A late George Puscas hattrick helped Reading come from behind to earn all three points at the DW Stadium against Wigan Athletic.

Joe Garner had given Wigan the lead late in the first half, but a five minute salvo from Puscas was enough to earn the visitors the victory.

It was the perfect way for Reading to bounce back from a late defeat at home to Leeds United, but manager Mark Bowen was not thrilled with the performance.

As quoted by BBC Sport, he said: “I was really angry and frustrated at half-time as I said to the guys, I thought we had ample opportunity to dominate the game. I thought our first touch was poor, our passing was sloppy, our creativity wasn’t there and maybe that was a result of playing Leeds and Brentford before that.”

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“I’ve been asking for that resilience and endeavour, but in the first half hour we forgot how to get on the ball and play. You could see in the last 20 minutes how much his confidence grew once he found the back of the net. But the ongoing issue is we’ve got to get more quality into him.”

Wigan manager Paul Cook was also disappointed after surrendering a lead late on.

He said: “It’s certainly some end to the game, it’s certainly not the end that we wanted or probably that anyone envisaged was coming. To say we’re disappointed would be an understatement. It’s the brutality of life in this division and again, we’re on the receiving end of it today.

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“In football, confidence is hard to find. You can be on a bad run like we are and key moments massively hurt you in a game.

 


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