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Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the left by-line, Elliott Ward makes a clearance.
Jobi McAnuff takes a outswinging corner.
Corner taken by Simon Lappin from the left by-line, clearance by Shane Long.
The offside flag is raised against Shane Long. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
The ball is delivered by Andy Griffin, clearance by Elliott Ward.
Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball, Jem Karacan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
A cross is delivered by Shane Long, John Ruddy makes a save.
Jobi McAnuff takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
Shane Long crosses the ball, clearance made by Russell Martin.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Lappin on Michail Antonio. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
Jem Karacan challenges Mathew Gill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
(Norwich) makes a substitution, with Luke Daley coming on for Chris Martin. Chris Martin concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Mills. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Noel Hunt misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Michail Antonio, clearance by Elliott Ward.
Mathew Gill replaces David Fox.
Andy Griffin produces a cross.
The ball is delivered by Ian Harte.
Michail Antonio takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, Andrew Crofts manages to make a clearance.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
Outswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, Leon Barnett makes a clearance.
Michail Antonio delivers the ball, blocked by David Fox.
Corner taken short by Noel Hunt.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Blocked by Elliott Ward.
Shane Long takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on John Ruddy. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
Michail Antonio crosses the ball, Shane Long takes a shot. Blocked by Russell Martin.
The referee shows Matt Mills a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on Simeon Jackson. David Fox takes the free kick, A cross is delivered by Zurab Khizanishvili.
Corner from right by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff.
Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
Centre by Simon Lappin, Chris Martin produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Simeon Jackson is brought on as a substitute for Anthony McNamee.
The ball is swung over by Ian Harte, Noel Hunt produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Noel Hunt crosses the ball, John Ruddy makes a save.
Leon Barnett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Ian Harte crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Russell Martin.
Elliott Ward gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michail Antonio. Zurab Khizanishvili restarts play with the free kick.
Michail Antonio produces a cross, Simon Church takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.
Simon Lappin booked for unsporting behaviour. Shane Long scores a penalty. Reading 3-3 Norwich.Simon Lappin concedes a Penalty for a foul on Shane Long.
Noel Hunt finds the net with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Reading 2-3 Norwich.Jem Karacan provided the assist for the goal.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Simon Church goes wide right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Ian Harte, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Michail Antonio, John Ruddy makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Fox on Michail Antonio. Direct free kick taken by Jobi McAnuff.
Brian Howard leaves the field to be replaced by Michail Antonio.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zurab Khizanishvili on Chris Martin. Free kick crossed left-footed by Anthony McNamee from right wing, Noel Hunt makes a clearance.
Simon Church produces a shot from just outside the box that bounces off the post.
Shane Long fouled by Elliott Ward, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
Noel Hunt sends in a cross, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Ian Harte, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.
Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball, Russell Martin makes a clearance.
Red card for Grant Holt. Grant Holt challenges Ian Harte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Zurab Khizanishvili delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from own half.
Effort from inside the area by Shane Long misses to the right of the goal.
Brian Howard takes a short corner.
David Fox has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
Korey Smith fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
Brian Howard takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy.
Leon Barnett challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance by Russell Martin.
Centre by Andrew Crofts, Adam Federici makes a save.
Grant Holt takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
Centre by Jobi McAnuff, Headed effort from inside the area by Noel Hunt misses to the right of the goal.
Chris Martin finds the net from 35 yards. Reading 1-3 Norwich.Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Martin by Brian Howard.
Ian Harte grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 1-2 Norwich.
Grant Holt finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 0-2 Norwich.Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brian Howard played to the near post, clearance made by Korey Smith.
Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Elliott Ward results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brian Howard.
Jem Karacan challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Fox from left channel.
Jobi McAnuff produces a cross.
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
The ball is swung over by Shane Long, Simon Church has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
A cross is delivered by Brian Howard, John Ruddy makes a save.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Brian Howard, Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Jobi McAnuff, blocked by Russell Martin.
Unfair challenge on Simon Lappin by Brian Howard results in a free kick. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.
Russell Martin scores a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Reading 0-1 Norwich.The assist for the goal came from Korey Smith.
The ball is delivered by Grant Holt.
The ball is swung over by Grant Holt, clearance made by Jem Karacan.
Brian Howard crosses the ball, Shot from 12 yards from Shane Long. Save by John Ruddy.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Grant Holt. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Russell Martin sends in a cross.
Outswinging corner taken by Brian Howard from the left by-line, clearance by Simon Lappin.
The ball is delivered by Simon Church, blocked by Leon Barnett.
Grant Holt is adjudged to have handled the ball. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
The game kicks-off.
