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Reading Prove Resilient After Nicky Adams Give Crawley Electric Start
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Times are a little tough at Reading, but not, perhaps, that tough just yet. Bottom of the Premier League and 1-0 down at League One Crawley Town after just 14 seconds, Brian McDermott's team will have felt the first stirrings of another FA Cup third round ragging to follow last season's defeat at the same stage by Stevenage. In the event Reading continued to play the patient, neat passing football that distinguished their promotion season, running out comfortable winners at the end of a free-flowing game played out in the entertaining murk of the Broadfield Stadium's Subbuteo-wattage floodlights.

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