Sunday April 28, 2013 Day 35 Finished Madejski Stadium

  1. Premier League - Reading and QPR relegated after goalless draw

    Premier League - Reading and QPR relegated after goalless draw

    Reading and Queens Park Rangers' relegation from the Premier League was confirmed after a goalless draw at the Madjeski. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Reading
    • Queens Park Rangers
    • - Remember, you can watch highlights of this match and all the weekend's Premier League games on the website in the UK only from 00:01 on Monday.
    • 90+3' FULL-TIME! Reading and Queens Park Rangers' relegation from the Premier League is confirmed after a goalless draw at the Madjeski Stadium.
    • 90+2' Yellow card for Fabio.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time.
    • 90' McCarthy clings on to Bothroyd's low skidder at the second attempt. Heart in mouth time.
    • 89' Jamie Mackie on for Mbia.
    • 88' Hung up at the back post and Morrison forces another corner.
    • 87' Harte's cross comes ofF Jenas for another corner.
    • 86' And a great save by Green to tip Morrison's header over the crossbar.
    • 85' Corner for Reading.
    • 84' Le Fondre is the most used substitute in the Premier League this season, having come off the bench 20 times.
    • 83' Again the Hoops' corner fails to produce a chance but they are looking the more likely.
    • 82' Fabio's cross turned behind for a corner by Gunter under little pressure.
    • 81' Guthrie's probing deep cross finds Le Fondre at the back post but he is just unable to steer his header on target on the stretch.
    • 80' Guthrie clears only as far as Jenas who finds Bothroyd. He tries to stand it up at the back post but headed away.
    • 79' Fabio's energy earns QPR a corner. Cleared first time but Fabio is on the overlap and gains another corner.
    • 78' Hoilett out to Bothroyd on the left who picks out the charging Jenas with his cut back but the shot with the instep screws wide. A decent chance.
    • 77' Ian Harte on for Kelly.
    • 76' The corner is half-cleared to Jenas 25 yards from goal and he makes fine contact with his volley but is leaning back and that could be in the car park.
    • 75' Fabio sends Bothroyd away down the right and he wins a corner. QPR's fourth.
    • 74' On-loan full-back Fabio replaces Bosingwa.
    • 73' First booking of the afternoon as Granero is late on McAnuff.
    • 72' Traore's shot is blocked after Remy is unable to conjure up a shot.
    • 71' Kelly's deep cross into the box is plucked out of the sky by Green.
    • 70' 20 minutes to go, can either of these teams find a winner?
    • 69' Granero has had a decent game today, done a lot of fetching and used the ball wisely.
    • 68' Junior Hoilett replaces Taarabt.
    • 67' Bosingwa's cross cut out and Reading break. Gunter's cross is headed down by Pogrebnyak but almost straight down and bounces wide.
    • 66' Reading's fourth corner fails to materialise into anything.
    • 65' Super sub Adam Le Fondre replaces McCleary.
    • 64' Gunter's early cross is hacked, rather unconvincingly behind, by Onuoha.
    • 63' QPR have drawn all three of their matches against teams currently in the relegation zone this season.
    • 62' Long range effort from Guthrie as Mbia fails to close him down but Green is down low to gather.
    • 61' Reading's best chance! Pogrebnyak cuts inside Bosingwa and looks to curl his effort into the far post but not enough bend and it goes wide.
    • 60' Open second-half thus far.
    • 59' 10 of Reading’s 37 league goals this season have been provided by substitutes. Robson-Kanu has scored five times this season.
    • 58' QPR have lost their last eight Premier League away matches on Sunday. They last won an away top-flight match on Sunday in May 1995 – 3-2 at Manchester City.
    • 57' Corner for Reading but Mariappa's header towards goal is nodded away by a Rangers defender.
    • 56' Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Blackman.
    • 55' QPR have now gone four hours without scoring.
    • 54' Another chance for Taarabt after a weak clearance by Mariappa but again he opts for the sidefoot and fails to hit the target from 18 yards. Wide of the left post.
    • 53' Only two sides in Premier League history have won fewer games by this stage of the season than QPR (Derby 1 in 07-08 and Sunderland 2 in 05-06). That finishing is maybe way.
    • 52' What a chance for Taarabt but he gets no sort of purchase on his effort. Remy does well to hold off Mariappa and feed his team-mate but his shot from 12 yards is tame.
    • 51' Bosingwa nips in ahead of Kelly to set a QPR attack in motion but Bothroyd's header at goal lacks pace.
    • 50' Tricky play from Taarabt in the centre circle and he finds Remy but the French forward overruns the ball and gives away a foul.
    • 49' Bothroyd's lay-off to Mbia but he blasts his effort over the crossbar from 30 yards. I think that shot is just about still in Berkshire, wild!
    • 48' Bothroyd in space down the left but he is unable to pick out Remy in the middle.
    • 47' QPR force an early corner but Remy heads over.
    • 46' No changes as the second-half begin.
    • 45+1' Half-time and it is goalless.
