• Date: Sun 07 March 2010
  • Venue: Madejski Stadium
  • Ref: Dean, M
  • Attendance: 23,175


Long (27)

Long (42)

2 - 4
Aston Villa

Aston Villa

Young, A (47)

Carew (51)

Carew (57)

Reading vs Aston Villa

Team Lineups


Adam Federici
Matt Mills, M
Ivar Ingimarsson
Ryan Bertrand
Andy Griffin
Jay Tabb
Jimmy Kebe
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Brian Howard (Brynjar Gunnarsson, 59)
Shane Long
Simon Church (Grzegorz Rasiak, 71)

Aston Villa

Brad Friedel
Richard Dunne
Carlos Cuellar
Stephen Warnock
James Collins
Stewart Downing (Steve Sidwell, 90)
Ashley Young, A
James Milner
Stiliyan Petrov
John Carew
Emile Heskey

Match Report
Aston Villa put their Carling Cup disappointment behind them as a second-half fightback saw them reach the FA Cup semi-finals with a thrilling 4-2 win over Championship side Reading, who led 2-0 at half-time. Reading stunned Villa with two goals from Republic of Ireland international striker Shane Long, back in the side after completing a four-match suspension, but Villa hit back with three goals early in the second half and a stoppage-time penalty. The Royals opener came midway through the first half following a left-wing corner by Brian Howard. Defender Matt Mills outjumped the Villa defence to head on to the unmarked Long, who calmly headed home. Reading added a second three minutes before the break. A superb pass from Gylfi Sigurdsson sent Jimmy Kebe clear down the right wing and his cross into the centre was calmly fired home by Long, who was again given too much room by the Villa defence. Villa clearly realised during the interval that they had to step up their game to compete with the Royals and they came storming out in the second half with three goals in the opening 12 minutes. First Ashley Young turned the ball in from close range after a Carlos Cuellar mis-kick had wrong-footed the Reading defence and, almost immediately, Stewart Downing sent in a right-wing cross for John Carew to outjump Mills and head the equaliser. It was Carew again with Villa's third. Stephen Warnock overlapped down the left wing and sent a low cross into the centre where Carew just got in front of Ivar Ingimarsson to glide the ball past Reading keeper Adam Federici. Villa almost made it four in the 68th minute but Emile Heskey saw his close-range effort well blocked by Federici. Then it was Reading's turn to go close. Ingimarsson's header from Sigurdsson's corner beat Villa keeper Brad Friedel but Ashley Young headed clear from the goal-line. As Reading battled for an equaliser substitute Grzegorz Rasiak forced a save from Friedel and then Kebe saw a shot on target blocked by Warnock. As the game ticked into stoppage time, Ingimarsson brought down Carew and the Norway international completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.


Stewart Downing is being taken off, Steve Sidwell has come on in his place.


John Carew takes a penalty for Aston Villa and scores!.

Yellow Card

James Milner is booked for unsporting behaviour.

Yellow Card

Jay Tabb goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Reading are replacing Simon Church with Grzegorz Rasiak.


Reading are replacing Brian Howard with Brynjar Gunnarsson.

Yellow Card

Gylfi Sigurdsson is booked for dissent.


Goal!! Aston Villa have scored with John Carew putting it in the back of the net.


Goal!! John Carew scores for Aston Villa.

Yellow Card

James Collins is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Goal!! Ashley Young scores for Aston Villa.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 2 v 0.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.


Goal!! Shane Long scores for Reading.

Yellow Card

Ashley Young is booked for dissent.


Goal!! Reading have scored with Shane Long putting it in the back of the net.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Richard Dunne.


It's 1:45pm on Sunday, March 7th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Reading face Aston Villa at 1:45pm on Sunday, March 7th.