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The ball is swung over by Sam Hird, save made by Adam Federici.
Jobi McAnuff decides to take a short corner.
Inswinging corner taken by Milan Lalkovic, clearance by Shaun Cummings.
Centre by Milan Lalkovic, blocked by Shaun Cummings.
The ball is swung over by George Friend, Adam Federici makes a save.
Milan Lalkovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Joseph Mills. The referee cautions Milan Lalkovic for unsporting behaviour. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by James Coppinger, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.
James Coppinger has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by James Hayter results in a free kick. James Hayter goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Joseph Mills.
Effort on goal by Brian Stock from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
Milan Lalkovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Kaspars Gorkss. Brian Stock replaces Tommy Spurr. Sam Hird is brought on as a substitute for Giles Barnes. Joseph Mills restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line.
Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Blocked by George Friend.
Giles Barnes sends in a cross, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.
Joseph Mills produces a cross, Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
James Coppinger takes a shot. Alex Pearce gets a block in.
Jobi McAnuff produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Shaun Cummings on James Coppinger. Free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.
James Coppinger produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Milan Lalkovic by Alex Pearce. Direct free kick taken by John Oster.
The ball is swung over by James Coppinger.
James Hayter takes a shot. Blocked by Kaspars Gorkss.
James Hayter concedes a free kick for a foul on Kaspars Gorkss. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Jobi McAnuff produces a cross, save made by Neil Sullivan.
Shelton Martis concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Church. Direct free kick taken by Joseph Mills.
Milan Lalkovic takes a shot. Alex Pearce gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by James O'Connor.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Milan Lalkovic. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
Noel Hunt produces a cross.
Adam Le Fondre finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Reading 2-0 Doncaster.Assist by Joseph Mills.
A cross is delivered by James Coppinger.
Simon Church takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save.
Effort on goal by Noel Hunt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Joseph Mills takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save.
Kyle Bennett leaves the field to be replaced by Milan Lalkovic.
Corner taken by Tommy Spurr from the right by-line, clearance made by Jay Tabb.
Simon Church scores a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Doncaster.
Jobi McAnuff takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Giles Barnes gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tommy Spurr on Noel Hunt. Joseph Mills takes the direct free kick.
James Coppinger takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce.
Jobi McAnuff produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner from right by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff.
Simon Church takes a shot. Blocked by George Friend.
Joseph Mills delivers the ball, clearance by Shelton Martis.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joseph Mills played to the near post, Tommy Spurr manages to make a clearance.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Neil Sullivan makes a save.
Jimmy Kebe goes off and Adam Le Fondre comes on.
Simon Church is caught offside. George Friend takes the indirect free kick.
Mikele Leigertwood produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by James O'Connor, clearance by Shaun Cummings.
Noel Hunt challenges Simon Gillett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Shelton Martis.
A cross is delivered by James Coppinger, save by Adam Federici.
Simon Church takes a shot. Save by Neil Sullivan.
Jay Tabb takes a shot. Giles Barnes gets a block in.
James O'Connor sends in a cross, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Simon Church, clearance made by George Friend.
Simon Church is ruled offside. Shelton Martis takes the indirect free kick.
Giles Barnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikele Leigertwood. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Foul by Noel Hunt on George Friend, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Oster.
Handball decision goes against Tommy Spurr. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Tommy Spurr played to the near post, save made by Adam Federici.
The ball is crossed by James Coppinger, Joseph Mills manages to make a clearance.
Noel Hunt is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Church by George Friend. Jay Tabb takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Kyle Bennett, Kaspars Gorkss manages to make a clearance.
James O'Connor delivers the ball.
Unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Shelton Martis results in a free kick. Jimmy Kebe restarts play with the free kick.
Simon Church crosses the ball, Noel Hunt takes a shot. James O'Connor gets a block in.
The ball is sent over by Shaun Cummings, Shelton Martis makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, Header from close in by Noel Hunt misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Simon Church, Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save made by Neil Sullivan.
The ball is delivered by Kyle Bennett, save made by Adam Federici.
Inswinging corner taken by Joseph Mills from the right by-line, Neil Sullivan makes a save.
George Friend challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Joseph Mills, John Oster manages to make a clearance.
McDermott sweating on strikers' fitness
Reading are sweating on the fitness of attacking duo Noel Hunt and Hal Robson-Kanu ahead of their clash with Doncaster on Saturday.
Hunt missed last weekend's home defeat to Watford with a back problem and is fighting to be fit for the meeting with Donny, while Robson-Kanu has missed training during the week with a knee injury and is doubtful.
Simon Church bagged two goals for the club's reserve side in midweek and may well feature in manager Brian McDermott's starting line-up, as Reading look to put an end to a dismal run of four consecutive Championship losses.
Adam Le Fondre failed to score on his debut for the first time in his professional career last week and will be hoping to make up for that against the Hornets.
Marcus Williams, meanwhile, has been sent out on loan to Sheffield United.
Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll could call upon fit-again duo Shelton Martis and Brian Stock after both came through a friendly unscathed.
Defender Martis and midfielder Stock have been hit by injury in the opening weeks of the campaign but came through 90 minutes of a practice match against Grimsby in midweek.
Yet the Yorkshire outfit remain beset by injuries, with Chris Brown, James Chambers, Martin Woods, Adam Lockwood, Billy Sharp and Ryan Mason all remaining sidelined.
Rovers have yet to win a league game, while Reading have lost their last five after clinching their only victory of the season at Leicester on August 13.
O'Driscoll said: "Obviously confidence on both sides has not been sky high but it's important that we go into the game believing we can play well rather than just hoping that will be the case."
Royals gain home comforts
Reading cleared some of the gloom surrounding the Madejski Stadium with a convincing 2-0 npower Championship victory over Doncaster.
The Royals, who went into the game on a four-match losing streak, dominated throughout and were good value for their three points.
Second-half goals from Simon Church and Adam Le Fondre ensured Brian McDermott could sleep a little easier, after the Reading manager revealed earlier this week that he was being kept up until the middle of the night by his side's precarious position in the table.
Reading started brightly, with Jimmy Kebe forcing Neil Sullivan in the Doncaster goal into an early save.
Church centred and Kebe nodded goalwards, only for former Wimbledon stopper Sullivan to push the effort around the post after seven minutes.
And Church acted as provider once more two minutes later as his cross found Noel Hunt, but the Irishman could not direct his header and the ball drifted behind for a goal-kick.
After taking quarter of an hour to settle, the visitors steadily began to find their feet, but for all the early promise the game hit a lull in the middle of the first period.
Church should have ended that, and put the Royals in front, on 32 minutes but failed to beat Sullivan after being put clean through on goal by Jobi McAnuff.
But quickly the home side began to assert themselves over their visitors from Yorkshire.
Mikele Leigertwood saw his drilled shot fizz just wide eight minutes before the break, and only a desperate clearance by Sullivan denied Church from following up McAnuff's original effort.
Just before the interval, the impressive Church had a good effort blocked by George Friend as Reading ended the opening 45 minutes at a canter.
The game picked up almost exactly from where it left off after half-time, with McAnuff blasting over the bar from long range, but soon the Berkshire outfit found themselves in front.
Sullivan fumbled a high ball, leaving Church with the simplest of tap-ins, and the striker took the chance his performance richly deserved.
Reading were soon dominant. Church went close with two attempts before Le Fondre, on as a first-half substitute for the injured Kebe, found himself in acres of space to head Joseph Mills' cross home for his first goal for his new club on his second appearance.
Doncaster rallied a little late on, with James Coppinger firing against the post, but it was an isolated moment in a display of comfortable control from Reading.
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