    • 45' Green is called into duty to push away McAnuff's long-range dipping effort.
    • 44' QPR have taken one point from their last five Premier League games.
    • 43' McCarthy claims the corner comfortably.
    • 42' Probing run from Traore and a good low cross but Adrian Mariappa clears for a corner
    • 41' Again Mr Friend has a decision to make as Stephen Kelly gets ahead of Bosingwa in the penalty area but the full-back goes down in instalments and the penalty claims are waved away.
    • 40' Mbia looks to find Bosingwa in acres of space on the right but his pass is woefully overhit.
    • 39' Blackman goes down in the penalty area under a challenge from Traore but a little theatrically and no spot kick.
    • 38' Reading have taken one point from their last nine Premier League games.
    • 37' Bosingwa fouls McAnuff and then QPR go to sleep from the quickly taken free-kick. A header across goal falls to Pogrebnyak - it is a weak stab at goal but Green fails to collect cleanly before it is hacked away. Shambolic defending.
    • 36' Stephane Mbia wants some treatment, the fans on the far side think he's milking it.
    • 35' Pogrebnyak static at the back post and Chris Gunter does not have much to hit after a marauding run. QPR stab the centre to safety.
    • 34' Pogrebnyak heads the corner clear.
    • 33' Blackman switches off and allows Traore to collect a backheel, his shot is headed for the corner but is deflected for the first corner of the match.
    • 32' Rob Green is forced to claw a cross from the left to safety.
    • 31' A long ball drops down to Taarabt on the edge of the penalty area but he is unable to steer the ball into the top corner as it drifts wide. He went for placement rather than put his laces through it.
    • 30' Jobi McAnuff is a workaholic for Reading. He has started all of Reading’s 35 Premier League matches this season.
    • 29' Another free-kick is swung into the Rangers area but Hill does enough at the back post to allow Morrison to direct his header on target.
    • 28' Traore is sent free down the left and gets into the penalty area but is unable to pick out a team-mate with his cut back.
    • 27' QPR have scored 11 first-half goals in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other team.
    • 26' McCleary's centre is cut out by Granero. May have glanced Mbia's hand on the way through but would have been incredibly harsh.
    • 25' Garath McCleary has been a peripheral figure thus far out on the left wing and is unable to get past Bosingwa.
    • 24' Rangers have had over 60% of possession and the two best chances so far.
    • 23' QPR have won two Premier League away matches this season. In their last two top-flight seasons (2011-12; 1995-96) they have won three in each.
    • 22' But Guthrie's free-kick is straight into the wall.
    • 21' Granero brings down McAnuff in a dangerous position on the edge of the box.
    • 20' Bothroyd spent the first half of the season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday. This is just his second Premier League start of the campaign.
    • 19' Stephane Mbia's ball over the top finds Jay Bothroyd in space. McCarthy races off his line and sees the ball lofted over him but it drops agonisingly wide of the post.
    • 18' Sean Morrison is worried by the pace of Remy and is standing well off the French striker.
    • 17' Traore in space down the left but completely wasteful.
    • 16' There have been 25 first-half goals in the Premier League at the Madejski Stadium this season. There has only been more scored at Old Trafford and the DW Stadium (both 28).
    • 15' The Moroccan looks in the mood today.
    • 14' A lovely trick from Taarabt but his shot nearly hits the corner flag.
    • 13' Today’s match is Adkins’ fifth Premier League match in charge of Reading. He won his first match as Southampton manager in his fifth top-flight game in charge (4-1 against Aston Villa at home in September).
    • 12' Granero's free-kick clips the top of the crossbar. Unlucky, great technique.
    • 11' Lovely nutmeg from Taarabt and QPR win a free-kick on the edge of the Reading penalty area.
    • 10' Cross from the left aimed for Pavel Pogrebnyak but Clint Hill heads clear.
    • 9' QPR eschew the chance to loft the ball into the penalty area from a free-kick and their over elaborate passing eventually breaks down.
    • 8' QPR have scored three goals in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League matches this season, the equal-fewest alongside Sunderland and West Brom.
    • 7' Taarabt's shot is blocked but falls to Jermaine Jenas whose effort is high, wide and not very handsome.
    • 6' Granero looks to loft the ball into the box for Remy but too heavy and Reading keeper Alex McCarthy collects.
    • 5' Reading have failed to win against teams currently in the relegation zone this season (2 draws, 1 defeat).
    • 4' A superb swinging free-kick from Danny Guthrie eludes everyone as it fizzes across the six-yard box.
    • 3' Sloppy defending from Jose Bosingwa allows Nick Blackman a sight at goal but his long range effort is way over the top.
    • 2' Adel Taarabt is a little over indulgent on the edge of the Reading box and the hosts break but good defending from Nedum Onuoha prevents Pavel Pogrebnyak's cross reaching a colleague.
    • 1' Reading get the match started.
    • 13:30 The teams are out and we're almost ready on a pleasant afternoon in Berkshire.
