ISN’T FOR CHRIS

Brighton boss lets keeper Stock­dale off the hook

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Hemed a strike at goal, while the same player went even closer soon af­ter, but Roy­als goal­keeper Ali Al­Habsi pro­duced a smart stop to pre­vent his flicked header at the near post from a cor­ner find­ing the back of the net.

But from their next op­por­tu­nity shorty af­ter the restart, the Seag­ulls nudged them­selves in front through a goal of real qual­ity.

Work­ing the ball down the left, a neat in­ter­change of first-time pass­ing be­tween Bruno Sal­tor, Sam Bal­dock and Hemed carved the Read­ing defence wide open, with the lat­ter rac­ing on to fire low across the face of goal, where Mur­phy stroked the ball home.

The strike, how­ever, ap­peared to gal­vanise the hosts, and they im­me­di­ately went close to equal­is­ing through Michael Hec­tor, but Liam Rose­nior threw his body in front of the ef­fort and Brighton sur­vived.

Black­man drew an­other de­cent stop from Stock­dale hav­ing wrig­gled his way through the Al­bion defence and Wil­liams sent an­other ef­fort over the bar.

But just as though it looked like it was not go­ing to be their af­ter­noon, Vy­dra popped up to net his first goal for Read­ing since a sum­mer loan switch from Wat­ford, with boss Clarke hop­ing it will lead to many more.

Clarke said: “It is good for him. He is sharp and that is why we brought him in, and it was very good to get him in.

“They say when you are a a striker and not scor­ing you are not do­ing well for the team, but that is not al­ways the case.

“It was a big goal and I hope he will score many more times amd I’m sure he will. I think at 1-0 down go­ing into the last 15 min­utes it be­comes a very de­cent point against a very good team.”

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