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  • Date:30 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ricoh Arena
  • Attendance:22,436
Goal!

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92:08 +2.08

Aron Gunnarsson crosses the ball.

91:35 +1.35

The assistant referee signals for offside against Hal Robson-Kanu. Michael Quirke restarts play with the free kick.

90:46 +0.46

Sammy Clingan concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Howard. Booking for Sammy Clingan for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood.

89:09

Hal Robson-Kanu challenges Sammy Clingan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Clive Platt on for Lukas Jutkiewicz. Chris Hussey takes the free kick.

87:06

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in. Corner taken by Brian Howard.

83:33

Ian Harte produces a cross, clearance by Chris Hussey. Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner. Richard Wood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Cranie.

83:15

The ball is sent over by Hal Robson-Kanu, Martin Cranie makes a clearance.

82:37

Foul by Shane Long on Martin Cranie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Martin Cranie.

80:21

Marlon King takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Header from close in by Richard Keogh misses to the left of the target.

79:09

David Bell challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aron Gunnarsson shown a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

78:11

Andy Griffin challenges Lukas Jutkiewicz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Hussey.

76:26

Hal Robson-Kanu comes on in place of Noel Hunt.

75:15

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Richard Keogh gets a block in.

75:09

The ball is delivered by Shane Long.

74:30

Marlon King is caught offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

72:53

Unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Andy Griffin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Hussey.

71:09

Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Matt Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Matt Mills. Sammy Clingan fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Adam Federici.

69:03

Foul by Carl Baker on Mikele Leigertwood, free kick awarded. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

66:45

The ball is delivered by Marlon King, blocked by Andy Griffin. Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the right by-line to the near post.

66:02

Jem Karacan sends in a cross, Richard Keogh makes a clearance. Ian Harte takes a floated corner to the near post, clearance by Richard Keogh.

63:36

Ian Harte crosses the ball, Chris Hussey manages to make a clearance. Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

63:18

Foul by Aron Gunnarsson on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood.

62:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on Marlon King. Chris Hussey takes the free kick.

60:11

Michail Antonio leaves the field to be replaced by Brian Howard.

57:08

Michail Antonio crosses the ball.

54:41

Marlon King crosses the ball, save by Adam Federici. Sammy Clingan takes the outswinging corner, Ian Harte fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

54:09

The referee blows for offside against Noel Hunt. Richard Keogh restarts play with the free kick.

53:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on Marlon King. Martin Cranie takes the direct free kick.

51:36

Marlon King produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

49:55

Carl Baker sends in a cross, clearance made by Zurab Khizanishvili.

48:54

Aron Gunnarsson fouled by Mikele Leigertwood, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Martin Cranie.

48:25

Jordan Clarke sends in a cross.

47:59

The ball is delivered by David Bell.

46:13

The ball is crossed by Sammy Clingan, Zurab Khizanishvili makes a clearance.

45:31 +0.31

Michail Antonio takes a shot. Michael Quirke makes a brilliant save. Jobi McAnuff takes a floated corner from the right by-line to the near post, Chris Hussey makes a clearance.

45:28

Aron Gunnarsson crosses the ball.

44:08

Chris Hussey fouled by Michail Antonio, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Quirke takes the free kick.

42:35

Carl Baker takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

41:57

Noel Hunt crosses the ball, save by Michael Quirke.

41:16

David Bell concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte.

40:14

Chris Hussey crosses the ball, Zurab Khizanishvili makes a clearance.

39:25

Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

38:25

Carl Baker crosses the ball, clearance made by Matt Mills. Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Comfortable save by Adam Federici.

37:30

Shot from 18 yards by David Bell. Save by Adam Federici. Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.

36:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Noel Hunt on Jordan Clarke. Michael Quirke takes the direct free kick.

36:25

Aron Gunnarsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jem Karacan. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

33:10

Unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Sammy Clingan results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.

32:26

Centre by Carl Baker, clearance made by Ian Harte.

30:04

Chris Hussey crosses the ball.

28:22

Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line. Lukas Jutkiewicz produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

26:45

Marlon King fouled by Andy Griffin, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Hussey takes the direct free kick.

