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Royals back in relegation danger as the Tigers fight back

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Mo Barrow

Reading surrendered a first half-lead, shipping three goals to play-off hopefuls Hull City to put themselves back into relegation danger in the Championship. 

The Royals took the lead against the run of play when Lewis Baker, on-loan from Chelsea, fired home a brilliant effort from outside the box..

Kamil Grosicki equalised for the hosts with a smart finish that went in off the post before Marc Pugh moved the home side in front with a close-range finish after former-Arsenal stopper Emi Martinez kept out Jarrod Bowen’s effort.

Grosicki secured the points with another strike of equally impressive quality after Fraizer Campbell played him through on goal.

Nigel Adkin’s men are now five points outside the play-off places, while Reading are just a point clear of the relegation zone, with six games left to play.

Tiger’s striker Grosicki is one of the Championship”s red-hot forwards with his double against the Royals bringing his tally to four goals in his past 180 minutes on the pitch.

For Reading, it will be a case of rueing missed opportunities to kill the game while on top in the opening 45. Pugh nearly made it 2-0 when he headed a Baker free-kick against his own post before the break and Royals winger Mo Barrow was denied by a superb save from David Marshall when it was 1-1.

Gomes’ men now face a tough trip to league leaders Norwich on Wednesday, while Hull host struggling Wigan on the same evening.

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

“We started the first half ever so well. I thought we were good…just that final bit of putting the ball in the back of the net was lacking.

“They have gone and scored an excellent strike for the goal, but we kept our composure.

“At half-time it was a clear message, we just had to keep doing the right thing.

“We were clinical. It was an excellent three points. We played some entertaining football and it keeps us right in the mix.”

Reading manager Jose Manuel Gomes told BBC Radio Berkshire:

“(It was a) difficult afternoon. Last weekend we were very happy because we did well, we won our game.

“All our direct opponents lost points, but last weekend we were not the best team in the world and now we are not the worst team the world.

“The situation is what it is. This happened, we did the mistakes that we did. In football we cannot relax even for one second.

“I think today for the few seconds we lost the focus we gave the goals to them.”

 

Quotes Sourced: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47756595

 

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