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  • Date:17 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Elland Road
  • Attendance:23,162
  • Church (1)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Simon Church concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Kisnorbo. Direct free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

92mins

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

91mins

Foul by Paul Connolly on Michail Antonio, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.

90mins

Adam Le Fondre leaves the field to be replaced by Michail Antonio.

87mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Lloyd Sam. Shaun Cummings restarts play with the free kick.

86mins

Jobi McAnuff concedes a free kick for a foul on Aidan White. Direct free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.

85mins

Mikele Leigertwood fouled by Danny Pugh, the ref awards a free kick. Kaspars Gorkss takes the direct free kick.

81mins

Danny Pugh takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lloyd Sam, clearance made by Alex Pearce.

79mins

The referee blows for offside against Simon Church. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.

77mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Hal Robson-Kanu, Patrick Kisnorbo fouled by Alex Pearce, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, save made by Andy Lonergan.

75mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Hal Robson-Kanu from the right by-line to the near post, Robert Snodgrass makes a clearance.

73mins

Header from close in by Alex Pearce misses to the left of the target.

71mins

Unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Mika Vayrynen results in a free kick. Mika Vayrynen is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Kaspars Gorkss crosses the ball in from the free kick, Patrick Kisnorbo makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff, clearance by Robert Snodgrass.

69mins

Foul by Adam Le Fondre on Tom Lees, free kick awarded. Patrick Kisnorbo takes the free kick.

68mins

Unfair challenge on Mika Vayrynen by Adam Le Fondre results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Keogh produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

66mins

Unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Danny Pugh results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

65mins

Andrew Keogh on for Adam Clayton. (Leeds) makes a substitution, with Lloyd Sam coming on for Ross McCormack. Michael Brown goes off and Mika Vayrynen comes on.

64mins

The referee blows for offside. Andy Lonergan takes the direct free kick.

62mins

Adam Clayton challenges Alex Pearce unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

61mins

Jay Tabb replaces Jem Karacan. Corner taken by Hal Robson-Kanu.

59mins

Danny Pugh takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

54mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Paul Connolly. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.

53mins

Adam Le Fondre challenges Michael Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Brown restarts play with the free kick.

52mins

Ross McCormack challenges Shaun Cummings unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.

48mins

Unfair challenge on Andy Griffin by Robert Snodgrass results in a free kick. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

48mins

Ross McCormack takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

46mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

46mins

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Luciano Becchio, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Andy Griffin manages to make a clearance. Unfair challenge on Andy Griffin by Tom Lees results in a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

39mins

Hal Robson-Kanu fouled by Paul Connolly, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Griffin takes the free kick.

37mins

Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Church. Mikele Leigertwood delivers the ball, Header on goal by Kaspars Gorkss from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

35mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ross McCormack. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

34mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Adam Clayton. Michael Brown restarts play with the free kick.

30mins

Jobi McAnuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross McCormack. Jobi McAnuff is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ross McCormack.

29mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Andy Griffin. Andy Griffin booked for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right channel, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.

24mins

Ross McCormack is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.

21mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Connolly by Adam Le Fondre. Andy Lonergan takes the direct free kick.

20mins

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save made by Andy Lonergan. Simon Church takes a shot. Patrick Kisnorbo makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Hal Robson-Kanu from the right by-line, Tom Lees manages to make a clearance.

18mins

Corner taken left-footed by Hal Robson-Kanu to the near post, Luciano Becchio makes a clearance.

17mins

Inswinging corner taken by Hal Robson-Kanu from the right by-line played to the near post, Patrick Kisnorbo manages to make a clearance.

14mins

Jobi McAnuff has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

10mins

The offside flag is raised against Simon Church. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.

9mins

The official flags Robert Snodgrass offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

8mins

Unfair challenge on Luciano Becchio by Alex Pearce results in a free kick. Michael Brown delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Alex Pearce.

5mins

Andy Griffin challenges Adam Clayton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Clayton.

4mins

The referee blows for offside against Danny Pugh. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

2mins

Simon Church finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Leeds 0-1 Reading.Assist by Jobi McAnuff.

