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  • Date:26 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:22,141
  • McAnuff (16) McAnuff (45)
    Adam El-Abd - og (90)
Goal!

Live Commentary

94:48 +4.48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Noel Hunt on Adam El-Abd. Free kick taken by Matthew Sparrow.

94:23 +4.23

Ian Harte is brought on as a substitute for Kaspars Gorkss.

93:41 +3.41

Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Harley, clearance made by Alex Pearce.

91:43 +1.43

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Adam El-Abd. Reading 3-0 Brighton.The assist for the goal came from Jimmy Kebe.

90:35 +0.35

Billy Paynter takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

89:34

Kaspars Gorkss fouled by Billy Paynter, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

87:17

Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mauricio Taricco. Michail Antonio comes on in place of Simon Church. Adam El-Abd takes the direct free kick.

86:08

Corner from the right by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff, Header by Alex Pearce from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

84:55

The ball is crossed by Craig Noone, Adam Federici makes a save.

82:39

Craig Noone crosses the ball, save by Adam Federici.

81:24

Mauricio Taricco takes a short corner.

80:54

Simon Church gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam El-Abd. Adam El-Abd takes the direct free kick.

79:00

Craig Noone sends in a cross, Header from close range by Craig Mackail-Smith misses to the right of the goal.

76:58

The ball is sent over by Craig Noone.

75:48

The referee blows for offside against Simon Church. Free kick taken by Casper Ankergren.

73:59

Andy Griffin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Sparrow. Andy Griffin goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Noel Hunt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Le Fondre. The ball is sent over by Liam Bridcutt, Lewis Dunk takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.

72:39

Simon Church concedes a free kick for a foul on Mauricio Taricco. Adam El-Abd takes the direct free kick.

70:55

Jobi McAnuff fouled by Mauricio Taricco, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jobi McAnuff.

69:41

Ryan Harley takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

68:29

Craig Noone delivers the ball.

67:07

Jimmy Kebe has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

66:41

Craig Noone crosses the ball, Billy Paynter conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

66:14

Mauricio Taricco fouled by Mikele Leigertwood, the ref awards a free kick. Mauricio Taricco takes the free kick.

63:40

Shaun Cummings fouled by Matthew Sparrow, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Sparrow is given a yellow card. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.

61:14

Kazenga LuaLua leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Noone. Will Buckley goes off and Billy Paynter comes on.

59:54

Gordon Greer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

59:31

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Harley, clearance by Alex Pearce.

59:24

The ball is swung over by Ryan Harley, clearance made by Kaspars Gorkss.

59:03

Short corner taken by Will Buckley from the right by-line.

58:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Sparrow by Mikele Leigertwood. Free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

57:18

Outswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, Alex Pearce has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

55:25

Effort from outside the penalty box by Adam Le Fondre goes wide left of the target.

53:35

Jem Karacan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Harley. Free kick taken by Gordon Greer.

52:47

Liam Bridcutt receives a yellow card.

49:42

Corner taken short by Jobi McAnuff.

49:01

Adam El-Abd challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions Adam El-Abd for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from left wing, clearance by Ryan Harley.

48:20

Long range effort from Mauricio Taricco misses to the left of the goal.

46:31

Unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.

46:24 +1.24

A goal is scored by Jobi McAnuff from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-0 Brighton.Andy Griffin provided the assist for the goal.

43:42

Centre by Jimmy Kebe, Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Comfortable save by Casper Ankergren.

39:19

Will Buckley sends in a cross, Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.

37:34

Shot from just outside the area by Matthew Sparrow misses to the right of the target.

33:52

Liam Bridcutt concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.

33:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Matthew Sparrow. Free kick taken by Matthew Sparrow.

31:02

The referee blows for offside against Adam Le Fondre. Casper Ankergren restarts play with the free kick.

29:10

Foul by Shaun Cummings on Kazenga LuaLua, free kick awarded. Mauricio Taricco takes the free kick.

27:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Cummings on Kazenga LuaLua. Free kick taken by Mauricio Taricco.

26:38

Mauricio Taricco crosses the ball, Close range shot by Adam El-Abd goes over the bar.

26:23

Will Buckley sends in a cross, save by Adam Federici.

20:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Will Buckley on Jobi McAnuff. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.

19:22

Mikele Leigertwood has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

18:02

Ryan Harley takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Unfair challenge on Simon Church by Adam El-Abd results in a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

16:00

The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, Jobi McAnuff gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Brighton.Assist by Jimmy Kebe.

14:50

Shot from deep inside the area by Will Buckley clears the crossbar.

12:25

Adam El-Abd takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

11:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith by Kaspars Gorkss. Ryan Harley crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.

9:39

The ball is sent over by Jobi McAnuff, Shot by Simon Church from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

8:46

Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Lewis Dunk manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line played to the near post, Will Buckley manages to make a clearance.

7:38

Adam El-Abd gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikele Leigertwood. Kaspars Gorkss restarts play with the free kick.

6:30

The offside flag is raised against Will Buckley. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Griffin.

5:00

Jem Karacan takes a shot. Comfortable save by Casper Ankergren.

1:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Adam Le Fondre. Lewis Dunk takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Manset worry for McDermott Striker Mathieu Manset is a major doubt for Reading boss Brian McDermott as he prepares his side to face Brighton on Boxing Day. Manset has been struggling with an injury this week and is unlikely to be included in the squad to face the Seagulls. However, McDermott has been boosted by the news that fellow frontman Noel Hunt should be available for selection after recovering from a hip complaint while defender Ian Harte is set to be involved despite missing some training this week because of illness. Winger Jimmy Kebe has returned to training after a leg injury suffered against West Ham on December 10 and could be considered for a recall, and full-back Shaun Cummings is set to keep his spot on the right of defence despite dislocating his shoulder in the 1-0 win at Leeds last weekend. Brynjar Gunnarsson is on the road to full fitness following a calf problem that has kept him out of action for two months, but he is likely to have to settle for a place on the bench at best against Brighton. Full-back Joseph Mills is also on the mend after his ankle niggle and could feature. Brighton boss Gus Poyet has been boosted by the return of defender Marcos Painter. Painter has missed the last four matches with a hamstring injury and makes a timely return with Poyet's defence depleted. Gonzalo Jara Reyes has been recalled by West Brom while Romain Vincelot starts a three-match ban following his dismissal against Burnley. Inigo Calderon will be missing for another two weeks after keyhole knee surgery and fellow Spaniard Vicente Rodriguez continues to struggle with a thigh injury. Fellow midfielder Gary Dicker is still recovering from the broken leg he suffered in October and defender Tommy Elphick is out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury which required a second operation. Brighton lost their appeal against striker Ashley Barnes' red card against Burnley and he begins a three-match ban and Will Hoskins (knee) could miss out again.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 4411Manager: Gustavo Poyet

Brighton

  • Adam Federici
  • Shaun Cummings
  • Alex Pearce
  • Kaspars Gorkss
  • Andy Griffin
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Jem Karacan
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Adam Le Fondre
  • Simon Church
  • SUBS
  • Mikkel Andersen
  • Jay Tabb
  • Noel Hunt
  • Ian Harte
  • Michail Antonio

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Match Report

McAnuff double sinks Seagulls Jobi McAnuff's first-half brace helped sink Brighton 3-0 and fired Reading into the npower Championship play-off places. Last season's beaten finalists have their sights set on another trip to Wembley and made it three straight wins courtesy of McAnuff's second and third goals of the campaign. The winger's deadly double, and a late own-goal from Adam El-Abd, condemned Gus Poyet's Brighton, who were the early-season pacesetters, to a third consecutive defeat. The Seagulls improved after the break but squandered a host of chances with Billy Paynter and Craig Mackail-Smith the chief culprits. Reading threatened from the first whistle with Casper Ankergren keeping out Jem Karacan's deflected shot and Lewis Dunk clearing a close-range effort from Jimmy Kebe. Brighton's first chance fell to defender El-Abd, whose shot was too close to Royals keeper Adam Federici. But Reading went ahead in the 17th minute when Kebe outstripped Brighton veteran Mauricio Taricco and swung in a cross to the centre of the area where McAnuff was on hand to sweep the ball past Ankergren. The hosts almost doubled their lead three minutes later from a carbon-copy move but this time Mikele Leigertwood could not match McAnuff's finish as his shot flew wide. Brighton came close to a leveller when Taricco's cross found El-Abd but the full-back's attempted lob came down on top of Federici's goal. But instead they found themselves two down on the stroke of half-time, when McAnuff collected Andy Griffin's pass, cut inside El-Abd and fired a low shot past Ankergren and into the net. Poyet threw on Leeds loanee Paynter after the break and the striker, who has yet to find the net for Brighton, spurned a good chance to pull one back when he volleyed Craig Noone's cross over the top. The Seagulls thought they should have had a penalty moments later when Mackail-Smith was bundled over by Griffin but referee Simon Hooper was not interested. Brighton were building up a head of steam and Federici was called into action again when he kept out Ryan Harley's shot and a header from Dunk. Mackail-Smith then had two wonderful chances to make Reading sweat, but he took an air-shot in front of goal and then prodded Noone's inviting cross the wrong side of the post. And Brighton's misery was complete a minute from time when the luckless El-Abd, attempting to clear Kebe's cross, succeeded only in turning the ball past Ankergren and into his own net.

Form Guide

    LWWLWW
  • Reading
  • VS
  • Brighton
  • LWWWLL

Last Meetings

  • Reading
  • 5 - 1
  • Brighton
  • 10/12/2005
  • Brighton
  • 0 - 2
  • Reading
  • 09/08/2005
  • Brighton
  • 0 - 1
  • Reading
  • 21/03/2005
  • Reading
  • 3 - 2
  • Brighton
  • 07/08/2004
  • Reading
  • 1 - 2
  • Brighton
  • 04/04/2003
  • Brighton
  • 0 - 1
  • Reading
  • 30/11/2002

Top Scorers

Reading

  • S Church 6
  • 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

Brighton

  • C Mackail-Smith 6
  • A Barnes 3
  • W Buckley 3
  • R Harley 2
  • C Noone 2
  • G Greer 1
  • RG Vicente 1
  • W Hoskins 1
  • R Vincelot 1

Goals

Reading

    • Total goals 49
    • Goals per game 27
  • 2 (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

Brighton

    • Total goals 45
    • Goals per game 23
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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