26:12

The ball is delivered by Carl Baker, save made by Adam Federici.

23:22

The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff. The referee gives a free kick against Ian Harte for handball. Michael Quirke takes the direct free kick.

21:34

Sammy Clingan challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Ian Harte from the free kick, save made by Michael Quirke. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance made by Martin Cranie. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, Michael Quirke makes a brilliant save.

20:33

Jobi McAnuff sends in a cross, Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Cranie. Michael Quirke takes the direct free kick.

19:44

Chris Hussey fouled by Michail Antonio, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.

19:33

Centre by David Bell, Zurab Khizanishvili makes a clearance.

18:49

Carl Baker produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Martin Cranie misses to the right of the target.

18:16

The ball is crossed by Carl Baker, clearance by Andy Griffin. Sammy Clingan takes a short corner.

17:48

Close range header by Shane Long goes wide of the left-hand upright.

16:56

Centre by Michail Antonio, Noel Hunt takes a shot. Michael Quirke makes a brilliant save. Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, clearance by Martin Cranie.

15:38

Effort from deep inside the area by Shane Long misses to the right of the goal.

15:27

Centre by Michail Antonio, clearance by Martin Cranie.

13:24

The ball is crossed by Andy Griffin, clearance made by Jordan Clarke. Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Shane Long takes a shot. Michael Quirke makes a comfortable save.

13:05

The ball is delivered by Michail Antonio, clearance made by Martin Cranie.

11:34

Marlon King has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

10:47

Effort on goal by Aron Gunnarsson from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

10:29

Carl Baker sends in a cross, clearance made by Andy Griffin.

9:50

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sammy Clingan.

8:51

Centre by David Bell.

7:47

Carl Baker takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici. Unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Sammy Clingan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.

6:44

Michail Antonio produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

4:02

Carl Baker has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

2:53

Lukas Jutkiewicz has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

1:21

Foul by Martin Cranie on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matt Mills.

Match Preview

King worry for Sky Blues Coventry will assess Marlon King ahead of Andy Thorn`s first game in charge since being appointed permanent manager - at home to promotion-chasing Reading. King, City`s leading scorer, missed Monday`s 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough with a knock but completed a small amount of training on Thursday morning and will be monitored ahead of the weekend. Should the former Wigan man not make it, Clive Platt could step in as he did at the Riverside, or Freddy Eastwood may get a chance from the off. King was one of two changes against Boro, and left-back Chris Hussey will also be checked upon having been replaced by Stephen O`Halloran due to illness. Striker King, goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and midfielder Aron Gunnarsson were all offered new contracts on Thursday, the same day Thorn was announced as full-time successor to Aidy Boothroyd. Jimmy Kebe could return for Reading. The Malian winger missed the two games over Easter with a thigh complaint but is back in training and is available for Royals boss Brian McDermott. He will certainly start if he is 100% fit so Hal Robson-Kanu will miss out despite scoring in Monday`s surprise defeat at home to Sheffield United. Captain Matt Mills has returned to the heart of the defence after a month out with a groin injury and forward Noel Hunt is back after a foot injury. Goalkeeper Adam Federici is back after missing nine games with a knee injury but has been restricted to a place on the bench due to the form of England Under-21 international Alex McCarthy. A point at the Ricoh Arena would be enough to secure a play-off place.

Formation:4312Manager: Andy Thorn

Coventry

Formation: 442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

  • Michael Quirke
  • Jordan Clarke
  • Richard Keogh
  • Martin Cranie
  • Chris Hussey
  • Aron Gunnarsson
  • Sammy Clingan
  • Carl Baker
  • David Bell
  • Marlon King
  • Lukas Jutkiewicz
  • SUBS
  • Lee Burge
  • Stephen O'Halloran
  • Freddy Eastwood
  • Gary Deegan
  • Michael McIndoe
  • Clive Platt
  • Richard Wood

