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3 things we learnt from Reading’s 5-1 win over Ipswich Town



Reading sent shockwaves through the Championship as they smashed Ipswich Town 5-1 on Friday evening.

The Royals got off to a flying start when Portuguese striker Orlando Sa scored a bullet header from a Nick Blackman cross after four minutes, before Ipswich immediately equalised, after a poor piece of Reading defending allowed Freddie Sears to deflect the ball home after Jonathan Bond saved from Ryan Fraser.

Reading beat Ipswich Town 5-1 on Friday night

Reading beat Ipswich Town 5-1 on Friday night

Three minutes later, Reading capped an entertaining opening 15 minutes as Sa latched on to a Matej Vydra ball after the Czech’s drive forward, before storming right, dropping his shoulder and striking a pinpoint accurate goal into the corner via the post.

The first half then remained largely even, with no goals coming until the second half. Blackman, who had threatened all night, grabbed the ball on the wide left and then smashed a fantastic finish into the top of the net from an acute angle.

It got worse for Ipswich when, moments after they struck the crossbar, Reading countered, with Oliver Norwood looping a great ball around the defender to Blackman, who drove all the way to the byline before dinking it up for Sa, who tapped it into an empty net for his hat-trick, and the first of the Championship season.

The game was wrapped up with three minutes to go as Norwood, bayed by the Madejski crowd to shoot from 30 yards out, thundered an unstoppable strike into the top right corner, sealing a comprehensive win for Steve Clarke’s side.

Here’s three things we learnt:

1) Reading are a force to be reckoned with this year

The Royals have now blown away two very decent sides in Brentford and Ipswich, dominating both games and playing very well. Clarke has superb attacking football going on at the Madejski, as well as a solid defence to build off.

He’s also got a fantastic squad, and Reading’s signings in the last few days of the window raised a few eyebrows, bringing in Lucas Piazon, Benfica regular Ola John and the well-sought after Vydra. If the goals continue to flow, Reading could be dark horses.

2) Orlando Sa could be the answer to Reading’s goalscoring prayers:

Reading were crying out for a goalscorer last year, and now it seems they may have stumbled across three. However it was Sa who scored the hat-trick this week, and he’s the one who could be the main man for the Royals.

Clarke had been frustrated at his lack of goals over the opening fixtures. His movement and link-up play has been thoroughly impressive, but with four goals under his belt, he could really start firing.

3) Aaron Tshibola looks like a class talent

One of the most underrated stars of Friday evening was midfield wonderkid Aaron Tshibola, who tied up a new four-year deal at the club this week – and boy will Reading fans be glad he did.

Clarke moved him just in front of the defence during the second half, and here he really came into his own, breaking up play well and picking out some neat passes with Norwood in midfield. Reading have a top youngster in their ranks.

Reading fans… Do you agree? Are the Royals a dark horse for promotion this season? Ipswich fans… where did it go wrong on Friday night? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: 3 things we learnt from Reading’s 5-1 win over Ipswich Town

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