Le Fondre insists Reading defeat was painful despite scoring dream goal against Manchester United

The striker netted his side's second in the Royals' spectacular 4-3 loss but insists that achieving his childhood ambition did not make the result easier to stomach
Reading striker Adam Le Fondre insists that achieving his childhood dream of scoring against Manchester United does not make him feel better after losing 4-3 at home to the Premier League leaders.

The Royals took the lead twice but eventually were beaten by a single goal, with all strikes netted in a frantic first half at the Madejski Stadium.

The striker scored Reading's second goal after 19 minutes, equalising with a header from a corner, and the home side went 3-2 up through Sean Morrison minutes later, only to concede two more goals before the break.

Le Fondre told The Sun: "Scoring against United was something I dreamt of as a kid but ultimately it's a results business.

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"My goal doesn't take anything away from the result because we got beat."

The Berkshire side remain second from bottom after the defeat but the 26-year-old believes that the team can draw confidence from the performance, commenting: "We had a top team on the ropes.

"If we play like we did today, and tighten up a bit defensively, we have a real chance of going to Southampton and Sunderland and getting the right results."