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  • Date:15 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Keepmoat Stadium
  • Attendance:9,496
  • Long (28) Kebe (66)
    McAnuff (73)

Live Commentary

93:01 +3.01

The offside flag is raised against Simon Church. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.


Centre by James O'Connor.


Martin Woods has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.


Unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Martin Woods results in a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.


Andy Griffin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Brooker. Martin Woods takes the free kick.


Centre by Ian Harte, save made by Neil Sullivan.


Jem Karacan goes off and Jay Tabb comes on. Noel Hunt goes off and Simon Church comes on.


The referee penalises Jimmy Kebe for handball. Free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.


Jobi McAnuff scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 0-3 Reading.


Short corner worked by Jimmy Kebe, Effort from the edge of the area by Jimmy Kebe goes wide of the left-hand upright.


John Oster sends in a cross, Ian Harte makes a clearance.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Griffin on John Oster. Martin Woods restarts play with the free kick.


Header by Shane Long from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.


Jimmy Kebe finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 0-2 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Mikele Leigertwood.


Steve Brooker challenges Andy Griffin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Federici takes the free kick.


The ball is delivered by Shane Long.


Martin Woods on for Sam Hird. Steve Brooker replaces James Hayter.


Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jobi McAnuff.


Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Hird. Direct free kick taken by John Oster.


Billy Sharp takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save. Short corner taken by John Oster. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by James Coppinger, Ivar Ingimarsson manages to make a clearance.


Jobi McAnuff decides to take a short corner.


Ian Harte decides to take a short corner.


Billy Sharp produces a drilled right-footed shot from 30 yards. Save by Adam Federici.


The referee blows for offside against Shane Long. Matthew Kilgallon takes the indirect free kick.

46:27 +1.27

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.


Shane Long produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.


Matthew Kilgallon delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Billy Sharp goes harmlessly over the crossbar.


James Coppinger takes the outswinging corner, Noel Hunt manages to make a clearance.


Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Matthew Kilgallon manages to make a clearance.


Jimmy Kebe has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.


Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte, save by Neil Sullivan. Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Jem Karacan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.


Matthew Kilgallon challenges Jimmy Kebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.


Joseph Mills goes off and George Friend comes on.


Shane Long scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Doncaster 0-1 Reading.Assist by Jimmy Kebe.


Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on John Oster, free kick awarded. John Oster takes the free kick.


Alex Pearce challenges Billy Sharp unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by John Oster.


Effort from deep inside the area by Jobi McAnuff clears the bar.


Header by Billy Sharp from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.


Shot by John Oster. Adam Federici makes a save.

The referee gets the game underway.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Souza set for Rovers return Doncaster defender Dennis Souza will return to the squad for the home clash with Reading following suspension. The Brazilian, a free signing in November following his summer release from Barnsley, missed last week's FA Cup clash with Wolves due to a one-game ban. Midfielder Martin Woods, an unused substitute last week, is also hoping to feature following his recent struggles with a groin injury. But Rovers will still be without skipper Brian Stock (back) and Mustapha Dumbuya due to a knee problem, while fellow defender Shelton Martis, who has had a special boot fitted to aid his recovery from an ankle injury, and Wayne Thomas (calf) remain sidelined. Defenders George Friend and James Chambers returned last week from respective knee injuries and are again in contention and midfielder Simon Gillett (knee) is hoping to be included after being sidelined since mid-October. Shane Long has been passed fit for Reading's trip. Long made his tally seven goals in the last six games last weekend with the winner in the FA Cup defeat of West Brom, but was replaced after taking a knock. However, the Republic of Ireland international is fit to keep his place in attack. The Royals should also have Andy Griffin available for selection. The right-back was rested for the FA Cup win and saw Shaun Cummings turn in an excellent performance in his place to give manager Brian McDermott a dilemma. Defender Zurab Khizanishvili is a doubt after he picked up a knee injury, but club captain Ivar Ingimarsson is available after shaking off a long-term hamstring injury which has so far ruled him out of the whole season. Julian Kelly has joined Lincoln on loan.

