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  • Date:24 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Mills (15) Mills (15)
    Robson-Kanu (61)
    Mills (112)
  • Holt (19) Thornton (63) Matt Mills - og (120)
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126:44

Penalty scored by Abdul Osman. Reading 2-4 Northampton on penalties.

126:04

Penalty taken by Jake Taylor is saved by Oscar Jansson.

125:48

Michael Jacobs scores a penalty. Reading 2-3 Northampton on penalties.

125:05

Penalty scored by Hal Robson-Kanu. Reading 2-2 Northampton on penalties.

124:52 +4.52

Michael Jacobs crosses the ball. Own goal by Matt Mills. Reading 3-3 Northampton.

124:24

Penalty scored by Kevin Thornton. Reading 1-2 Northampton on penalties.

123:58

Shane Long scores a penalty. Reading 1-1 Northampton on penalties.

123:48 +3.48

Alex Konstantinou fouled by Marcus Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Marcus Williams. Kevin Thornton takes the free kick.

123:35

Penalty scored by Steve Guinan. Reading 0-1 Northampton on penalties.

123:33 +3.33

Caution for Steve Guinan.

122:31 +2.31

Effort from inside the penalty area by Brian Howard hits the post.

121:33 +1.33

The assistant referee flags for offside against Alex Konstantinou. Ben Hamer takes the free kick.

120:05

A save by Oscar Jansson from penalty by Hal Robson-Kanu.

120:05

A save by Oscar Jansson from penalty by Simon Church.

119:20

Jimmy Kebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Holt. Oscar Jansson takes the free kick.

118:08

The offside flag is raised against Shane Long. Oscar Jansson restarts play with the free kick.

111:48

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the left by-line, Matt Mills grabs a headed goal from close range. Reading 3-2 Northampton.Brian Howard provided the assist for the goal.

110:24

The offside flag is raised against Steve Guinan. Ben Hamer takes the indirect free kick.

108:53

Tadhg Purcell leaves the field to be replaced by Alex Konstantinou.

107:09

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marcus Williams by Tadhg Purcell. Tadhg Purcell receives a yellow card. Alex Pearce takes the free kick.

106:29

Steve Guinan takes a shot. Ben Hamer makes a comfortable save.

105:13

Corner taken by Brian Howard from the left by-line, Dean Beckwith makes a clearance.

104:33

Michael Jacobs is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Hamer takes the free kick.

103:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Holt by Shane Long. Oscar Jansson takes the direct free kick.

102:33

Tadhg Purcell takes a shot. Ben Hamer makes a save.

100:34

Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Oscar Jansson makes a comfortable save.

99:18

Michael Jacobs takes a shot. Save made by Ben Hamer.

96:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Holt by Shane Long. Free kick taken by Dean Beckwith.

95:37

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard, Alex Pearce takes a shot. Save made by Oscar Jansson.

94:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Abdul Osman. Free kick taken by Brian Howard.

93:19

Shane Long replaces Noel Hunt.

92:08 +2.08

Steve Guinan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Hamer takes the indirect free kick.

91:29 +1.29

Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Thornton from the left by-line, Matt Mills makes a clearance.

90:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Jacobs by Jake Taylor. Marcus Hall restarts play with the free kick.

90:43 +0.43

Steve Guinan challenges Marcus Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Pearce.

89:53

Paul Rodgers fouled by Marcus Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Rodgers takes the free kick.

87:06

Kevin Thornton takes a shot. Save by Ben Hamer.

85:14

Outswinging corner taken by Kevin Thornton from the left by-line played to the near post, Ben Hamer makes a save.

84:35

Dean Beckwith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Hamer takes the indirect free kick.

84:11

Jimmy Kebe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Hall. Marcus Hall takes the free kick.

81:40

Tadhg Purcell is caught offside. Billy Mckay goes off and Steve Guinan comes on. Free kick taken by Ben Hamer.

72:29

Simon Church has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

71:52

Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Oscar Jansson makes a save.

71:06

Unfair challenge on Alex Pearce by Tadhg Purcell results in a free kick. Ben Hamer takes the free kick.

69:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathaniel Wedderburn by Jimmy Kebe. Marcus Hall takes the free kick.

