Reading caused one of the unexpected football scores in the Championship as they beat Middlesbrough 1-0. After news of a possible points deduction, Reading put up a superb performance and was rewarded in the second half when Alen Halilovic found the back of the net. This was their third consecutive win in the league and their first clean sheet of the campaign. As for Middlesbrough, their poor run of form continued as they have just nine points from the nine games played. Matt Crooks was sent off late in the game to make matters worse for the visitors.
Reading’s Veljko Paunovic: “I don’t want distractions. We are only focused on the things that we can control and that is our performance. I don’t want to talk about this. It is out of my control. I don’t control it.” he added. “Considering our circumstances with all the injuries, we always looked to put out a team that could compete and win. There’s always an idea behind what we’re trying to do and we were more than satisfied with the players showing such great spirit. We keep rolling, we keep going, but with our feet on the ground. But the confidence is now restored and the belief is also there.”
Middlesbrough’s Neil Warnock: “The referee [Peter Bankes] was in a terrible position. He said that he saw the tackle and then had advice from his linesman who was 45 yards away. A young linesman who looked about 18. The linesman said he saw Crooks go in for the ball with his studs high and endangering him [Southwood] so he immediately said red card to the referee.”
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