Jamie Mackie’s inspired performance secured Reading a spot in the FA Cup semi final for the first time since 1927 as his side were victorious against Bradford City in the second leg of their quarter final tie.
Garath McCleary scored Reading’s second goal in the ninth minute of the game moments after assisting a Hal Robson-Kanu header.
Bradford’s Felipe Morais was awarded a straight red card in the second half before Mackie put the nail in the League One side’s coffin.
Steve Clarke’s team who sit in 17th place in the Championship will face cup holders Arsenal at Wembley next month in the hope of reaching the final for the first time in the club’s history.
In the sixth minute McCleary’s corner was met by the head of Robson-Kanu who made a great run in front of right-back Stephen Darby with no defenders on the back post able to block the ball.
A minute after this the Bantams looked as if they could make their way back into the game with a header from James Hanson which was caught by Adam Federici.
The home side broke quickly as McClearly unleashed a strike which took a big deflection off Andy Halliday into the top-left hand hand corner.
In the 19th minute Ben Williams was forced into making a superb save from Danny Williams’ swerving shot.
Morais was sent off by referee Mike Jones for a high footed challenge on Nathaniel Chalobah in the 63rd minute who went on to assist Mackie five minutes later.
Bradford must now turn their attention to Saturday as they host fellow League One play-off spot candidates Fleetwood Town.