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Hal Robson-Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ibrahima Sonko. Indirect free kick taken by Arran Lee-Barrett.
Jay Tabb joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jem Karacan.
Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Save made by Arran Lee-Barrett.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Arran Lee-Barrett.
Noel Hunt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Arran Lee-Barrett restarts play with the free kick. (Reading) makes a substitution, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Jimmy Kebe. (Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Jimmy Bullard coming on for Grant Leadbitter.
Mikele Leigertwood crosses the ball, Grant Leadbitter makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
Josh Carson challenges Jimmy Kebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, Arran Lee-Barrett makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Noel Hunt, Ibrahima Sonko gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Leadbitter on Simon Church. Alex Pearce takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Lee Bowyer. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Shot from outside the box by Josh Carson goes wide right of the target.
Noel Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Ibrahima Sonko. Ibrahima Sonko takes the free kick.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
Josh Carson replaces Lee Martin. Nathan Ellington is brought on as a substitute for Michael Chopra.
Shot by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Adam Federici makes a save.
The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, Arran Lee-Barrett makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Noel Hunt, blocked by Aaron Cresswell.
Centre by Jimmy Kebe, save made by Arran Lee-Barrett.
Handball by Grant Leadbitter. A cross is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, Alex Pearce finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Reading 1-0 Ipswich.Assist by Jobi McAnuff.
(Reading) makes a substitution, with Noel Hunt coming on for Adam Le Fondre.
Effort from deep inside the area by Michael Chopra misses to the left of the target.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is caught offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lee Martin.
The official flags Jobi McAnuff offside. Free kick taken by Arran Lee-Barrett.
Adam Le Fondre fouled by Ibrahima Sonko, the ref awards a free kick. Ibrahima Sonko goes into the book. Andy Griffin takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Shaun Cummings, Arran Lee-Barrett makes a save.
Daryl Murphy produces a cross, save made by Adam Federici.
Damien Delaney produces a left-footed shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the goal.
Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Edwards. Direct free kick taken by Arran Lee-Barrett.
The offside flag is raised against Adam Le Fondre. Arran Lee-Barrett takes the indirect free kick.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
Foul by Michael Chopra on Andy Griffin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff, save by Arran Lee-Barrett.
A cross is delivered by Simon Church, Carlos Edwards manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Carlos Edwards, save by Adam Federici.
The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Arran Lee-Barrett makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Lee Martin, Andy Griffin gets a block in.
Foul by Daryl Murphy on Shaun Cummings, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff played to the near post, Lee Bowyer manages to make a clearance.
Jem Karacan crosses the ball.
The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe.
The ball is sent over by Simon Church, save by Arran Lee-Barrett.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Martin by Kaspars Gorkss. Strike comes in from Aaron Cresswell from the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Shaun Cummings.
Centre by Carlos Edwards, Jimmy Kebe makes a clearance.
Aaron Cresswell takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Michael Chopra fouled by Alex Pearce, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Cresswell restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Chopra produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot.
The ball is swung over by Adam Le Fondre, clearance made by Damien Delaney.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Martin, Jimmy Kebe makes a clearance.
Lee Martin takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Blocked by Jem Karacan.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lee Martin, save by Adam Federici.
The ball is sent over by Daryl Murphy, Shaun Cummings gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Simon Church, save made by Arran Lee-Barrett.
The referee blows for offside. Arran Lee-Barrett takes the indirect free kick.
Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball, Aaron Cresswell gets a block in.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, Kaspars Gorkss takes a shot. Save by Arran Lee-Barrett.
A cross is delivered by Mikele Leigertwood, Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahima Sonko.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, save made by Arran Lee-Barrett.
The ball is delivered by Adam Le Fondre, blocked by Damien Delaney.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, Arran Lee-Barrett makes a save.
Royals at full strength
Reading manager Brian McDermott has no injury or suspension worries as he prepares his side to face Ipswich at the Madejski Stadium on New Year's Eve.
McDermott is likely to stick with the same starting XI that beat Brighton 3-0 on Boxing Day as the Royals aim to consolidate their place in the npower Championship play-offs.
