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  • Date:22 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Elland Road
  • Attendance:24,564
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Shot from inside the six-yard box by Sanchez Watt goes wide right of the goal.

91mins

The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff.

91mins

Mathieu Manset produces a drilled left-footed shot from 30 yards. Blocked by Richard Naylor.

91mins

The ball is swung over by Paul Connolly, save by Alex McCarthy.

88mins

Sanchez Watt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Griffin. Matt Mills takes the free kick.

88mins

Neil Kilkenny takes a shot. Blocked by Jobi McAnuff.

88mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass.

87mins

Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

87mins

Max Gradel takes a shot from 25 yards. Alex McCarthy makes a save.

85mins

Max Gradel delivers the ball, Jem Karacan manages to make a clearance.

84mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, Andrew O'Brien makes a clearance.

83mins

Mikele Leigertwood produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

81mins

Sanchez Watt comes on in place of Jonathan Howson. (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Davide Somma coming on for Billy Paynter. Mathieu Manset comes on in place of Hal Robson-Kanu.

81mins

Bradley Johnson has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.

80mins

Neil Kilkenny produces a cross, save by Alex McCarthy.

79mins

A cross is delivered by Jobi McAnuff.

77mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Kilkenny on Hal Robson-Kanu. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

76mins

Andy Griffin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from left wing, clearance made by Simon Church.

74mins

Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball.

73mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Andrew O'Brien. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.

72mins

Drilled right-footed shot by Eric Lichaj. Zurab Khizanishvili gets a block in.

70mins

Simon Church joins the action as a substitute, replacing Noel Hunt.

68mins

Outswinging corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, save by Alex McCarthy.

67mins

Bradley Johnson takes a shot.

62mins

Shane Long produces a cross.

61mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Max Gradel. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

60mins

Effort on goal by Andy Griffin from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

60mins

Foul by Richard Naylor on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

59mins

Andy Griffin concedes a free kick for a foul on Max Gradel. Direct free kick taken by Eric Lichaj.

57mins

Foul by Richard Naylor on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Richard Naylor receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

56mins

Short corner taken by Bradley Johnson from the right by-line.

56mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Paynter by Matt Mills. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, save by Alex McCarthy.

55mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Connolly by Hal Robson-Kanu. Direct free kick taken by Paul Connolly.

54mins

Headed effort from inside the area by Andrew O'Brien misses to the left of the target.

53mins

Unfair challenge on Neil Kilkenny by Noel Hunt results in a free kick. Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball in from the free kick.

53mins

Neil Kilkenny takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.

52mins

The ball is sent over by Ian Harte.

51mins

Unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Jonathan Howson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.

49mins

Foul by Robert Snodgrass on Matt Mills, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

48mins

Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Ian Harte manages to make a clearance.

48mins

Max Gradel sends in a cross, Ian Harte manages to make a clearance.

46mins

Robert Snodgrass fouled by Hal Robson-Kanu, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Snodgrass produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Robert Snodgrass takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Shane Long makes a clearance.

46mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on Billy Paynter. Bradley Johnson restarts play with the free kick.

46mins

Neil Kilkenny joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jake Livermore.

44mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line.

41mins

Jonathan Howson takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

38mins

Jake Livermore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

37mins

Shot by Max Gradel. Save by Alex McCarthy. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Snodgrass, save made by Alex McCarthy.

33mins

Paul Connolly concedes a free kick for a foul on Hal Robson-Kanu. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

32mins

Andy Griffin concedes a free kick for a foul on Max Gradel. Andrew O'Brien restarts play with the free kick.

28mins

Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the left by-line to the near post, Paul Connolly manages to make a clearance.

27mins

Jake Livermore is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Jobi McAnuff fouled by Jake Livermore, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

27mins

Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance.

25mins

Foul by Jem Karacan on Jonathan Howson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Kasper Schmeichel.

25mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Noel Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Jem Karacan.

23mins

Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line, Richard Naylor produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

23mins

Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Andy Griffin.

20mins

The ball is crossed by Ian Harte.

19mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line, clearance by Billy Paynter.

18mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Jake Livermore. Ian Harte sends in a cross, Shane Long takes a shot. Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

12mins

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save by Kasper Schmeichel. Ian Harte takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Richard Naylor.

11mins

The ball is sent over by Jobi McAnuff, clearance made by Andrew O'Brien.

7mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, Kasper Schmeichel makes a save.

7mins

Centre by Hal Robson-Kanu, Andrew O'Brien makes a clearance.

6mins

Hal Robson-Kanu has a drilled shot and went wide left of the target.

4mins

Robert Snodgrass has an effort at goal. Blocked by Matt Mills.

2mins

Ian Harte concedes a free kick for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass.

1mins

The ball is swung over by Jobi McAnuff.

Match Preview

Becchio struggling for Leeds Leeds striker Luciano Becchio appears unlikely to win his fitness battle in time for the home clash with Reading. The Argentinian, forced out of the action after stepping off the bench in last week's home draw with Watford due to a hamstring problem, has had a second scan to determine the full extent of damage. Manager Simon Grayson said: "It's looking like he has a slight hamstring injury so he'll be a doubt, although knowing him he'll want to play. "If there's any doubt, we're at a too important stage to start running risks. If he doesn't play Friday, we've got another game on Monday." Grayson, who has no other new injury or suspension problems, has plenty of options up front, with Davide Somma, Billy Paynter, Ross McCormack and Sanchez Watt all in contention. Watt has returned to training following an unspecified problem but winger Lloyd Sam is still struggling with a knee injury. Reading could be unchanged as they look for a ninth straight win. Brian McDermott's men have stormed to within three points of second place thanks to their fine form and the manager could name the same XI who beat Leicester 3-1 last weekend. Captain Matt Mills has returned to the heart of the defence after a month out with a groin injury and forward Noel Hunt marked his comeback from a foot injury with a goal as a substitute last week. Goalkeeper Adam Federici is back after nine games out with a knee injury but has been restricted to a place on the bench due to the form of England Under-21 international Alex McCarthy. Alex Pearce is fit after a thigh injury while fellow defender Sean Morrison has been recalled early from his loan spell at Huddersfield.

