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  • Date:11 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:18,006
  • Kebe (25) Roberts (42)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92:41 +2.41

Foul by Jason Roberts on Richard Keogh, free kick awarded. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

92:03 +2.03

Jordan Clarke fouled by Tomasz Cywka, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

91:16 +1.16

Gary McSheffrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomasz Cywka. Matthew Connolly takes the direct free kick.

90:17 +0.17

Alex Nimely is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

88:26

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

87:56

Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jay Tabb.

86:03

Jay Tabb is brought on as a substitute for Mikele Leigertwood.

83:36

Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jem Karacan.

82:24

Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Murphy.

81:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Clarke on Tomasz Cywka. Booking for Jordan Clarke for unsporting behaviour. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.

80:52

Shot by Gary McSheffrey. Save by Adam Federici.

78:53

Outswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Joe Murphy.

78:05

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

77:35

Unfair challenge on Matthew Connolly by Gary McSheffrey results in a free kick. Matthew Connolly takes the free kick.

76:56

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gary McSheffrey, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

76:25

Alex Nimely takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

75:42

Tomasz Cywka joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jimmy Kebe.

75:21

Carl Baker is brought on as a substitute for Gary Deegan.

74:52

Simon Church has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

74:20

Gary McSheffrey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

69:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Bell on Mikele Leigertwood. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

68:44

Centre by Gary McSheffrey, Adam Federici makes a save.

66:54

(Reading) makes a substitution, with Simon Church coming on for Noel Hunt.

66:28

Alex Nimely produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

65:39

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Oliver Norwood, Adam Federici makes a save.

65:16

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

63:30

Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Oliver Norwood, free kick awarded. Mikele Leigertwood receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Oliver Norwood restarts play with the free kick.

63:08

Richard Keogh is penalised for a handball. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.

62:36

Inswinging corner taken by Gary McSheffrey.

61:38

Alex Nimely takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

60:33

Effort on goal by Jason Roberts from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

60:11

Alex Nimely is caught offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

59:46

The ball is crossed by Cyrus Christie, Adam Federici manages to make a clearance.

58:33

David Bell joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sammy Clingan.

56:49

The official flags Noel Hunt offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

53:07

Foul by Noel Hunt on Richard Keogh, free kick awarded. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

46:00

Gary McSheffrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

44:19

Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Deegan. Gary McSheffrey takes the indirect free kick.

42:13

Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, Jason Roberts fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-0 Coventry.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Connolly.

40:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nimely by Jem Karacan. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

39:17

Jimmy Kebe fouled by Martin Cranie, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Martin Cranie a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Gary Deegan.

38:18

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

36:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nimely by Kaspars Gorkss. Richard Keogh restarts play with the free kick.

31:45

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikele Leigertwood, Headed effort from the edge of the area by Noel Hunt goes wide of the right-hand post.

31:13

Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

30:53

The referee penalises Gary McSheffrey for handball. Matthew Connolly restarts play with the free kick.

29:40

The ball is sent over by Joseph Mills.

26:54

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Harte by Cyrus Christie. Cyrus Christie is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

25:00

A goal is scored by Jimmy Kebe from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Coventry.Jason Roberts provided the assist for the goal.

23:11

Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Keogh. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

22:27

The referee penalises Gary Deegan for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.

20:48

Foul by Clive Platt on Kaspars Gorkss, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.

19:07

A cross is delivered by Cyrus Christie, comfortable save by Adam Federici.

17:26

Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Gary McSheffrey results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.

16:47

The ball is delivered by Joseph Mills, Sammy Clingan manages to make a clearance.

15:19

Effort from the edge of the area by Gary Deegan goes wide of the left-hand upright.

14:49

Oliver Norwood fouled by Noel Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

13:45

Shot by Noel Hunt. Joe Murphy makes a comfortable save.

8:27

Mikele Leigertwood challenges Sammy Clingan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sammy Clingan takes the free kick.

6:47

Richard Wood leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Clarke.

1:19

Matthew Connolly challenges Gary McSheffrey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sammy Clingan crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Noel Hunt manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

Royals hopeful over duo Reading have high hopes that Jimmy Kebe and Mikele Leigertwood will be available for selection against Coventry this weekend. Winger Kebe has not featured for the Royals since the 2-1 victory at Watford on January 14 because of a knee injury but is expected to be available to manager Brian McDermott against the struggling Sky Blues on Saturday. And midfielder Leigertwood is also set for a return to the first-team frame after sitting out the last three Royals clashes because of a thigh problem. Otherwise, McDermott has no new injury or suspension problems to contend with as he looks to guide the Berkshire outfit back into the play-off places with a win, providing results elsewhere go in their favour. Coventry continue to be without at least six players for the trip. Defenders Hermann Hreidarsson (shoulder), Chris Hussey (ankle), Nathan Cameron (knee) and Cyrus Christie (knock) as well as midfielder Conor Thomas (abductor) and striker Cody McDonald (knee) each missed last weekend's heartbreaking 3-2 defeat at home to Ipswich. And they are all set to sit out once again at the Madejski Stadium as struggling City face an uphill task in their bid to record a long-awaited first away win of the season. On-loan Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood is expected to come in for his full Sky Blues debut having stepped off the bench as a second-half substitute against Town following his arrival on deadline day.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 442Manager: Andy Thorn

