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  • Date:26 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Selhurst Park
  • Attendance:13,845
  • Ambrose (0) Danns (24)
    Easter (67)
  • Long - pen (29) Kebe (48)
    Hunt (72)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:08 +2.08

The ball is sent over by Ian Harte, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.

88:08

Mikele Leigertwood challenges Sean Scannell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

87:30

Centre by Jimmy Kebe, Chance falls to Jobi McAnuff who heads at goal, Julian Speroni makes a save.

86:24

Jay Tabb sends in a cross.

85:37

The offside flag is raised against Jermaine Easter. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.

84:39

Wilfried Zaha comes on in place of Neil Danns. Jimmy Kebe produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

83:55

Jobi McAnuff produces a cross, Dean Moxey makes a clearance.

83:34

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.

82:36

Jem Karacan comes on in place of Shaun Cummings. Jobi McAnuff takes a shot from 18 yards. Patrick McCarthy gets a block in. Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by David Wright.

79:07

Centre by Jimmy Kebe.

78:44

Jermaine Easter takes a shot.

78:33

The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.

77:55

The ball is sent over by Ian Harte. Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Sean Scannell makes a clearance.

75:01

Noel Hunt sends in a cross.

73:41

Corner taken by Darren Ambrose, clearance by Zurab Khizanishvili.

72:29

Noel Hunt finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 3-3 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Jobi McAnuff.

72:10

A cross is delivered by Shaun Cummings, Julian Speroni makes a save.

70:53

The ball is delivered by Noel Hunt.

69:27

Sean Scannell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steffen Iversen. Dean Moxey concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Ian Harte crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

67:59

Ivar Ingimarsson leaves the field to be replaced by Zurab Khizanishvili.

67:07

Goal scored by Jermaine Easter from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 3-2 Reading.Dean Moxey provided the assist for the goal.

65:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line, Ivar Ingimarsson fouled by Anthony Gardner, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

64:37

The ball is crossed by Darren Ambrose, Ian Harte gets a block in. Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line, clearance by Shane Long.

63:58

Shot by Mikele Leigertwood from 12 yards. Blocked by David Wright.

63:03

Steffen Iversen is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Matt Mills.

62:22

(Crystal Palace) makes a substitution, with Jermaine Easter coming on for James Vaughan. Jobi McAnuff fouled by Kagisho Dikgacoi, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Shaun Cummings from the free kick.

58:11

Shaun Cummings crosses the ball.

57:12

James Vaughan is ruled offside. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

55:46

Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.

54:24

Foul by Matt Mills on Steffen Iversen, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Darren Ambrose, Mikele Leigertwood makes a clearance.

53:27

Corner from left by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff.

52:23

The ball is crossed by Shaun Cummings, clearance by Nathaniel Clyne.

52:09

Ian Harte produces a cross, clearance made by David Wright.

51:53

Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.

48:29

Goal scored by Jimmy Kebe from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 2-2 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Shane Long.

47:12

Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball.

46:34

The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe.

46:32 +1.32

Noel Hunt produces a cross, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance. Short corner worked by Ian Harte, A cross is delivered by Jobi McAnuff.

44:07

Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.

43:53

Jobi McAnuff produces a cross, clearance by Kagisho Dikgacoi.

42:11

Mikele Leigertwood produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

40:25

Shane Long produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

35:19

James Vaughan sends in a cross, clearance made by Matt Mills.

33:42

Corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the left by-line played to the near post, Dean Moxey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Alex McCarthy takes the direct free kick.

31:50

The ball is delivered by Mikele Leigertwood, Patrick McCarthy makes a clearance.

30:44

The referee shows Alex McCarthy a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Alex McCarthy challenges Steffen Iversen unfairly and gives away a Penalty. A save by Alex McCarthy from penalty by Darren Ambrose. Crystal Palace 2-1 Reading.

29:41

Shane Long scores a penalty. Crystal Palace 2-1 Reading.Penalty awarded for a foul by Patrick McCarthy on Shane Long.

24:14

Neil Danns gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Crystal Palace 2-0 Reading.James Vaughan provided the assist for the goal.

23:01

The referee shows Patrick McCarthy a yellow card. Patrick McCarthy challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

20:32

Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Jimmy Kebe, blocked by Anthony Gardner. Corner taken by Ian Harte, Headed effort from inside the box by Noel Hunt misses to the right of the target.

20:25

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.

17:01

Centre by Shaun Cummings, clearance by Anthony Gardner.

16:03

Patrick McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Noel Hunt. Noel Hunt restarts play with the free kick.

15:28

The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff.

11:36

Jimmy Kebe has a lobbed shot.

11:08

Centre by Jimmy Kebe, David Wright makes a clearance.

6:15

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.

5:51

Mikele Leigertwood delivers the ball, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.

4:02

Kagisho Dikgacoi concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Ivar Ingimarsson takes the free kick.

3:40

Neil Danns takes a shot.

3:32

The ball is swung over by James Vaughan.

0:39

Goal scored by Darren Ambrose from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 1-0 Reading.