68:15

Corner taken by Brian Howard, Alex Pearce has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

66:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Holt on Jimmy Kebe. Free kick taken by Ben Hamer.

63:18

A goal is scored by Kevin Thornton from close range low into the middle of the goal. Reading 2-2 Northampton.

61:50

Billy Mckay leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Jacobs. Brian Howard takes the outswinging corner, Alex Pearce concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Beckwith. Free kick taken by Oscar Jansson.

61:50

(Northampton) makes a substitution, with Michael Jacobs coming on for Courtney Herbert. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard played to the near post, free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Pearce on Dean Beckwith. Oscar Jansson takes the free kick.

61:05

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Oscar Jansson. Hal Robson-Kanu gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Reading 2-1 Northampton.Noel Hunt provided the assist for the goal.

55:38

Effort on goal by Billy Mckay from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

53:44

Tadhg Purcell takes a shot. Save made by Ben Hamer.

52:35

Shot from just outside the area by Jem Karacan goes over the bar.

51:35

Billy Mckay booked.

51:09

Jem Karacan has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

50:00

Julian Kelly goes off and Jake Taylor comes on.

48:30

Corner taken by Abdul Osman, Header from close range by Courtney Herbert misses to the right of the goal.

46:49 +1.49

Corner taken by Brian Howard, Matt Mills has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

46:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathaniel Wedderburn on Jem Karacan. Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.

46:11 +1.11

Marcus Hall concedes a free kick for a foul on Michail Antonio. Free kick taken by Brian Howard.

45:19

Brian Howard takes the inswinging corner, Andrew Holt makes a clearance.

45:01

Michail Antonio goes off and Jimmy Kebe comes on.

43:44

Abdul Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michail Antonio. Free kick taken by Matt Mills.

41:59

Foul by Brian Howard on Nathaniel Wedderburn, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Abdul Osman.

38:03

Shot from just outside the box by Kevin Thornton goes over the crossbar.

34:54

Simon Church has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

29:13

The referee gives a free kick against Brian Howard for handball. Direct free kick taken by Oscar Jansson.

28:53

Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Nathaniel Wedderburn.

25:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Beckwith on Simon Church. Shot comes in from Brian Howard from the free kick,

23:50

Brian Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Courtney Herbert. Brian Howard is booked. Free kick crossed left-footed by Billy Mckay from right channel, save made by Ben Hamer.

22:54

Unfair challenge on Billy Mckay by Matt Mills results in a free kick. Matt Mills is shown a yellow card. Marcus Hall takes the direct free kick.

22:54

Foul by Matt Mills on Billy Mckay, free kick awarded. Matt Mills is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Marcus Hall takes the free kick.

21:45

Shot by Tadhg Purcell from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

18:51

Corner taken by Nathaniel Wedderburn from the right by-line to the near post, Andrew Holt scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Reading 1-1 Northampton.

17:41

Hal Robson-Kanu produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

15:42

Matt Mills grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Northampton.The assist for the goal came from Brian Howard.

14:02

Abdul Osman is penalised for a handball. Brian Howard takes the direct free kick.

14:02

Abdul Osman handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Brian Howard takes the free kick.

8:44

Corner taken by Nathaniel Wedderburn played to the near post.

8:07

Nathaniel Wedderburn takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Noel Hunt.

6:10

Simon Church fouled by Dean Beckwith, the ref awards a free kick. Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.

5:05

The referee blows for offside against Tadhg Purcell. Matt Mills restarts play with the free kick.

4:12

Andrew Holt fouled by Michail Antonio, the ref awards a free kick. Oscar Jansson takes the free kick.

2:37

Corner from right by-line crossed in by Kevin Thornton, Jem Karacan makes a clearance. Courtney Herbert takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save by Ben Hamer.

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

The second half begins.

The first half comes to an end.

The whistle goes for the end of normal time.

The second half of extra time begins.

The match is going to penalties.

The referee calls the first player forward to start the penalty shoot-out.

