World News – GB – Premier League leaders Reading suffer first loss of season to Coventry


The leaders of the Reading championship slipped to their first loss of the season as Coventry came out of the bottom three with only their second victory

Veljko Paunovic’s side dominated possession for long stretches, but their football too often lacked precision to turn it to their advantage and Coventry punished them with high-quality finishes to get a result the manager Mark Robins hopes to be a turning point for his promoted team, who struggled to make an impact at the next level

A first goal for the club of their £ 1million summer signing Gustavo Hamer gave them a first-half lead and though top scorer Lucas Joao scored his ninth goal of the season to equalize for the Royals, Coventry responded with more goals from Matt Godden and his replacement Sam McCallum

Reading substitute George Puscas rocked in a second for the visitors in downtime, but Coventry kept his cool to take the points

Given that Reading had lost just two points in their first eight games, it was more than a little surprise after 23 minutes when Coventry became the first team this season to face the leaders

Robins had begged his players to ‘take a chance’ after appearing a little impressed with the quality of their opponents after being promoted to League One Hamer followed his advice, with former PEC midfielder Zwolle defeating Rafael Cabral with a net low 20-yard workout

The direction of play thereafter was largely towards the home goal and while Coventry worked hard to keep his defensive form, it only seemed a matter of time before Reading found a way and the made in the 66th minute when Joao triggered a dip left foot shot from the edge of the box that zipped in front of Marosi

But Coventry was not finished Digging new self-confidence again, they launched a new wave of attacks and, moments after Max Miamou crushed an attempt against the woodwork, the Reading keeper failed could only repel a powerful long-range effort by substitute Callum O’Hare and Godden reacted the fastest to avoid the rebound

McCallum then added a third five minutes from the time with a left-footed shot moving through the air and although Puscas gave Reading a late hope, the Sky Blues did enough to hang on. p>

Coventry City (3-5-2): Marosi; Rose, Ostigard, Hyam; Dabo (McCallum 82), Hamer (O’Hare 73), Shipley (Allen 88), Sheaf, Giles; Godden, Biamou Subs not used: Wilson (gk), McFadzean, Kelly, Walker

Reading (4-2-3-1): Rafael Cabral; Esteves, Morrison, Moore (McIntyre 80), Richards; Rinomhota, Laurent; Aluko, Semedo, Olise (Puscas 80); Joao Subs not used: Southwood (gk), Bristow, Watson, McIntyre, Gibson, Tetek, Puscas

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