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  • Date:25 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The Riverside Stadium
  • Attendance:17,314
  • Hunt (16) Harte (79)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91:54 +1.54

Noel Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

90:09 +0.09

Foul by Rhys Williams on Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded. Matthew Connolly restarts play with the free kick.

86:38

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Blocked by Rhys Williams. Short corner taken by Jimmy Kebe from the right by-line.

86:16

Joe Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Noel Hunt. Free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood.

85:30

Noel Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett. Direct free kick taken by Julio Arca.

83:45

Julio Arca takes a shot. Jem Karacan gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Barry Robson, clearance made by Kaspars Gorkss.

82:21

Jason Roberts is caught offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

81:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Bennett on Jimmy Kebe. Marvin Emnes goes off and Bart Ogbeche comes on. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

78:48

Jason Roberts fouled by Seb Hines, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Seb Hines for unsporting behaviour. Ian Harte hits the back of the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 0-2 Reading.

78:23

The ball is crossed by Barry Robson, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

76:07

Centre by Julio Arca, clearance by Ian Harte.

75:19

Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes. Marvin Emnes takes the direct free kick.

74:02

Jobi McAnuff produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

72:37

Barry Robson takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.

71:50

Justin Hoyte crosses the ball.

71:14

The assistant referee flags for offside against Noel Hunt. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

70:17

Rhys Williams produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

70:06

The ball is delivered by Marvin Emnes, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.

68:22

Jason Roberts challenges Rhys Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Williams.

66:49

Unfair challenge on Rhys Williams by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Barry Robson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

64:15

Rhys Williams is penalised for a handball. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

62:32

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, clearance made by Seb Hines.

59:11

Centre by Barry Robson, Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.

58:11

Faris Haroun leaves the field to be replaced by Curtis Main.

57:46

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

57:19

Jason Roberts takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

56:28

Rhys Williams takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

56:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Roberts on Rhys Williams. Rhys Williams restarts play with the free kick.

55:11

Shot by Julio Arca from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

54:40

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Barry Robson, clearance by Alex Pearce.

51:37

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ian Harte, Seb Hines makes a clearance. Unfair challenge on Rhys Williams by Kaspars Gorkss results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jason Steele.

50:34

Outswinging corner taken by Barry Robson, Rhys Williams takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.

50:28

Julio Arca produces a cross, Jimmy Kebe manages to make a clearance.

48:09

Julio Arca concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikele Leigertwood. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

46:55

The ball is sent over by Julio Arca, Adam Federici manages to make a clearance.

44:35

Effort from outside the penalty area by Julio Arca goes wide left of the goal.

44:23

Barry Robson sends in a cross, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

44:12

A cross is delivered by Joe Bennett, Adam Federici makes a save.

42:44

The ball is swung over by Jobi McAnuff, Jason Roberts takes a shot. Julio Arca gets a block in.

41:20

The ball is sent over by Barry Robson, clearance made by Kaspars Gorkss.

39:44

Joe Bennett produces a cross.

39:22

Justin Hoyte delivers the ball, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.

38:30

Centre by Joe Bennett.

37:12

Effort from outside the box by Marvin Emnes goes wide right of the target.

36:40

Foul by Alex Pearce on Lukas Jutkiewicz, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marvin Emnes.

36:21

The ball is sent over by Joe Bennett, clearance made by Alex Pearce.

31:48

Foul by Matthew Bates on Noel Hunt, free kick awarded. Ian Harte has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Joe Bennett. Ian Harte decides to take the corner short, Matthew Bates manages to make a clearance.

31:04

Justin Hoyte produces a cross, save by Adam Federici.

29:21

Corner from right by-line taken by Barry Robson.

29:04

Joe Bennett produces a cross, Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce.

27:54

Marvin Emnes sends in a cross.

25:55

Julio Arca concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

25:44

The ball is sent over by Joe Bennett, clearance made by Alex Pearce.

24:16

Rhys Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Noel Hunt. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

24:09

A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, clearance by Alex Pearce.

23:33

Justin Hoyte sends in a cross, clearance made by Alex Pearce.

21:25

Unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by Matthew Connolly results in a free kick. Julio Arca restarts play with the free kick.

20:36

Jobi McAnuff has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

19:52

Jobi McAnuff has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

19:00

Rhys Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikele Leigertwood. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

18:35

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot.

18:28

The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, clearance made by Rhys Williams.

16:35

The ball is crossed by Ian Harte, Noel Hunt gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading.Assist by Alex Pearce.

15:41

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

15:33

The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff, Joe Bennett manages to make a clearance.

15:03

Noel Hunt sends in a cross, save made by Jason Steele.

13:27

Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

12:26

Foul by Alex Pearce on Lukas Jutkiewicz, free kick awarded. Rhys Williams restarts play with the free kick.

10:26

Unfair challenge on Rhys Williams by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Rhys Williams takes the free kick. Faris Haroun delivers the ball, clearance by Kaspars Gorkss. Faris Haroun crosses the ball, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.

9:27

Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the left by-line, Mikele Leigertwood manages to make a clearance.

9:20

Centre by Justin Hoyte, Matthew Connolly manages to make a clearance.

6:31

Faris Haroun is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

5:42

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Bates.

5:05

Kaspars Gorkss fouled by Lukas Jutkiewicz, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

4:19

The ball is sent over by Joe Bennett, clearance by Ian Harte.

2:39

Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Barry Robson.

2:13

The ball is swung over by Lukas Jutkiewicz, Jobi McAnuff makes a clearance.

