Paul’s so re­lieved to be Bac in busi­ness

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By NEIL NAI­SMITH

PAUL CLE­MENT hopes his Read­ing side have turned the cor­ner af­ter end­ing their long wait for a Cham­pi­onship win in a Deep­dale thriller.

Le­an­dro Ba­cuna was the un­likely match­win­ner, slot­ting home his first goal since last Novem­ber with nine min­utes left.

Striker Sam Bal­dock gave the Roy­als a 23rd-minute lead against the run of play with a clin­i­cal strike be­fore Daniel John­son lev­elled eight min­utes later.

Ti­ago Ilori net­ted his first Read­ing goal and first for nearly four years to put Read­ing in front again only for Callum Robin­son to equalise with a tap-in.

But there was still time for Dutch mid­fielder Ba­cuna to grab all three points.

A re­lieved Cle­ment said: “We haven’t had that win­ning feel­ing in the league for a while so it’s great.

“We had to work hard for it be­cause it was a very close game, but it’s those mar­gins which has been all sea­son.

“For­tu­nately we man­aged to get those lit­tle de­tails right and it saw us over the line.

“We are very, very happy and we’ve got to use that as a cat­a­lyst to move for­ward.

“We con­ceded two goals, we gave up a lot of chances and I can’t say we dom­i­nated but it was a very close game and we just came out on top.

“I was very pleased with the men­tal strength of the team.”

The re­sult saw the Roy­als leapfrog Pre­ston but stay in the Cham­pi­onship drop zone.

North End boss Alex Neil said: “I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed we didn’t get any­thing from the game.

“I thought we had more than enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to get some­thing.

“But on the other hand if you need to score four goals to get a win, well that’s not a good po­si­tion to be in.

“I’m frus­trated be­cause I’ve been in­volved in games where we’ve played poorly and not de­served any­thing, but I didn’t think that was the case.

“Our last two re­sults had been good but we had to twice come back and then we were hit with a sucker punch when we tried to win it.

“Some­times you want to go on and win the game when you could maybe so­lid­ify.”

RARE JOY: Le­an­dro Ba­cuna

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