READING fans stormed onto the Madejski pitch after a 3-2 defeat against Coventry left them only two points above the relegation zone.
It was the Royals’ seventh Championship defeat in a row and supporters made their feelings known towards boss Veljko Paunovic.
A section of supporters raced onto the pitch as the club’s 150th anniversary game turned into a nightmare.
They made their way to Paunovic’s technical area with security quickly stepping in to separate them.
Hundreds of Reading fans had protested outside the stadium before kick-off as they aimed their anger at Paunovic and their Chinese owners.
The fans chanted ‘We want Pauno out’ and ‘We want our Reading back’.
And some displayed a banner that read: “150 years history but how many more?”
Reading looked to be on course for a much-needed win after they went ahead midway through the first half through a Lucas Joao header.
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The hosts almost doubled their lead, with John Swift and Tom Ince going close through well-struck efforts from distance.
But Coventry levelled in the second minute of first-half stoppage time when Dominic Hyam, a former Reading academy product, drilled a low shot through a mass of bodies and past the unsighted Karl Hein.
Two minutes into the second period, City were ahead after Michael Rose got on the end of a Gustavo Hamer corner.
Reading were back on level terms eight minutes later when an Ince corner from the right was bundled in by defender Andy Yiadom.
To Reading’s frustration, Junior Hoilett was then dismissed for two fouls in six minutes, before Ian Maatsen struck with a deflected attempt.
Despite late pressure from Reading, they failed to get the all-important equaliser.
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