Royals salvage Seagulls draw
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In form: Hal Robson-Kanu netted his second goal in as many games in the 1-1 draw at Brighton.
Brighton 1 - 1 Reading
HAL Robson-Kanu grabbed his second goal in as many games as Reading rescued a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Spanish forward Vicente gave Seagulls a 36th minute lead from the spot after Shaun Cummings had brought down Ashley Barnes.
But Cummings made amends four minutes from time by supplying the cross from which Robson-Kanu headed the equaliser.
Wales international Robson-Kanu had won and scored a penalty himself on Saturday in his side's 2-2 draw at League One AFC Bournemouth.
And, with Jimmy Kebe nursing an injury, fellow winger and summer signing Garath McCleary also gave boss Brian McDermott a gentle reminder with an impressive second-half display in the penultimate friendly before the Premier League opener against Stoke City on August 18.
McDermott said: "It was a great header, and you always know our players will keep going to the end, they have done it again.
"Hal is part of a great group of players and, whatever team we put out for Stoke, everyone will be supporting each other.
"We have 38 games plus the cup which is a lot of matches. I've got two players for each position which is what I wanted."
Reading have not won in their last five friendlies following two draws and a defeat on their Portuguese tour plus last weekend's draw at Dean Court.
But McDermott is still experimenting with his squad and the biggest clue as to the identity of the team he plays against the Potters will come this Saturday when Royals host Crystal Palace at Madejski Stadium (3pm ko).
"We've got one more friendly to go and then we start the real business," he declared. "
Reading: Federici (McCarthy 60); Cummings, Harte, Gorkss, Pearce; Guthrie, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu, McAnuff (McCleary HT); Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak (Hunt 76)
Subs not used: Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Tabb, Church.
Attendance: 8,107 (194 Reading).
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