Reading ease past Baggies to go through to last eight

Reading ease past Baggies to go through to last eight
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West Bromwich Albion
Reading: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, McShane (c), Cooper, Norwood, Hector, Quinn, Robson-Kanu, Cox, Rakels
West Bromwich Albion: Foster, Olsson, Chester, Evans, Brunt, McClean, Berahino, Fletcher, Sessefnon, Sandro, Rondon
SCORE: 0-1, min. 55, Fletcher. 1-1, min. 59, McShane. 2-1, min.75, Hector , 3-1, min. (90'+4) ,Piazon
REFEREE: Anthony Taylor(ENG). Evans(min.87)

Thank you for joining me today, following my minute-by-minute commentary on what was an enthralling fixture at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon! I've been Tom Mason, and until next time, good evening! 

A killer blow for the Baggies who were simply not good enough today and this is a real chance missed as they had a real chance to go much further in the competition. West Brom have now not got anything to play for and will have to once more settle for a mid-table finish in the Premier League.

90+3' FULL-TIME!  Reading 3-1 West Brom. A complete performance from the hosts as they played the Baggiess off the park to progress to the 1/4 finals of the FA Cup for the third season in a row. There great goals from the Royals in front of their home fans, and the adventure on continues for the Championship side.

Lucas Piazon ends the tie at the death with a neat finish to complete a superb victory.

GOAL! Super sub Lucas Piazon scores the third!

90+2' The baggies continue to pile on the presure will there be a late twist?

90' The fourth official on the touchline signals for three minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of this cup tie.

87' The first booking of the afternoon has come as Evans shown yellow for a foul on Hector.

85' The visitors are really pressing for leveler now, but Reading look as if they will have enough to progress.

81' West Brom sub - Sandro OFF, Alex Pritchard ON.

80' As we approach the final ten minutes can the Baggies get back into the game or will the hosts get the all important third. 

75' West Brom sub - James McClean OFF, Victor Anichebe ON.

Almost a carbon copy of the first goal as another fabulous cross from Norwood with an inswinging free-kick from the left is met by Hector to give the hosts a deserved lead.

GOAL! Hector gives the hosts the lead! Great finish!

71' Chester sends in a fantastic cross from the right and it is met by James McClean in the middle of the box but, he sees his effort go well wide.

68' Norwood shifts the ball onto his right side before hitting a strike from 25 yards out. He drags it way past the post however.

65' Wow! After no goals in the opening 50 minutes we get two in the space of five minutes and we are back to where we started. Berahino wins a free-kick in his own half, and the visitors get the ball away from their box.

A superb header from McShane brings the hosts level after a perfect free-kick from the impressive Norwood. Game on!

GOAL! Paul McShane levels the tie! Great header!

Double Reading sub- Rakels and Cox replaced by John and Vydra.

Sandro's ball into feet is well controlled by Fletcher and hit back across the goal into the bottom corner.

GOAL! Darren Fletcher gives the visitors the lead! Great finish!

53' West Brom have their best chance of the half as good feet from Sessegnon takes the Royals defenders out of the game and, he is able to pull it back to Fletcher on the edge of the area but Fletcher fluffs his shot into the stands.

50' The visitors corner is a dangerous one from Brunt as McShane makes a clearance, but it didn't matter as the ref had already blown for an earlier foul.

48' Nothing comes of the corner, and the visitors break and force a corner of their own.

47' Great start to the half from the hosts as great work from the full-back Gunter forces a corner on the right-hand side.

46' The second-half has begun, no alterations made by either side as the game resumes with the scoreline still goalless as we go in search of the first FA Cup goal of the round.

HT - 0-0: Elsewhere at the break in the FA Cup, there is one other tie currently in progress which is also goalless between Watford and Leeds.

HT - 0-0: Both goalkeepers have been kept quiet throughout the first half, and will ecpect to be far more busy in the second half. Berahino
and Rondón have both been limited to chance, allthough the service in to them hasn't been the greatest so far. Will either side be able to force a winner after the break? Time will tell.

HT - 0-0: Not the most enjoyable of first halfs as neither side could convert any of their chances, which were limited. The hosts have controlled the ball for much of the half, but have been limited to just the two shots in the half. If this game stays the way it is in to the second half then you can expect both teams to look to their benches for some changes.

45+1' The referee blows his whistle to signal for half-time, and that's that!

45' The fourth official on the touchline signals for just the one minute of stoppage time to be played at the end of this even first half.

40' What a save, a great ball in from Norwood is met by Robson-Kanu but a superb save from the England stopper keeps it goalless.

38' In to the final ten minutes of the half and as expected this is a real close game between to similar sides. Both defences have been performing well and haven't looked like giving anything away.

31' The hosts win a free-kick in a promising area by the left byline. Norwood sends in a dangerous ball, but Foster is able to get a fist to it to clear the danger.

30' Nothing comes from the set-peice and Al Habsi is able to easily collect the ball to end the danger. Brunt will disapointed to of not made a better attempt of that free-kick.

29' The visitors have won a free-kick in a really dangerous posistion it will be Brunt to send it in.

27'  A real end to end game now as both sides are really growing into the game a classic cup tie, the hosts have crosses by Obita and Cox but they make nothing of it and Foster is able easily gather to end any danger posed.

23' McShane has the hosts best attempt of the game so far as he hits a half-volley narrowly past the post from just outside of the box.

