Sheffield Wednesday 3-1 Reading: Atdhe Nuhiu scores twice as Owls progress
By Press Association
Last Updated: 26/01/18 10:29pm
Atdhe Nuhiu scored twice as Sheffield Wednesday beat Reading 3-1 at Hillsborough to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
George Boyd was also on target for the hosts with substitute Sam Smith striking a late consolation for Reading, credited as an own goal for Cameron Dawson..
Reading had a great chance to take the lead after only four minutes when Leandro Bacuna put David Edwards through on goal, but Dawson was off his line smartly to make the save.
Jos Luhukay's men took a 29th-minute lead with their first attack of note. A great ball from Frederico Venancio found Nuhiu, who fired past Anssi Jaakkola with a low shot from the right-hand side of the area.
The visitors had a chance early in the second half when Garath McCleary's cross found Yann Kermorgant whose shot was saved by Dawson, before the Owls stopper spread himself well to keep out Jon Dadi Bodvarsson's close-range effort moments later.
Wednesday extended their lead when Marco Matias sent over a low cross from the left wing and Nuhiu produced a close-range finish, though Bacuna almost reduced the arrears when his shot from distance came back off the left-hand post.
Boyd made it 3-0 in the 61st minute, slotting past Jaakkola following indecision in the Reading defence, and Nuhiu, who was aiming to complete a hat-trick, fired wide after meeting a Jack Hunt cross and then failed with an attempted chip.
Kermorgant followed that up with an acrobatic effort wide after connecting with a cross from substitute Modou Barrow.
Jaap Stam made a double substitution for the Royals in the 79th minute, sending on 19-year-old Smith and George Evans in place of Kermorgant and Bacuna.
Reading did eventually pull a goal back when a deflected cross hit a post and Smith pounced to stab the ball in from close range, via the unfortunate Dawson, but it proved too little too late as the Owls advanced to the fifth round.