Report | Royals coast into the Fourth Round with fine 2-0 win
Goals from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita earned Mark Bowen's men a fully deserved cup win at Bloomfield Road
Reading scored two and hit the woodwork four times in a fine Third Round replay display at Bloomfield Road that sets up a Fourth Round fixture against either Carlisle United or Cardiff City.
The home side made most of the early running, with Tom McIntyre in the right place at the right time to clear a couple of crosses into the penalty area with good defensive headers.
The Royals were testing their hosts too though; a sweeping crossfield ball from McCleary landed at the feet of Obita who volleyed a first time cross into the box - but the Tangerines cleared the danger with ease.
Both Boye and Howe tried their luck from range but arrowed well wide of the target, Boye firing to the right and Howe dragging his effort past the left upright.
Loader came much closer just after a quarter of an hour, turning well onto his right foot and skimming the side netting with a fierce right-footed strike from 20 yards out. And the Royals were beginning to dominate, Howe fizzing a tasty ball across the six yard box but no-one on hand to tap it goalwards in blue and white hoops.
Gnanduillet scuffed a difficult chance harmlessly wide when falling backwards onto a low cross from the right, then at the other end Olise got a shot away, cannoning off a Blackpool defender's arm and deflecting into the arms of goalkeeper Mark Howard.
Callum Guy came closest to breaking the deadlock when Husband teed him up for a strike from just outside the box, and he drilled his effort low and inches wide of the bottom left corner.
But the Royals deservedly earned a half-time lead when Lucas Boye stabbed home in the 43rd minute. Good work from Garath McCleary down the right saw him cross low into the Blackpool box. A scuffed half-clearance fell loose and Boye was first to react, sliding in to stab the ball through the goalkeeper's legs from six yards out.
The hosts nearly levelled before the break however, Gnanduillet glancing a header just wide of the stanchion from a fine inswinging Liam Feeney corner.
Half-time | Blackpool 0-1 Reading
It was so nearly 2-0 to the visitors in the first minute of the second half when Olise turned inside the area and placed a left-footed shot wide of Howard's dive, only to see it skim off the base of the post and skid wide.
McCleary took aim from 25 yards out and his swerving shot was just about gathered in by the Tangerines keeper. But it took a fabulous instinctive stop from Sam Walker to preserve Reading's lead, diving to his right to parry Virtue's header from six yards out.
Olise stung the palms of Howard with a well-taken free kick that the Blackpool keeper had to push over his crossbar. But Walker was in action again as he leapt low to his right this time to keep out an excellent Delfouneso header that looked like it might creep in for 1-1.
The tie was still very much alive as Blackpool searched for an equaliser; Gnanduillet turning inside the area only for a combination of McIntyre and Walker to snuff out the danger.
Twice Reading were denied a second goal by the woodwork with 20 minutes remaining. First, Boye unleashed a howitzer from 22 yards out that beat Howard and cannoned off the crossbar.
Then, moments later, Obita made progress down the left and crossed low into the box where Richards slid in at the near post to turn the ball against the base of the left post.
Boye tried an audacious overhead effort as a cleared corner dropped over the Argentinean forward's shoulder, but the ball clattered into a Blackpool body and the home side somehow stayed in the tie.
The second goal finally came with eight minutes remaining. A deep cross from the right picked out Obita whose header was kept out by Howard. But Obita was alive to the follow-up and stabbed the ball under the keeper to make it 2-0.
Rinomhota headed wide from a McCleary corner soon after the Royals looked to kill off the tie. And Mark Bowen handed young England youth international Jeriel Dorsett a first team debut late in the game to take the number of Academy graduates to have represented the Royals to 56.
Boye intercepted a Blackpool pass across the box and rifled a fearsome effort past Howard only to be denied by the crossbar yet again. And there was still time for a cameo from former Blackpool hero Charlie Adam, who came off the bench in the final minute.
Carlisle and Cardiff face off in their replay tomorrow night, knowing that the winner faces a trip to the Madejski in the Fourth Round. And on tonight's showing, they won't have an easy encounter.
Blackpool are out of this season's Emirates FA Cup, falling to a 2-0 home defeat to Reading.
Lucas Boye's first half goal was doubled by Jordan Obita's header late in the second half to send the visiting Royals through to the fourth round of the competition, at the expense of the Seasiders.
