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Reading 3-0 Blackpool: Instant Reaction

A first win in eight games eases the woes for Nigel Adkins' men.

Ben Hoskins

With a much-needed win on the horizon against bottom-of-the-table Blackpool, Adkins stuck with a 4-4-2 as Glenn Murray came into the starting line-up.

It was Murray who opened the scoring, flicking a header straight at keeper Joe Lewis, which was bundled into the net by the visiting goalie to see The Royals take the lead.

A somewhat wayward game, short in action, was sealed when substitute Jake Taylor finished off from a corner, condemning The Seasiders to another defeat.

Jamie Mackie still had time to miss a great chance from five yards, and in stoppage time Blackman won a penalty- rolled in by the man himself.

That leaves The Royals 14th, and closer to the play-offs (5 points) than the relegation zone (7), and a trip to Blackburn awaits.

Finally, a thought on Blackpool, who were awful and sit 7 points away from safety...

We'll have a full report later, and player ratings tomorrow. Urz!