Updated: Oct 19, 2019
The Citizens march on in the Emirates FA Cup after a strong performance against Windsor FC resulting in a 0-3 win in an all Berkshire Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie, it also marks the first time that the Citizens have won at Windsor.
Match report by Nick Bird
Windsor came into this game with interim player-manager Luke Brooks-Smith after their manager Mick Woodham resigned earlier this week. Meanwhile, Reading City manager Simon Johnson looked to continue his sides great form and make it three wins from three.
Reading City had the first chance of the game as Josh Blackwood played a long ball to Khalid Simmo who passed it to Matt Stockill who had his shot blocked, Khalid Simmo followed up with another shot but it also got blocked.
Reading City were causing the Windsor defence problems in the early parts of the first half. Devonn Reid pushed forward from left back to put a great cross in for Matt Stockill who headed just over the bar.
A few minutes later there was a penalty appeal for Reading City as Jerry Fomboua had the ball on the right-hand side, he cut inside the box at the byline getting past his man, as he got in the box he got taken down from behind and there were appeals from the players for a penalty but the referee ignored the appeals and let play continue.
Windsor’s first big chance of the game came 20 minutes into the game when Jake Solobak pushed forward past the Reading City defence and it was a 2v2. Solobak drove into the box and looked to square it to Lazarczuk but Austin Best blocked the pass and Charlie York got to the ball before Lazarczuk who would have made it 1-0.
Ten minutes later Charlie York was called into action again when Windsor midfielder Ben Smyth had a shot from outside the box well saved by the Reading City goalkeeper.
Reading City were starting to have lots of long-range shots that weren’t challenging the Windsor goalkeeper until Matt Stockill got the ball from midfielder Dan Davies and had an attempt at goal from just outside the box but the post denied him from giving the visitors the lead.
The final big chance of the first half came just before half time when McKoy Palmer cut inside from the left and drove a shot low but the keeper saved it for a corner. Matt Stockill put the corner in, the Windsor goalkeeper came out to try and catch the cross but missed the ball which allowed Steve Lee to head it, but his header went just over.
The first half was fairly even with both sides having even amounts of the ball and both sides had some good chances to give their sides the lead but it was 0-0 at half time.
It took a while for a big chance to come for either side in the second half but it was Windsor who got that chance. They broke through the Reading City defence and were in a 1 on 1 with Charlie York, but York was as reliable as ever and pulled off a great save to keep it level. Reading City countered quickly from that save, McKoy Palmer raced down the other end of the pitch looking to give Reading City the lead, he was in a 1 on 1 with Whiter but put his shot over the bar and it remained 0-0.
Right on the hour mark Reading City had a corner after some confusion as the referee didn’t see his linesman award it. Reading City finally got to take the corner and it was worth the wait as the tall centre back Steve Lee arrived late at the back post to head it in and give Reading City the lead, 0-1.
Just a couple of minutes later Windsor looked to tie up the game when substitute Jay O’Connell crossed in for Lazarczuk who headed towards goal but Charlie York kept it out of his net with a good save.
After that, it was Reading City with a chance when Khalid Simmo took the ball off of his teammate Joe Bainbridge and pushed into the box only to be taken down and win his side a penalty. Devonn Reid stepped up to take his second penalty this season, he sent the keeper the wrong way and doubled the lead, 0-2.
With 15 minutes to go a long ball was played forward by Reading City for speedy winger Khalid Simmo to chase, it was a race between Simmo and Whiter, the Windsor goalkeeper, which Whiter won. Whiter looked to dribble the ball out only for Matt Stockill to tackle him but his tackle gave the ball back to Windsor who did well to pass it around so that Reading City didn’t get an attempt at the empty goal.
A poor goal kick by Windsor fell nicely for Matt Stockill who had nobody close to him, he set himself up and had a go from about 35 yards out, the ball sailed into the top right of the goal for an early contender for goal of the season and the away fans erupted, 0-3.
In the last ten minutes Windsor lost their heads. Lazarczuk was going to get a yellow card but after mouthing off to the referee he changed his mind and gave him a red card, Windsor were down to 10 men. It was only two minutes later when the referee got the red card out again when Gould put a very nasty challenge in on Dan Davies and then mouthed off to the referee who displayed the red card, Windsor were down to 9.
Into added time Reading City substitute Tom Browne crossed from deep for Steve Lee who headed just over looking for his second of the game.
The FA Cup Extra-Preliminary ended Windsor 0-3 Reading City. City look very strong so far this season and will want to go as far in the FA Cup as possible.
Here's what Club Chairman Martin Law had to say following our win:
"Well, what a great day for Reading City FC, first win at Windsor FC and into the next round of the Emirates FA Cup. The turnaround of the club has been amazing and all those that have added their time & effort, this win is for you all, enjoy the evening, see you at the next game".
Here's what First Team Manager Simon Johnson had to say following our win:
"Unreal start to the season! Through in the FA Cup, what a feeling. Time to kick on and see where this squad can end up".
Here's what First Team Assistant Manager Sam Woodruff had to say following our win:
"Through to the next round of the FA Cup. 2nd half performance was brilliant, every player put a shift in. Let the run continue".