Formation:451Manager: Sean O'Driscoll


Formation: 442Manager: Brian McDermott


  • Neil Sullivan
  • James O'Connor
  • Matthew Kilgallon
  • Adam Lockwood
  • Joseph Mills
  • James Coppinger
  • John Oster
  • Sam Hird
  • Mark Wilson
  • James Hayter
  • Billy Sharp
  • SUBS
  • Gary Woods
  • George Friend
  • James Chambers
  • Martin Woods
  • Steve Brooker
  • Dean Shiels
  • Dennis Souza



Match Report

Royals stake promotion claim Reading outlined their promotion credentials with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Doncaster in the npower Championship. Shane Long continued his hot scoring streak as he fired the Royals into a first-half lead with a cool finish to net his eighth goal in the last seven games. Jimmy Kebe grabbed the second when he lobbed the poorly-positioned Neil Sullivan after the break and Jobi McAnuff made sure the points were heading south when he blocked a clearance that flew into the bottom corner. The win sees Brian McDermott's men keep fast on the tail of the play-off pack and on this showing a promotion charge in the second half of the season is well within their capabilities. Despite a bright start, Doncaster suffered a rare off-day at the Keepmoat and were condemned to their first home defeat since October, though they should have had a penalty with the score at 1-0 for a handball. Both sides came into the game in good form, having avoided defeat against Premier League teams in the FA Cup last week, with Doncaster holding Wolves, while Reading disposed of West Brom. Doncaster settled quicker in blustery conditions as John Oster tested Adam Federici with a stinging low drive, while James O'Connor was just unable to latch onto Billy Sharp's header. Reading came into the game with Kebe looking a threat down the right and it was the winger who was the architect behind the Royals' 29th-minute opener. Kebe broke down a Doncaster attack and advanced past the halfway line before setting Long clear with a pinpoint ball over the top. And the in-form striker made no mistake as he converted with a cute touch past Sullivan to score his 14th goal of the season, with a finish that oozed confidence. Doncaster had opted for a 3-5-2 formation for the first time this season, but Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll had to have second thoughts and changed to a 4-5-1 after Long's goal. It did not have much of an effect, though, as Reading continued to pen the hosts into their own half. And they were inches away from extending their lead a minute before the break after a moment of brilliance from Long. He picked up the ball on the edge of the area before evading three defenders with a juggling run, but his hooked effort went just over the bar with Sullivan beaten. Doncaster were going to have to improve significantly in the second period if they were to protect their unbeaten run at home, but they found it difficult to locate their normal fluid game. However, they should have found a way back into the game just before the hour mark when referee Eddie Ilderton denied them a clear-cut penalty after skipper Ivar Ingimarsson blocked Sharp's shot with his hand. And Reading dealt them a bitter blow 10 minutes later when they doubled their lead in the 67th minute. Kebe raced on to a pass from Mikele Leigertwood and Sullivan inexplicably came off his line, leaving Kebe the simple task of lobbing the ball over the stranded keeper from 20 yards into an empty net. The points were in the bag with 16 minutes remaining with McAnuff the recipient of some good fortune when he blocked Adam Lockwood's clearance and the ball flew into the bottom corner.

Form Guide

  • Doncaster
  • VS
  • Reading

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 4 - 3
  • Doncaster
  • 30/10/2010
  • Doncaster
  • 1 - 2
  • Reading
  • 06/02/2010
  • Reading
  • 0 - 0
  • Doncaster
  • 12/09/2009
  • Doncaster
  • 0 - 1
  • Reading
  • 17/03/2009
  • Reading
  • 2 - 1
  • Doncaster
  • 21/10/2008

Top Scorers


  • J Hayter 8
  • J Coppinger 6
  • B Sharp 6
  • D Shiels 3
  • D Healy 2
  • J O'Connor 2
  • AB Lockwood 1
  • B Stock 1
  • S Martis 1
  • M Woods 1
  • S Gillett 1
  • G Friend 1
  • J Mills 1


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



    • Total goals 75
    • Goals per game 38
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 9 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 74
    • Goals per game 37
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) Period 81-90 mins