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  • Date:04 May 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:24,087
  • Ruiz (69) Ruiz (76)
  • Robson-Kanu - pen (11) Robson-Kanu (61)
    Le Fondre (74)
    Karacan (82)
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94mins

Kieran Richardson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Blackman. Direct free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.

92mins

Effort from inside the area by Stephen Kelly misses to the right of the target.

91mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Urby Emanuelson. Danny Guthrie takes the free kick.

91mins

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

89mins

Centre by Bryan Ruiz, Alex Kacaniklic takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

88mins

The ball is crossed by Alex Kacaniklic, Hugo Rodallega produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

87mins

Unfair challenge on Daniel Carrico by Eyong Enoh results in a free kick. Eyong Enoh shown a yellow card. Sean Morrison takes the free kick.

86mins

Inswinging corner taken by Bryan Ruiz, save by Alex McCarthy.

83mins

Jem Karacan finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 2-4 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Adam Le Fondre. Handball decision goes against Adrian Mariappa. Booking for Adrian Mariappa. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Bryan Ruiz.

83mins

A cross is delivered by Stephen Kelly, Philippe Senderos makes a clearance.

81mins

Daniel Carrico is brought on as a substitute for Hal Robson-Kanu.

80mins

Garath McCleary handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Bryan Ruiz from right wing, save by Alex McCarthy.

80mins

A cross is delivered by Dimitar Berbatov, Hugo Rodallega takes a shot.

79mins

Kieran Richardson fouled by Nick Blackman, the ref awards a free kick. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.

77mins

The ball is crossed by Alex Kacaniklic, Bryan Ruiz finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Fulham 2-3 Reading.Assist by Alex Kacaniklic. Effort on goal by Hal Robson-Kanu from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target. Unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Eyong Enoh results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adrian Mariappa.

75mins

Adam Le Fondre scores a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 1-3 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Jem Karacan.

75mins

The referee penalises Dimitar Berbatov for handball. Direct free kick taken by Sean Morrison.

74mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Garath McCleary misses to the right of the target.

73mins

Nick Blackman replaces Jobi McAnuff.

72mins

Sascha Riether crosses the ball, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.

70mins

Bryan Ruiz finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 1-2 Reading.Hugo Rodallega provided the assist for the goal. Pavel Pogrebnyak leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Le Fondre. Damien Duff goes off and Alex Kacaniklic comes on.

69mins

The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, save by Mark Schwarzer.

69mins

A cross is delivered by Bryan Ruiz.

68mins

Foul by Eyong Enoh on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded. Strike on goal comes in from Danny Guthrie from the free kick, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

67mins

Foul by Eyong Enoh on Garath McCleary, free kick awarded. Jem Karacan takes the direct free kick.

67mins

The ball is crossed by Damien Duff, blocked by Chris Gunter.

65mins

Damien Duff takes a shot. Sean Morrison gets a block in. Corner taken by Bryan Ruiz from the left by-line. Urby Emanuelson takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

61mins

Garath McCleary takes a shot. Blocked by Philippe Senderos. Hal Robson-Kanu gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-2 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Garath McCleary. Damien Duff sends in a cross, Alex McCarthy makes a save.

61mins

The ball is crossed by Garath McCleary.

59mins

The referee blows for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

58mins

Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball.

56mins

Damien Duff is caught offside. Kieran Richardson comes on in place of John Arne Riise. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

54mins

Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.

52mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Jobi McAnuff. Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.

51mins

Garath McCleary takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

50mins

Bryan Ruiz produces a cross, clearance made by Sean Morrison.

49mins

Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Blocked by Philippe Senderos. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Guthrie.

48mins

The ball is crossed by Hal Robson-Kanu.

48mins

Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

47mins

Jem Karacan takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie, clearance made by Philippe Senderos.

46mins

A cross is delivered by Chris Gunter, clearance by John Arne Riise.

46mins

Centre by Garath McCleary.

43mins

Dimitar Berbatov crosses the ball, save made by Alex McCarthy.

43mins

The ball is delivered by Urby Emanuelson.

43mins

Damien Duff produces a cross, Alex McCarthy makes a save.

41mins

The ball is swung over by Damien Duff, clearance by Sean Morrison.

39mins

John Arne Riise has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

38mins

Sascha Riether produces a cross, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.

37mins

Garath McCleary challenges Urby Emanuelson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Urby Emanuelson restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

36mins

Bryan Ruiz takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

35mins

Stephen Kelly sends in a cross.

34mins

Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.

32mins

The ball is swung over by Dimitar Berbatov, Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

31mins

John Arne Riise crosses the ball, clearance by Sean Morrison.

31mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jem Karacan on Bryan Ruiz. Bryan Ruiz restarts play with the free kick.

30mins

John Arne Riise sends in a cross, Bryan Ruiz takes a shot. Sean Morrison gets a block in.

30mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Garath McCleary on Sascha Riether. Sascha Riether takes the direct free kick.

29mins

Unfair challenge on Garath McCleary by Eyong Enoh results in a free kick. Adrian Mariappa takes the free kick.

