Reading fans react to Simon Cox performance on Twitter - stats included

Reading and Millwall engaged in a five-goal thriller yesterday evening, Tuesday, with Simon Cox receiving praise from supporters on social media.

Millwall equalised twice during their trip to Reading last night, Tuesday, but were ultimately foiled by a late Simon Cox winner.

The 27-year-old striker was born in Tilehurst and joined his home-town club, Reading, at just nine-years of age, progressed through the youth levels before making his debut in the senior selection nine years ago. Various loan moves followed, ahead of transfers to Swindon Town, West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest.

Cox - who did enjoy a hot-streak at Swindon - is threatening to be a late bloomer in his more natural surroundings, back at Reading, as the Englishman scored his third and fourth goals of the new campaign, one of which was a worldie.

The player also received great praise on Twitter, with Royals fans praising his work-rate, his desire to be "everywhere" on the field and his "top goal" all ensured he was worthy of a man of the match award.

  PositionTeamMatchTouchesPassesPass Acc% Fwd PassShot AccGoalsMins Played
Simon Cox FW Reading Vs Millwall 48 34 62% 50% 100% 2 90

Against Millwall, Cox received 48 touches on the football, attempted 34 passes (with 62% finding their target and 50% of those were in the forward direction). Cox was terrific in front of goal as he scored twice, once either side of the half and showed tremendous precision as all of his shots hit  the target.

  PositionTeamTouches / GamePass / GamePass Acc% Fwd PassShot AccGoals / GameAppsMins Played
Simon Cox FW Reading 34.71 22.57 72% 34% 47% 4 7 512

Cox is enjoying commendable form thus far this season. On average, he receives 34 touches per game, produces 22 passes with an accuracy of 72% (higher than his precision against Millwall), with 34% heading toward the attacking third of the pitch… or in the forward direction, at least. He is accurate with 47% of his total shots and has, to date, returned four goals from seven games.

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