• Date: Tue 13 April 2010
  • Venue: Madejski Stadium
  • Ref: Graham, F
  • Attendance: 23,163
1 - 2
Newcastle United

Newcastle United

Nolan (20)

Nolan (42)

Reading vs Newcastle United

Team Lineups


Adam Federici
Ryan Bertrand
Alex Pearce
Andy Griffin
Brynjar Gunnarsson
Jay Tabb (Simon Church, 59)
Jobi McAnuff (Hal Robson-Kanu, 65)
Jimmy Kebe
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Brian Howard
Shane Long (Grzegorz Rasiak, 79)

Newcastle United

Steve Harper
Fabricio Coloccini (Jose Sanchez Enrique, 46)
Mike Williamson
Danny Simpson
Ryan Taylor, R
Kevin Nolan
Danny Guthrie (Andy Carroll, 75)
Wayne Routledge (Joey Barton, 75)
Alan Smith
Jonas Gutierrez
Shola Ameobi

Match Report
Newcastle United virtually made sure of taking the Championship title following a 2-1 victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium. With three games to play, the best West Bromwich Albion can do is draw level on points, but they have a far inferior goal difference. Defeat for Reading virtually ended their chance of a late run into the play-offs with four games to play, but for a side that was in the bottom three in January they have made a remarkable recovery since Brian McDermott was appointed manager. It was Reading who had the better of the opening stages and for 20 minutes Newcastle were under pressure only to break away and take the lead. Kevin Nolan got past Reading's makeshift centre back Brynjar Gunnarsson to shoot low across the face of goal and past the diving Adam Federici into the far corner of the net. Minutes later, Newcastle nearly added a second but this time Wayne Routledge just failed to finish after latching onto a through ball from Danny Guthrie. Shane Long raised Reading's spirits with a spectacular overhead kick but it flew straight into the arms of Newcastle keeper Steve Harper. Three minutes before the break Newcastle went further ahead. Routledge burst down the right flank and sent a sharp cross in to the goalmouth where Nolan turned it in from close range. Nolan came close to scoring a hat-trick with an effort that saw the ball strike a post and then spin across the goalline before being cleared by Gunnarsson. Moments earlier, referee Fred Graham had angered Reading manager McDermott with an inexplicable decision. With the ball several yards away, Shola Ameobi blatantly kicked Alex Pearce, knocking him to the ground. Mr Graham awarded Reading a free-kick but did no more than give Ameobi a lecture. Twenty minutes from time Reading pulled a goal back. Shane Long's effort struck the keeper and, as Jose Enrique tried to kick the ball clear, it hit Danny Simpson and rebounded into the Newcastle net. Five minutes from the end Reading were reduced to 10 men when Gunnarsson was stretchered off unconscious following a clash of heads.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.


Reading are replacing Shane Long with Grzegorz Rasiak.

Yellow Card

Shola Ameobi is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Newcastle are replacing Wayne Routledge with Joey Barton.

Own Goal

Own goal, Danny Simpson has put it in his own net.


Reading are replacing Jobi McAnuff with Hal Robson-Kanu.

Yellow Card

Ryan Taylor is booked for dissent.


Jay Tabb is replaced by Simon Church.

Yellow Card

Andy Griffin is booked for dissent.

Second half

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


Fabricio Coloccini is being taken off, Jose Sanchez Enrique has come on in his place.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.


Goal!! Newcastle have scored with Kevin Nolan putting it in the back of the net.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Alex Pearce.


Goal!! Kevin Nolan scores for Newcastle.

Yellow Card

Kevin Nolan goes into the referee's book for dissent.


It's 8pm on Tuesday, April 13th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Reading face Newcastle at 8pm on Tuesday, April 13th.