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Tuesday 12 November 2013

On this day in 2006: Reading fightback stuns Spurs

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall new boys' memorable win at the Madejski

  • Tottenham Hotspur took the lead at the Madejski Stadium through Robbie Keane

  • Reading hit and made the match safe through Kevin Doyle, who made it 3-1

  • Coppell called his team's "reserved" style, the "Reading way"

  • Reading winger Glen Little takes on Benoit Assou-Ekotto rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

12 November 2006 – Reading 3-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Two goals in the closing minutes of the first half set up Barclays Premier League new boys Reading to beat Tottenham Hotspur.

The Royals had lost their previous four League matches and were one point above their visitors in mid-table as the game kicked off.

Spurs dominated the early stages and were rewarded by taking the lead in the middle of the first half when Robbie Keane converted a penalty after Hossam Ghaly had been brought down by Ibrahima Sonko.

Reading had done very little but suddenly equalised when full-back Nicky Shorey let fly with a swerving left-foot shot which gave Paul Robinson no chance.

Steve Sidwell then put the Royals ahead just before the break when he punished poor marking at a corner to score from close range.

Substitute Jermain Defoe almost equalised when he shot into the side-netting in the 78th minute but 60 seconds later Kevin Doyle made the points safe for Reading with a left-foot shot.

Royals manager Steve Coppell said: “There is an Arsenal way and a Liverpool way but I like to think that in our own reserved style there is a Reading way.”

Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol said: “At half-time we wanted to put it right but you need personality and character. All credit to them because, apart from Arsenal, not many teams have won here.”

Reading finished their first season in the Barclays Premier League in eighth, three places below Spurs.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when newly promoted Reading came from behind to beat Spurs in 2006