MICHAEL O’Neill’s Stoke booked a surprising win today away against top of the table Reading, capitalising on three errors which gave them a 3-0 win.
The Potters looked sharp as Tyrese Campbell picked the ball up in the 23rd minute after a terrible clearance from the Reading defence and slotted the ball in the bottom corner.
Only 12 minutes later, it was Steven Fletcher who doubled the score after another big error from the league leaders.
This time it was Reading’s goalkeeper with a pass forward that was easily intercepted by Tom Smith who directly headed the ball towards an open Fletcher who didn’t miss.
Going into the second half with a 2-0 lead, The Potters were able to keep their defence composed and minimized any attacking threats from the hosts.
Reading were trying to get back into the match, however, in the 90th minute, they gave another present away that gave Stoke their third goal.
This time it was Jacob Brown hwho received the ball on a silver platter from Lewis Gibson who tried to pass the ball back to the goalie but failed miserably.
The 22-year-old winger was one on one against the keeper and secured Stoke’s fifth win this season moving them up to a provisional sixth place.
O’Neill was happy with his team’s result and picked out new keeper Angus Gunn for special praise.
He said: “I’m delighted with the three points. I think we showed a different side of our game today.
“It took us a little while to settle but Reading were very good in the early part of the game. Angus made a couple of really good saves.”
Gunn, who recently joined Stoke on loan after Adam Davies’ injury, was able to get his second clean sheet today in four matches.