STOKE. Stoke City crushes Reading 4-0 with goals of W. Smallbone (11′), T. Campbell (57′), Jacob Brown (80′) and Dwight Gayle (83′). Reading was truly better in terms of ball possession (61%).
The match was played at the Bet365 Stadium stadium in Stoke on Saturday and it started at 3:00 pm local time. The referee was Gavin Ward assisted by Jonathan Hunt and Daniel Leach. The 4th official was Seb Stockbridge. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was quite cold at 1 degrees Celsius or 33.75 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 92%.
Reading was in firm control of the ball 61% while Stoke City was struggling with a 39% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Stoke City had a more offensive attitude with 38 dangerous attacks and 13 shots of which 6 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Stoke City won the match.
Stoke City shot 13 times, 6 on target, 7 off target. Regarding the opposition, Reading shot 7 times, 2 on target, 5 off target.
None of the teams received any yellow card.
After this match, Stoke City will have 33 points like Bristol City to remain in the 18th place. On the opposite side, Reading will stay with 37 points to sit in the 14th place.
In the next match in the Championship, Stoke City will play away with Watford on the 6th of May with a 6-5 head to head stats in favor of Watford (3 draws).
Reading will play away agasint Huddersfield Town on the 6th of May with a 7-6 head to head stats in favor of Reading (6 draws).
Stoke City – Formation
Stoke City started with an extremely aggressive line-up (3-4-3).
The manager Alex Neil decided to play with the following team: Jack Bonham, Ben Wilmot , Phil Jagielka , Morgan Fox , Josh Laurent , Lewis Baker , Will Smallbone , Josh Tymon , Jacob Brown , Dwight Gayle and Tyrese Campbell .
The home team had on the bench: Frank Fielding, Aden Flint, Jordan Thompson, Emre Tezgel, D’Margio Wright-Phillips, Conner Taylor and Dujon Sterling .
Stoke City made 3 changes: T. Campbell for Dujon Sterling (66′), Dwight Gayle for E. Tezgel (83′) and W. Smallbone for Jordan Thompson (84′).
Best player: Ben Wilmot
The player that probably impressed the most for Stoke City was Ben Wilmot even if he didn’t score any goal.
His rating iswith 35 passes (77% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 9 duels out of 9. He performed 1 cross.
Reading – Formation
Reading started with a 5-3-2 line-up (5-3-2).
Paul Ince played with: Joe Lumley, Junior Hoilett , Andy Yiadom , Thomas Holmes , Tom McIntyre , Abdul Baba Rahman , Jeff Hendrick , Mamadou Loum , Tyrese Fornah , Thomas Ince and Yakou Méïté .
The following players were sitting on the bench: Amadou Salif Mbengue, Femi Azeez, Dean Anthony Bouzanis, Nesta Guinness-Walker , Lucas João , Scott Dann and Shane Long .
Reading made 5 changes: Tyrese Fornah for O. Azeez (66′), Y. Meïté for Ingo Goetze (66′), T. Holmes for S. Dann (67′), Junior Hoilett for Lucas João (67′) and Abdul-Rahman Baba for N. Guinness-Walker (76′).
Best player: Thomas Holmes
The player that probably impressed the most for Reading was Thomas Holmes.
His rating iswith 61 passes (85% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 2 duels out of 4.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Championship.