The 10 best moments from Kermorgant's time at Reading FC

  • Simeon Pickup
  • 10 July 2018, 16:09

Yann Kermorgant celebrates his winning goal against Leeds United. Credit: Eddie Greville

Reading FC announced on Tuesday that veteran striker Yann Kermorgant is leaving the club, bringing an end to the Frenchman's two-and-a-half years in Berkshire.

Kermorgant, 36, agreed to an early cancellation of his contract which would have expired in the summer of 2019.

He is now expected to retire, although one more season in football could be on the cards.

Read more: Yann Kermorgant leaves Reading by mutual consent

Whatever he chooses to do, he has certainly left Royals fans with some fond memories since he joined in January 2016.

We've picked out the 10 best moments in which Kermorgant was involved in.

Charlton Athletic 3-4 Reading, February 27 2016


Kermorgant curls in his second goal at the Valley. Credit: Eddie Greville

Kermorgant opened his Royals account with not one but two great goals at the Valley.

The game may be better known for a late Deniss Rakels winner, but Kermorgant got Reading going with a powerful header on four minutes, followed by a curler from the edge of the box on 35.

He was even close to a stunning third, only for his long range effort to be harshly ruled out for handball.

Cardiff City 0-1 Reading, August 27 2016


Celebrations after a late winner in the Welsh capital. Credit: Eddie Greville

A few months later, Kermorgant had a late away winner of his own, this time at Paul Trollope's Cardiff.

It looked like Reading's large travelling contingent would go home with a bland 0-0, but the big forward had other ideas.

With 89 minutes on the clock, Kermorgant seized the ball in Bluebirds' box and stabbed home for a dramatic late winner.

Bristol City 2-3 Reading, January 2 2017


Chris Gunter and Joey van den Berg lift up the match winner in celebration. Credit: Eddie Greville

Comeback wins were few and far between in Jaap Stam's spell at Reading, but Kermorgant had a huge hand in this one.

With Royals struggling at Ashton Gate and 2-0 down to Tammy Abraham's brace, Liam Kelly halved the deficit.

Kermorgant completed the turnaround by converting in the 86th minute before finding the net with a low drive from outside the area in the 93rd.

Reading 2-1 Cardiff City, January 28 2017


Kermorgant finds the net direct from a free-kick against Cardiff. Credit: Eddie Greville

Bluebirds must have been sick of the sight of Kermorgant in the 2016/17 season.

His winner at the Madejski didn't come as late this time as it did in South Wales, but he did do it in style.

Midway through the second half, the former Bournemouth man won and converted a free-kick, expertly guiding the ball past Allan McGregor.

Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Reading, March 17 2017


Reading go 1-0 up at Hillsborough through Kermorgant's opener. Credit: Eddie Greville

Reading's play-off charge ran into tough opposition in March 2017 in the form of Sheffield Wednesday.

Royals had already lost at Newcastle United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Leeds United and Huddersfield that season, so the trip to Hillsborough was always going to be tough.

Although the game will be remembered for Ali Al-Habsi's goalkeeping heroics, it was a vital away strike from Kermorgant which gave Stam's side the edge.

Reading 1-0 Leeds United, April 1 2017


Kermorgant is mobbed by his teammates after his decisive goal against Leeds. Credit: Eddie Greville

It's always good for Reading fans when their team gets one over on Leeds, and that came courtesy of Kermorgant's decisive goal in front of the Sky cameras.

Royals were the better side on the day in a tight match, but the result was decided on 21 minutes when the Frenchman rifled the ball past Rob Green.

The goal sparked jubilant celebrations in a bumper home crowd.

Nottingham Forest 3-2 Reading, April 22 2017


Kermorgant scores his second at the City Ground. Credit: Eddie Greville

It's a mark of just how good Kermorgant was for Reading that he could play well even when the team were poor, and Royals certainly were that at the City Ground, finding themselves 3-0 down to a relegation-threatened Forest.

However, the Frenchman very nearly dragged Reading to level pegging on his own, twice slamming the ball home in the second half.

In the end it wasn't enough, but it was still a great example of Kermorgant's steely determination.

Reading 1-0 Fulham, May 16 2017


Kermorgant's match-winning penalty against Fulham. Credit: Eddie Greville

Probably his most popular moment in a Reading shirt, Kermorgant's second leg penalty goes down as the goal that took the team to Wembley.

The tie, which would be settled at the Madejski Stadium, was on a knife edge after the first leg finished 1-1.

In a contest of fine margins, Kermorgant's ice-cold focus to convert the penalty meant Reading, not Fulham, reached the play-off final.

Reading 2-1 Aston Villa, August 15 2017


Kermorgant poses for a selfie with Millie Eggleton. Credit: Debbie Eggleton

The veteran frontman didn't play in this game - his season was being disrupted by injury - but he still managed to show us all how much of a gentleman he was.

Rather than watching the match with his teammates from the sidelines, Kermorgant instead chose to sit with loyal Royal fan Millie Eggleton who is wheelchair-bound with spina bifida.

Read more: Yann Kermorgant makes 'special bond' with young Reading fan

"They hit off from the time he signed for Reading and always finds the time to chat with her," Mille's mother Debbie said.

Form is temporary, class is Kermorgant.

Reading 2-2 Sunderland, April 14 2018


Kermorgant powers home a 79th-minute equaliser. Credit: Eddie Greville

With Reading only a few points off the bottom three, a result against bottom club Sunderland was a must.

However, with 20 minutes to go, the home side were 2-1 down and Paul Clement called on Kermorgant for an equaliser.

Coming off the bench, the Frenchman struck a vital goal, giving Reading an important point without which the team may not have stayed in the Championship.

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