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Reading Comeback At Newcastle

Reading completed an excellent turnaround against Newcastle as they scored twice in six minutes to win 2-1 at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Adam Le Fondre came off the bench to net a quickfire brace following Yohan Cabaye’s super first half free kick.

The win sees Reading move out of the relegation zone and to within two points of fellow strugglers Newcastle.

The Magpies started the more positive of the two sides with Cabaye, making a first start since November 11, pulling the strings in midfield.

The French international created a number of chances for Papiss Cisse although the striker could not convert any.

Reading tried to hit their dominant hosts on the counter and they almost took the lead after a swift move but Pavel Pogrebnyak could not hit the target.

The goal came in the 35th minute when Newcastle were awarded a free kick which Cabaye calmly curled over the wall and into the top corner.

Reading were almost back level immediately when Ian Harte's free-kick clipped the Jonas Gutierrez’s knee and almost spun in.

In the second period the home side’s pace slowed slightly although Reading did not look capable of taking advantage until the arrival of Le Fondre.

The man who played a part in the Royal’s miraculous comeback against West Brom last weekend scored within minutes of taking to the field.

Le Fondre was on hand to turn in Jimmy Kebe's low cross and level the game as Reading continue to try and turn their season around.

Six minutes later, in the 77th minute, the turnaround was complete as Le Fondre scored his ninth goal of the season, beating Tim Krul at his near post.

Cisse had a chance to salvage something from the game when he was sent through but he skewed his shot wide. 

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