Clarke made a shock team selection on Tuesday night as he made only one change from the team that drew against Blackburn at the weekend; Obita came in for Pogrebnyak, with Robson-Kanu continuing his role as one of three central midfielders. Mackie went up top.
The game got off to a predictable start, with Callum Wilson scoring a goal in the 4th minute to the joy of Bournemouth fans and exasperation of loyal Royals.
17 minutes in and Artur Boruc made a super save from Mackie after a super cross in by the returning Obita.
The Royals didn't play too badly after the opener, but an equaliser evaded them in the first half.
The second half started sluggishly, with the only moment of note being Chalobah going down under a heavy challenge.
Matt Richie had the chance to score a second for Bournemouth in the 62nd minute only for his curler to bend off target.
The game ended in a very end-to-end fashion, and with five minutes added time the pressure piled onto both sets of fans and the players, with a flurry of yellow cards seeing the game out; another loss for the Royals.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>FULL TIME: Visitors hold on to take all three points after Wilson's early goal. <a href="http://t.co/0fTWl2skI9">pic.twitter.com/0fTWl2skI9</a></p>— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingFC/status/588082882796720130">April 14, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Reading: Federici, Gunter, Obita, Pearce, Hector, Karacan (C), Chalobah, Ake, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Mackie
Subs: Andersen, Kelly, Norwood, Williams, Stacey, Appiah, Yakubu
Bournemouth: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Elphick, Francis, Pugh, Surman, Arter, Ritchie, Kermorgant, Wilson
Subs: Camp, Ward, Smith, Gosling, Fraser, Pitman, Jones
Attendance: 18,917 (4,259 Bournemouth)
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