Summary: Reading’s hopes of Premier League survival were all but ended by Southampton who they left the Madjeski Stadium assured they’ll be a top-flight club next season. Goals in each half from Jay Rodriguez and substitute Adam Lallana earned Mauricio Pochettino’s side a valuable three points in predecessor Nigel Adkins’ first home game as Royals boss.
Reading 0-2 Southampton: Key moments
4 minutes: Sean Morrison blows a great early chance for the hosts, heading Chris Gunter’s right wing cross wide from 10-yards.
21 minutes: Another golden opportunity wasted this time by Reading’s leading scorer Adam Le Fondre, who blazes over from close range following a goalmouth scramble.
22 minutes: The Royal’s are denied a penalty as Hal Robson-Kanu goes down under a challenge in the penalty area from Jos Hooiveld.
35 minutes: GOAL! Jay Rodriguez races onto a pass from strike partner Rickie Lambert, beating Adam Federici to the ball, clattering into the keeper in the process and prodding it between his legs to put Southampton in front.
60 minutes: Rodriguez works a yard of space out wide and drives a cross across goal that just eludes the outstretched foot of Gaston Ramirez in the six-yard area. Should have been 2-0 to the Saints.
72 minutes: GOAL! Less than 10 minutes after coming on Adam Lallana settles the game and sends Reading closer to an immediate return to the Championship. Morgan Schneiderlin catches Adrian Mariappa out by threading a sublime pass through to the onrushing Lallana, who finishes cooly past Federici for his 50th Saints goal.
76 minutes: The home side go close to halving the deficit when Le Fondre heads on a long ball that is caught by a backpeddling Artur Boruc and almost carried over the line.
92 minutes: Guly do Prado, just on as a sub, spurns the chance to make it 3-0 by blazing over from close range after a superb run and cross from Nathaniel Clyne.
Good day for….Jay Rodriguez: The Saints marksman was on tip top form at the Madjeski Stadium. His industrious running across the Reading backline caused problems all afternoon and deserved his goal.
Bad day for….Adrian Mariappa: At fault for the second goal and was generally caught out of position by Southampton’s vibrant front three and looked way out of his depth in Reading’s brittle defence.
Nigel Adkins said…“There are two options – you can either hide away or face up to reality and look forward to what you have to do. You can’t throw the towel in. You have to get up and go again. ”
Mauricio Pochettino said…“I felt today we played a very good game, but there are still a lot of points to be won. Our goal is just the next game against West Ham. I am proud of what the players are doing. I think the club has brought me in to do a job and I am doing it well, so I am just pleased overall.”