Former Reading loanee Jamie Mackie labelled his strike against Bradford City in the FA Cup quarter-final his 'favourite moment' while with the club.

Playing more than 35 times on loan during 2014/15, the QPR forward became a popular figure during his spell.

Scoring six times, his best remembered moment was netting the third in a 3-0 win over the Bantams to secure a first appearance in an FA Cup semi-final since 1927.

Finishing just 19th in the Championship, the run to Wembley captured the imagination as over 35,000 witnessed Steve Clarke's men take it all the way to extra-time, losing 2-1 to eventual winners Arsenal.

Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire, Mackie said: "My favourite moment in a Reading shirt? Meeting some great lads playing there and some great friends I’m still in touch with now. It would be in the FA Cup, the quarter-final and scoring there. It was a great atmosphere and had the great opportunity to go and play in the semi-final. It was a really good cup run in what was a very average league season from us. Great memories from that cup run. It was good to see the ground like that."

Scoring at the SCL Stadium against Reading two years later, his exuberant celebration rubbed some supporters up the wrong way.

Now a pundit for Sky Sports, he was asked his opinion on the current predicament at the club- eight years on from his departure.

"Over recent times it looked like it was heading down that route," he said. "When it’s so disjointed off the pitch, it’s very hard to get a settled playing side. The deductions haven’t helped and that’s not this playing side’s fault so it’s hard on them, but that’s how it goes when you’re at a club. Everything has to be looked at and done properly off the park to make sure whatever happens you can get sustained success in the future."