Luton went into the game needing a win to book their place in the playoffs.
And they were gifted a goal just before half-time after a catastrophic blunder from Reading’s number one.
Nyland had the ball in his hands and he put the ball down with the intention of kicking it forward.
However, he did not realise that Luton striker, Harry Cornick, was standing behind him.
As soon as the ball hit the ground, Cornick sprung into action and nicked the ball.
Nyland could not react in time as Cornick found the back of the net to give Luton the lead.
Watch the moment below…
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Luton Town are gifted a goal which will be massive for their play-off chase
Reading goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland didn't see Harry Cornick waiting behind him 😅 pic.twitter.com/hLb4KxboBV
What an error. Lee Hendrie was covering the game on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday and he was in disbelief.
He said: “No way. Oh my word! He’s behind you! What is he thinking?! I cannot believe he hasn’t even looked behind him. It’s just an absolute gift. I can’t believe he hasn’t looked.
“That’s a schoolboy error isn’t it from the goalkeeper. Right on the stroke of half-time. I can’t believe he’s done it. Nathan Jones is absolutely over the moon as you can imagine. That is a massive, massive goal in the playoff chase.”
Nyland felt the need to apologise to Reading fans at half-time.
Reading goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland apologises to the Reading fans at half-time after his error gifted Luton Town's Harry Cornick a 1-0 lead pic.twitter.com/IYkSXyHgAh— Football Daily (@footballdaily) May 7, 2022
There were no further goals as Luton won 1-0.
Their three points means they have finished the Championship season in sixth and have qualified for the playoffs.
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They will face Huddersfield in the semi-finals, with the victor taking on either Nottingham Forest or Sheffield United at Wembley May 29.
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