27mins

Philippe Senderos concedes a free kick for a foul on Pavel Pogrebnyak. Philippe Senderos booked for unsporting behaviour. Hugo Rodallega joins the action as a substitute, replacing Giorgos Karagounis. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Kelly. The ball is swung over by Chris Gunter, Pavel Pogrebnyak takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

26mins

Hal Robson-Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Arne Riise. Free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.

25mins

Foul by Eyong Enoh on Danny Guthrie, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jem Karacan.

25mins

Effort from long range by Danny Guthrie goes wide right of the target.

24mins

John Arne Riise sends in a cross, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

23mins

Shot from just outside the box by Garath McCleary misses to the left of the target.

22mins

Damien Duff takes a shot. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.

22mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Indirect free kick taken by Philippe Senderos.

21mins

Damien Duff produces a cross, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.

20mins

Centre by Sascha Riether, Chris Gunter gets a block in.

20mins

Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Morrison.

19mins

Centre by Damien Duff, Chris Gunter gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Giorgos Karagounis.

18mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by John Arne Riise on Hal Robson-Kanu. Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.

17mins

Effort from outside the penalty area by Garath McCleary goes wide left of the goal.

16mins

The ball is sent over by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Brede Hangeland.

14mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giorgos Karagounis by Danny Guthrie. Free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.

13mins

Foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Jem Karacan, free kick awarded. Adrian Mariappa takes the free kick.

11mins

The ball is delivered by Chris Gunter. Foul by John Arne Riise on Hal Robson-Kanu, Penalty awarded. Hal Robson-Kanu scores a placed penalty. Fulham 0-1 Reading.

10mins

The offside flag is raised against Urby Emanuelson. Adrian Mariappa takes the free kick.

9mins

The referee blows for offside. Giorgos Karagounis takes the indirect free kick.

8mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Urby Emanuelson on Jobi McAnuff. Free kick taken by Jem Karacan.

8mins

The ball is swung over by Chris Gunter.

6mins

Garath McCleary delivers the ball, Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland. Damien Duff fouled by Danny Guthrie, the ref awards a free kick. John Arne Riise takes the free kick.

5mins

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Guthrie, Adrian Mariappa takes a shot. Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.

4mins

Garath McCleary produces a cross, clearance made by John Arne Riise.

2mins

Damien Duff sends in a cross, Bryan Ruiz takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

1mins

The ball is sent over by Sascha Riether, save by Alex McCarthy.

Match Preview

Petric out for Cottagers Fulham forward Mladen Petric is out of the Barclays Premier League clash with relegated Reading due to a hamstring injury. Steve Sidwell is still suspended following his red card against Arsenal, but Dimitar Berbatov is available despite going off against Everton with a calf problem. Defender Sascha Riether (ankle) is also fit for selection, but midfielders Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Simon Davies (hip) remain out. Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak had a half-season spell at Craven Cottage and boss Martin Jol praised the forward, who may yet play in the npower Championship next season. Jol said: "When he was here he was a very good professional. From the first training session he showed he wanted to play for us. He scored six goals in his first five matches and he helped us big time." Fulham last won against relegated QPR and Jol hopes to end the five-match winless streak to finish the season with a flourish. "We want to end the season on a very good note and have another nine points," Jol said. "We have to start tomorrow and get back to winning ways for the last two matches of the season, against Liverpool and Swansea." Reading midfielder Hope Akpan could return. Akpan has returned from ankle problem may figure, while goalkeeper Adam Federici could return from his ankle injury. Jimmy Kebe (groin) and Jason Roberts (hip) are still missing. Manager Nigel Adkins said: "The players are very focussed. "The mentality is that we've got to go away to Fulham. Can we build on the clean sheets that we've had? And more importantly, can we get a win? "Anyone who knows me will tell you I want to win every game of football that we play in. The players have worked hard on the training ground, we've got over last week and there's a hunger and desire to keep improving. "We've got three games left in this campaign and we've got to do everything we can to give ourselves an opportunity to get that winning feeling again. "You've got to keep moving forward and evolve all the time. "And you've always got to build on your successes - so when you're successful, that's the most important time to keep building, not just standing still. "We want to adapt the way we play throughout the football club. We want to get the ball and move the ball but also play effective, winning football."

Formation:4411Manager: Martin Jol

Fulham

Formation: 4231Manager: Nigel Adkins

Reading

  • Mark Schwarzer
  • Sascha Riether
  • Philippe Senderos
  • Brede Hangeland
  • John Arne Riise
  • Damien Duff
  • Giorgos Karagounis
  • Eyong Enoh
  • Urby Emanuelson
  • Bryan Ruiz
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • SUBS
  • Neil Etheridge
  • Emmanuel Frimpong
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Hugo Rodallega
  • Stanislav Manolev
  • Alex Kacaniklic

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Match Report

Fulham 2-4 Reading: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Adkins lands maiden win

Nigel Adkins celebrated his first win as Reading manager as the relegated club halted their abysmal run with a fine, free-scoring display in a 4-2 victory at Fulham.

