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Norwich City 1-2 Reading FC: Instant Reaction

Nigel Adkins' side took their first away win since August from East Anglia with two Jake Cooper goals.

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Going into the game the hopes of a returning Anton Ferdinand were dashed by the outside-the-box selection of Jake Cooper, with The Royals setting up with a 4-3-3- Garath McCleary making his first start of the season.

It then all seemed to be business as usual. A Gary Hooper goal, eloquently predicted by Bobbins yesterday, put the Canaries in front- and Reading never win from behind.

But, as Little Norwich told us, the hosts are far from the Premiership side their first XI may suggest. Jake Cooper scored not once, but twice from first-half corners provided by Oli Norwood and Jordan Obita respectively.

The second half saw some nice moves by Reading, but no chances created. Hiding the ball through possession was the aim of the game and Cameron Jerome smashed the ball over from eight yards in injury time.

The Royals held on and boos rang out Carrow Road, manager Neil Adams can now be considered in even greater danger of the sack than Nigel Adkins ever has been at the Mad Stad.

Reading go to 14th in the Championship, Norwich 11th.