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  • Date:05 Mar 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:18,568
  • Robson-Kanu (13) Harte (34) Harte (47)
    Long (52) Long (67)
  • Lita (28)
    Lita - pen (71)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93:59 +3.59

Foul by Nicky Bailey on Hal Robson-Kanu, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Hal Robson-Kanu.

93:34 +3.34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rhys Williams on Jay Tabb. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

92:22 +2.22

Unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Michail Antonio results in a free kick. Connor Ripley takes the direct free kick.

91:10 +1.10

Hal Robson-Kanu fouled by Nicky Bailey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte, blocked by Tony McMahon. Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the left by-line, clearance made by Tony McMahon.

88:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Mathieu Manset. Connor Ripley takes the free kick.

87:40

Hal Robson-Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Grounds. Connor Ripley takes the free kick.

86:00

(Reading) makes a substitution, with Mathieu Manset coming on for Noel Hunt. Simon Church fouled by Jonathan Grounds, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Connor Ripley makes a save.

85:25

The assistant referee signals for offside against Simon Church. Indirect free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

82:38

Jay Tabb challenges Joe Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony McMahon has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Noel Hunt.

81:13

(Reading) makes a substitution, with Michail Antonio coming on for Jimmy Kebe. Leroy Lita produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.

79:05

Simon Church takes a shot. Connor Ripley makes a save.

77:23

Drilled right-footed shot by Simon Church. Seb Hines gets a block in.

76:44

Joe Bennett crosses the ball, clearance made by Zurab Khizanishvili.

75:20

Handball by Simon Church. Connor Ripley restarts play with the free kick.

74:52

Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Rhys Williams gets a block in.

73:50

Jimmy Kebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Bennett. Connor Ripley restarts play with the free kick.

71:48

Leroy Lita scores a penalty. Reading 5-2 Middlesbrough.Matt Mills gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Leroy Lita.

69:44

Shot by Jimmy Kebe. Jonathan Grounds gets a block in.

68:42

Simon Church is brought on as a substitute for Shane Long.

67:28

Shane Long finds the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 5-1 Middlesbrough.Assist by Jay Tabb.

66:44

The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, Hal Robson-Kanu has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

65:32

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Connor Ripley.

64:35

Foul by Rhys Williams on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Matt Mills takes the free kick.

64:28

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.

63:44

Tony McMahon delivers the ball, clearance by Brynjar Gunnarsson.

63:37

Marvin Emnes delivers the ball, clearance by Mikele Leigertwood.

63:16

Zurab Khizanishvili gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kris Boyd. Rhys Williams takes the free kick.

62:57

Kris Boyd has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

61:57

Unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.

61:31

The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon, save by Alex McCarthy.

60:10

Shot by Hal Robson-Kanu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

59:40

Rhys Williams is brought on as a substitute for Barry Robson. Jimmy Kebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Taylor. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

58:00

Outswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line, Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Blocked by Seb Hines.

57:43

Barry Robson delivers the ball, clearance made by Matt Mills.

56:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Marvin Emnes. Connor Ripley takes the direct free kick.

54:40

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the left by-line, save by Connor Ripley.

54:05

Noel Hunt is ruled offside. Connor Ripley takes the indirect free kick.

52:46

Shane Long finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Reading 4-1 Middlesbrough.Assist on the goal came from Brynjar Gunnarsson.

51:56

Brynjar Gunnarsson challenges Joe Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Bennett takes the free kick.

49:35

Seb Hines concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte from left channel, clearance by Seb Hines. Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Nicky Bailey makes a clearance. Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Ian Harte.

49:13

Jay Tabb gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Nicky Bailey takes the direct free kick.

48:33 +3.33

The ball is sent over by Brynjar Gunnarsson, save made by Connor Ripley.

48:02

Zurab Khizanishvili gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leroy Lita. Barry Robson takes the direct free kick. The offside flag is raised against Seb Hines. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.

47:14

Ian Harte scores a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 3-1 Middlesbrough.Andrew Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Brynjar Gunnarsson.

46:02 +1.02

The referee blows for offside against Marvin Emnes. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

(Middlesbrough) makes a substitution, with Kris Boyd coming on for Merouane Zemmama.

