• Date: Tue 20 April 2010
  • Venue: Glanford Park
  • Ref: Salisbury, G
  • Attendance: 5,299
Scunthorpe United

Scunthorpe United

Hooper (82)

Sparrow (89)

2 - 2
Reading

Reading

Pearce (48)

Sigurdsson (72)P

Scunthorpe United vs Reading

Team Lineups

Scunthorpe United

Joe Murphy
Cliff Byrne
David Mirfin
Niall Canavan (Jonathan Forte, 85)
Andrew Wright, A
Matt Sparrow
Grant McCann
Garry Thompson
Martyn Woolford
Paul Hayes (Sam Togwell, 90)
Gary Hooper

Reading

Adam Federici
Ryan Bertrand
Alex Pearce
Andy Griffin
Zurab Khizanishvili
Jay Tabb
Jobi McAnuff
Jimmy Kebe
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Brian Howard (Jem Karacan, 80)
Simon Church (Shane Long, 61)

Match Report
Scunthorpe produced a sensational fightback after scoring twice in the last nine minutes to secure their Championship place for next season following a 2-2 draw with Reading. But the result ends any lingering hopes Reading may have had of gate-crashing the play-offs with a late charge. The game burst to life after a goalless first half in which Gyfil Sigurdsson had missed a great chance for the visitors. Scunthorpe brushed the woodwork either side of half-time through efforts from Martyn Woolford and Grant McCann, before leading marksman Gary Hooper then produced the miss of the match when he shot wide with the goal at his mercy. Reading made the most of that let-off when they took the lead after 48 minutes when centre-back Alex Pearce forced the ball home from a free-kick knocked high into the box by Brian Howard. They looked to have the game sealed in the 72nd minute when Sigurdsson made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Jobi McAnuff had been brought down by Cliff Byrne. McAnuff then forced a terrific save from keeper Joe Murphy before Scunthorpe started their dramatic fightback. Hooper made it 2-1 after 81 minutes when he thumped home the rebound after a shot from Garry Thompson had only been half-blocked by keeper Adam Federici. Then, just a minute from the end of normal time, midfield man Matt Sparrow crashed home an equaliser after substitute Jonathan Forte had nodded a ball down in the box. The point keeps Scunthorpe at the second tier of English football for only the first time in 47 years.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

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

90
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Joe Murphy.

90
Substitution
 

Paul Hayes is being taken off, Sam Togwell has come on in his place.

89
Goal
 

Goal!! Scunthorpe have scored with Matthew Sparrow putting it in the back of the net.

85
Substitution
 

Niall Canavan is replaced by Jonathan Forte.

82
Goal
 

Goal!! Scunthorpe have scored with Gary Hooper putting it in the back of the net.

80
Substitution
 

Brian Howard is replaced by Jem Karacan.

72
Goal
 

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a penalty for Reading and scores!.

71
Yellow Card
 

Cliff Byrne goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

71
Yellow Card
 

Jobi McAnuff is booked for dissent.

65
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Andrew Wright.

61
Substitution
 

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

53
Yellow Card
 

Zurab Khizanishvili is booked for unsporting behaviour.

51
Yellow Card
 

Paul Hayes is booked for unsporting behaviour.

48
Goal
 

Goal!! Alex Pearce scores for Reading.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

36
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Garry Thompson.

25
Yellow Card
 

Alex Pearce goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Kickoff
 

It's 7:45pm on Tuesday, April 20th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Scunthorpe face Reading at 7:45pm on Tuesday, April 20th.