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Reading vs QPR at Hogwood Park

Jordan Cousins got more minutes under his belt

  • 5 Reading

    • Danny Loader (4)
    • Adrian Popa
  • 2 QPR

    • Reece Grego-Cox
    • Charlie Owens

8th July 2017 2:30 PM

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QPR v Reading - Pre-season Friendly - Saturday, 8th July 2017 - Hogwood Park

QPR were beaten 5-2 by Reading in Saturday’s second of two behind-closed-doors friendlies. 

The Royals raced into a four-goal lead by half-time thanks to a hat-trick from youngster Danny Loader and one from Romanian midfielder Adrian Popa.

Loader added a fifth after the break before Rangers struck back late on with Reece Grego- Cox and Charlie Owens adding consolations at the death.

Reading started well and took the lead in the 10th minute through a sweet 20-yard strike from 16-year-old Loader. 

The Royals doubled their advantage five minutes later when a long ball caught out the R’s back line and allowed Popa to finish calmly. 

It was nearly 3-0 when Popa came in from the right and forced a good save from Alex Smithies. 

Rangers’ first chance of the match came after 25 minutes when a good driving run from Jordan Cousins found Grego-Cox but his cross-shot cannoned off the post and eventually to safety.

The Hoops were made to pay two minutes later when Chris Gunter found himself with space down the right -hand-side and crossed for Loader to head home. 

Loader completed his hat-trick when he finished off a fine sweeping move.

Just before half-time Jordan Cousins tested Reading's keeper with a crisp drive from 25 yards out but that was as good as it got for the R's in the first period. 

Despite a promising start to the second half, Rangers were five down in the 54th minute when Rangers failed to clear their lines and Loader buried from close range. 

The Royals threatened further, first through Liam Kelly while Popa drew a good save from Smithies.

Rangers did manage a consolation when half-time substitute Nasser El Khayati's clever pass found Grego-Cox, who guided his effort into the far corner. 

And young midfielder Owens also got on the scoresheet, firing in a long-range shot after more good work from Sean Goss and Grego-Cox with the final kick of the afternoon. 

QPR: Smithies, Kakay (Phillips 55), Perch, Lynch, Robinson (Williams 64), Cousins (Owens 75), Goss, Grego-Cox, Ngbakoto, Sylla (Prohouly 55), Scowen (El Khayati 46).

Goals: Grego-Cox 86, Owens 90.