Reading reach FA Cup fourth round with replay victory over Blackpool
Championship side Reading beat League One outfit Blackpool 2-0 in a replay to reach the FA Cup fourth round.
Goals from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita either side of half-time at Bloomfield Road ensured Reading will entertain the victors of the encounter between Carlisle and Cardiff.
Just before the break Callum Guy drilled a low effort inches wide as Blackpool nearly took the lead.
Reading took advantage when Jay Spearing failed to clear Garath McCleary’s cross and Boye stabbed home three minutes from half-time.
Blackpool almost had an immediate response when Armand Gnanduillet’s header from Liam Feeney’s corner glanced wide.
Michael Olise nearly added Reading’s second after the restart but clipped the post, before Royals stopper Sam Walker saved Matty Virtue’s close-range header.
Walker later clawed away Nathan Delfouneso’s header, before Boye rattled the crossbar and Omar Richards struck the post shortly after.
Blackpool goalkeeper Mark Howard kept out Obita’s 82nd-minute header but the Reading man slotted home the rebound to ensure his side progressed to the next round.
Marc Bola cup-tied when Blackpool take on Reading
New signing Marc Bola is cup-tied for Blackpool’s FA Cup third-round replay against Reading.
The 22-year-old defender has rejoined the Seasiders on loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season.
But Bola is not eligible to play in the tie and is expected to feature for the first time against Lincoln at the weekend.
Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick remains sidelined after undergoing surgery on an arm injury.
George Puscas could start for Reading after returning from injury in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest.
The striker came off the bench for the last 30 minutes having missed six games with a shoulder issue.
Defender Andy Yiadom remains a doubt due to a knee injury.
Forward Sone Aluko, who is back at the club following a loan spell at Beijing Renhe, could feature after illness ruled him out against the Reds.
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