44:31

A cross is delivered by Joe Bennett, Ian Harte manages to make a clearance.

42:14

Nicky Bailey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

40:38

Leroy Lita is caught offside. Zurab Khizanishvili takes the indirect free kick.

39:04

Connor Ripley replaces Jason Steele.

36:13

Effort from outside the penalty box by Noel Hunt goes wide left of the target.

32:52

Nicky Bailey is given a yellow card. Goal scored by Ian Harte from outside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-1 Middlesbrough.Nicky Bailey challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick.

31:33

Hal Robson-Kanu crosses the ball, Joe Bennett makes a clearance.

28:11

Leroy Lita grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Middlesbrough.

27:56

Noel Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Bailey. Nicky Bailey takes the free kick.

26:49

The referee books Mikele Leigertwood for unsporting behaviour. Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Barry Robson takes the direct free kick.

24:43

Mikele Leigertwood challenges Merouane Zemmama unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Bennett crosses the ball in from the free kick.

23:39

Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the right by-line, save by Alex McCarthy.

20:26

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele. Ian Harte takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Tony McMahon. Outswinging corner taken by Ian Harte, clearance made by Leroy Lita.

18:31

Foul by Barry Robson on Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.

17:15

Zurab Khizanishvili concedes a free kick for a foul on Leroy Lita. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Robson, Alex McCarthy makes a save.

16:11

Unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Jonathan Grounds results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.

15:32

Joe Bennett challenges Jimmy Kebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte crosses the ball in from the free kick, Joe Bennett manages to make a clearance.

14:29

Foul by Noel Hunt on Seb Hines, free kick awarded. Seb Hines takes the direct free kick.

13:18

Hal Robson-Kanu scores a headed goal from close range. Reading 1-0 Middlesbrough.Jimmy Kebe provided the assist for the goal.

12:04

Barry Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

11:14

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Joe Bennett gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line.

10:19

Hal Robson-Kanu concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony McMahon. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

9:27

Brynjar Gunnarsson crosses the ball, clearance by Tony McMahon. Ian Harte takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Leroy Lita.

8:10

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Matt Mills gets a block in.

7:39

Noel Hunt crosses the ball.

7:00

Marvin Emnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Hal Robson-Kanu. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

5:38

Ian Harte takes the outswinging corner, Nicky Bailey manages to make a clearance.

5:02

Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, clearance made by Leroy Lita.

4:15

Unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Tony McMahon results in a free kick. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

4:07

The ball is crossed by Hal Robson-Kanu, Jonathan Grounds manages to make a clearance.

3:07

Tony McMahon sends in a cross, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance.

0:41

Hal Robson-Kanu is caught offside. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.

Match Preview

Decisions for McDermott Reading manager Brian McDermott has some late decisions to make before naming his side to face Middlesbrough. McDermott saw his side pull off a famous FA Cup win at Everton in midweek and could be boosted further by the return of some key players. Right-back Andy Griffin has been sidelined for the last two matches with an Achilles injury but has a chance of being involved, while deputy Shaun Cummings also missed out at Goodison Park with an injury. That meant midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson filling in at full-back and he will do again if required. Club captain Ivar Ingimarsson has been ruled out with a groin injury while Alex Pearce remains sidelined with a thigh strain, so former Blackburn man Zurab Khizanishvili is in line to keep his place. Goalkeeper Adam Federici remains out with a knee injury so 21-year-old Alex McCarthy will continue fresh from making a stunning save to keep out a Leon Osman volley at Everton. Striker Mathieu Manset is fit again after a calf injury and will be in the squad. Australia international Rhys Williams could return to the Middlesbrough squad. The 22-year-old has not played a senior game for the club since April last year because of the pelvic condition which prevented him from representing his country at last summer's World Cup finals. However, Williams got 84 minutes under his belt for the reserves in midweek and is likely to travel to the Madejski Stadium. Midfielder Julio Arca is battling knee and toe injuries and manager Tony Mowbray will make a late decision on him. However, Andrew Davies, Matthew Bates, Justin Hoyte (all hamstring), Stephen McManus, Jonathan Franks, Luke Williams (all ankle), Danny Coyne (double hernia surgery), Willo Flood (thigh) and Kevin Thomson (hairline fibula fracture) are still out.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Mowbray

