Championship strugglers Reading dumped Premier League Burnley out of the FA Cup after a late goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson won the tie.

Reading were by far the better side and outplayed Burnley for most of the game, enjoying the lion’s share of possession.

But it took until the dying minutes of the game for the winner to come. Andy Griffin squeezed in a cross from the right flank and Sigurdsson was given far too much room by Kevin McDonald before scuffing a shot across Brian Jensen and in at the far post.

It was the least the hosts deserved after an energetic and spirited display, while new Burnley boss Brian Laws will be baffled at how badly his players performed against a side they beat three times last season.

An atrocious first half was noteworthy only for Sigurdsson’s numerous attempts at shooting from range, with Jensen rarely troubled in the Burnley goal.

After the break Reading improved while Burnley still toiled. A brief spell of quality from the visitors was all they had to show from the game, with Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici blocking Joey Gudjonsson’s close range shot with his legs before making a superb save from David Edgar’s header.

From the rebound of the latter chance Clarets substitute striker Martin Paterson should have scored, but he was hurried into taking his shot, and ballooned it well over the crossbar from four yards.

Kevin McDonald forced a smart stop from Federici with twenty minutes to go but that was the last chance Burnley were able to muster.

Reading had plenty of possession in the Burnley half but were struggling to create openings, with Jensen dominant from crosses and making a fine save from Matt Mills from Reading’s best chance.

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