Match Preview

Duo absent for Royals Reading will be without Andy Griffin and Jay Tabb for the Carling Cup visit of Northampton. Right-back Griffin lasted just nine minutes of Saturday`s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest before limping out with a hamstring strain and he will miss out. Midfielder Tabb will have an operation on his ankle this week and will be ruled out for six weeks but striker Noel Hunt will make his first start in 10 months as he builds up fitness from knee and ankle injuries. Julian Kelly is still out with a shoulder injury so midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson could be asked to fill in at full-back against the League Two side - though out-of-favour Shaun Cummings is another option. Ben Hamer will start in goal as manager Brian McDermott rotates his squad with the likes of Michail Antonio, Simon Church, Hal Robson-Kanu, Jake Taylor, Nicholas Bignall and Scott Davies also hoping to feature. Northampton are set to be without right-back John Johnson. The former Middlesbrough defender missed Saturday`s 1-1 draw at Bury with a groin strain and will not be risked at the Madejski Stadium. Goalkeeper Chris Dunn (ankle), defender Craig Hinton (knee) and winger Liam Davis (ankle) all remain sidelined as the Cobblers look to continue a three-match unbeaten run. Midfielder Kevin Thornton and striker Tadhg Purcell are hoping to start as manager Ian Sampson makes several changes to his side. Assistant Malcolm Crosby said: "We'll make changes but I don't think there will be too many as we don't want to unsettle the team too much. "Kevin Thornton will be brought into the equation, I would think. He's a talented player and he's got to use the ball a bit better than he has been doing. He sees passes and sometimes he doesn't deliver the ball - I think he's got to start delivering because he is most definitely a talent. He'll be playing some part in the game at Reading, without a doubt."

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 442Manager: Ian Sampson

Northampton

  • Ben Hamer
  • Julian Kelly
  • Alex Pearce
  • Matt Mills
  • Marcus Williams
  • Michail Antonio
  • Jem Karacan
  • Brian Howard
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Noel Hunt
  • Simon Church
  • SUBS
  • Adam Federici
  • Brynjar Gunnarsson
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • Shane Long
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Jake Taylor

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Match Report

Cobblers seal shootout victory Northampton came from behind on three occasions before dumping npower Championship side Reading out of the Carling Cup following a 4-2 penalty shootout victory at the Madejski Stadium. Royals skipper Matt Mills bagged a brace either side of a Hal Robson-Kanu strike, but his own goal in extra-time stoppage-time became Northampton's third equaliser after goals from Andy Holt and Kevin Thornton in the original 90 minutes. Cobblers keeper Oscar Jansson saved the opening spot-kick from Simon Church and Jake Taylor blazed wide for the Royals, meaning successful efforts from Steve Guinan, Kevin Thornton, Michael Jacobs and Abdul Osman sent the League Two side through 4-2 in the shootout. Reading started brightly and skipped past a pair of Northampton challenges before having a shot blocked in the third minute. In the 17th minute Reading took the lead when Brian Howard drilled a low free kick into the Northampton box and Mills produced an exquisite backheel to leave goalkeeper Jansson with no chance. But Northampton were gifted an equaliser three minutes later when Royals goalkeeper Ben Hamer fumbled Nathaniel Wedderburn's corner to leave Holt with a tap-in. The visitors were almost in front shortly after when a deft flick from Tadhg Purcell fell narrowly wide. Purcell went close again in the 52nd minute, sending a rasping effort past the post with Hamer stranded. Reading made it 2-1 in the 62nd when Robson-Kanu scrambled home following a trio of Jansson saves from Karacan, Hunt and the goalscorer. Northampton hit back immediately when Hamer parried Osman's shot as far as Thorton who finished from six yards. Thornton slalomed through the Reading defence with five minutes remaining to draw a save from Hamer, and Northampton thought they had victory in second half stoppage time, but Guinan's close-range effort was flagged offside. The visitors enjoyed the best opening in the first half of extra time as Guinan's fellow substitute Jacobs raced clear of the Royals backline, but Hamer was equal to the task and Mills hacked clear. Moments into the second period Reading sprung into life and Jansson was at full stretch to save a piledriver from Shane Long. Mills and Howard combined again as the centre-back thumped a header home from the midfield's corner, before the latter player rattled the post and Long had penalty claims waved away. But Northampton forced extra time and Mills completed his hat-trick in the worst possible fashion, diverting Jacob's injury-time free kick into his own net.

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