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Barrett clinches thrilling win for Reading

24 Oct 2017
Reading v Aston Villa, PL2

Midfielder scores brace to give Royals victory over Aston Villa at the Madjeski Stadium

Josh Barrett scored twice for Reading and had a penalty saved in a thrilling 3-2 win over Aston Villa in Division 2 at Madjeski Stadium.

Callum O'Hare gave Villa an early lead but Adrian Popa quickly set up Barrett for the equaliser and then Ben House to put the Royals ahead.

Villa keeper Jed Steer saved Barrett's spot-kick before Jack Grealish laid on the equaliser for Harry McKirdy.

Popa produced his third assist for the winner - running at the Villa defence before teeing up Barrett to fire home.

The result meant the sides swapped places in the table, with Reading going third.

Both teams are in action again on 30 October with the Royals playing West Bromwich Albion at Kidderminster and Villa entertaining Newcastle United at Walsall.

See: Reading report | Aston Villa report

Watch Josh Barrett's first goal

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