GUTSY READ­ING DE­SERVED SO MUCH MORE

The Football League Paper - - THE FA CUP SEMI-FINAL -

LIKE an un­armed Chris­tian at the Colos­seum, Read­ing ar­rived at Wem­b­ley given lit­tle hope.

Out of form and short of tal­ent, the Cham­pi­onship strug­glers weren’t ex­pected to put up a fight, let alone land a glove on the likes of Alexis Sanchez.

But the FA Cup has a funny way of mak­ing mugs of the pun­dits. The Roy­als be­lied the vast gulf in class with a per­for­mance shot through with grit, be­lief and in­tel­li­gence.

Never at any point were Ar­se­nal com­fort­able. Never were they given a mo­ment to weave those be­witch­ing pat­terns. Never did the Roy­als let up.

What a des­per­ate shame then, that so flaw­less a per­for­mance was jeop­ar­dised by one ter­ri­ble er­ror.

Fed­erici was mag­nifi- cent, his save to push Gabriel’s header onto the bar wor­thy of win­ning any match. His mis­take was bad, but with­out him the Roy­als wouldn’t have made past 90 min­utes. He, like Read­ing, de­served so much more.

STAR MAN DANNY WIL­LIA

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