Cairney's goal rescues Fulham against Reading's ten men


Tom Cairney equalised not long after in the 65th minute but Reading were forced to play out the final 10 minutes with 10 men after McShane received a straight red for a pretty shocking challenge on Kevin McDonald. "I've seen it back, he hits the player", Stam said. Other players can do that job and we are still confident. We're playing with home advantage, but we're still playing against a very good side.

"He's been very important for us throughout the season, but he's had injuries as well and other players needed to step up so we can win a game without Paul McShane". "He doesn't do that on objective, he's trying to reach the ball and the player nicked it away and he was just a bit late".

Reading's goalscorer at the weekend, Obita, is also a doubt after he was taken off with an ankle injury at full-time in the first leg. Tuesday is very close. We trust all our players.

It was Reading, however, who went ahead early in the first half, as Jordan Obita fired past Marcus Bettinelli from a almost impossible angle, smashing the inside of the far post for 1-0 in the 53rd minute.

Fulham felt Stefan Johansen was fouled in the build-up as McShane ploughed through the midfield and fed Obita on the left. As Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic noted after the game, per The Guardian: "They arrived with a clear plan, and this plan worked for them for a good hour".

"From what I saw today I know we can do it".

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Jaap Stam was positive after the game and told the official club website, "Of course, you want to win your games, but coming over here is not the easiest of games".

"I'm not scared about the situation, that's football and yes there's potential for a penalty shoot-out, but there's one game in front of us and that's all".

"Reading put us in a complicated situation (in the first leg) and we didn't find enough space for our combinations and we didn't move the ball with enough pace".

The best of them fell to Sone Aluko, who was unmarked 12 yards out when he met Floyd Ayite's cut-back but pulled his shot across goal and wide.

"I think our away form has been brilliant all season and we'll go there full of confidence and maybe they'll come out more, especially at home, but they'll be a threat going forward and we need to be solid at the back so it could be end-to-end like it was a little bit in the second half".

So, onto Tuesday night.