EFL Cup
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Plymouth 2-4 Reading: Meite brace sends Royals past Argyle

Reading striker Yakou Meite
Yakou Meite's double rescued Reading

Striker Yakou Meite scored twice as Championship side Reading fought back from 2-1 down to beat League Two Plymouth 4-2 at Home Park in the EFL Cup second round.

Meite won and converted an 87th minute penalty after being felled by home keeper Mike Cooper.

The same player then put the tie beyond Plymouth by firing home under Cooper in the first minute of stoppage time.

Target man Ryan Taylor claimed his third goal in two games to fire Argyle 1-0 up after 22 minutes.

Taylor tapped home from close range after strike partner Zak Rudden, on loan from Rangers, teed him up.

Reading levelled when impressive Josh Barrett - one of 11 changes to the team that won 2-0 at Huddersfield - cut in from the left and let fly with a thumping shot into the far corner with 35 minutes gone.

Midfielder Jose Baxter scored a superb second goal for the Greens, sending a low 25-yard shot past diving Sam Walker into the corner on 55 minutes.

Barrett levelled again after 72 minutes when he cut in from the left to send a measured curling shot over a full stretch Cooper into the top corner.

Argyle could have gone 3-1 up but playmaker Danny Mayor's rising angled drive rattled the post and they were to rue that missed chance as Reading went on to win.

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Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 1CooperBooked at 86mins
  • 5Wootton
  • 6Canavan
  • 25GrantSubstituted forSawyerat 71'minutes
  • 8Edwards
  • 22Moore
  • 14BaxterSubstituted forGrantat 64'minutes
  • 10Mayor
  • 21McFadzean
  • 39Rudden
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forLolosat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Sawyer
  • 4Aimson
  • 15Grant
  • 19Lolos
  • 20Randell
  • 24Palmer
  • 29Fletcher

Reading

  • 1Walker
  • 22Howe
  • 34Osho
  • 35Odimayo
  • 11Obita
  • 21OliseSubstituted forBaldockat 64'minutes
  • 8Rinomhota
  • 26AdamBooked at 24minsSubstituted forBoyéat 70'minutes
  • 39BarrettSubstituted forMorrisonat 90'minutes
  • 15Loader
  • 19MeiteBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 4Morrison
  • 9Baldock
  • 18Boyé
  • 20Neves Virgínia
  • 36Medford-Smith
  • 38Nevers
  • 41Coleman
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
8,365

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamReading
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away11
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Reading 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Reading 4.

Foul by Klaidi Lolos (Plymouth Argyle).

Akinwale Odimayo (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lucas Boyé (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Klaidi Lolos (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt blocked. Callum McFadzean (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Reading 4. Yakou Meite (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Baldock following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Michael Morrison replaces Josh Barrett.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Gabriel Osho.

Attempt blocked. Klaidi Lolos (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McFadzean.

Booking

Yakou Meite (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Reading 3. Yakou Meite (Reading) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Booking

Michael Cooper (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Reading. Yakou Meite draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Michael Cooper (Plymouth Argyle) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Boyé.

Hand ball by Lucas Boyé (Reading).

Akinwale Odimayo (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Zak Rudden (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt blocked. Callum McFadzean (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

Foul by Gabriel Osho (Reading).

Zak Rudden (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Barrett.

Attempt missed. Lucas Boyé (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andy Rinomhota.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Reading 2. Josh Barrett (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas Boyé.

Attempt missed. Joe Edwards (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Gary Sawyer replaces Josh Grant because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Lucas Boyé replaces Charlie Adam.

Attempt saved. Conor Grant (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Charlie Adam (Reading).

Conor Grant (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Josh Barrett (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yakou Meite.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Sam Baldock replaces Michael Olise.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Conor Grant replaces Jose Baxter.

Attempt saved. Danny Loader (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Barrett.

Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Olise.

Michael Olise (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jose Baxter (Plymouth Argyle).

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