Crystal Palace loanee Glenn Murray already recapturing old form at Reading

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Glenn Murray scored twice on his debut for Reading, having joined on a season-long loan from Crystal Palace.

The forward has an incredible striking record in the Championship, ending the season as top scorer as Palace won promotion in 2013, although injury limited chances in the Eagles first season back in the Premier League.

Having made just two substitute appearances for the Londoners at the start of this campaign, the 30-year old looked for a move away, and found Reading willing to take him on loan for the duration of the 2014/15 season.

A two week break in action meant that Royals fans had to wait to see their new signing in action until Saturday, when the ageing forward made his full debut - a debut that ended with a two-goal return and a 3-0 victory over struggling Fulham.

Murray was exceptional in his first start at his new club, and he displayed the form that saw Palace promoted two seasons ago. He hit four shots, two of which found the target - and the back of the net - as well as playing four key passes as he laid on chances for his teammates.

His passes regularly found their target, with an accuracy of 82%, and he committed a beneficial action - a shot or a key pass - with almost a third of his entire touches of the ball; of 31 touches, he played eight beneficial actions.

His performance was the kind that Fulham were looking for when they paid £11 million to prise Ross McCormack away from Leeds United. McCormack - Championship top scorer the year after Murray - registered just one shot on target over the entire game, and his strike partner - fellow Leeds old boy Matt Smith - failed to do anything of note before being sent off inside 20 minutes.

Having spent a Championship record on a new strike force, the Cottagers were outplayed and defeated by a man Reading have secured on loan - a deal that may well the best transfer business completed over the summer.

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