Saturday 23 September 2017

Royals snatch point in six-goal thriller

READING 3
FULHAM 3

Duncan Bech

Hal Robson-Kanu salvaged a point late in the game for Reading during a chaotic finish to the Premier League clash with Fulham at the Madejski Stadium.

Robson-Kanu prodded home from close range in the dying seconds of a breathless final 13 minutes that produced four goals. Dimitar Berbatov appeared to have struck the winner for Fulham moments earlier after driving home Steve Sidwell's pass, but Reading refused to throw in the towel.

The Royals' search for a first Premier League win of the season continues, but they will take comfort from twice hauling in their opponents' lead. Reading surged ahead with a magnificent 27th-minute goal from Mikele Leigertwood who drilled the ball home from 20 yards. Reading's ascendancy was brought to an abrupt halt in the 62nd minute when Fulham equalised through Bryan Ruiz.

Chris Baird then fired his second goal in two matches, heading home Ruiz's corner in the 78th minute -- seven days after condemning Aston Villa to defeat with another late strike. The score did not come without cost, however, as the Northern Ireland international limped off having injured himself during the celebration.

Substitute Garath McCleary equalised in the 86th minute from close range as play swung from end to end in a high-octane conclusion. Berbatov appeared to have stuck a classy winner, but Robson-Kanu had the final say.

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