Potters maintain their good home form to claim all three points with improved second half performance and end Reading's recent good run of formSecond half strikes from Robert Huth and Cameron Jerome gave Stoke City a 2-1 win over Reading, their first win since Boxing Day, and subjected the Royals to their first defeat in eight games.
After a dull first half the second period was littered with goals, the first came from a Stoke corner that Huth rose at the back post to meet and powered his header into the back of the net. Substitute Cameron Jerome doubled the lead with ten minutes to play with a lovely volley before Adrian Mariappa grabbed a consolation for Reading in the closing minutes.
Both managers made one change to their starting lineups with Michael Kightly recalled instead of Geoff Cameron for the Potters, and Nick Blackman was given his first Royals start following his January move from Sheffield United.
The opening half lacked any kind of quality as both sides struggled to find room and create chances to threaten the other goal.
Just after the half hour Matthew Etherington sent a right wing corner curling into towards goal, Federici was able to punch the ball clear but only as far as Ryan Shawcross. The defender flicked at the loose ball but the Australian keeper was able to tip the looping effort over the bar.
Five minutes before the break the best chance of the half fell to Crouch but he too was denied by the Reading goalkeeper. Kightly showed a lovely bit of skill to get him away from two defenders, his chipped ball found Crouch who chested and then volleyed the ball towards goal but Federici was again able to turn it over the crossbar.
The second half started at a much higher tempo and it was the home side who began to exert more pressure. The introduction of Cameron Jerome and Kenwyne Jones gave them a new impetus and the move by Tony Pulis was rewarded minutes later as the home side took the lead.
Just after the hour Jon Walters missed a glaring opportunity but his blushes were spared as from the resulting corner Huth opened the scoring. Glenn Whelan delivered a deep corner to the back post and Huth rose above Alex Pearce to head home, the defenders effort clipping the underside of the crossbar on its way in.
With ten minutes to play the home side added a second goal through Jerome, the striker sending a wonderful strike into the back of the net from near the penalty spot. The striker got a bit of luck as the Reading defence could only head a long ball from the Stoke defense up in the air but he controlled the ball whilst holding off Alex Pearce and thumped the ball past Federici.
The scoring looked to be over but Reading was not beaten just yet and Mariappa gave his side a lifeline minutes later with a neat header. He got in front of his marker at the front post and sent his flicked header past Asmir Begovic.
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