Reading marked their 150th anniversary with yet another defeat as Coventry produced one of the high-scoring football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Lucas Joao opened the scoring in the 23rd minute before Dominic Hyam equalized in the second minute of stoppage time. Michael Rose gave the visitors their first lead in the 47th minute before Andy Yiadom equalized in the 55th minute. The hosts then had Junior Hoilett sent off in the 63rd minute before Ian Maatsen scored the winner in the 65th minute.
Reading Veljko Paunovic: “The fans were fantastic today. We want to thank them for coming here in such a massive number. That was very helpful for the team, especially as the things developed later. I prefer not to really comment on [the protest]. But the whole year has been difficult for the club. It has been very frustrating for the fans and we share that with them. But everyone has a right to express their opinion. We mustn’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to regroup and move forward.”
Coventry’s Mark Robins: “From our perspective, it was three points that we can be really happy with. Performance-wise, you could tell that we’d played 120 minutes against Southampton (in the FA Cup) last Saturday and then a tough game against Blackpool in midweek. This was another difficult game, more of an emotional game for Reading with a bigger crowd coming in. Their players responded, because their fans were behind them, and that gave them a lift.”
For more football scores, click here