It was a quiet start at Bloomfield Road, with both sides finding their feet in windy conditions. Lucas Boye tried his luck from distance for the visitors on 13 minutes, but his effort went high and wide of Mark Howard’s goal.
With 20 minutes gone, Armand Gnanduillet attempted a first time volley from inside the penalty area, but the cross from Liam Feeney went just behind the striker and his effort went wide of the goal.
Callum Guy had the best chance in the first half for Blackpool on 34 minutes. A lovely bit of play down the left hand side left Jay Spearing in space to find Guy on the edge of the area, who drove his first time effort just wide of Reading’s goal.
With two minutes to go until the half-time interval, Reading found the back of the net. Lucas Boye lapsed on a loose touch from Jay Spearing to stab the ball under Mark Howard’s legs from four yards out and give the away side the lead at the interval.
Half Time: Blackpool 0 Reading 1
The Seasiders had a fantastic chance to equalise in the opening five minutes of the second half. A smart bit of play down the left, resulted in Matty Virtue squandering a great opportunity to score with a diving heard at the far post. Somehow, Sam Walker denied him from just four yards out, and the ball was eventually cleared away by Reading.
At the other end, Michael Olise stung the palms of Mark Howard with a free-kick on the edge of the area just five minutes later.
With 64 minutes on the clock, Nathan Delfouneso forced Sam Walker into a stunning save. Ollie Turton fed a ball in on the right to the unmarked Delfouneso, who placed a header to the far post, but Walker tipped it behind expertly with a diving save to his right.
Reading had a wonderful chance to double their lead on 70 minutes through Lucas Boye. The striker worked some space on the edge of the area and released a powerful effort, with the crossbar denying him a wonderful goal.
They didn't waste another opportunity and the visitors doubled their lead with just eight minutes remaining thanks to Jordan Obita’s header – his first saved by Howard, but the full-back followed up with the second, slipping it past the goalkeeper at the near post.
Charlie Adam made his return to Bloomfield Roas as Blackpool delivered an abject display to be dumped out of the FA Cup by a much-changed Reading side.
Blackpool delivered an abject display as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by a much-changed Reading side.
Goals in either half from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita condemned the Seasiders’ to a third round replay defeat.
Pool, who are now without a win in seven, spurned several chances but in truth the scoreline could have been much heavier.
The men in tangerine were slow and predictable in their build-up and often looked devoid of ideas in the final third.
The game did at least end on a positive note when Blackpool legend Charlie Adam entered the fray in the final minute, receiving a standing ovation on what was his first appearance at Bloomfield Road since his departure in 2011.
Reading, who made all 11 changes, will now face either Cardiff City or Carlisle United in the fourth round of the competition.
Simon Grayson made one change to his side from the one that started the original tie, with James Husband coming in for Calum Macdonald at left-back.
New signings Jordan Thorniley and Grant Ward were both named on the bench alongside Jordan Thompson, who recovered from his toe injury, but there was no place for either Ryan Edwards or Sullay Kaikai in the squad.
Pool legend Charlie Adam was named among the substitutes for Reading, who once again made 11 changes to their side from their previous league outing, the 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest at the weekend.
Royals boss Mark Bowen named an even younger line-up than the one he named in the original tie at the Madejski Stadium, suggesting his focus lies in their Championship campaign.
Pool started brightly and came close to breaking the deadlock after just three minutes, Nathan Delfouneso looping a header onto the top of the net from Liam Feeney’s early corner.
Grayson’s men had some half-hearted penalty appeals waved away a few moments later when Husband went sprawling in the box complaining of his shirt being pulled, but the referee remained unmoved.
After a muted start, Reading threatened for the first occasion on 14 minutes as Lucas Boye slashed a long-range effort well wide of goal.
At this point the away side began to grow into proceedings, coming close through Danny Loader - who fizzed a rising effort into the side-netting from just outside the box.
At the other end Armand Gnanduillet, the focus of recent transfer speculation, stabbed an effort just wide on the volley from Liam Feeney’s right-wing cross.
With little happening on the pitch, it was left to the North Stand to serenade Adam as he made his way down the touchline for his first warm-up of the night.
The Seasiders came inches away from breaking the deadlock on 34 minutes, Callum Guy whistling a low shot inches past the post from Jay Spearing’s lay-off.
The midfielder had a similar opportunity to get a shot off at goal a few moments later but this time he skewed his volley well wide.
