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Yakubu looking to take Reading to Wembley

Ayegbeni Yakubu is back in England. Credit: PA

Ayegbeni Yakubu is hoping to fire Reading to Wembley after the Nigerian striker return to English football to fulfill his dream.

The striker was absent when former club Everton lost to Chelsea in the 2009 FA Cup final due to injury, something Yakubu wants to make amends for.

I never thought my Wembley dream was over. I had the chance to come back here so I took it.

England is one of the best places to play football, so I'm happy to be here, enjoying the moment and hopefully I can do more to help the team.

I was going crazy when I couldn't play in that game for Everton against Chelsea.

But that was years ago, now we've got another 90 minutes to play, and hopefully we can be there again.

If we could get through to Wembley it would be special, every player wants to play at Wembley.

– Ayegbeni Yakubu

Yakubu fires Reading into FA Cup quarter-finals

Yakubu fires Reading into the FA Cup last eight. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Former Everton striker Ayegbeni Yakubu showed his finishing prowess as Reading progressed to the last eight of the FA Cup at the expense of a Derby County side reduced to 10 men for 50 minutes.

Derby looked the better side until their full-back Stephen Warnock was sent off for a second yellow card in the 39th minute.

Hal Robson-Kanu's goal was cancelled out by Darren Bent but Yakubu, signed as a free agent during the January transfer window, netted the winner.


Reading fight back to progress at Cardiff

Hal Robson-Kanu was the hero. Credit: PA

Hal Robson-Kanu booked Reading's place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with a late winner in a 2-1 victory at Cardiff.

Wales international Robson-Kanu, on as an 82nd minute substitute, swept home Jordan Obita's cross six minutes later after Oliver Norwood had cancelled out Kenwyne Jones' first-half header for the Bluebirds.

Steve Clarke takes over at Reading

Clarke replaces Nigel Adkins as the club's manager. Credit: PA

Championship club Reading have appointed Steve Clarke as their new management.

The former West Brom manager and Chelsea number two replaces Nigel Adkins, who was sacked following a dismal 6-1 defeat against Birmingham.

Clarke said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Reading Football Club and I look forward to helping the club move in the right direction. A big part of the work ahead is on the training ground and I look forward to meeting the players and getting onto the grass with them.

"There is real potential here and hopefully exciting times ahead for the supporters.”


Reading sack manager Brian McDermott

Reading Football Club have sacked manager Brian McDermott. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Reading Football Club have sacked manager Brian McDermott, a statement on the club's official website confirmed.

The Premier League club's owner, Anton Zingarevich said he felt a change was necessary.

McDermott guided the Royals to the top flight for only the second time in their history last season.

Reading are currently second from bottom in the Barclays Premier League table.