Match Preview

Marrow boost for Palace Alex Marrow is poised to return to the Crystal Palace squad for the visit of Reading. The former Blackburn midfielder has missed the last three matches due to an ankle injury but is expected to be passed fit in time to face the Royals. Left-back David Wright has been deputising in midfield and could be the man to give way. Nathaniel Clyne is playing despite an ongoing knee problem which has restricted his training and should be okay to continue, but fellow full-back Lee Hills remains a long-term absentee with a knee injury. Everton loanee James Vaughan will continue as the lone frontman with boss Dougie Freedman sticking with the 4-5-1 formation which has brought eight consecutive clean sheets at Selhurst Park. Reading will have midfielder Jem Karacan back in the fold after a three-match ban. Central defender Alex Pearce is still missing with a thigh injury, while Alex McCarthy will continue in goal. The 21-year-old made his full debut for the Royals in the midweek win over Millwall as number one Adam Federici continues to be troubled with a knee injury. The Australian was forced off with six minutes remaining of the 1-1 draw with Watford last Saturday so Mikkel Andersen will be on the bench as cover. Striker Mathieu Manset is a doubt with a calf injury so former taxi driver Brett Williams could be on the bench again.

Formation:433Manager: Dougie Freedman

Crystal Palace

Formation: 442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

  • Julian Speroni
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Patrick McCarthy
  • Anthony Gardner
  • Dean Moxey
  • Kagisho Dikgacoi
  • Neil Danns
  • David Wright
  • Steffen Iversen
  • James Vaughan
  • Darren Ambrose
  • SUBS
  • Lewis Price
  • Claude Davis
  • Owen Garvan
  • Sean Scannell
  • Wilfried Zaha
  • Jermaine Easter
  • Pablo Counago

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Match Report

Royals rally at Palace Crystal Palace blew a two-goal lead as Reading finally found a way through the stingy Selhurst Park defence in a thrilling 3-3 npower Championship draw. The Eagles had kept clean sheets in their previous eight home games and looked well on their way to a vital win in their battle against relegation after first-half goals from Darren Ambrose and Neil Danns. But Reading hit back before the break through Shane Long's penalty, as Julian Speroni was beaten on home turf for the first time in more than 13 hours. And much like the buses around this part of south London, you wait ages for one goal and three come along at once. After Ambrose had seen a penalty saved by Alex McCarthy, Jimmy Kebe crashed in an equaliser for Reading. Substitute Jermaine Easter put Palace back in front but Noel Hunt's header secured a point for the play-off chasing Royals. In a breakneck start Reading were caught cold with just 39 seconds on the clock, Ambrose jinking along the edge of the penalty area before tucking the ball inside McCarthy's left-hand post. Palace could have been out of sight in the first 15 minutes but Danns' lob was scooped out from under the crossbar by McCarthy, with referee Anthony Bates waving away protests claiming the ball had crossed the line, before Ambrose volleyed Steffen Iversen's cross wide. Reading eventually woke up after a quarter of an hour and suddenly Speroni's goal was leading a charmed life. In keeping out Jay Tabb's looping effort, Speroni spilled the ball at the feet of Hunt only for the Reading striker to take an air shot two yards from goal. Instead, it was Palace who grabbed the game's second goal when James Vaughan robbed Ivar Ingimarsson in the right corner and crossed for Danns to crash home. But Reading were handed a lifeline on the half hour when Paddy McCarthy was adjudged to have brought down Long in the area. The striker picked himself up to thump in the penalty and finally breach fortress Selhurst. Four minutes later, busy referee Bates pointed to the spot at the other end after Royals keeper McCarthy tripped Iversen. Ambrose stepped up to take the penalty but McCarthy guessed correctly, diving to his left to make a fine save. Five minutes into the second half Reading were back on level terms after Long turned provider to set up Kebe, who lashed his first-time shot past Speroni. But Eagles boss Dougie Freedman threw on Easter and the move paid immediate dividends, the striker chipping up Dean Moxey's cut back before turning and hitting an unstoppable volley past McCarthy and into the net. However, with 17 minutes remaining Hunt met Jobi McAnuff's cross with a far-post header to ensure the visitors pocketed a point.

Form Guide

    DDWLWL
  • Crystal Palace
  • VS
  • Reading
  • DLLDDW

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 3 - 0
  • Crystal Palace
  • 11/09/2010
  • Crystal Palace
  • 1 - 3
  • Reading
  • 17/02/2010
  • Reading
  • 2 - 4
  • Crystal Palace
  • 08/12/2009
  • Crystal Palace
  • 0 - 0
  • Reading
  • 21/03/2009
  • Reading
  • 4 - 2
  • Crystal Palace
  • 30/08/2008
  • Crystal Palace
  • 1 - 1
  • Reading
  • 20/01/2006

Top Scorers

Crystal Palace

  • J Vaughan 6
  • D Ambrose 4
  • N Danns 3
  • O Garvan 3
  • S Iversen 2
  • PG Counago 2
  • A Gardner 1
  • A Dorman 1
  • K Cadogan 1
  • W Zaha 1

Reading

  • S Long 10
  • N Hunt 6
  • JB Kebe 5
  • S Church 4
  • I Harte 3
  • J McAnuff 3
  • M Mills 2
  • J Karacan 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • A Pearce 1
  • H Robson-Kanu 1
  • M Manset 1
  • M Antonio 1

Goals

Crystal Palace

    • Total goals 81
    • Goals per game 30
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Reading

    • Total goals 99
    • Goals per game 48
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 14 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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