Paul Ince gained his first point on the road courtesy of a battling Reading performance, and with the help of a late strike from his son.

Three changes were made from the side that lost 4-0 to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, with Lucas Joao, Orjan Nyland and Tom Holmes coming in from the start.

Reading held out longer from the start than they did on Saturday, when the side conceded after just 18 seconds against Forest, however found themselves behind in the early knockings. Smart play between Solanke and Jefferson Lerma eventually meant the Cherries top scorer found himself one-on-one with Nyland level with the penalty spot and the former Liverpool man made no mistake at tucking the ball into the back of the net.

Despite a first period in which the hosts dominated much of the ball, the Royals still carved out good openings. Joao should have made it 1-1 shortly after the opener when a Tom Ince cross found the head of the talismanic striker, but the ball was put away before the Portuguese star could get an effort on goal.

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Andy Rinohmota also had a great chance to level after some exquisite solo play from Ejaria found Ince, who’s lay-off found an overlapping Andy Yiadom. The Ghana international cut the ball back to the onrushing Rinohmota, who’s shot was blocked by Mark Travers in the home net.

The final 15 minutes of the second half was a feisty, end-to-end affair with no real chances created, but it set the visitors up on a good platform for the second period.

Reading took the game to the hosts throughout the second half, with the Cherries creating very little to add to their advantage.

Joao had the opportunity to level as a cross was hoisted into the box but it evaded everyone and sailed out.

With the clock ticking, the game needed a hero and with just over five minutes on the clock the Royals got one.

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An Ejaira corner was only half cleared and it fell to Ince on the edge of the box, who sent a pile-driver into the top corner with less than 10 minutes on the clock to send the travelling support into raptures.

The hosts rallied late on and made it a nervy ending for those in attendance, with Lerma going close from a corner but the visitors clung on.

The point keeps Reading just two points above the drop zone after a win for Barnsley.