Reading manager Brian McDermott has admitted that the red card shown to Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg was a key moment, as the Royals came from 2-0 down to beat the Terriers 5-2 in the FA Cup third round tie at Madejski Stadium.
Goals from Jamie Paterson and Tommy Smith saw the visitors take control of the match inside the opening quarter of an hour, but Hogg was dismissed for a foul on Matej Vydra shortly before the half hour mark.
Lucas Piazon scored from the resultant free-kick, and Reading went on to turn the game on its head and seal their place in round four.
McDermott praised his side’s reaction to a poor opening period, but admitted that the opposition going down to 10 men was a crucial point in the match.
He told the club’s official website: “You look back at the first 20 minutes, it wasn’t good, we weren’t at it. They played well, but their player was rightly sent off for fouling Matej Vydra after a great bit of skill from Matej.
“I’d have to agree that the sending off was a big moment, and then Lucas [Piazon] put the ball down and put it in the top corner, a terrific free-kick which got us on our way straight after the red card.
“The fans were terrific, they stayed patient – you can get frustrated when you’re 2-0 down at home, and we don’t want to be going behind, home or away. We had to be patient, but we passsed it well, made things happen, we could have scored more than five to be honest.”
The victory sees Reading, who sit 14th in the Championship, host League One high-flyers Walsall in the fourth round a week on Saturday.
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