Football: Alf is a super sub - whether he likes it or not

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Reading manager Brian McDermott paid tribute to substitute Adam Le Fondre, the former Rotherham United star, who fired both late goals in a 2-0 win over Leeds.

Le Fondre, introduced after 69 minutes, scored twice in the final six minutes to send the Royals top of the Championship.

The former Miller’s last five strikes in Reading colours have all come in appearances from the bench, but McDermott insisted he has not pigeon-holed the 25-year-old as a super-sub just yet.

“If you want someone to score a goal for you to win a game, we’ve got the perfect man and he’s done it again” he said.

“I thought he could nick us a goal. He’s come off the bench before and scored goals and won us games.

“He had another one that was disallowed as well, so he could have had a hat-trick in 20-odd minutes.

“I don’t think about impact subs.

“I just think he’s a really good bloke and he’s learning all the time and he’s a natural finisher.”

The visitors went into the match looking for their third successive away victory in the Championship, but those aspirations were quickly tempered by the early dismissal of Zac Thompson for a wild lunge on Jobi McAnuff after 12 minutes.

Danny Pugh was extremely lucky not to see red as well before the first half was up, as his studs-up challenge on Jem Karacan went unnoticed by referee Darren Drysdale.

But Leeds dealt well with their one-man disadvantage and held Reading until the 84th minute, when Le Fondre chested home Hal Robson-Kanu’s headed centre.

The forward notched again five minutes later, again from close range, to seal a victory McDermott admitted his team worked very hard to get.