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Jan 26, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Hillsborough
Attendance: 14,848
Sheff WedsSheffield Wednesday
3-1
Reading
Nuhiu (29', 52'), Boyd (61')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Dawson (87' og.)

Result: Atdhe Nuhiu at the double as Sheffield Wednesday dump Reading out of FA Cup

Result: Wednesday dump Reading out of FA Cup
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Atdhe Nuhiu scores twice as Sheffield Wednesday beat Reading 3-1 to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup.

A brace from Atdhe Nuhiu has helped Sheffield Wednesday to a comfortable 3-1 victory over fellow Championship side Reading in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Kosovo international found the net before and after the interval to put the Owls on course for round five, before George Boyd scored on the hour to ensure that Cameron Dawson's late own goal counted for little.

Reading had the chance to open the scoring in the fourth minute when David Edwards gained possession inside the box and let fly, forcing an early save out of Wednesday goalkeeper Dawson, but it was otherwise a subdued first half until the hosts took the lead with half an hour played.

Morgan Fox teed up Nuhiu inside the opposition's penalty area and the striker kept his cool, rifling the ball into the bottom corner to send to Owls into the break with a slender lead.

Jaap Stam's men had two chances to draw level early in the second period, with Dawson saving Wednesday's skin on both occasions, pulling off stops to deny Yann Kermorgant and, moments later, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

The home side did not have their backs to the wall for long as Nuhiu turned in his second from close range in the 53rd minute, guiding Marco Matias's low pass beyond Anssi Jaakkola to give his side breathing space.

Less than 10 minutes later, Wednesday put the result beyond doubt when Adam Reach's cross into the penalty area found the Reading defence ball watching, allowing Boyd to slot home with Jaakkola out of position.

The Royals netted a consolation five minutes from time when Frederico Venancio's strike cannoned off the post and ended up in the net via a combination of Bodvarsson and Dawson, with the Wednesday keeper providing the touch which guided the ball over the line.

The last time Wednesday defeated Reading in the FA Cup was in 1966, and that year they went on to reach the final of the competition.

WEDNESDAY (5-3-2): Dawson, Loovens, Pudil (Palmer '63), Venancio, Fox, Hunt, Pelupessy, Reach (Jones '71), Boyd, Nuhiu, Matias (Rhodes '89)

READING (4-4-2): Jaakkola, Tiago, Moore, Bacuna (Evans '79), Gunter, Edwards, Clement, McCleary (Barrow '66), Beerens, Bodvarsson, Kermorgant (Smith '79)

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2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds UnitedLeeds1786329171230
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd179352719830
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1784537251228
6Derby CountyDerby178452520528
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest176922316727
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9Blackburn RoversBlackburn176832021-126
10Queens Park RangersQPR178271822-426
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12Birmingham CityBirmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke CityStoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan AthleticWigan176291926-720
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds175572130-920
18Preston North EndPreston174672630-418
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull City174491624-816
23Bolton WanderersBolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich TownIpswich171881428-1411

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