21' Sandro then has a go but he see's his shot blocked on the edge of the box. Hector then wins a free-kick in his own half after a foul from Chester.

17' The best chance of the game as Saido Berahino misses a chance from outside the box. The visitors are coming back into the game.

16' Evans wins a free kick in a defensive area, the visitors lash it up to the box, but the Baggies forward are unable to reach the ball as it goes straight through to Al Habsi.

13' West Brom win a free-kick 25 yards out and it's Brunt who takes, but it's well over the bar as the Baggies have their first shot on goal of match.

12' Reading are all over the Premier League, side as another cross from Norwood is just cleared by the Baggies. West Brom are just hanging in there at the moment.

7' Rakels drifts out to the left and picks the ball up, he then sends a cross into the box but Foster is there to make an easy catch.

4' The first corner of the game comes, but the Royals are able to clear the danger.

3' A quiet start to the game as both sides try to get up to pace. It looks as if Brunt is at left-back for the Baggies, Olsson and Evans in the middle with Chester at right-back.

3:00: We are underway here in Berkshire 

2:58: The two sets of players have emerged from the tunnel, completed pre-match handshakes and the atmosphere continues to build ahead of kick-off! Reading - West Bromich Albion in the FA Cup as a place in the 1/4 finals is up for grabs.

2:37: Elsewhere in the cup it's finished at the Emirates as Arsenal and Hull City have played out a goalless draw, taking it to a replay at the KC stadium.

2:25: West Brom have gone strong in this game as they see it as a real chance of silverware this season. Reading reached the semi-finals last season and they can go one game from that with a win today against the Baggies.

2:20: Score predictions? West Brom will be slight favourites heading into this one as they are the Premier League side, but Reading will fancy their chances of victory particularly as they play at home. West Brom have needed two replays to reach this stage seeing of League One sides Bristol City and Peterbrough. As for Reading they needed a replay to see off Huddersfield in round three before easing past Walsall 4-0 in the previous round.

2:06: West Brom starting XI - Reading: Foster, Olsson, Chester, Evans, Brunt, McClean, Berahino, Fletcher, Sessefnon, Sandro, Rondon. Subs: Myhill; Yacob, Gardner, Anichebe, Pocognoli, Lambert, Pritchard.

2:05: Reading starting XI - West Brom: Al-Habsi, Gunter, Obita, McShane (c), Cooper, Norwood, Hector, Quinn, Robson-Kanu, Cox, Rakels. Subs: Bond, Vydra, McCleary, John, Ferdinand, Piazon, Barrett.

2:00: The team news is in at the Madejski Stadium.

1:46: Team News is on the way in just under 15 minutes, who do you want to see starting Reading and Baggies fans? Tweet @vavel with your thoughts.

So it's 15th in the Premier League and five-time winners, West Brom against last year’s FA Cup semi-finalists and Championship outfit, Reading in the FA Cup fifth round. We'll have team news and updates from 1:30 PM (GMT) so stay with VAVEL UK for the live cup action.

As for the hosts, both Yann Kermorgant and George Evans will be unavailable for selection this weekend due to having already appeared in the competition for other clubs at an earlier stage. Danny Williams will miss out through injury, whilst former Baggie Matej Vydra is absent for the visit of his former club. Other than, that Royals have got a strong squad to choose upon for the fifth round tie.

The visitors have currently got three players out injured, all being three first-team players. Gareth McAuley, James Morrision and Callum McManaman are ruled out of the trip to the Royals, but none of them are long-term concerns and are expected to be back in the coming weeks. Aside from the sidelined trio everyone else is available for the game against the Championship outfit, in what is looking like quite a difficult tie. However, it is one which the Baggies should be expecting to win. 

The last time that these two sides faced off in the cup was as recently as 2011, when Reading narrowly saw off the Baggies 1-0 to march into the 4th round of the competition. Shane Long scored the winner on that day four years ago, as Reading went on to the quarter-finals of the competition before being knocked out by Manchester City.

Shane Long, who turned out for both clubs, gave Reading the win last time these two sides met. | Image source: The Guardian
Shane Long, who turned out for both clubs, gave Reading the win last time these two sides met. | Image source: The Guardian

The Baggies have won the trophy of five occasions, most recently in 1953/54 when they beat Preston 3-2. It is necessary to go some way back to see the visitor's win this trophy. As for the hosts, Reading they have never won the competition before and, surprisingly, they haven't ever made the final itself. After coming so close to doing so before conceding in the final minute of their semi-final last season, they'll be keen to set the record straight.

Today, Reading are aiming to, once again, have another positive cup run after going all the way to the semi-finals last season before losing out to Arsenal at Wembley in extra-time. As for the Baggies, they reached the quarter-finals before being well-beaten by Aston Villa at Villa Park 2-0. Both sides had great runs last season but one of those will end this weekend, which will be a huge disappointment as both haven't got an awful lot left to play for other than the FA Cup.

Today, we’ve got an incredibly interesting clash at the Madejski Stadium between Reading, who are 15th in the Championship, and the 14th-placed Premier League side, West Brom. Given both sides' positions in their respective leagues, a decent cup run would be a nice distraction; both are well clear of relegation, although are unable to make waves at the other end of the table.

Hello, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live coverage of Reading - West Bromwich Albion in the Emirates FA Cup. Kick off is at 3:00pm, I'm Tom Mason and I will be taking you through this intriguing tie between two sides heading towards the wrong end of the Championship and Premier League, respectively.