Tuesday April 5, 2011 Day 37 Finished Madejski Stadium

Reading 2 - 1 Preston North End

  • Kebe 21’
  • Robson-Kanu 82’
  • McCarthy 52’ (o.g.)

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  1. Reading into play-offs with win

    Reading into play-offs with win

    A late goal from Hal Robson-Kanu gave Reading a 2-1 win against Preston at the Madejski Stadium whcih put them sixth in the Championship. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Reading
    • Preston North End
    • 90+4' Preston have a free kick 10 yards into Reading's half. Nicholson takes it but offside is given and the referee blows his whistle for full-time. Reading have now won five games in succession.
    • 90+4' Manset turns on the edge of the penalty area and gets away a shot which is saved by Turner.
    • 90+3' Long is played clean through and he has a great chance to make it 3-1 but his effort is straight at Turner.
    • 90+2' Hume takes an inswinging corner but a foul by Ellington on Ingimarsson means Reading have a free kick.
    • 90+1' Preston are awarded a corner after good work from Ellington.
    • 90' The fourth official has indicated there will be four minutes of stoppage time.
    • 89' Reading have three consecutive corners as they look for a third goal.
    • 88' Ashbee continues to walk on a tight rope as he concedes another free kick, this time for a foul on Kebe.
    • 87' Reading now have a corner and are really applying the pressure. The set-piece is taken by Kebe and is just about scrambled away by Preston before Robson-Kanu can get to it.
    • 86' Ellington gives away a free kick as he fouls Ingimarrson.
    • 85' Harte whips in a low free kick and Preston just about get it away. Long was lurking as he tries to take his season's tally to 23.
    • 84' Parry is shown a yellow card for a bad tackle from behind on Robson-Kanu. Signs of frustration coming from the Preston players.
    • 83' Substitution: Preston make a change with Paul Hayes replacing Johnson.
    • 81' GOAL! Confusion in the Preston defence gifts Robson-Kanu a goal with his first touch of the ball and he places it in the top right corner.
    • 80' Substitution: Hal Robson-Kanu replaces McAnuff for Reading.
    • 79' Reading have a free kick and it is flicked on at the near post. Long has the ball on the right wing but it is blocked by Ashbee.
    • 78' Free kick for Reading after Khumalo is penalised.
    • 77' Preston manager Phil Brown is fuming on the touchline. He is not happy with the number of times his team are giving the ball away.
    • 76' The offside flag is raised against Manset and Turner takes the free kick.
    • 75' Nicholson and McAnuff both go into a crunching tackle but neither are hurt.
    • 74' The set-piece is taken by Harte and it is headed over by Kebe.
    • 73' Reading take a free kick and it is worked down the left where Johnson concedes another free kick.
    • 72' Ashbee gives away another free kick for a foul on McAnuff. Ashbee must be careful having only been booked three minutes ago.
    • 71' Karacan hits a fearsome strike but it is charged down by Morgan.
    • 70' Substitution: Treacy is coming off for Preston with Paul Parry taking his place.
    • 69' Ellington runs with the ball and passes it to Hume who plays it to Johnson. Ashbee then loses the ball and tries to win it back but he commits a foul and is shown a yellow card.
    • 68' Preston are riding their luck a little here. Harte has a shot which beats the 'keeper Turner but comes back off the crossbar.
    • 67' McAnuff crosses a corner in and Nicholson clears the ball to safety.
    • 65' Long has a shot on goal which takes a couple of deflections before going out for a corner. The ball comes in and there are appeals for a hand ball against Ashbee after Khizaniishvili has a shot but the referee does not give it. The Reading players are furious.
    • 64' Treacy fouls Leigertwood and McCarthy takes the free kick deep in his own half.
    • 63' Treacy takes an inswinging corner from the right which goes to the near post where McCarthy makes the save.
    • 62' Substitution: Nathan Ellington comes on for Preston and replaces Barton.
    • 62' Treacy takes the free-kick and Jones comes so close to scoring. The ball was flicked on in the box by Hume but Jones could not connect to it.
    • 61' Griffin is shown a yellow card for a foul on Treacy.
    • 60' Neither side is keeping possession well at the moment. Both teams seem to be looking edgy.
    • 59' Kebe is brought to a crashing hault by Jones who makes a great tackle and Carter clears the ball.
