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Handball by Adam Le Fondre. Bradley Guzan takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Christian Benteke. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Unfair challenge on Mikele Leigertwood by Stephen Ireland results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nicky Shorey, Bradley Guzan makes a save.
Christian Benteke concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Tabb. Free kick taken by Jay Tabb.
Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Garath McCleary replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Corner taken by Ashley Westwood, Christian Benteke finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Aston Villa 1-0 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Ashley Westwood.
Unfair challenge on Marc Albrighton by Adam Le Fondre results in a free kick. Barry Bannan restarts play with the free kick.
Noel Hunt on for Jason Roberts.
A cross is delivered by Marc Albrighton.
Jason Roberts fouled by Ciaran Clark, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Ireland takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Ashley Westwood produces a cross, save made by Adam Federici.
Corner taken by Barry Bannan.
Nicky Shorey challenges Stephen Ireland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ciaran Clark takes the direct free kick.
Jason Roberts takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Stephen Ireland. Adrian Mariappa takes the direct free kick.
Jobi McAnuff is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Bradley Guzan takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Cummings by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Christian Benteke fouled by Sean Morrison, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Bannan takes the direct free kick.
Brett Holman goes off and Stephen Ireland comes on. Andreas Weimann goes off and Marc Albrighton comes on.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Baker.
Gabriel Agbonlahor challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Morrison takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Ciaran Clark results in a free kick. Booking for Ciaran Clark for unsporting behaviour. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Hal Robson-Kanu.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Jason Roberts takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey from the right by-line, Adam Le Fondre produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Effort from the edge of the area by Brett Holman goes wide of the left-hand post. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Westwood on Hal Robson-Kanu. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Adam Le Fondre from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa. Inswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan.
Jason Roberts challenges Eric Lichaj unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
A cross is delivered by Shaun Cummings, save by Bradley Guzan.
Corner taken by Barry Bannan, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.
The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey, Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Jason Roberts by Ciaran Clark results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from left wing, clearance made by Andreas Weimann.
Shot from just outside the box by Eric Lichaj goes over the bar.
Headed effort from inside the area by Ciaran Clark misses to the left of the goal.
Barry Bannan takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Bannan from the left by-line.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Bannan from the right by-line, Nathan Baker produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Foul by Adrian Mariappa on Brett Holman, free kick awarded. Ciaran Clark restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Shaun Cummings.
Eric Lichaj sends in a cross.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Adam Le Fondre. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Andreas Weimann produces a left-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.
Long range effort by Barry Bannan goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Enda Stevens goes off and Eric Lichaj comes on.
Shaun Cummings crosses the ball, save by Bradley Guzan.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Sean Morrison gets a block in.
The official flags Brett Holman offside. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick.
Christian Benteke takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
The referee blows for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey to the near post, Ashley Westwood manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Header from close range by Sean Morrison misses to the right of the goal.
The referee blows for offside. Ciaran Clark restarts play with the free kick.
Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Save by Bradley Guzan. Close range effort by Adam Le Fondre misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ciaran Clark on Adam Le Fondre. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Nicky Shorey, clearance by Christian Benteke.
Holman urges Villa to "get stuck in"
Winger Brett Holman believes Aston Villa can take confidence from their performances against Manchester United and Arsenal ahead of tomorrow evening's home clash with fellow strugglers Reading.
Villa were edged out 3-2 by United after leading 2-0 and came within inches at the weekend of defeating Arsenal when Holman's shot hit the bar during the latter stages of the goalless draw.
The midlands club climbed out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone for 24 hours with that share of the spoils but dropped back below the safety line after Southampton's victory over Newcastle yesterday.
When asked how much being in the bottom three was a talking point, Holman said: "Not at all really. Everyone knows about it but we never really spoke about it in the dressing room.
"It's still early doors. Obviously, everyone knows what situation we are in. We are all grown-ups and we have all been around the block.
"We need to grit out teeth, get stuck in and do things correctly.
"Considering the previous two matches were lost, the point against Arsenal has given us a good boost ahead of Tuesday.
"I think we can look back at the games against United and Arsenal and say we are doing well. We need to sort our away form out, but it's looking better."
Lambert will return to the dugout after serving a one-match touchline ban against the Gunners.
Villa skipper Ron Vlaar is doubtful to face the Royals after the central defender suffered a calf injury against Arsenal and was substituted early in the second half.
If he is ruled out, then Matt Lowton is likely to switch to partnering Ciaran Clark at the heart of the defence with Eric Lichaj being recalled at right-back.
Jay Tabb has demanded Reading regroup immediately from their frustrating defeat at Wigan.
The Royals slumped to a 3-2 injury-time loss at the DW Stadium on Saturday having led 1-0 and later pegging Wigan back to 2-2.
Another Barclays Premier League relegation battle looms at Villa Park and Tabb believes victory is within their grasp.
"We've just got to forget about Wigan and go and win the next game," the 28-year-old midfielder said.
"We were looking to get four or six points out of the two matches, but we'll try to take maximum points.
"We certainly feel we're capable of winning against any team this season, but we've got to turn these leads into wins."
The defeat at Wigan dropped Reading to 19th in the table and left spirits deflated just seven days after securing their first Premier League victory of the season against Everton.
Only Liverpool and Southampton from the bottom half of the Premier League have scored more goals and Tabb admits defence is the side's Achilles heel.
"We've had a bit of bad luck this season and the second goal against Wigan was a total fluke," Tabb said.
"We had other chances and we're creating enough ourselves, but we're just giving away too many.
"The consolation is that we've been in a winning position in near enough every game this season.
"But it's just so disheartening when you don't take these chances and at least take a point.
"We've had our fair share of draws this season and I'm not saying Wigan is a game we should have won because of the amount of chances they had, but we should have done better."
Reading midfielder Jimmy Kebe will miss the clash.
Kebe had returned to training after being sidelined with a groin problem, but will miss out once more.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and midfielders Danny Guthrie and Jem Karacan remain in the treatment room.
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