Disposed of by Southampton in January, Adkins was unable to stave off the drop after being brought in to replace Brian McDermott less than six weeks ago.

Their fate was sealed with last weekend's drab 0-0 draw against fellow basement boys QPR, but the recently-appointed boss will have been encouraged by what he saw here.

Hal Robson-Kanu's performance in west London was a particular highlight, starting off by slotting home a 12th-minute penalty after being fouled by John Arne Riise.

The Wales international deservedly doubled the Berkshire club's advantage in the second half, driving past Mark Schwarzer after a spell of sustained pressure.

Bryan Ruiz pulled one back for out-of-sorts Fulham with 20 minutes remaining, only for Reading to regain their two-goal cushion moments through substitute Adam Le Fondre.

It was not over there, though, with Ruiz heading home his second of the afternoon before substitute Hugo Rodallega rattled the crossbar.

However, Jem Karacan's strike seven minutes from time was enough to secure Reading's first victory since February 2 and maiden one under Adkins.

Many had expected the game to have an end-of-season feel about it but such a notion was quickly dismissed.

It took just 74 seconds for the first chance of note, with Ruiz destined to slot home until he met the fine reactions of Alex McCarthy.

A hint of sloppiness was detected, though, when in the 12th minute Riise, perhaps already thinking of his summer holidays, went to clear the ball but only managed to kick Robson-Kanu.

Neil Swarbrick pointed to the spot after adjudging the challenge to be in the box, with the Wales international dusting himself off to send Schwarzer the wrong way.

Reading's embattled supporters were quick to goad the hosts, who were struggling for ideas and possession.

In situations like this Fulham rely on talisman Dimitar Berbatov, but he too was struggling to make an impact.

The Bulgarian scuffed a close-range shot on the turn in the 20th minute and could only direct header into McCarthy's hands moments later.

Garath McCleary and Danny Guthrie both flashed audacious long-range drives just wide when Reading returned to the attack, before Martin Jol replaced the ineffective Giorgos Karagounis with Rodallega after 28 minutes.

Only fine goalkeeping from McCarthy prevented the Colombian making an immediate impact, before Reading captain Jobi McAnuff stung the palms of Schwarzer when Reading returned to the attack.

A side-footed volley by Riise was the closest the home side went before the half-time break and Rodallega called McCarthy into action three minutes after the restart with a fine half volley on the turn.

However, it was the Royals who started the brighter and Karacan saw a prod goalwards saved brilliantly by Schwarzer.

The vast majority of the 24,087 inside Craven Cottage were becoming increasingly frustrated as Reading dominated - a feeling which was almost compounded by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

The Russian turned down a permanent move to Fulham in the summer and looked like he would bundle home off balance, only to be thwarted by a last-ditch clearance by Philippe Senderos.

Fulham pushed forward after the lucky break and felt they should have had a penalty for a Stephen Kelly challenge on Berbatov.

Referee Swarbrick waved away the appeals and Reading soon punished lax defending by the hosts.

McCleary had acres of space on the left and his blocked shot fell kindly for Robson-Kanu, who cut in curled past Schwarzer.

The visiting support chanted '2-0 to the Championship' but were soon hushed, with Ruiz played a one-two with Rodallega before directing through McCarthy's legs.

The 70th-minute goal kicked off a dramatic end to the game, with Reading regaining their two-goal advantage five minutes later.

Le Fondre, only just on as a substitute, latched onto a lofted Karacan ball and continued to round Schwarzer to slot home.

Fulham were not finished, though.

Ruiz netted his second of the afternoon by heading home just two minutes later, before Rodallega clattered the crossbar after connecting with a Berbatov cross.

Reading were on the backfoot but their nerves were settled when Karacan met a loose ball on the edge of the box to fire home the visitors' fourth of the afternoon.

Rodallega went close on several occasions late on, but Reading held on to condemn the hosts to a fourth successive defeat.

Form Guide

    WLDLLL
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Reading
  • LLLDLD

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 3 - 3
  • Fulham
  • 27/10/2012
  • Reading
  • 0 - 2
  • Fulham
  • 12/04/2008
  • Fulham
  • 3 - 1
  • Reading
  • 03/11/2007
  • Reading
  • 1 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 14/04/2007
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 1
  • Reading
  • 25/11/2006

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • D Berbatov 9
  • M Petric 4
  • D Duff 3
  • S Sidwell 3
  • B Ruiz 3
  • H Rodallega 3
  • A Kacaniklic 3
  • C Baird 2
  • G Karagounis 1
  • K Richardson 1
  • S Riether 1

Reading

  • A Le Fondre 7
  • P Pogrebnyak 5
  • JB Kebe 5
  • H Robson-Kanu 5
  • N Hunt 2
  • G McCleary 2
  • S Morrison 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • D Guthrie 1
  • A Mariappa 1

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 97
    • Goals per game 44
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 9 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Reading

    • Total goals 90
    • Goals per game 37
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 10 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 11 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 12 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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