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Reading fans stormed onto the pitch in protest after a 3-2 defeat to Coventry, which leaves them just two points above the Championship relegation zone.

The crisis-hit Royals have suffered seven consecutive defeats in the league and supporters were keen to make their feelings known after the match.

Hundreds of Royals supporters also took part in a protest against the off-field running of the club before the game, unfurling banners and chanting.

Reading supporters storm the pitch after suffering a seventh consecutive league defeat

Reading supporters storm the pitch after suffering a seventh consecutive league defeat

Reading supporters storm the pitch after suffering a seventh consecutive league defeat

Royals fans were keen to protest against boss Veljko Paunovic for the club's recent fortunes

Royals fans were keen to protest against boss Veljko Paunovic for the club's recent fortunes

Royals fans were keen to protest against boss Veljko Paunovic for the club’s recent fortunes

Reading fans confronted the technical area of Paunovic at the Madjeski Stadium

Reading fans confronted the technical area of Paunovic at the Madjeski Stadium

Reading fans confronted the technical area of Paunovic at the Madjeski Stadium

But the big drama came moments after the final whistle, when fans stormed onto the pitch in an attempt to confront manager Veljko Paunovic in the technical area on the club’s 150th anniversary game.

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 fans displayed a banner stating '150 years history but how many more?'

Reading fans displayed a banner stating '150 years history but how many more?'

Reading fans displayed a banner stating ‘150 years history but how many more?’

The fans also stated what the intentions of the banner were, by posting the short-term, mid-term and long-term ambitions: ‘Short-term a change in management to give the club the best chance of playing Championship football next season.

‘Medium term they want a change in recruitment as they’ve lost trust in the club over recruitment being too led by external sources.

‘Long-term the fans are urging for a change in transparency.’ 

Royals supporters also set out short-term, mid-term and long-term ambitions they want to see

Royals supporters also set out short-term, mid-term and long-term ambitions they want to see

Royals supporters also set out short-term, mid-term and long-term ambitions they want to see

Lucas Joao headed home in the 23rd minute to give Reading the lead but Coventry levelled in first-half stoppage time through Dominic Hyam.

Defender Michael Rose nodded City in front early in the second period but Reading equalised through full-back Andy Yiadom.

Home winger Junior Hoilett was sent off in the 63rd minute for a second bookable offence and, two minutes later, an Ian Maatsen effort deflected in for what proved to be the Coventry winner.

Under-fire boss Paunovic, however, praised his club’s fans despite their protests.

‘The fans were fantastic today,’ Paunovic said. ‘We want to thank them for coming here in such a massive number.

‘That was very helpful for the team, especially as the things developed later.’

Under-fire boss Veljko Paunovic was keen to praise Royals fans despite their protests

Under-fire boss Veljko Paunovic was keen to praise Royals fans despite their protests

Under-fire boss Veljko Paunovic was keen to praise Royals fans despite their protests

Asked about the pre and post-match protests, Paunovic added: ‘I prefer to not to really comment on it. But the whole year has been difficult for the club.

‘It has been very frustrating for the fans and we share that with them. But everyone has a right to express their opinion.

‘We mustn’t feel sorry for ourselves. We have to regroup and move forward.’

Reading, who currently sit 21st, were forced to agreed to a six-point deduction with the EFL for breaching spending rules back in November.

The Chinese-owned club were penalised for going over the £39million threshold on losses.

Championship clubs are not allowed to make more losses than the aforementioned figure over three years.

Source: DailyMail Sports

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