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Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Reading FC: Instant Reaction

Reading were mere seconds away from recording a first Championship win of the season only for a late goalkeeping clanger to deny them at Hillsborough. Here's our initial reaction.

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Reading: Bond; Taylor (Obita), Ferdinand, McShane, Gunter; Tshibola, Norwood, Williams, Quinn; Robson-Kanu (Hector), Sa (Blackman)

Steve Clarke made two changes coming into the game, with Jordan Obita and Nick Blackman dropping to the bench in favour of Andrew Taylor and Aaron Tshibola. Those moves gave Hal Robson-Kanu the chance to play up front, with Stephen Quinn moved out wide for Tshibola.

Much like the Leeds game there was little to report in the first period, with a booking for Tshibola and a Gunter snap shot the only meaningful action. Wednesday lost their captain Glen Loovens before the break due to injury but you'd have forgiven those at Hillsborough for falling asleep during a 45 minutes that saw just one shot on target.

However it took just four minutes of the second-half for Reading to inject some life into the contest as a determined run from Orlando Sa into the penalty area ended with a poke into the path of Danny Williams who fired it past Price to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.

Reading had won each of the four previous times that Williams had found the net and Wednesday barely looked like getting back into the game thanks to some solid work by the Reading midfield and defence. In fact Wednesday failed to register another shot on target until the very last minute but sadly that effort would prove costly indeed for the Royals.

Jonathan Bond had received  lukewarm reactions to his first few games as Reading's number one but the goalkeeper did himself no favours with a costly error to gift Wednesday an equaliser. A hopeful long punt drifted high into the Reading box but Bond misjudged the flight, failed to catch cleanly and spilled it straight into the path of Modou Sougou who slotted into an open goal. It was a crushing blow as Reading had seemed utterly comfortable against a blunt Owls attack and were well worth the three points.

Looking at the bigger picture and while scoring goals is still an issue, the fact that we were a goalkeeping clanger away from three consecutive clean sheets is encouraging and bodes well for the future. With attacking reinforcements to come in the form of Paolo Hurtado, Alex Fernandez, Garath McCleary and Tariqe Fosu, Clarke has got the makings of some solid foundations at the club but that win needs to come sooner rather than later.

We'll have a full report and player ratings up tomorrow so stay tuned for those right here on The Tilehurst End.