• Date: Tue 16 March 2010
  • Venue: Madejski Stadium
  • Ref: Ward, G
  • Attendance: 16,886

Reading vs Queens Park Rangers

Team Lineups


Adam Federici
Matt Mills, M
Ivar Ingimarsson
Ryan Bertrand
Andy Griffin
Jay Tabb
Jobi McAnuff
Jimmy Kebe
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Brian Howard (Grzegorz Rasiak, 61)
Shane Long (Simon Church, 67)

Queens Park Rangers

Carl Ikeme
Damion Stewart
Kaspars Gorkss
Matthew Connolly
Matt Hill
Mikele Leigertwood
Alejandro Faurlin
Hogan Ephraim
Adel Taarabt (Peter Ramage, 80)
Jay Simpson
Tamas Priskin (Antonio German, 87)

Match Report
A Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty five minutes from time earned Reading a 1-0 win over a QPR side that had been reduced to ten men for the whole of the second half. The penalty came after Matt Hill tripped Gylfi Sigurdsson, earning himself a yellow card in the process. It meant Reading extended their fine run to eight wins in their last nine games. It was Neil Warnock's first loss in four games since taking over at QPR. Warnock's influence on Rangers was soon apparent with his side's tight marking and battling attitude making life awkward for Reading. QPR were effective in closing down Reading's dangerous wingers Jobi McAnuff and Jimmy Kebe. But their combative style did not meet with the approval of referee Gavin Ward, who dismissed Damion Stewart a minute before the interval after showing him two yellow cards. Stewart had already been booked for a foul on Shane Long when he baulked Reading keeper Adam Federici as he tried to make a clearance, knocking him to the ground and collecting his second card. Mr Ward had also booked Rangers Alejandro Faurlin for a first-half foul and Rangers skipper Mikele Leigertwood and Matthew Connolly in the second half. Reading's Grzegorz Rasiak was also booked. The pattern of the game was set right from the start with Reading winning a free-kick for a foul by Matthew Connolly on Kebe, but Sigurdsson's free-kick was comfortably saved by Carl Ikeme. Brian Howard then sent another free-kick whistling just wide of the Londoners' post. As QPR survived Reading's pressure they began to have the better chances themselves. There was a real scare for Reading when Federici made a fine point-blank save from a Kaspars Gorkss header and the ball fell to Priskin who fired over the bar when he could have scored. As Rangers continued to press Adel Taarabt was the next to test Federici, who then followed that with a smart save to keep out Jay Simpson. But in the end the task of holding out Reading with only ten men proved just too much for QPR.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Grzegorz Rasiak.


Tamas Priskin is being taken off, Antonio German has come on in his place.


Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a penalty for Reading and scores!.

Yellow Card

Matthew Connolly is booked for dissent.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Matt Hill.


Adel Taarabt is being taken off, Peter Ramage has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

Mikele Leigertwood goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Shane Long is being taken off, Simon Church has come on in his place.


Brian Howard is replaced by Grzegorz Rasiak.

Second half

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

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by G Ward

Red Card

It's red. He's off. Damion Stewart has been sent off.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Alejandro Faurlin.

Yellow Card

Damion Stewart goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


It's 8pm on Tuesday, March 16th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Reading face QPR at 8pm on Tuesday, March 16th.