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Reading midfielder Howard: Shocking Liverpool highlight of my career

Reading midfielder Brian Howard admits his FA Cup winner against Liverpool two years ago was the highlight of his career.

Howard was skipper of Barnsley's giant killing side that knocked out both the Kop giants and Chelsea on their way to the semi-finals two years ago.

Howard was the Tykes' fifth-round hero at Anfield as he netted the last-minute winner to stun Rafa Benitez's men. And he will be the toast of the Championship strugglers Reading if he can repeat the dose.

The 26-year-old told the Mirror: "It is probably the highlight of my career so far. I remember being caught in traffic on the way back because the supporters were still there going nuts.

"I dragged all the lads off the bus into the pub on the corner. We went and had a pint with all the supporters and they couldn't believe it.

"There was real hysteria in the town. Something like that really picks up the imagination so it would be great to do it down here.

"If we get the win on Saturday and I score the winner I'll buy the whole pub a pint!"

Howard's Anfield heroics may not have even happened had the former Sheffield United player not chased referee Martin Atkinson to remonstrate with him for not awarding him a penalty seconds before his dramatic winner.

"I turned Sami Hypia and went to shoot and he brought me down," recalled Howard. "It was a clear penalty.

"The referee didn't give it so I chased him down the pitch to have a pop at him. The ball was lumped back and the rest is history, but I might not have scored if I hadn't chased him 20 yards."

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