That means Andy Griffin is set to keep his spot at left-back despite the continued availability of Irishman Ian Harte and youngster Joseph Mills, while Hal Robson-Kanu will have to make do with a place on the substitutes' bench.
Robson-Kanu missed the Seagulls clash through injury but should return to the matchday squad this weekend.
Midfielder Brian Howard has returned to the Berkshire club following the conclusion of his loan spell at Millwall but is unlikely to play a part against the Tractor Boys.
Influential midfield loanee Keith Andrews will miss out for Ipswich.
The stand-in skipper, who has found the net nine times so far this season, was forced off with a hamstring injury just before half-time in Town's 1-1 draw at Leicester on Boxing Day.
Andrews will now miss the clash at the Madejski Stadium and is also a serious doubt for Monday's home encounter against Nottingham Forest - scheduled to be the final match of his half-season loan stay before he returns to Blackburn.
Jimmy Bullard, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and club captain Grant Leadbitter will all vie to replace him against the Royals.
Striker Jason Scotland is expected to be okay despite reporting a tight hamstring following the clash at the King Power Stadium.
Damien Delaney got the nod ahead of Ivar Ingimarsson and Tommy Smith to replace departed loanee Danny Collins at the heart of defence - the only change to Paul Jewell's XI - and the Irishman should start again as Ipswich look to make it four games unbeaten.
Pearce wins it for Royals
Alex Pearce scored his third goal of the season to hand Reading their fourth consecutive home win in the npower Championship with a 1-0 victory over Ipswich.
The defender rose to head in Jobi McAnuff`s free-kick just after the hour mark to end Ipswich's three-match unbeaten run and maintain the Royals' play-off place.
The goal decided an eventful but at times scrappy encounter at the Madejski Stadium, during which both sides wasted a hatful of chances in front of goal.
Both Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici and Tractor Boys stopper Arran Lee-Barrett were on top form to deny their opponents on numerous occasions.
Federici saved well from Daryl Murphy and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who also hit the bar with a fizzing effort, while Lee-Barrett was on hand to prevent Adam Le Fondre and Simon Church from finding the net.
And in the end Pearce's impressive header was enough to give the hosts all three points.
Reading, who had netted three times in each of their last three home matches, started the match at a canter.
Pearce had a glorious chance to open the scoring for the Royals after eight minutes, but he could only direct his free header into the arms of Lee-Barrett.
Despite the home side's start, Ipswich came close to taking an early lead when Murphy wriggled free to get a shot on target.
The effort looked to be sliding into the net, but Federici got down to make a save.
The hosts retaliated quickly, and Le Fondre's claims for a penalty after the former Rotherham man went down under the presence of Ipswich centre-back Ibrahima Sonko were rejected by referee Jock Waugh.
In an end-to-end first quarter of the game, the Tractor Boys went close when a shot from Emmanuel-Thomas clipped the top of Federici`s crossbar.
Michael Chopra tried his luck for the Suffolk outfit without success before Aaron Cresswell had Federici clambering across his goal as his 25-yard swerving attempt narrowly missed the target after 19 minutes.
Le Fondre was within a whisker of converting Jem Karacan's delightful cross nine minutes later, but the striker`s outstretched leg could not connect with the ball with the goal gaping.
The match quietened down somewhat in the lead-up to half-time. Le Fondre saw his 35th-minute effort stopped by Lee-Barrett and Federici denied Emmanuel-Thomas at the other end as the teams went into the break goalless.
After the interval, Ipswich came closest to breaking the deadlock when Chopra bundled his shot wide from 10 yards from a tight angle as, despite the number of chances, the match looked destined to end up goalless.
In the end, however, it needed a defender to find the game's only goal.
Ipswich midfielder Lee Bowyer was penalised for handball, McAnuff`s free-kick was met at the back post by Pearce and his powerful header beat Lee-Barrett and nestled in the back of the net after 64 minutes.
Church went close to doubling the Royals` advantage eight minutes later, but the Welshman's clever flick was kept out by Lee-Barrett.
Ipswich struggled to mount a recovery, as Reading enjoyed the better of the territory in the final stages.
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