The match restarts for the second half.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Hunt to hold down place
Noel Hunt is poised to keep his place when Reading host Norwich at the Madejski.
Forward Hunt came into the side against Cardiff on Wednesday night, and despite being asked to play wide on the right, capped a bright performance with his first goal since August 2009.
Manager Brian McDermott is likely to keep faith with the attacking line-up from midweek with Hunt wide of two strikers in Shane Long and Simon Church.
The Royals are without winger Jimmy Kebe again due to the knee injury that has forced him to miss the last three games and Icelandic midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson, sidelined since mid-September with a hamstring injury, is still out.
Midfielder Andrew Crofts will be back in the Norwich squad.
The Wales international missed the 1-1 draw at Millwall through suspension and saw his replacement David Fox find the net on Tuesday night.
Manager Paul Lambert has a decision to make but is likely to hand Crofts a recall, although the player is one booking away from a further ban.
Left-back Stephen Smith picked up a hip injury last weekend so Simon Lappin should continue to fill in.
Fellow full-back Adam Drury (calf) is still missing while central defenders Zak Whitbread and Michael Nelson (both ankle) are also sidelined, although the latter has returned to training.
Midfielder Andrew Surman remains a casualty with a knee injury and Stephen Hughes is making good progress as he recovers from a recent ankle operation.
Reading are just a point outside the play-offs and victory on Saturday could see them leapfrog the Canaries.
10-man Canaries rue Royals comeback
Norwich were left to rue the harsh sending-off of captain Grant Holt as Reading staged a stirring comeback to draw 3-3 in an enthralling npower Championship encounter.
The Canaries had built up a 3-1 lead at the Madejski after a blitz of four goals in 16 minutes before Holt was shown a straight red card in the final minute of the first half for a challenge on former Leeds left-back Ian Harte.
Holt - who had already netted - was late as he closed down Harte but his challenge was not high or reckless and manager Paul Lambert has every right to be aggrieved.
Lambert was later sent to the stands and instead it was counterpart Brian McDermott who saw his side come close to taking the win after a great second 45 minutes which should serve as a lesson of how to play against 10 men.
Holt had already threatened when the visitors went ahead through an excellent finish from Russell Martin in the 16th minute.
The former Wycombe defender combined well with Korey Smith on the right and found himself running onto the ball inside the area.
Captain Holt was square and looked the obvious pass but instead Martin clipped in a side-footed strike which flew past Adam Federici and kissed the underside of the crossbar on its way into the net.
Simon Church angled a difficult header onto the roof of the net as the hosts looked to react but instead Holt who doubled the Canaries lead with an opportunist strike in the 26th minute.
Chris Martin was muscled off the ball by Matt Mills near the touchline and the Royals captain looked to feed the ball back to Federici. However he failed to see the lurking figure of Holt, who easily intercepted the errant pass, rounded the goalkeeper and found the net from an acute angle.
It was a great finish from Holt - his sixth of the season - but to Reading's credit their heads did not drop and they found a goal just three minutes later.
Brian Howard's corner was met at the near post by Noel Hunt and while David Fox did well to smuggle the ball off the line, it fell to Harte's feet just four yards out and he swept home.
Norwich regained their two-goal lead in the 32nd minute. Chris Martin was fouled by Howard 25 yards from goal and stepped up himself to bend a powerful set-piece over the wall and into the corner via Federici's fingertips.
The chances were non-stop at both ends before Holt saw red. The captain was enthusiastic in closing down Harte - who had taken a bad touch - but his challenge appeared late rather than dangerous.
However referee Michael Oliver was in no doubt and produced a straight red card.
The hosts needed to strike early and make their extra man count in the second period and came desperately close to a stunning strike in the 50th minute.
Church picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and drove in a powerful effort which John Ruddy did brilliantly to tip onto the post.
McDermott introduced another attacking player in substitute Michail Antonio and his side were soon level after two goals in three minutes.
First Hunt chipped over Ruddy from a tight angle in the 59th minute from Jem Karacan's pass and then Hunt found Long inside the area moments after the re-start.
The forward toed the ball away from the sliding challenge of Simon Lappin and Oliver awarded the penalty.
Again it looked like Norwich might have cause for complaint as Long made no mistake to hammer in the equaliser.
Norwich were having to face tide after tide of attacks and Hunt should have headed the hosts in front from Harte's cross but could not keep the ball down.
Long was then denied by the legs of Ruddy as Reading pushed for the winner but despite a flurry of shots over the top eventually both sides had to be content with a point.
There was just time for Oliver to send Lambert to the stands after he ventured down the touchline to remonstrate with the official.
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