Brian McDermott’s Reading side came from behind to dish out a 5-2 pounding on Tuesday, against a Huddersfield side struggling for consistency in all competitions this season.
The Royals got off to a horrific start however, with Jake Cooper’s clumsy header pounced on by Nakhi Wells, and Jamie Paterson duly finished.
The lead was doubled after Tommy Smith fired low into the far corner.
After Matej Vydra forced Jonathan Hogg into bringing him down, Huddersfield were down to 10 men, and Lucas Piazon dispatched the free kick.
Matej Vydra’s acrobatic strike was enough to pull the Royals level, and they were in front not long after, with Vydra grabbing his second, finishing from a few yards out after good work from Ola John.
Vydra then grabbed his hat-trick, finishing well with the help of a deflection to put the game beyond doubt.
Alex Fernandez then became the first Spaniard to score for Reading when he finished from 25 yards, to book a fourth round tie with League One side Walsall.
Here are THREE things we learned from this game…….
1) Matej Vydra has finally come good – After his goal in the initial tie, many Reading fans were expecting that it would spark a run of goals, but after two consecutive games against Derby and MK Dons with out a goal, the moment seemed to have passed.
But after this hat-trick, it seems inevitable that he will kick on and start showing the form that warranted his £2.5 million loan move.
2) Huddersfield are heading in the right direction – You might think I’m mad saying this after a 5-2 defeat, but before the red card, they looked an excellent side, and not usually are you reduced to 10 men in a game.
So, if they play like they did in the first 25 minutes of this game for the rest of the season, they could be heading places under David Wagner.
3) Ola John can make an impact – After coming on for Garath McCleary, who had picked up an injury, he put in the kind of substitute performance that Reading fans have come to expect from him this season, being directly involved in the first two goals from Matej Vydra.
With McCleary injured, Royals fans will be calling for him to start against Sheffield Wednesday.