The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIFTH ROUND -

SAY what you want about the fear­less­ness of youth, but when it comes to tak­ing big chances in big games, noth­ing beats ex­pe­ri­ence.

Yakubu has been scor­ing goals since the likes of Nathaniel Chalobah and Jesse Lin­gard were in pri­mary school and the 32-year-old showed all his old class and com­po­sure to snatch Read­ing’s late, late win­ner.

Up at the other end, Dar­ren Bent was an­other old dog show­ing off old tricks, his for­tu­itous equaliser the kind of goal ev­ery No.9 thrives on. Af­ter five goals in six games, you have to won- der what de­posed As­ton Villa boss Paul Lam­bert was play­ing at ban­ish­ing the for­mer Eng­land striker to the re­serves.

Had that lev­eller snatched a re­play, Read­ing could not have com­plained.

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