Comedy Own Goal: Nathan Baker (Aston Villa) vs Reading | inside World Soccer

Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker consigned himself to the blooper reel on Saturday after giving Reading the lead with a tremendously bad own goal.

Brad Guzan and Ciaran Clark hold their heads after Nathan Baker scores an own goal
Brad Guzan and Ciaran Clark hold their heads after Nathan Baker scores an own goal

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The Royals made the brighter start at the Madejski Stadium and deservedly went ahead on the half-hour thanks to a comical own goal by Baker.

There appeared little danger, despite Hope Akpan helping Jobi McAnuff's low cross on, but Baker, whilst all alone at the back post, made a complete hash of his attempted clearance.

The 21 year-old defied all laws of what it takes to become a professional footballer as missed the ball with his right foot and saw it bounced off his left foot and over the line.

Thankfully for Baker, Christian Benteke levelled matters within a minute before Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winning goal on the stroke of half-time.

After the match Villa manager Paul Lambert hailed the mental strength of Baker to put in a sterling defensive display after his unfortunate own-goal, like a Premier League betting enthusiast.

He told a press conference: "Nathan has been excellent for us. He's been a big, big player for us. His general play was terrific again.

"The own-goal happens but you have to give him a lot of credit. He grew into the game. He was outstanding."


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