    • 58' Jones plays a left-footed free kick up towards Johnson who climbs well. He plays it to Ashbee but he runs out of space and it goes for a goal kick.
    • 57' Carter makes a sliding challenge and wins back possession. Barton then plays the ball over the top to Treacy but Preston's defence deal with it well.
    • 56' Substitution: Reading make a double change. Mikele Leigertwood replaces Tabb. And Mathieu Manset comes on for Howard.
    • 53' The goal means Preston will move up to 22nd if the score stays the same. The crowd has suddenly come to life. We have a game on here!
    • 50' GOAL! Preston have equalised. Treacy's free kick has led to a goal. Eddie Johnson is claiming it after his header rebounds off the post and then off the back off McCarthy before going into the net. Technically that is an own goal but Johnson will want it. The goal has been awarded as an own goal by McCarthy.
    • 48' Jones has an effort on goal but it is a terrible shot as it flies right across the field and goes out for a throw-in. Harter then fouls Hume and Treacy takes the free-kick.
    • 47' Slightly confusing but Johnson is wearing the number 15 shirt. That is Barton's shirt. Someone has now noticed and Johnson is changing back to his number 27 shirt. Ingimarsson handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Darren Carter restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46' The teams are walking back out on to the pitch. Neither side have made any substitutions. And Preston restart the match.
    • 21:00 The Great Escape theme tune is being played at half-time. Quite an odd choice of song unless it is referring to Reading's attempt to get back into the Premier League.
    • 45+1' The referee blows his whistle for half-time. Reading deserve the lead. They have had more possession and more shots on goal. Preston actually have not tested McCarthy yet.
    • 44' There will be one minute of time added on.
    • 43' Preston now have an attacking free kick and have seven players in the penalty area for it. Preston eventually get a shot away but it is blocked clear and out for a throw-in.
    • 42' Free kick to Preston taken by Khumalo and it curls into the penalty area. Barton tries to get a boot on to it but it is cleared away. Preston come forward again and Griffin fouls Treacy in the right corner.
    • 40' McCarthy has the ball and clears it all the way down the field to Preston's 'keeper Turner.
    • 38' Kebe shoulder charges Treacy off the field. Kebe is apologetic but Treacy does not want to know. Play is retarted with a throw-in.
    • 37' Hume takes another corner for Preston but it is too heavy and Reading clear the ball down field to Kebe. Morgan manages to head it out for a throw-in.
    • 36' Preston now have a corner after good work from Hume who forces the Reading defence to turn behind their own goal. Treacy takes the corner but Alex McCarthy saves.
    • 34' Reading have a corner and a short one is taken by Howard and given to Kebe who crosses the ball in but Turner punches it clear.
    • 33' And we have another offside. This time Kebe is caught ahead of the second to last defender. Turner clears the ball for Preston.
    • 31' The ball drops to Hume midway in Reading's half but he's judged to be offside.
    • 30' Eddie Johnson is fouled by McAnuff and the referee rightly awards a free kick. Turner clears the ball down field in the direction of Hume.
    • 29' Barton crosses the ball into the corner in the direction of Hume but he cannot get to it and Reading clear their lines.
    • 28' Howard drills a shot across goal and Turner does well to palm it away and out of the penalty area.
    • 26' Karacan fouls Ashbee and we have the eighth free kick of the match which is taken by Preston's Jones.
    • 24' Long thinks he has a chance to score but he is ruled offside by the assitant referee.
    • 23' Howard fouls Treacy and the referee awards a free kick which is taken by Barton.
    • 22' Ian Ashbee fouls McAnuff after the midfielder cut in from the wing. Harte takes the free kick.
    • 21' GOAL! Reading have taken the lead through Kebe. Shane Long played the ball and there was a cruel deflection off Barry Nicholson which puts it into Kebe's path who heads in from close range.
    • 19' Preston are pressing and are causing Reading problems in their own half.
    • 18' Kebe takes a short corner for Reading but nothing comes from it.
    • 17' Howard is fouled by Craig Morgan and the referee awards a free kick. Ian Harte takes the set-piece and it's headed clear by Barton.
    • 16' Barton concedes another free kick as he fouls Jay Tabb. Ingimarsson takes the free kick.
    • 15' Barton fouls Ingimarsson and Karacan takes the free kick.