    • 13:25 Today's referee is Kevin Friend. The 41-year-old's last outing came on Sunday when he took charge of Liverpool’s controversial 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
    • 13:20 Despite huge investment over the last 24 months, including the arrival of the likes of Chris Samba and Loic Remy since Harry Redknapp's appointment, this failed to stop Rangers' slide towards the second tier and the former Tottenham manager is already planning for next season. He said: "They get paid, they've got to be motivated. If they're not, we'll start paying them again when they are. It shouldn't be hard to keep the players motivated. I keep myself motivated. I left home at 6am."
    • 13:15 Reading manager Nigel Adkins, sacked by Southampton in January, knows their chances of catching 17th-placed Aston Villa are remote. He said: "All football clubs in whatever league are always looking to what division they could potentially be in next season. If you take the results away there's been a good improvement in the performances, but ultimately we have to win games of football."
    • 13:10 Aston Villa, two points ahead of third-bottom Wigan Athletic but having played a game more than the FA Cup finalists, host Sunderland on Monday and if this match ends level then Paul Lambert's side could send both clubs down tomorrow with a point or more.
    • 13:05 If the bottom two had picked up more wins of late then it could have been an archetypal relegation "six-pointer" yet with the duo 10 points adrift of safety with four games left, reality is sinking in. QPR's fate will be sealed if they lose, as will Reading's.
    • 13:00 QPR winger Andros Townsend is out as he has a hamstring injury but Adel Taarabt has passed a late fitness test on his shoulder injury. Chris Samba misses out for the Hoops - he's one of five changes made by Harry Redknapp with Nedum Onuoha, Armand Traore, Esteban Granero, Jermaine Jenas and Jay Bothroyd all starting. Striker Bobby Zamora serves the final game of his suspension. Shaun Wright-Phillips is still out after undergoing ankle surgery and Andrew Johnson is sidelined with a knee problem.
    • 12:55 The match has come too early for Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici is nearing a return after an ankle sprain. Jimmy Kebe (groin) and Hope Akpan (ankle) are also still sidelined so Nigel Adkins names the same side that lost at Norwich.
    • 12:50 TEAMS: Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Kelly, Mariappa, Morrison, Karacan, Guthrie, McCleary, McAnuff, Blackman, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Harte, Pearce, Carrico, Robson-Kanu, Hunt, Le Fondre. /// QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Onuoha, Hill, Traore, Granero, Jenas, Mbia, Taarabt, Remy, Bothroyd. Subs: Cesar, Derry, Park, Mackie, Fabio, Ben Haim, Hoilett.
    • 12:45 Queens Park Rangers and Reading face each other in what could have been one of the most pivotal matches of the Premier League season but instead both clubs know they are all but doomed to relegation.
  • Summary

    • 86' And a great save by Green to tip Morrison's header over the crossbar.
    • 81' Guthrie's probing deep cross finds Le Fondre at the back post but he is just unable to steer his header on target on the stretch.
    • 78' Hoilett out to Bothroyd on the left who picks out the charging Jenas with his cut back but the shot with the instep screws wide. A decent chance.
    • 61' Reading's best chance! Pogrebnyak cuts inside Bosingwa and looks to curl his effort into the far post but not enough bend and it goes wide.
    • 54' Another chance for Taarabt after a weak clearance by Mariappa but again he opts for the sidefoot and fails to hit the target from 18 yards. Wide of the left post.
    • 52' What a chance for Taarabt but he gets no sort of purchase on his effort. Remy does well to hold off Mariappa and feed his team-mate but his shot from 12 yards is tame.
    • 45' Green is called into duty to push away McAnuff's long-range dipping effort.
    • 41' Again Mr Friend has a decision to make as Stephen Kelly gets ahead of Bosingwa in the penalty area but the full-back goes down in instalments and the penalty claims are waved away.
    • 37' Bosingwa fouls McAnuff and then QPR go to sleep from the quickly taken free-kick. A header across goal falls to Pogrebnyak - it is a weak stab at goal but Green fails to collect cleanly before it is hacked away. Shambolic defending.
    • 31' A long ball drops down to Taarabt on the edge of the penalty area but he is unable to steer the ball into the top corner as it drifts wide. He went for placement rather than put his laces through it.
    • 19' Stephane Mbia's ball over the top finds Jay Bothroyd in space. McCarthy races off his line and sees the ball lofted over him but it drops agonisingly wide of the post.
    • 12' Granero's free-kick clips the top of the crossbar. Unlucky, great technique.
    • 12:50 TEAMS: Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Kelly, Mariappa, Morrison, Karacan, Guthrie, McCleary, McAnuff, Blackman, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Harte, Pearce, Carrico, Robson-Kanu, Hunt, Le Fondre. /// QPR: Green, Bosingwa, Onuoha, Hill, Traore, Granero, Jenas, Mbia, Taarabt, Remy, Bothroyd. Subs: Cesar, Derry, Park, Mackie, Fabio, Ben Haim, Hoilett.
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