The Seasiders were made to pay for those misses when the away side took the lead on the stroke of half time.
Lucas Boye was the man to find the back of the net, capitalising on a weak clearance from Jay Spearing to prod a close-range shot through the legs of Mark Howard.
To Pool’s credit, they rallied and almost produced an instant response, Armand Gnanduillet heading just wide of the far post after beating keeper Sam Walker to a corner.
But the Seasiders could have found themselves 2-0 down within 60 seconds of the restart, Howard doing well to tip Michael Olise’s goalbound effort around the post.
Pool came close to a leveller on 50 minutes when Matty Virtue was denied from point-blank range after Walker smothered his diving header.
Pool were given something of a let-off when Howard pushed Olise’s 20-yard free-kick over the bar after Spearing had made a needless foul right on the edge of his box.
The hosts continued to probe and on 64 minutes came close once again to levelling, Delfouneso seeing a header superbly tipped wide by Walker.
Gnanduillet was the next man to go close, being denied by the frame of the keeper after muscling his way past Tom McIntyre. The Seasiders survived two massive scares on 72 minutes when the away side hit the woodwork twice inside 60 seconds.
Boye, the scorer of the first goal, arrowed a superb 20-yard strike against the crossbar before Loader turned a near-post cross off the post soon after.
Pool began to slowly become increasingly desperate as the clock ticked towards the end, substitute Jordan Thompson blazing well over after meeting Ollie Turton’s superb cross in from the right.
The Seasiders’ fate was sealed with eight minutes remaining, when Jordan Obita squeezed in a second for the away side.
The forward beat Howard at his near post after his initial header was parried by the keeper.
The goal resulted in boos ringing around Bloomfield Road with many fans opting to head for the exits.
Things almost went from bad to worse for the Seasiders when Reading hit the woodwork for a third time, Boye smashing the crossbar after being gifted possession by Ben Heneghan.
The game did at least end on a positive note when the Bloomfield Road crowd rose to their feet to greet the arrival of Charlie Adam in the last minute.
Jay Spearing has admitted to making a costly mistake for Reading's first goal in Blackpool's FA Cup third round defeat last night.
The skipper failed to get the required contact on his attempted near-post clearance, which allowed Lucas Boye the opportunity to prod home Reading's opener between the legs of goalkeeper Mark Howard.
It gave the Royals the lead on the stroke of half-time after a fairly even first half, where the Seasiders had earlier squandered chances to go ahead.
Simon Grayson's men were again guilty of missing opportunities in the second half before Jordan Obita wrapped up the victory for Reading eight minutes from time.
The defeat, which sees Reading progress into the fourth round where they will face either Cardiff City or Carlisle United, was Blackpool's seventh game without a win.
“First and foremost I will hold my hands up and admit that first goal is a mistake I’ve made and I’ve apologised to the lads," Spearing said post-match.
“It wasn’t my intention, I just tried to clear it and mistimed the clearance.
“The chances before that, I think we should have taken one or two. Before that I don’t think Mark Howard has had anything to do.
“It comes down to what we’ve been talking about over the last couple of weeks in that we aren’t being clinical enough in the final third.
“We’re also conceding silly goals, just like Reading’s first goal. After that we’re giving ourselves too much to do and that needs to stop.
“We’re a good set of lads, we put our graft in, we work hard and we try our best but at the minute we’re in a little bit of a tough patch.
“But we’re grown men, we’re going to fight and we’re going to get ourselves out of it starting on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a difficult game away at Lincoln but we have to go and perform and pick up the points.”
Pool were facing a weakened Reading side that included several youngsters and fringe first-team players, as Royals boss Mark Bowen made 11 changes to his side to the one that drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
The Seasiders must now turn their attention back to their league campaign, where they have faltered in recent weeks.
“I felt the game was all about a quick tempo and the ball was to and fro at the start," Spearing added.
“We tried to implement a way of getting them to turn early doors with the inexperience of their back four.
“But they’ve come here, they’ve battled hard and they’ve done well. They go into the next round and we’re not.
“We can’t do anything about it now but we have to look at ourselves and kick on because we’ve got important league games coming up.
“We need to put all our focus into that and that starts on Saturday.
“We are a good set of lads and we are trying our hardest and we’re going to stick together.
“We’re a group that want to do well this season. We’re having a little sticky patch but we have to move on.”