Formation:433Manager: Simon Grayson

Leeds

Formation: 442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

  • Kasper Schmeichel
  • Paul Connolly
  • Richard Naylor
  • Andrew O'Brien
  • Eric Lichaj
  • Jake Livermore
  • Jonathan Howson
  • Bradley Johnson
  • Robert Snodgrass
  • Billy Paynter
  • Max Gradel
  • SUBS
  • Shane Higgs
  • Neil Kilkenny
  • Sanchez Watt
  • Barry Bannan
  • Leigh Bromby
  • Davide Somma
  • Ross McCormack

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Match Report

Royals run ended by Leeds Leeds halted Reading's eight-game winning run but the point gained in the goalless draw was not enough to lift them back into an npower Championship play-off place. Nottingham Forest leapfrogged Leeds shortly before kick-off following their 3-2 home win over east Midlands rivals Leicester and while only goal difference separates the two sides these are anxious times at Elland Road. Simon Grayson's side did most of the probing against the high-flying Royals, who travelled north harbouring hopes of automatic promotion, such is their confidence following their terrific surge up the table. And while it took several superb saves from Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy to deny Leeds, the Yorkshire side have won only one of their last seven league games at the business end of the season and both Hull and Burnley can now join them on 66 points if they win their game in hand. Grayson made four changes to the side held 2-2 by Watford on Saturday, with skipper Richard Naylor returning to the starting line-up for the first time since October and left-back Paul Connolly, on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore and Billy Paynter also recalled. Reading's Hal Robson-Kanu stepped in for the injured Jimmy Kebe and Noel Hunt was preferred to Mathieu Manset up front alongside leading goalscorer Shane Long. Reading were denied an early lead when Leeds goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel darted off his line to thwart Jobi McAnuff in the 11th minute. Home fans had to wait until the 23rd minute before Leeds mustered their first effort on goal, Livermore weaving clear and crossing for Snodgrass, whose far post header was brilliantly pushed over the crossbar by McCarthy. Livermore was then booked for his studs-up tackle on McAnuff and a tense first period was in short supply of anything more refined until Max Gradel snaffled the ball off Reading defender Zurab Khizanishvili and raced clear to fire a rising shot on target. Gradel's strike had McCarthy in trouble and his fumbled save spun just the wrong side of the visiting goalkeeper's post. Neil Kilkenny replaced Livermore at half-time and for the first 10 minutes of the second period the home side looked the more likely to break the deadlock. Reading left-back Andy Griffin had the first real effort of the half though, cutting inside Gradel on the edge of the penalty area and firing into the side-netting. Leeds were foiled by the woodwork soon after. Bradley Johnson's powerful run carried him through two tackles and into the box, but his left-footed shot clipped the crossbar. Grayson sent on strikers Davide Somma and Sanchez Watt for Paynter and Howson with 10 minutes left and Reading manager Brian McDermott replaced Robson-Kanu with Manset. Moments later Mikele Leigertwood flashed a 25-yard shot wide for the visitors. Leeds broke forward in the 87th minute and after Gradel's shot was beaten out by McCarthy, the Ivorian winger crossed the rebound for Snodgrass and his header forced the visiting goalkeeper into another fine save. Watt performed acrobatics to somehow get his shot away at the second attempt in the closing stages, but Leeds fell just short in their bid to head into the final three games of the season with destiny in their own hands.

Form Guide

    DLWLLD
  • Leeds
  • VS
  • Reading
  • WWWWWW

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 0 - 0
  • Leeds
  • 27/11/2010
  • Leeds
  • 1 - 1
  • Reading
  • 15/04/2006
  • Reading
  • 1 - 1
  • Leeds
  • 29/10/2005
  • Leeds
  • 3 - 1
  • Reading
  • 12/02/2005
  • Reading
  • 1 - 1
  • Leeds
  • 19/10/2004
  • Reading
  • 0 - 1
  • Leeds
  • 12/12/1987

Top Scorers

Leeds

  • L Becchio 19
  • M Gradel 15
  • D Somma 11
  • J Howson 10
  • R Snodgrass 6
  • B Johnson 5
  • A O'Brien 2
  • L Sam 2
  • R Naylor 1
  • B Paynter 1
  • N Kilkenny 1
  • A Bruce 1
  • S Watt 1

Reading

  • S Long 15
  • N Hunt 9
  • JB Kebe 9
  • I Harte 7
  • S Church 5
  • J McAnuff 4
  • J Karacan 3
  • H Robson-Kanu 3
  • M Mills 2
  • M Manset 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • A Pearce 1
  • M Antonio 1

Goals

Leeds

    • Total goals 146
    • Goals per game 78
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 11 (For) 8 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 12 (For) 9 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 10 (For) 14 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 9 (For) 7 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 15 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Reading

    • Total goals 141
    • Goals per game 73
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 10 (For) 9 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 18 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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