Atdhe Nuhiu at the double for Sheffield Wednesday
Wednesday too good for Jaap Stam’s men
Atdhe Nuhiu scored twice as Sheffield Wednesday beat Reading 3-1 to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
George Boyd was also on target for the hosts with substitute Sam Smith forcing in a late consolation, credited as an own goal for Cameron Dawson.
The Wednesday line-up included Dutch midfielder Joey Pelupessy, who was making his debut after signing from Heracles Almelo.
Reading had a great chance to take the lead after only four minutes when Leandro Bacuna put David Edwards through on goal, but Dawson was off his line smartly to make the save.
Pelupessy’s name went into referee John Brooks’ notebook two minutes later when he was booked following a foul on Pelle Clement.
The resulting free-kick, taken by Yann Kermorgant, struck the defensive wall.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson’s cross then picked out Kermorgant in the centre but he failed to make proper contact with the ball.
Wednesday took a 29th-minute lead with their first attack of note.
A great ball from Frederico Venancio found Nuhiu, who fired past Anssi Jaakkola with a low shot from the right-hand side of the area.
Jaakkola made a save from Morgan Fox a few minutes later.
The visitors had a chance early in the second half when Garath McCleary’s cross found Kermorgant whose shot was saved by Dawson.
There was an even better opening for Reading moments later when Dawson spread himself well to keep out Bodvarsson’s close-range effort.
Wednesday extended their lead when Marco Matias did well to send over a low cross from the left wing and Nuhiu (53) produced a close-range finish.
Bacuna went close to pulling a goal back when his shot from distance beat Dawson but came back off the keeper’s left-hand post.
Boyd made it 3-0 in the 61st minute, slotting past Jaakkola following indecision in the Reading defence.
Nuhiu, who was aiming to complete a hat-trick, fired wide after meeting a Jack Hunt cross and then failed with an attempted chip.
Kermorgant put an acrobatic effort wide after connecting with a cross from substitute Modou Barrow.
Bacuna then put a free-kick on target, but Dawson was equal to it, making a comfortable save.
Boyd saw his fierce shot turned wide by Jaakkola and Matias put an effort wide following a neat bit of skill.
Reading boss Jaap Stam made a double substitution in the 79th minute, sending on Smith and George Evans in place of Kermorgant and Bacuna.
Liam Moore had a header saved and Bodvarrson shot wide for the visitors.
At the other end, Jaakkola made a near post save from Matias.
Reading pulled a goal back when a deflected cross hit a post and Smith (85) pounced to stab the ball in from close range via the unfortunate Dawson.