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Reading FC 5-2 Huddersfield Town: Instant Reaction

Reading's love affair with the FA Cup continued in dramatic style at the Madejski Stadium as a Matej Vydra hat-trick helped us come from 2-0 down to beat Huddersfield 5-2. Here's our initial reaction with a full report to follow.

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Reading: Al-Habsi, Taylor, Cooper, Ferdinand, Gunter, Norwood, Williams, Piazon (Fernandez), McCleary (John), Robson-Kanu, Vydra (sa)

What is it about Reading and the FA Cup? Just when it seemed this year's adventure would come to a miserable screeching halt at the first hurdle one refereeing decision helps turn the game totally on its head.

In a nightmare start, Reading found themselves 2-0 down within the first 20 minutes. First it was our old nemesis Nakhi Wells who played in Jamie Patterson to score the opener before Tommy Smith picked up a rebound off the bar to put the visitors in total control.

You know how we like consistency from referees? Well sometimes non-consistency is good as for the second time in four days, Matej Vydra was hauled down when through on goal. Fortunately unlike on Saturday when the offender only received a yellow card, tonight saw the red whipped out for Jon Hogg and Huddersfield were down to 10-men.

Lucas Piazon soon whipped home a free-kick and it was game on.

Into the second period and the man described in the past few weeks as 'mentally shot' and 'utterly useless' by a certain 'voice of Reading Football Club' proved the difference maker. Matej Vydra picked up two goals in five minutes and despite Huddersfield chucking the kitchen sink at at us, we held firm. Soon Vydra had a hat-trick and to top it all off, Alex Fernandez bashed home a fifth in the last minute of stoppage time for his first for the club.

Marc will be along a little later on with a full report & player ratings so check back for that one right here on The Tilehurst End.