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Reading 1-2 Everton - Instant Reaction

The Capital One Cup dream is over, though it was a spirited performance from a much-changed Royals side against a decent Everton team who were made to panic in the second half.

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Reading: Al Habsi; Gunter, Cooper, Hector, Taylor; Alex Fernandez, Tshibola; Hurtado, Piazon, John; Blackman

The Royals dominated the first half, and the rampant Nick Blackman came closest to breaking the deadlock with a 20-yarder which Joel Robles in the Toffees' net did well to parry over. But though he scored the opener, full credit goes to Ola John, whose cross from the left wing made it impossible for Blackman to miss from inside the six yard box.

Reading went in ahead at half-time and Roberto Martinez made a tactical switch for the second 45, bringing on Gareth Barry for Arouna Kone at half time. In demand centre-back John Stones departed not long after with an injury, replaced by Brendan Galloway. Everton piled on the pressure, and Ross Barkley found the equaliser with a powerful left-footed strike from the edge of the box which flew past Ali Al-Habsi.

And the turnaround was complete when Barkley was fouled around 25 metres out, and Gerard Deloufeu stepped up to curl over the wall and into the net. Questions marks about the goalkeeping on this one certainly, as it didn't look the most powerful of strikes.

Garath McCleary and Danny Williams were introduced to try and get the equaliser to send the match to extra-time, but it wasn't forthcoming, and Reading were knocked out at the third round stage for the second year in a row.

Overall though, a promising display and certainly a first 45 that had the Premier League side reeling and reaching for reinforcements. We'll have more reaction up as soon as possible, including a full report and player ratings.