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Reading coach delighted with their win against Luton Town

Sat 26 December 2020 | 20:27

Reading head manager Veljko Paunovic felt that his men replicated their wild early-season structure – in any event in the first half – as they procured a hard-battled 2-1 Sky Bet Championship victory against Luton

Defender Tom McIntyre gave Reading a 9th-minute lead with a great volley and Alfa Semedo made it 2-0 preceding the break. 

Luton

improved particularly after the interim yet couldn't create opportunities to get through until a fine 25-yard strike from substitute Kazenga LuaLua in the 90th moment. 

The Royals

won seven of their initial eight

EFL Championship

fixtures this season. 

“It was a very important win,” Paunovic said. “It was not in the nicest way but definitely the needed one.

“In the first half we were very dynamic, with a very narrow approach and clinical in our execution.

“The performance and the spirit were exactly what we had at the beginning of the season.

“Unfortunately, in the second half, we were not consistent with the ball possession and we had to change our approach a little bit.

“But we defended well until we conceded the late goal. This happens but we will definitely look to address that and fix it.

“We then almost started to be nervous and our win was almost put in jeopardy.”

McIntyre

's goal was his first for the club he joined at eight years of age, he is also born in Reading. 

“It was a beautiful goal, very well executed,” Paunovic said. “It was a prepared set-piece and I’m so happy for Tom.

“I know how long that he has been at the club and he is practically the club’s child.

“It was very important for him and he has had to wait a long time for his opportunity.

“It came in today’s game, in which he had to play in a little modified position than what he’s used to.

“But he has a great memory and he was very solid defensively as well.”

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