• Date: Wed 24 February 2010
  • Venue: The Hawthorns
  • Ref: Mason, L
  • Attendance: 13,985
West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion

Koren (6)

Koren (47)

2 - 3
Reading

Reading

Kebe (9)

Howard (90)

Sigurdsson (95)

West Bromwich Albion vs Reading

Team Lineups

West Bromwich Albion

Scott Carson
Joe Mattock
Gianni Zuiverloon
Abdoulaye Meite
Gabriel Tamas
Robert Koren
Graham Dorrans (James Morrison, 70)
Youssouf Mulumbu
Roman Bednar (Chris Wood, 39)
Luke Moore (Marek Cech, 78)
Simon Cox

Reading

Adam Federici
Matt Mills, M (Alex Pearce, 72)
Ivar Ingimarsson
Ryan Bertrand
Andy Griffin
Jay Tabb (James Henry, 120)
Jobi McAnuff
Jimmy Kebe
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Brian Howard
Simon Church (Hal Robson-Kanu, 103)

Match Report
Gylfi Sigurdsson capped an amazing escape act as Reading booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 83 years following a dramatic 3-2 extra-time victory over West Bromwich Albion. Reading were trailing 2-1 in the third minute of added time when Brian Howard drew them level to force extra time. Iceland Under-21 international Sigurdsson then scored a stunning winner from 25 yards in the 95th minute to set up a home tie in the last eight against Aston Villa. No-one in the Reading camp would have been more relieved by the result than goalkeeper Adam Federici. He looked to have handed Albion victory when he let Robert Koren's 47th minute shot slip through his fingers and over the line. Koren, who had also been on target in the first encounter between the sides, had given Albion a sixth-minute lead. Jimmy Kebe, whose struck in the first game after just nine seconds, dragged Reading level in the ninth minute before Federici's second-half gift looked to have ended their cup adventure, only for Howard and Sigurdsson to seal the most dramatic of comebacks. Albion made a frantic start to the game and were rewarded when Koren capped a spell of intense pressure. Even before Koren struck, the Slovenia international and Roman Bednar had been denied by Federici while Abdoulaye Meite headed just over the bar. But Federici couldn't deny Koren a second time despite his best efforts. Federici had saved a low drive from Bednar and then Ryan Bertrand cleared the follow-up from Luke Moore off the line only to see the loose ball fly to Koren, who stabbed the ball into an empty net from six yards. Any hopes Albion had that one goal would be enough to book their place in the last eight disappeared just three minutes later. Like Koren, Kebe couldn't miss from close range after he pounced when Scott Carson could only palm out a shot from Sigurdsson following a cross from Simon Church. Failing to hold on to their advantage, rocked Albion back on their heels and they were fortunate not to fall behind shortly after when Matt Mills wasted a golden chance by heading wide and Jobi McAnuff was denied by Carson. Albion reserved their best play for the opening stages of each half and they started the second period at a fast pace but could not have envisaged the helping hand they would get from Federici. Youssouf Mulumbu picked up a throw-in from Gianni Zuiverloon and fed Koren on the edge of the area. Koren's shot didn't carry that much power but inexplicably Federici let it slip from his grasp at the near post. Reading did try and launch an immediate response and Sigurdsson hit the crossbar from 25 yards less than 60 seconds later with Carson saving the follow-up from Church. Sigurdsson was then denied by Carson in the 70th minute and ultimately Reading had a helping hand of their own to draw level for a second time. Zuiverloon missed his clearance and, when the ball broke to Kebe, he fed Howard who ended a surging run into the area by blasting past Carson from 12 yards before Sigurdsson's 10th goal of the season sealed Reading's success.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

120
Substitution
 

Reading are replacing Jay Tabb with James Henry.

120
Yellow Card
 

Jimmy Kebe goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

108
Yellow Card
 

Marek Cech goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

103
Substitution
 

Simon Church is being taken off, Hal Robson-Kanu has come on in his place.

95
Goal
 

Goal!! Gylfi Sigurdsson scores for Reading.

90

The ref has blown his whistle and we are going to extra time.

90
Goal
 

Goal!! Brian Howard scores for Reading.

90
Yellow Card
 

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

78
Substitution
 

West Brom are replacing Luke Moore with Marek Cech.

72
Substitution
 

Reading are replacing Matt Mills with Alex Pearce.

70
Substitution
 

Graham Dorrans is replaced by James Morrison.

60
Yellow Card
 

Ivar Ingimarsson goes into the referee's book for dissent.

47
Goal
 

Goal!! Robert Koren scores for West Brom.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 2 v 3.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

39
Substitution
 

Roman Bednar is being taken off, Chris Wood has come on in his place.

9
Goal
 

Goal!! Jimmy Kebe scores for Reading.

6
Goal
 

Goal!! Robert Koren scores for West Brom.

Kickoff
 

It's 7:45pm on Wednesday, February 24th, the match has kicked off.

Kickoff
 

It's 7:45pm on Wednesday, February 24th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

West Brom face Reading at 7:45pm on Wednesday, February 24th.