Match Preview

Lonergan back for Whites Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan will return to the starting line-up for the npower Championship clash with Reading at Elland Road. Lonergan has not played for the first team since fracturing a finger during the 3-0 win at Doncaster in October but returned to the bench at Watford last weekend. However, with on-loan Alex McCarthy - who this week extended his stay at the Yorkshire club until the new year - unable to feature against his parent club, Lonergan will step back in. Skipper Jonny Howson is expected to be sidelined for up to three months with a knee injury. Leading goalscorer Ross McCormack and Michael Brown are pushing for returns to the starting line-up, as is Finnish midfielder Mika Vayrynen. Reading will closely monitor winger Jimmy Kebe's leg injury in the build-up to the match. The Mali international suffered the knock in the tackle which saw West Ham's Jack Collison sent off in the Royals` 3-0 victory over the Hammers last weekend. Meanwhile, forward Noel Hunt and goalkeeper Adam Federici are both expected to be available for selection for manager Brian McDermott, despite having sustained minor knocks in the same fixture. The Berkshire side will definitely be without Brynjar Gunnarsson, however, as the midfielder continues to recuperate from the calf injury he suffered in a reserve-team match. Young striker Nicholas Bignall remains sidelined as he recovers from the knee surgery which cut short his loan spell at Wycombe.

Formation:442Manager: Simon Grayson

Leeds

Formation: 442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

  • Andy Lonergan
  • Paul Connolly
  • Patrick Kisnorbo
  • Tom Lees
  • Aidan White
  • Robert Snodgrass
  • Adam Clayton
  • Michael Brown
  • Danny Pugh
  • Ross McCormack
  • Luciano Becchio
  • SUBS
  • Maik Taylor
  • Mika Vayrynen
  • Lloyd Sam
  • Andrew Keogh
  • Darren O'Dea

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Match Report

Royals on the up after Church winner Simon Church struck the only goal of the game in the second minute as Reading followed up last week's win over West Ham by claiming another prized scalp to close the gap on play-off rivals Leeds. Church produced a quality finish into the top corner after controlling Jobi McAnuff's pass inside the penalty area with only one minute and 53 seconds on the clock. Leeds, without injured skipper Jonny Howson, enjoyed plenty of possession but lacked guile where it mattered and rarely opened up the visitors' solid defence. Simon Grayson's side remain in sixth place on goal difference despite a fourth home league defeat of the season, while Reading, having steadily climbed the table virtually unnoticed in recent weeks, have cut the gap on the Yorkshiremen to two points. Leeds goalkeeper Andy Lonergan returned to the starting line-up as on-loan Alex McCarthy was not allowed to play against his parent club, while striker Ross McCormack and midfielder Michael Brown were also recalled. Reading midfielder Hal Robson-Kanu, defender Andy Griffin and Church returned to the visitors' starting line-up. Church wasted little time in chalking up his sixth goal of the season in Reading's first attack. The Wales international, 23, collected McAnuff's ball into the penalty area and planted a perfect angled finish beyond Lonergan and into the top corner from 12 yards. Leeds went in search of a quick riposte and monopolised possession without creating a clear opening before McAnuff pulled a shot from the right edge of the area wide following a swift Reading counter-attack in the 13th minute. McAnuff was denied by Lonergan's sprawling save seven minutes later as the visitors threatened to increase their lead and Kaspars Gorkss headed Mikele Leigertwood's free-kick over the crossbar as half-time approached. For all Leeds' possession they failed to fashion a single attempt on goal until McCormack headed straight at Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici in time added on at the end of the first half. Reading continued to keep Leeds at arm's length after the restart, but home midfielder Danny Pugh went close to an equaliser in the 59th minute when his angled drive from inside the area was well saved by Federici. Royals midfielder Jem Karacan was forced off injured and replaced by Jay Tabb moments later, while Leeds manager Simon Grayson made three tactical substitutions in the 65th minute in an effort to break out of Reading's stranglehold. Striker Andy Keogh and midfield pair Mika Vayrynen and Lloyd Sam replaced Adam Clayton, Brown and McCormack. Keogh lashed a shot from inside the area over the crossbar within a minute of coming on following Snodgrass's free-kick, but as Leeds probed Reading almost snatched a second when defender Alex Pearce headed wide from just six yards. Pearce then rescued his side at the other end when deflecting Leeds midfielder Pugh's goalbound shot from 25 yards for a corner, but it was as close as the home side were going to get to rescuing a point as Reading comfortably held on.

Form Guide

    WWLWWD
  • Leeds
  • VS
  • Reading
  • WLWWLW

Last Meetings

  • Leeds
  • 0 - 0
  • Reading
  • 22/04/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

Leeds

  • R McCormack 10
  • R Snodgrass 7
  • A Clayton 5
  • D Pugh 2
  • A Keogh 2
  • D O'Dea 2
  • L Becchio 2
  • T Lees 2
  • RF Nunez 1
  • J Howson 1

Reading

  • S Church 5
  • A Le Fondre 5
  • N Hunt 3
  • M Manset 3
  • A Pearce 2
  • H Robson-Kanu 2
  • J McAnuff 1
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • K Gorkss 1
  • JB Kebe 1
  • J Karacan 1

Goals

Leeds

    • Total goals 65
    • Goals per game 36
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Reading

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 26
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 11 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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