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The referee blows for offside. Jan Mucha takes the free kick.
Effort from long distance by Thomas Hitzlsperger goes wide right of the target.
Stephen Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Mirallas. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
The ball is delivered by Victor Anichebe, save by Stuart Taylor.
Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Clearance by Ian Harte. Kevin Mirallas takes a short corner.
Hal Robson-Kanu finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Everton 3-1 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Ian Harte.
(Everton) makes a substitution, with Thomas Hitzlsperger coming on for Steven Pienaar.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephen Kelly. Jan Mucha takes the free kick.
Hal Robson-Kanu fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Pearce.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Hal Robson-Kanu. Marouane Fellaini takes the free kick.
Shot from outside the penalty box by Jobi McAnuff goes wide right of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance made by Victor Anichebe.
Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Nick Blackman.
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Taylor.
Nick Blackman replaces Noel Hunt. (Everton) makes a substitution, with Victor Anichebe coming on for Leon Osman.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save by Jan Mucha. Corner taken by Ian Harte played to the near post, Darron Gibson makes a clearance.
Darron Gibson produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Seamus Coleman.
Hope Akpan concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save by Jan Mucha.
Kevin Mirallas finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 3-0 Reading.Assist by Steven Pienaar.
Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Save by Jan Mucha.
Kevin Mirallas has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal. Jobi McAnuff takes the inswinging corner, Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini. Shot from just outside the area by Hope Akpan misses to the left of the target.
Steven Pienaar finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Everton 2-0 Reading.Assist by Marouane Fellaini.
Marouane Fellaini produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Seamus Coleman sends in a cross, clearance made by Stephen Kelly.
Corner taken by Ian Harte, Johnny Heitinga manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Mikele Leigertwood gets a block in.
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Save by Stuart Taylor.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line.
The offside flag is raised against Adam Le Fondre. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Jan Mucha.
Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Seamus Coleman results in a free kick. Seamus Coleman goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Ian Harte, Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance.
Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Harte. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
Marouane Fellaini scores a headed goal from close in. Everton 1-0 Reading.Assist by Seamus Coleman.
Corner taken by Ian Harte.
Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Blocked by Seamus Coleman.
Noel Hunt fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Kevin Mirallas, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas.
Effort on goal by Alex Pearce from just inside the area clears the bar.
Unfair challenge on Mikele Leigertwood by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save by Stephen Kelly. Kevin Mirallas decides to take a short corner.
Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
Foul by Adrian Mariappa on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Johnny Heitinga takes the direct free kick.
Hope Akpan is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jan Mucha.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hal Robson-Kanu on Leighton Baines. Free kick taken by Jan Mucha.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line.
Jobi McAnuff challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darron Gibson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Kevin Mirallas. Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
The referee blows for offside against Marouane Fellaini. Stuart Taylor takes the free kick.
(Reading) makes a substitution, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Jimmy Kebe. Ian Harte takes a inswinging corner. Adam Le Fondre produces a right-footed shot from just inside the area and hits the post.
The ball is swung over by Noel Hunt, Jan Mucha makes a save.
Foul by Jobi McAnuff on Kevin Mirallas, free kick awarded. Darron Gibson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood. Unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Darron Gibson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Adam Le Fondre fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ian Harte, save by Jan Mucha.
Jimmy Kebe has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas from the right by-line, Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Taylor.
Adam Le Fondre goes into the referee's book.
Phil Jagielka goes off and Johnny Heitinga comes on.
Shot from just outside the area by Marouane Fellaini misses to the right of the target.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas played to the near post, Noel Hunt manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas played to the near post, clearance made by Stephen Kelly.
Phil Jagielka fouled by Adam Le Fondre, the ref awards a free kick. Jan Mucha takes the direct free kick.
Headed effort from inside the area by Nikica Jelavic misses to the left of the goal.
Howard doubt for Everton
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard is a slight doubt for the visit of Reading.
The American sustained a knock in the midweek FA Cup fifth round replay victory over Oldham and will be assessed late on.
Forward Victor Anichebe is another who may not be fit enough to return, having not played since mid-February, but midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be back after sitting out the cup match with a minor injury.
Meanwhile, Moyes is not one for the "cuddly" approach and has told mis-firing striker Nikica Jelavic it is up to him to find the solution which will end his goal drought.
The Croatia international has not scored in his past nine appearances and his only strike since December 9 came against League Two Cheltenham in the FA Cup.
Such lack of form contrasts sharply with almost 12 months ago when the 27-year-old enjoyed a run of 11 goals in 14 matches to the end of the campaign which had many hailing him as the buy of the January window at a cost of just #5.5million.
It has cost him his place in the starting line-up recently and while Moyes accepts the player's confidence has been dealt a blow he is backing the forward to bounce back.
"I am not that cuddly a fella or one for putting my arm around you all the time but every manager has their own style," Moyes said.
"I don't know if Jela is the sort of boy who would want me to do that any way.
"Any forward who has played the game and been through barren spells will tell you they practise more or don't do any in the hope it comes back without it.
"I think it is every man for themselves in that.
"We would like him to get his goals and lift his performances and if we get that it will be a big help to the team.
"The team need him. I said last week a lot of what we do this year will be determined by how well Jela scores between now and the end of the season.
"It is noticeable (his lack of goals) because everyone talks about it.
"We tend to be as honest as we can and not hide away from anything and at the moment undoubtedly we need Jela to find a way of scoring some goals.
"He needs to get a goal but I don't know if one goal will make everything right.
"If I saw him getting four goals in four games then I would start to think 'This is what we want'.
"You have to find a way of making that happen again but we could do with him standing up and getting us some goals now."
Reading will be without suspended striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.
The Russia forward was sent off during last weekend's 3-0 home defeat against Wigan and will be missing for the Royals' next three games.
Veteran striker Jason Roberts (hip) is still absent and admitted during the week he has no idea when he will be fit enough to return. Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) also misses out.
Reading midfielder Hope Akpan is keen to treat the clash just like any other fixture but admits he will get a buzz from facing his old club.
Akpan, 21, joined the Toffees as an eight-year-old and remained at Goodison Park until a move to Crawley in 2011.
He then penned a deal with Reading in the recent January transfer window and will go back to face his boyhood club this weekend.
"Going back to where I started my career from a young age is going to be exciting, definitely, but I'm a Reading player now and I want to do well for Reading," he said.
"At the end of the day it is just another game so I've got to go out with the same mentality as I do every time I play.
"It is a massive game for Reading Football Club because, in the position we are, we need to get out of there and we need the points more than anything so I will put everything to one side and concentrate on getting a result for Reading."
Reading lost 3-0 at home to fellow strugglers Wigan last weekend to fall back into the relegation places in the Premier League.
But Akpan claims the players are not letting the defeat play on their minds and believes a positive result at Everton is achievable.
"After a result like we had on Saturday I think we just need to let it go," he said.
"It was a bad day for the players and the club, we've moved on now and are ready for the game on Saturday."
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