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  • Long (51)
  • Fletcher (68)
  • Date:2010-02-09
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:15484
  • Referee:Langford, O

Live Commentary

90mins

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

90mins

Shane Long takes a penalty for Reading and scores!.

90mins

Chris Clark is booked for unsporting behaviour.

75mins

Craig Noone goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

73mins

Reading are replacing Simon Church with Hal Robson-Kanu.

69mins

David McNamee is replaced by Joe Mason.

68mins

Goal!! Carl Fletcher scores for Plymouth.

61mins

Jem Karacan is being taken off, Jimmy Kebe has come on in his place.

61mins

Plymouth are replacing Alan Judge with Craig Noone.

51mins

Goal!! Reading have scored with Shane Long putting it in the back of the net.

46mins

Rory Fallon is being taken off, Kenny Cooper has come on in his place.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by O Langford

0mins

It's 8pm on Tuesday, February 9th, the match has kicked off.

0mins

Reading face Plymouth at 8pm on Tuesday, February 9th.


Match Report

Shane Long's injury-time penalty snatched Reading a dramatic 2-1 win at the expense of relegation rivals Plymouth Argyle.

Long's second-half double secured a third successive victory for Brian McDermott's side, although the Royals nearly threw away two points having worked so hard to break down Plymouth's stubborn resistance.

The home side dominated the first half without seriously threatening Plymouth keeper David Stockdale, with defender Ivar Ingimarsson twice heading wide from corners in a half of few chances.

Ironically, when Reading did finally make the breakthrough it came just after Plymouth had enjoyed their best spell of the game after twice going close in the opening five minutes of the second half having previously hardly threatened.

First Jamie Mackie forced Adam Federici to go full stretch to fingertip away his low shot with Andy Griffin completing the clearance to deny Kenny Cooper on the follow-up.

Then from the resulting corner, the unmarked Gary Sawyer seemed certain to score but saw his side-foot effort superbly held by Federici.

Within a minute, Reading were in front as Brian Howard's superbly weighted throughball on 51 minutes sent Long scampering clear and the Irish striker kept his cool to score for the third successive game.

Ten minutes later, Long should have doubled the lead after Howard again teed him up, but this time the striker drilled wide with only keeper Stockdale to beat.

It proved a costly miss as Paul Mariner's side were soon on level terms.

Kari Arnason's miscued shot turned into a useful pass and when the ball eventually found its way to Chris Clark, he pulled the ball across for skipper Carl Fletcher to drill through a crowd of players and in.

But Reading secured three priceless points in a frantic finale which saw Howard's free-kick scrambled clear and Brynjar Gunnarsson's shot hit a team-mate on its way towards goal.

However, Hal Robson-Kanu made amends in stoppage time after spinning clear of Reda Johnson and Clark, whose push handed Long the chance to drill home his fourth goal in three games from the spot.

Reading

Plymouth Argyle

Corners

94

Fouls

821

Goal attempts

127

Shots off target

65

Offsides

21

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