Night of the Long knives

Last updated : 14 January 2010 By Angus Muller
Seemingly dead and buried as the FA Cup 3rd round replay went into injury time Long was fouled and earned Reading a penalty.

Gylfi Sigurdsson cooly scored from the spot to send the game into extra time and then Shane Long headed home to give Reading a 2 - 1 lead that that they never let go.

Reading were good value over the 90 mins and to get the penalty shout in the final seconds was a fair reward for their overall play. As they were about to become a statistic Phil Dowd rightly awarded a penalty and a nearly moment turned into a cup shock.

All pressure now on Rafa Benitez and all credit to Brian McDermott and his side.