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  • Scannell (55)
  • Church (23), Kebe (47), Church (81)
  • Date:2010-02-17
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Selhurst Park
  • Attendance:13259
  • Referee:Whitestone, D

Live Commentary

90mins

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90mins

Simon Church is replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu.

89mins

Andy Griffin is booked for unsporting behaviour.

81mins

Goal!! Simon Church scores for Reading.

76mins

Reading are replacing Brian Howard with Gylfi Sigurdsson.

68mins

Claude Davis goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

63mins

Crystal Palace are replacing Nick Carle with Alassane N'Diaye.

59mins

Sean Scannell goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

55mins

Goal!! Sean Scannell scores for Crystal Palace.

47mins

Goal!! Reading have scored with Jimmy Kebe putting it in the back of the net.

46mins

Calvin Andrew is replaced by Alan Lee.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 1.

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by D Whitestone

43mins

Neil Danns is being taken off, Sean Scannell has come on in his place.

23mins

Goal!! Reading have scored with Simon Church putting it in the back of the net.

0mins

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

0mins

Crystal Palace face Reading at 8pm on Wednesday, February 17th.


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Match Report

Simon Church struck twice for Reading as they chalked up their fourth successive Championship victory and climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.

Jimmy Kebe also netted as the Royals jumped up to 18th in the table and pushed the Eagles nearer to the drop zone.

Palace have lost their last two matches at Selhurst Park and Sean Scannell's first goal in 13 months will not have lifted the gloom as they are only outside the bottom three on goal difference.

Palace had started brightly and Darren Ambrose's right-foot volley from the edge of the box after five minutes forced Adam Federici into a fine one-handed save.

Calvin Andrew should have done better from Danny Butterfield's cross on 17 minutes, but his header cleared the bar as the home team made the early running.

But they were made to pay for their wastefulness when Jobi McAnuff's cross to the back post was acrobatically volleyed by Church past keeper Julian Speroni in the 23rd minute.

The Wales international squandered a great opportunity just before the break when Brian Howard's pass sent him clean through, his touch let him down at the key moment and Speroni was able to make a block.

Ambrose's fierce 30-yard shot forced Federici into another excellent stop in the opening moments of the second half, but Reading made it 2-0 on 47 minutes.

Brynjar Gunnarsson's right-wing cross was flicked into Kebe's path by Palace midfielder Nick Carle and he produced a composed finish from eight yards.

Church's shot clipped the post in the 51st minute before Scannell boosted hopes of an Eagles comeback as he headed in Ambrose's corner.

Butterfield's 25-yard strike just cleared the bar as the home side desperately sought an equaliser, but Church killed off any uncertainty over the outcome with ten minutes to go, guiding the ball home after Matt Mills' low cross.

Speroni made saves from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Kebe to prevent Reading from winning by an even greater margin.

Crystal Palace

Reading

Corners

66

Fouls

179

Goal attempts

Shots off target

64

Offsides

05

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