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The ball is swung over by Shaun Cummings, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
The ball is delivered by Hal Robson-Kanu, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
Mathieu Manset concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Cathcart. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Matt Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Foul by Ian Evatt on Mathieu Manset, free kick awarded. Ian Harte has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Martinez Angel on for Ludovic Sylvestre.
The ball is swung over by Ian Harte, Michail Antonio takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
Centre by Michail Antonio.
Hal Robson-Kanu produces a cross, blocked by Chris Basham.
Neal Eardley delivers the ball, Ian Harte gets a block in. Chris Basham is brought on as a substitute for Callum McManaman. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre, Chris Basham has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Michail Antonio.
The ball is delivered by Matt Phillips, save made by Adam Federici.
The ball is swung over by Mathieu Manset, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance. A cross is delivered by Ian Harte, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
Lomana Tresor LuaLua goes off and Kevin Phillips comes on.
Michail Antonio fouled by Callum McManaman, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Cummings.
Michail Antonio on for Jimmy Kebe. Mathieu Manset comes on in place of Simon Church.
Callum McManaman produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
Jimmy Kebe is caught offside. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
Hal Robson-Kanu sends in a cross, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Lomana Tresor LuaLua. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Kaspars Gorkss concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Phillips. Kaspars Gorkss is cautioned. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, clearance by Stephen Crainey.
Unfair challenge on Simon Church by Stephen Crainey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Cummings.
Centre by Neal Eardley.
Lomana Tresor LuaLua takes a shot. Blocked by Kaspars Gorkss. Corner from left by-line taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.
Simon Church delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Hal Robson-Kanu from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Callum McManaman grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-0 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Matt Phillips.
The ball is swung over by Hal Robson-Kanu.
A cross is delivered by Hal Robson-Kanu, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
Ian Harte concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Phillips. Lomana Tresor LuaLua takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Cathcart on Simon Church. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte from left wing.
Alex Pearce challenges Gary Taylor-Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Alex Pearce. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Hal Robson-Kanu, save by Matthew Gilks. Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte, Foul by Alex Pearce on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Hal Robson-Kanu produces a cross.
Stephen Crainey produces a cross, Mikele Leigertwood manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Harte. The ball is crossed by Hal Robson-Kanu, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.
Neal Eardley concedes a free kick for a foul on Hal Robson-Kanu. The ball is delivered by Ian Harte, Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save. Simon Church is caught offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
Lomana Tresor LuaLua has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Ludovic Sylvestre produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
Centre by Stephen Crainey, Ian Harte manages to make a clearance.
Callum McManaman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Hal Robson-Kanu concedes a free kick for a foul on Neal Eardley. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Ludovic Sylvestre by Jem Karacan results in a free kick. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.
Simon Church sends in a cross.
A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe.
Centre by Simon Church, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Mikele Leigertwood, clearance made by Neal Eardley.
Ian Evatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Church. Ian Evatt booked. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte from right wing, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.
Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
Kaspars Gorkss delivers the ball, clearance by Stephen Crainey.
Effort on goal by Mikele Leigertwood from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Ian Evatt.
Effort on goal by Jimmy Kebe from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Shaun Cummings, Close range headed effort by Adam Le Fondre misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Adam Le Fondre, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.
The offside flag is raised against Simon Church. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is sent over by Matt Phillips, clearance made by Alex Pearce.
Matt Phillips sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Barry Ferguson. Free kick taken by Barry Ferguson.
Corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre. Effort from inside the area by Lomana Tresor LuaLua misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Adam Le Fondre, save by Matthew Gilks.
Ian Evatt challenges Adam Le Fondre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood. Shot on goal by Adam Le Fondre from just inside the area goes over the target.
Lomana Tresor LuaLua is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Lomana Tresor LuaLua. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Duo in Blackpool frame
Callum McManaman and Kevin Phillips are vying for a place in the Blackpool attack when Reading visit Bloomfield Road.
The Seasiders' preparations for the npower Championship clash were dealt a blow when Liverpool recalled Jonjo Shelvey from his loan spell on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old playmaker hit six goals in nine appearances for the Seasiders, revelling in the freedom afforded to him in a three-man forward line.
On-loan Wigan youngster McManaman starred alongside Shelvey and Lomana LuaLua when Ian Holloway's men romped to a 5-0 win at Elland Road last month, while veteran striker Phillips remains Blackpool's joint top scorer - alongside Shelvey - despite being restricted to bench duty in recent weeks.
