• Date: Wed 17 February 2010
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Ref: Whitestone, D
  • Attendance: 13,259
Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Scannell (55)

1 - 3
Reading

Reading

Church (23)

Kebe (47)

Church (81)

Crystal Palace vs Reading

Team Lineups

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Nathaniel Clyne
Clint Hill
Danny Butterfield
Johannes Ertl
Claude Davis
Shaun Derry
Darren Ambrose
Neil Danns (Sean Scannell, 43)
Nick Carle (Alassane N'Diaye, 63)
Calvin Andrew (Alan Lee, 46)

Reading

Adam Federici
Matt Mills, M
Ryan Bertrand
Andy Griffin
Zurab Khizanishvili
Brynjar Gunnarsson
Jobi McAnuff
Jimmy Kebe
Jem Karacan
Brian Howard (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 76)
Simon Church (Hal Robson-Kanu, 90)

Match Report
Simon Church struck twice for Reading as they chalked up their fourth successive Championship victory and climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace. Jimmy Kebe also netted as the Royals jumped up to 18th in the table and pushed the Eagles nearer to the drop zone. Palace have lost their last two matches at Selhurst Park and Sean Scannell's first goal in 13 months will not have lifted the gloom as they are only outside the bottom three on goal difference. Palace had started brightly and Darren Ambrose's right-foot volley from the edge of the box after five minutes forced Adam Federici into a fine one-handed save. Calvin Andrew should have done better from Danny Butterfield's cross on 17 minutes, but his header cleared the bar as the home team made the early running. But they were made to pay for their wastefulness when Jobi McAnuff's cross to the back post was acrobatically volleyed by Church past keeper Julian Speroni in the 23rd minute. The Wales international squandered a great opportunity just before the break when Brian Howard's pass sent him clean through, his touch let him down at the key moment and Speroni was able to make a block. Ambrose's fierce 30-yard shot forced Federici into another excellent stop in the opening moments of the second half, but Reading made it 2-0 on 47 minutes. Brynjar Gunnarsson's right-wing cross was flicked into Kebe's path by Palace midfielder Nick Carle and he produced a composed finish from eight yards. Church's shot clipped the post in the 51st minute before Scannell boosted hopes of an Eagles comeback as he headed in Ambrose's corner. Butterfield's 25-yard strike just cleared the bar as the home side desperately sought an equaliser, but Church killed off any uncertainty over the outcome with ten minutes to go, guiding the ball home after Matt Mills' low cross. Speroni made saves from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kebe to prevent Reading from winning by an even greater margin.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Substitution
 

Simon Church is replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu.

89
Yellow Card
 

Andy Griffin is booked for unsporting behaviour.

81
Goal
 

Goal!! Simon Church scores for Reading.

76
Substitution
 

Reading are replacing Brian Howard with Gylfi Sigurdsson.

68
Yellow Card
 

Claude Davis goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

63
Substitution
 

Crystal Palace are replacing Nick Carle with Alassane N'Diaye.

59
Yellow Card
 

Sean Scannell goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

55
Goal
 

Goal!! Sean Scannell scores for Crystal Palace.

47
Goal
 

Goal!! Reading have scored with Jimmy Kebe putting it in the back of the net.

46
Substitution
 

Calvin Andrew is replaced by Alan Lee.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 1.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by D Whitestone

43
Substitution
 

Neil Danns is being taken off, Sean Scannell has come on in his place.

23
Goal
 

Goal!! Reading have scored with Simon Church putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Crystal Palace face Reading at 8pm on Wednesday, February 17th.