Match Preview

Boro could be robbed of Barry Middlesbrough midfielder Barry Robson is facing a race against time to be fit for Saturday's npower Championship clash with Reading. The 33-year-old returned from a three-match lay-off with a dislocated finger and broken bone in his hand in Tuesday night's 3-1 victory at Millwall. That injury remains sore, but he also picked up a thigh strain at the Den and is being assessed, as is Faris Haroun, who has a hamstring problem. Neither he nor Julio Arca (toe) trained on Thursday, but manager Tony Mowbray is hopeful both could be involved. Midfielder Nicky Bailey is back in contention after recovering from a medial ligament injury sustained against Peterborough on New Year's Eve. However, goalkeeper Danny Coyne (calf), midfielder Merouane Zemmama (hernia) and striker Scott McDonald (medial ligament) are still out, while Kevin Thomson completes his two-match ban. Brian McDermott has a healthy contingent of players at his disposal as he continues life as Reading manager. McDermott has agreed to extend his contract at the Madejski Stadium until 2015, and with captain Jobi McAnuff making a full recovery from hernia surgery, the Royals are in good shape to make a late surge toward promotion. Defenders Shaun Cummings (hamstring) and Andy Griffin could make a timely return to first-team action at the Riverside, allowing Matt Connolly and Ian Harte to drop to the bench. Winger Michail Antonio is one absentee for the Berkshire outfit, having joined Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season. One player pushing for inclusion in the north east is Tomasz Cywka. The attacking midfielder has been restricted to just two substitute appearances since joining from Derby in January.

Formation:433Manager: Tony Mowbray

Middlesbrough

Formation: 442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

  • Jason Steele
  • Justin Hoyte
  • Seb Hines
  • Matthew Bates
  • Joe Bennett
  • Barry Robson
  • Rhys Williams
  • Julio Arca
  • Faris Haroun
  • Lukas Jutkiewicz
  • Marvin Emnes
  • SUBS
  • Bart Ogbeche
  • Malaury Martin
  • Curtis Main
  • Tony McMahon
  • Richard Smallwood

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Match Report

Royals march on Goals in either half from Noel Hunt and Ian Harte earned Reading their fifth successive npower Championship victory with a 2-0 triumph over Middlesbrough at the Riverside. Republic of Ireland striker Hunt converted from close range in the 17th minute after a well-worked corner before Harte killed off the game with a brilliant free-kick 10 minutes from time. The impressive result completed a successful week for the Royals, who tied manager Brian McDermott to a new contract despite interest from Barclays Premier League side Wolves. After failing to create any clear-cut opportunities in the opening half, Boro tested visiting goalkeeper Adam Federici on numerous occasions in the second but could not find a way back into the game. Reading continued their promotion charge after their fifth consecutive clean sheet, while Tony Mowbray's side slipped to their third home league defeat of the campaign. After a scrappy start, Reading started to take control and broke the deadlock from their first corner. A smart interchange between Harte and Jimmy Kebe led to the former delivering into the box toward Alex Pearce and, after the defender guided the ball back across the face of the goal, Hunt was in the right place to convert from six yards via the underside of the bar. Lukas Jutkiewicz had a shot blocked by Pearce and top-scorer Marvin Emnes fired wide as Middlesbrough struggled to create any clear-cut chances. In-form striker Jason Roberts' tame effort from a McAnuff cross was blocked by Julio Arca, who ended the half by striking wide from 25 yards. Boro started brightly after the interval and Rhys Williams was the first to work Federici with a looping header. Arca's fierce strike just flew over the bar before Federici was grateful to grasp a Williams effort from 25 yards. At the other end, Roberts broke clear of the last defender and should have put Reading 2-0 ahead, only to see Jason Steele's outstretched boot deny him his fourth goal in five games since his January move from Blackburn. The miss seemed to lift Boro and Jutkiewicz had two chances in as many minutes to draw his side level. The former Coventry striker shot straight at Federici before bringing the best out of the Australian keeper with a header. Despite late Boro pressure, Reading extended their lead and killed off the game through deadball specialist Harte. The former Leeds defender curled a superb 25-yard free-kick into the top corner after 80 minutes. Reading, who were unlucky not to be awarded a last-minute penalty when McAnuff appeared to be pulled down in the box, held on to claim their first win at the Riverside since 2008.

Form Guide

    LLDDWW
  • Middlesbrough
  • VS
  • Reading
  • WLWWWW

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 0 - 0
  • Middlesbrough
  • 01/10/2011
  • Reading
  • 5 - 2
  • Middlesbrough
  • 05/03/2011
  • Middlesbrough
  • 3 - 1
  • Reading
  • 18/09/2010
  • Middlesbrough
  • 1 - 1
  • Reading
  • 20/03/2010
  • Reading
  • 0 - 2
  • Middlesbrough
  • 03/10/2009
  • Reading
  • 0 - 1
  • Middlesbrough
  • 13/04/1998

Top Scorers

Middlesbrough

  • M Emnes 10
  • S McDonald 9
  • B Robson 5
  • F Haroun 2
  • R Williams 2
  • M Martin 2
  • B Ogbeche 1
  • N Bailey 1
  • T McMahon 1
  • M Bates 1
  • L Jutkiewicz 1
  • J Bennett 1
  • C Main 1

Reading

  • S Church 6
  • A Le Fondre 6
  • J McAnuff 4
  • N Hunt 4
  • J Roberts 3
  • JB Kebe 3
  • A Pearce 3
  • M Manset 3
  • H Robson-Kanu 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • K Gorkss 1
  • J Karacan 1

Goals

Middlesbrough

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

Reading

    • Total goals 71
    • Goals per game 39
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 11 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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