking starting XI and would watch his side start in typically explosive style when the onrushing Tommy Smith cut inside from the right and tested Reading shot-stopper Al-Habsi at his near post.
The early stages of the game saw few clear-cut chances, without either side taking control of proceedings. As is so typical with games down at the Madjeski, tempers were beginning to fray, as both sides continued to be a little rash in their nature.
Sadly for Town, the game would bubble over and the dreaded red mist would descend on Rajiv La Parra, who let his frustrations get the better of himself. Town would have to play the remaining hour with 10.
Having already had the referee reach into his pocket within 5 minutes, VLP received his marching orders before the half hour mark for dissent, following a hefty challenge from Van den Berg.
Huddersfield in remained gutsy and determined to get something from the match. John Swift, arguably Reading’s most dangerous player, had other ideas when he took aim only to see the ball cannon back off the woodwork.
The Royals would eventually make their numerical advantage pay, when Berens’ deflected shot found its way passed the wrong-footed Danny Ward just before the break.
As the second half ticked along, David Wagner and traveling fans watched on to see Nahki Wells running through on goal, only to be hauled over by Chris Gunter. To makes matters worse referee Linington, would rub salt in the wound and show mercy on the Royals’ defender and only book him, much to the annoyance of the travelling support.
Huddersfield were still recognisable in their identity, continuing to press Reading across the pitch, desperately trying to find the equaliser their efforts so duly deserved.
With less than 10 minutes to go, and with Michael Hefele on and his in second home as a make-shift striker, he would find Wells with a knock down for the striker to see his effort drift just wide of the target.
David Wagner would conclude affairs by noting “We can move on with our heads held high.”
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