Chris Basham could come into the Tangerines' defence after replacing Alex Baptiste (hamstring) in the first half of Tuesday night's defeat at Leicester.
Craig Cathcart (thigh) is back to fitness and could also step in if the game comes too soon for Baptiste, while midfielder Keith Southern is available following illness.
Reading will be without captain Jobi McAnuff as they make the long trip north.
Winger McAnuff picked up his fifth booking of the season in the 3-2 victory over Peterborough in the npower Championship on Tuesday and serves a one-match ban. Kaspars Gorkss will skipper the team in his absence.
Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored a sublime goal after coming on as a second-half substitute in the defeat of Posh, is likely to deputise for McAnuff wide on the left.
Full-back Joseph Mills remains a doubt for Royals manager Brian McDermott with an ankle knock which has kept him out of Reading's last two matches. Veteran defender Ian Harte will continue to deputise for Mills should he fail to recover in time for the match at Bloomfield Road.
Midfielder Mikele Leigertwood was substituted with a minor injury problem on Tuesday but is unlikely to miss out for the Berkshire outfit, but young striker Nicholas Bignall remains sidelined following the knee surgery which prematurely ended his loan spell at Wycombe.
McManaman magic seals Seasiders win
Callum McManaman bagged his first goal for Blackpool in a 1-0 victory as Reading lost for the first time in three npower Championship outings.
McManaman, on loan from Wigan, beat Royals keeper Adam Federici with a superb curling effort 10 minutes after half-time to hand the Tangerines all three points.
Blackpool had struggled in the opening 45 minutes, however, and Reading should have netted through any one of Adam Le Fondre, Hal Robson-Kanu or Jimmy Kebe - all of whom had good chances to open the scoring in the first period.
Both teams saw claims for penalties turned down over the course of the match, Blackpool for an apparent foul by Shaun Cummings on McManaman and Reading for a push on Alex Pearce, but in the end McManaman's strike proved to be the difference.
Le Fondre, restored to the Reading starting line-up in place of the injured Noel Hunt, had the first opportunity of the match - sending an ambitious overhead kick high over the Blackpool goal after four minutes.
The hosts quickly rallied, with Lomana LuaLua firing narrowly wide, as the match opened up at a frenetic pace.
The game's first flashpoint came just before the quarter-hour mark. McManaman was brought down by Shaun Cummings on the edge of the area and the Blackpool players wanted a penalty, only for referee Mark Brown to wave away the Tangerines' claims.
With home manager Ian Holloway still fuming on the sidelines, Blackpool almost found themselves behind moments later.
Cummings provided a pin-point cross and Le Fondre leapt at the back post to put a free header wide of the mark.
The Royals had another glorious opportunity to open the scoring almost immediately. This time winger Kebe failed to hit the target under pressure after he was played clean through on goal. And the visitors could have had their third goal inside the first 30 minutes when Robson-Kanu failed to connect onto Kebe's centre with the net gaping.
Blackpool, who had been pushed onto the back foot for much of the half, saw Ludovic Sylvestre's effort skid wide of the target after 31 minutes before LuaLua followed suit two minutes later.
Reading had the ball in the back of the net with 10 minutes remaining of the opening period through Simon Church, but the Welshman's celebrations were cut abruptly short by an offside flag.
Mr Brown turned down Royals shouts for a penalty after Pearce fell under pressure in the box, as the sides went into the interval goalless.
Blackpool got a foothold on proceedings in the early moments of the second half, and Gary Taylor-Fletcher might have done better when played through one-on-one with Federici, but the forward could not hand his side the advantage.
Federici had to be alert two minutes later to smother a loose ball in the area at the feet of Sylvestre.
However, Blackpool's pressure soon told and McManaman handed the hosts the advantage after 55 minutes. Matt Phillips slipped a neat pass into the feet of the on-loan Wigan man, and he ducked and dived inside before unleashing a curling effort which beat the outstretched Federici.
After spending much of the first period soaking up attack after attack from Reading, Blackpool were suddenly all over their guests.
Only Federici's fingertips prevented LuaLua from finding the back of the net from a tight angle, as Reading frantically tried to regroup.
McManaman tried his luck from the edge of the area without any reward after 69 minutes and Reading's only chance of any significance in the second half came with five minutes left - but Ian Harte sent his free-kick wide of the goal.
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