Middlesbrough

  • Alex McCarthy
  • Brynjar Gunnarsson
  • Matt Mills
  • Zurab Khizanishvili
  • Ian Harte
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Jay Tabb
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Noel Hunt
  • Shane Long
  • SUBS
  • Mikkel Andersen
  • Jem Karacan
  • Michail Antonio
  • Simon Church
  • Brian Howard
  • Sean Morrison
  • Mathieu Manset

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Match Report

Royal thumping for Boro Ian Harte and Shane Long each bagged a brace as Reading extended their unbeaten run in the league to six matches with a thumping 5-2 win over npower Championship strugglers Middlesbrough. The Royals were, for the most part, clinical in front of goal as Hal Robson-Kanu opened the scoring before Harte and Long stole the show to seal a deserved win, despite Leroy Lita netting a brace of his own in two rare Boro attacks. Robson-Kanu opened the scoring from Jimmy Kebe's cross and although Lita pegged his former side back, Harte netted his first of the afternoon with a sublime free-kick shortly before half-time. The full-back received a slice of luck for his second goal when another free-kick went across the face of goal and into the net. Harte then set up Long with a pinpoint cross to leave the striker with the simplest of finishes before the 24-year-old sealed victory after bursting through on goal and sliding home. Lita pulled one back from the penalty spot after Matt Mills fouled the striker in the area but it proved mere consolation. The hosts were looking to build on their FA Cup victory over Everton in midweek and their bright start was rewarded when Robson-Kanu, who replaced Jobi McAnuff in the only change to the Royals starting line-up, broke the deadlock in the 14th minute. Kebe's early right-wing cross was met by an unmarked Robson-Kanu at the far post and the winger powered a downward header past Jason Steele. If the Boro goalkeeper was at fault for the goal, he made up for it moments later to keep the deficit to just one goal after he somehow managed to tip Noel Hunt's close-range volley round the post. It proved to be a crucial save as, against the run of play, former Reading striker Lita hauled Middlesbrough level in the 29th minute. The ball was cleared to Andrew Taylor on the edge of the area and, although Alex McCarthy did well to keep out the initial effort, Lita, who spent four years at the Madjeski Stadium, followed up to drill home. Their joy was short-lived, though, as after Nicky Bailey had made a rash challenge on Long, Ian Harte curled a magnificent 25-yard free-kick past Steele six minutes later. It was no less than Brian McDermott's men deserved but their opponents had clearly not learned their lesson when Taylor fouled Brynjar Gunnarsson on the right three minute after the interval. Harte's whipped free-kick eluded everyone in the area before sailing past substitute Boro keeper Connor Ripley and into the net at the far post. Boro were reeling and Long looked to have ended the game as a contest in the 54th minute when he headed home from the impressive Harte's deep cross on the left. Kebe spurned a glorious chance when he shot wide after rounding Steele but Long showed the midfielder how it was done when he latched on to Jay Tabb's through-ball before racing through on goal and striking past an uncertain Ripley in the 68th minute. Lita got his second of the afternoon from the penalty spot after Mills had fouled the striker in the area three minutes later, but it was too little too late.

Form Guide

    LLDDWD
  • Reading
  • VS
  • Middlesbrough
  • WLLWLD

Last Meetings

  • 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
  • Middlesbrough
  • 4 - 0
  • Reading
  • 13/12/1997
  • Middlesbrough
  • 0 - 1
  • Reading
  • 04/02/1995

Top Scorers

Reading

  • S Long 10
  • N Hunt 7
  • JB Kebe 6
  • S Church 4
  • I Harte 3
  • J McAnuff 3
  • M Mills 2
  • J Karacan 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • A Pearce 1
  • H Robson-Kanu 1
  • M Manset 1
  • M Antonio 1

Middlesbrough

  • L Lita 7
  • S McDonald 6
  • K Boyd 6
  • T Kink 3
  • B Robson 2
  • T McMahon 2
  • M Bates 2
  • M Emnes 1
  • J Grounds 1

Goals

Reading

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

Middlesbrough

    • Total goals 79
    • Goals per game 40
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 8 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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