Brighton & Hove Albion 1-2 Reading

20 Sep

Stephen Quinn


Stephen Quinn volleyed Reading into the lead in the first half following a corner

Reading held on with 10 men as they beat fellow Championship side Brighton in the EFL Cup third round.

Stephen Quinn’s close-range finish from a corner gave them a first-half lead but defender Tyler Blackett was sent off before half-time for a late tackle.

Jaap Stam’s side pressed on after the interval and John Swift doubled their lead with a right-foot strike.

The Royals then survived a nervy finish after Tomer Hemed pulled a goal back for Brighton with five minutes left.

Blackett’s dismissal made him the second Reading player in the space of four days to be shown a red card following Garath McCleary’s sending off against Barnsley in the league on Saturday.

The former Manchester United player tangled with midfielder Sebastien Pocognoli, who was making his Brighton debut, and referee Lee Probert had no hesitation in showing him a straight red card.

Albion’s former Reading loanee Glenn Murray struck the crossbar moments after Blackett’s departure, but the hosts were up against it once Swift netted his second goal in as many games.

Murray did lay on Hemed’s consolation, but Brighton were unable to add to the striker’s effort.

Live Text

Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 2.

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 2.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Liam Kelly.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Danzell Gravenberch.

Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jiri Skalak (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Rob Hunt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Tennai Watson.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Jamie Murphy (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Connor Goldson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).

Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 1, Reading 2. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Glenn Murray.

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Joseph Mendes (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt saved. Callum Harriott (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tennai Watson (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces John Swift.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Elvis Manu.

Attempt blocked. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Elvis Manu (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Reading).

Rob Hunt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).

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