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Match Report

Royals celebrate play-off place Reading sealed their place in the npower Championship play-offs with a point from an entertaining goalless stalemate with Coventry at a sun-soaked Ricoh Arena. The fifth-placed Royals went into the game knowing a draw would be enough and so it proved, although the goalless scoreline fails to do justice to what was an enjoyable encounter full of openings and well-worked play. Both sides could well have taken the spoils on an afternoon when goalkeeping brilliance and some wayward finishing dominated over killer instinct in attack. A bumper crowd of 22,436 watched Shane Long and Noel Hunt fail to convert Reading`s clearest openings while impressive Coventry enjoyed even further opportunities, with Lukas Jutkiewicz, David Bell, Marlong King and Richard Keogh all going close. Brian McDermott`s side may have the play-offs and the possibility of Barclays Premier League football to look forward to, but the future also appears bright for the Sky Blues under Andy Thorn, who was taking charge of his first match since being appointed permanent manager on Thursday. Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, offered a latest new contract by Coventry two days ago with his current deal set to expire, was denied what may have been his final appearance in front of the Ricoh Arena faithful by an apparent shoulder injury. Youngster Michael Quirke stepped in as part of three changes, with striker King - also offered new terms along with soon to be out-of-contract midfielder Aron Gunnarsson - and Chris Hussey returning. Reading made two switches to their XI, goalkeeper Adam Federici coming in along with Michail Antonio, who was making his first league start for the visitors. Coventry certainly held the upper hand in the opening exchanges, showing plenty of promise going forward as Jutkiewicz, Gunnarsson and Carl Baker, twice, went close. But 21-goal leading scorer Long wasted Reading`s clearest opening after 16 minutes, taking too long to get the ball under control before blazing high over the bar from 12 yards when he really should have done better. Quirke was called upon to superbly parry Hunt`s header to safety minutes later as the Royals started to fashion some clear-cut openings. The rookie keeper was being tested more as the first half wore on, with Ian Harte`s set-pieces threatening, but action was flowing from end to end with both sides looking dangerous, City striker Jutkiewicz drilling an effort narrowly wide from around 12 yards. A well-worked City move saw Bell`s volley force a great save from Federici after 38 minutes. And there was still time for Quirke to produce a good block with his legs to deny Antonio, who found himself clean through. The second period continued to excite from the off, Jutkiewicz`s flick rolling just wide. Yet chances dried up slightly during the third quarter, with Reading failing to trouble Quirke at all. Sammy Clingan`s free-kick forced a solid save from Federici after 72 minutes as City pushed for a winner. And the Australian keeper then made superb block to deny King, who was subsequently flagged offside, before the striker saw another shot take a deflection and fly narrowly off target. From the resulting corner, Keogh could, and maybe should, have broken the deadlock but could only head wide from six yards, ensuring the encounter remained goalless.

Form Guide

    WDWWDL
  • Coventry
  • VS
  • Reading
  • WWWWDL

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 0 - 0
  • Coventry
  • 11/12/2010
  • Reading
  • 3 - 0
  • Coventry
  • 05/04/2010
  • Coventry
  • 1 - 3
  • Reading
  • 31/10/2009
  • Coventry
  • 0 - 0
  • Reading
  • 04/04/2009
  • Reading
  • 3 - 1
  • Coventry
  • 01/12/2008
  • Reading
  • 2 - 0
  • Coventry
  • 14/01/2006

Top Scorers

Coventry

  • M King 9
  • G McSheffrey 8
  • F Eastwood 5
  • L Jutkiewicz 5
  • B Turner 4
  • AE Gunnarsson 4
  • C Platt 3
  • D Bell 2
  • C Baker 1
  • R Wood 1
  • J Clarke 1

Reading

  • S Long 15
  • N Hunt 10
  • JB Kebe 9
  • I Harte 7
  • S Church 5
  • J McAnuff 4
  • H Robson-Kanu 4
  • J Karacan 3
  • M Mills 2
  • M Manset 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • A Pearce 1
  • M Antonio 1

Goals

Coventry

    • Total goals 108
    • Goals per game 52
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 14 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Reading

    • Total goals 131
    • Goals per game 75
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 10 (For) 10 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 18 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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