The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

YOU can­not change the past but you can erase bad mem­o­ries quickly and Read­ing man­aged to do that de­spite a lack­lus­tre home per­for­mance against a pro­mo­tion ri­val.

A five-goal de­feat at Ful­ham a week ear­lier had ended the Roy­als’ run of five straight vic­to­ries but the weak­ness of those beaten op­po­nents was put into per­spec­tive by a well-or­gan­ised Sh­effield Wed­nes­day side which had barely a hand­ful of ner­vous mo­ments in de­fence for the whole 90 min­utes.

And the fact that the first goal they con­ceded took a wicked de­flec­tion off de­fender Jack Hunt will be some con­so­la­tion for Wed­nes­day man­ager Car­los Car­val­hal.

How­ever, af­ter the de­feat he must have words with his play­ers about the six yel­low cards they picked up.

And the league will surely view footage of the sec­ond-half melee and con­sider whether some of the cards handed to both sides by ref­eree Tony Har­ring­ton should be ret­ro­spec­tively al­tered to red ones.

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