Coventry

  • Adam Federici
  • Matthew Connolly
  • Alex Pearce
  • Kaspars Gorkss
  • Ian Harte
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Jem Karacan
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Joseph Mills
  • Noel Hunt
  • Jason Roberts
  • SUBS
  • Mikkel Andersen
  • Jay Tabb
  • Adam Le Fondre
  • Simon Church
  • Tomasz Cywka

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Match Report

Royals overcome basement boys Jimmy Kebe and Jason Roberts found the net as Reading made it back-to-back home wins in the npower Championship with a 2-0 victory over Coventry. The pair registered in the first 45 minutes as the Royals followed up their 1-0 triumph over Bristol City at the Madejski Stadium a fortnight ago with another three important points in the race for a play-off place. Despite starting the match slowly and enjoying very few clear-cut chances, Reading cantered into a two-goal half-time lead. Kebe opened the hosts' account with a deflected attempt midway through the opening period before Roberts bundled the ball home from Ian Harte's corner two minutes before the break to hand the Berkshire outfit a comfortable advantage at the interval. In the second half, Coventry came close through Alex Nimely and Gary McSheffrey, both of whom produced fine saves from Reading keeper Adam Federici, but the visitors struggled to find a breakthrough. Reading manager Brian McDermott handed a debut to on-loan full-back Matthew Connolly while the Royals were buoyed by the returns of midfielder Mikele Leigertwood and winger Kebe. Kaspars Gorkss took the captain's armband in the absence of Jobi McAnuff, with Joseph Mills filling in on the left of midfield. Coventry brought Oliver Norwood and Cyrus Christie into their starting line-up, with David Bell and Jordan Clarke dropping to the bench, but boss Andy Thorn was forced into an early change as Richard Wood made way for Clarke within seven minutes because of injury. After a quiet opening to the match, Noel Hunt saw his tame shot saved by Joe Murphy before Gary Deegan's 25-yard snap shot flashed wide of the Reading goal. The visitors had started well but life on the road has not been kind to Coventry of late and the Sky Blues' chances of avoiding an eighth successive away defeat took a serious dent when Kebe marked his comeback from a knee injury with a goal after 25 minutes. The Malian picked up a loose ball outside the penalty area, burst into the box and lobbed a deflected effort past Murphy from 15 yards. Having struggled to get a foothold on proceedings in the first 20 minutes, the strike suddenly handed Reading the upper hand. Hunt nodded Harte's corner just wide after Alex Pearce and Gorkss both went close from similar positions, and the Royals had their guests on the ropes. And their dominance paid off for a second time in the 43rd minute. Harte whipped in a corner from the right, Connolly nodded the cross on and Roberts popped up to usher the ball over the line for his second goal since arriving from Blackburn last month. After the break Reading slipped back into a comfortable rhythm and Roberts felt he should have had a penalty after being felled following a zig-zagging run into the area but referee David Coote waved away the frontman's claims. The experienced striker was back in the action moments later, however, shooting high and wide after latching onto Hunt's flick-on. Coventry went close through the lively Nimely, who produced a good save from Federici from 12 yards out and the Reading stopper performed acrobatics to tip McSheffrey's long-range piledriver over the crossbar moments later. Bell came off the bench for the injured Sammy Clingan for Coventry as the Sky Blues continued to stretch their hosts. Federici again denied Nimely, following his turn and shot from the edge of the box, before the Australian had a much easier save to make from McSheffrey's mis-hit left-footed effort. And despite having the better of the chances in the second period, Coventry's miserable away run drags on.

Form Guide

    WWLWLW
  • Reading
  • VS
  • Coventry
  • WLLWLL

Last Meetings

  • Coventry
  • 1 - 1
  • Reading
  • 24/09/2011
  • Coventry
  • 0 - 0
  • Reading
  • 30/04/2011
  • Reading
  • 0 - 0
  • Coventry
  • 11/12/2010
  • Reading
  • 3 - 0
  • Coventry
  • 05/04/2010
  • Coventry
  • 1 - 3
  • Reading
  • 31/10/2009
  • Coventry
  • 0 - 0
  • Reading
  • 04/04/2009

Top Scorers

Reading

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

Coventry

  • G McSheffrey 3
  • G Deegan 3
  • C Platt 2
  • C Baker 1
  • S Clingan 1
  • R Wood 1
  • A Nimely 1
  • C McDonald 1
  • C Thomas 1

Goals

Reading

    • Total goals 62
    • Goals per game 35
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 11 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Coventry

    • Total goals 53
    • Goals per game 26
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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