    • 14' An inswinging corner from Treacy is cleared by Reading's Jem Karacan. Preston then have a second corner which is taken by Hume but it is cleared once again.
    • 13' Howard tests Turner with the first shot on target but the Preston goalkeeper saves well.
    • 12' Hume takes a quick throw into the feet of Adam Barton but he loses possession and Reading clear.
    • 11' The atmosphere is somewhat muted at the moment. Both sides have been quite tentative in the early stages.
    • 10' Free kick awarded to Reading for a foul on Ingimarsson by Hume.
    • 9' Referee awards a free-kick to Preston for what looks like a handball by Brian Howard. The free-kick is taken by Iain Turner.
    • 7' Eddie Johnson takes the ball but is tackled probably too easily. Reading try to push forward and are bossing the ball at the moment.
    • 6' The ball is down the left with Jobi McAnuff but he cannot do anything and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
    • 5' Billy Jones commits a foul on Jimmy Kebe and Reading have a free-kick in a dangerous position. The cross comes in but Ivar Ibgimarsson's header goes over the crossbar.
    • 4' Treacy has an attempt on goal but it goes harmlessly wide. The chance came after good work from Iain Hume.
    • 3' Treacy is looking bright as he threatens again on the left wing. But he's flagged for offside on this occasion.
    • 2' A good sliding tackle from Griffin denies Keith Treacy on the left flank.
    • 1' Here we go. The referee is Mark Haywood from West Yorkshire and he blows the whistle. Reading get the match underway.
    • 20:00 Andy Griffin returns from an Achilles injury to start at right back for Reading. Preston are without Chris Brown and Sean St. Ledger who both missed the 2-1 win over Swansea.
    • 20:00 Preston's 2-1 win over Swansea was their third consecutive victory and another three points will move them to within five points of fourth-bottom Crystal Palace. It would also be their first win at the Madejski Stadium. They last beat Reading away in 1982 at the Royal's old ground Elm Park.
    • 19:55 Reading are enjoying their best form of the season. They have won four matches in a row, are unbeaten in eight, and have kept clean sheets in their last two games. Beating Preston would take them three points clear of seventh-placed Nottingham Forest and would be just the right birthday present for manager Brian McDermott, who turns 50 on Friday.
    • 19:55 Teams: READING: McCarthy, Griffin, Khizanishvili, Ingimarsson, Harte, Kebe, Karacan, Tabb, McAnuff, Howard, Long. Subs: Turner, Jones, Morgan, Khumalo, Carter, Nicholson, Barton, Ashbee, Treacy, Hume, Johnson. // PRESTON: Turner, Jones, Morgan, Khumalo, Carter, Nicholson, Barton, Ashbee, Treacy, Hume, Johnson. Subs: Subs: Lonergan, Coutts, Parry, Ellington, Hayes, Russell, Wright.
    • 19:55 Good evening and welcome to the LIVE coverage of the Championship match between Reading and Preston North End from the Madejski Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 81' GOAL! Confusion in the Preston defence gifts Robson-Kanu a goal with his first touch of the ball and he places it in the top right corner.
    • 68' Preston are riding their luck a little here. Harte has a shot which beats the 'keeper Turner but comes back off the crossbar.
    • 65' Long has a shot on goal which takes a couple of deflections before going out for a corner. The ball comes in and there are appeals for a hand ball against Ashbee after Khizaniishvili has a shot but the referee does not give it. The Reading players are furious.
    • 50' GOAL! Preston have equalised. Treacy's free kick has led to a goal. Eddie Johnson is claiming it after his header rebounds off the post and then off the back off McCarthy before going into the net. Technically that is an own goal but Johnson will want it. The goal has been awarded as an own goal by McCarthy.
    • 21' GOAL! Reading have taken the lead through Kebe. Shane Long played the ball and there was a cruel deflection off Barry Nicholson which puts it into Kebe's path who heads in from close range.
    • 13' Howard tests Turner with the first shot on target but the Preston goalkeeper saves well.
    • 19:55 Teams: READING: McCarthy, Griffin, Khizanishvili, Ingimarsson, Harte, Kebe, Karacan, Tabb, McAnuff, Howard, Long. Subs: Turner, Jones, Morgan, Khumalo, Carter, Nicholson, Barton, Ashbee, Treacy, Hume, Johnson. // PRESTON: Turner, Jones, Morgan, Khumalo, Carter, Nicholson, Barton, Ashbee, Treacy, Hume, Johnson. Subs: Subs: Lonergan, Coutts, Parry, Ellington, Hayes, Russell, Wright.

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