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  • Date:02 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:21,896
  • Long (29) Long - pen (36)
Goal!

Live Commentary

93mins

Jonathan Hogg is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Jonathan Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

92mins

Shot by Liam Lawrence from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

91mins

Simon Church is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.

89mins

The referee blows for offside against Shane Long. Ritchie De Laet restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Liam Lawrence. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.

87mins

Greg Halford delivers the ball, save by Alex McCarthy.

86mins

Foul by Dave Kitson on Jay Tabb, free kick awarded. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

85mins

Danny Webber comes on in place of David Nugent.

84mins

Shot from outside the box by Jimmy Kebe goes wide right of the target.

81mins

Dave Kitson fouled by Ian Harte, the ref awards a free kick. Joel Ward takes the free kick.

80mins

Ian Harte crosses the ball, Greg Halford makes a clearance.

79mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brynjar Gunnarsson by Jonathan Hogg. Brynjar Gunnarsson takes the direct free kick.

78mins

Joel Ward is brought on as a substitute for Hermann Hreidarsson.

77mins

Ivar Ingimarsson fouled by Dave Kitson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

76mins

Liam Lawrence takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

74mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence, save by Alex McCarthy.

74mins

(Reading) makes a substitution, with Simon Church coming on for Brian Howard.

73mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Zurab Khizanishvili goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

70mins

Aaron Mokoena shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Aaron Mokoena. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.

69mins

Brian Howard takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.

68mins

The referee blows for offside against Brian Howard. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

Shane Long takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.

67mins

Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.

65mins

Effort on goal by Brian Howard from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

63mins

Corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence to the near post, Shane Long makes a clearance.

61mins

Hal Robson-Kanu is brought on as a substitute for Jobi McAnuff.

61mins

The ball is sent over by Liam Lawrence.

60mins

Jonathan Hogg challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Hayden Mullins manages to make a clearance.

58mins

Jobi McAnuff challenges David Nugent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Lawrence.

57mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Liam Lawrence played to the near post, clearance by Shane Long.

54mins

Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Hermann Hreidarsson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Brynjar Gunnarsson.

50mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

48mins

The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe.

46mins

Liam Lawrence takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Shane Long.

45mins

Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, save by Jamie Ashdown.

44mins

Jem Karacan has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

43mins

Aaron Mokoena replaces David Cotterill. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard, clearance made by Hermann Hreidarsson.

40mins

Liam Lawrence takes a short corner.

40mins

Jobi McAnuff shown a yellow card. Jobi McAnuff concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Hogg. Liam Lawrence restarts play with the free kick.

38mins

Hayden Mullins concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Howard. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

36mins

Ricardo Rocha shown a red card for professional foul. Shane Long scores a penalty. Reading 2-0 Portsmouth.Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Ricardo Rocha.

34mins

Shot by Dave Kitson. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

32mins

Jay Tabb gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Cotterill. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.

30mins

Shane Long grabs a goal from outside the box low into the middle of the goal. Reading 1-0 Portsmouth.The assist for the goal came from Jem Karacan.

29mins

Outswinging corner taken by Liam Lawrence, clearance by Brynjar Gunnarsson.

27mins

Hayden Mullins booked for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Hayden Mullins on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Ian Harte from the free kick.

25mins

Shot from just outside the area by Jonathan Hogg misses to the right of the target.

22mins

Jonathan Hogg produces a cross.

21mins

Dave Kitson takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.

21mins

David Nugent takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.

19mins

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Dave Kitson misses to the right of the target.

19mins

Brynjar Gunnarsson challenges David Nugent unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Greg Halford.

18mins

Liam Lawrence is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

16mins

The ball is sent over by Brynjar Gunnarsson.

16mins

Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line.

14mins

Shane Long fouled by Greg Halford, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

13mins

Jonathan Hogg concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Tabb. Shot on goal comes in from Ian Harte from the free kick, Jamie Ashdown makes a save.

9mins

Jem Karacan challenges David Cotterill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ritchie De Laet.

8mins

Short corner worked by Brian Howard.

8mins

The referee shows Ritchie De Laet a yellow card. Foul by Ritchie De Laet on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.

7mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Hermann Hreidarsson on Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Brynjar Gunnarsson. Shane Long takes a shot. Save by Jamie Ashdown.

5mins

Liam Lawrence takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Ivar Ingimarsson manages to make a clearance.

2mins

Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Greg Halford.

Match Preview

McDermott in Royals roll call Reading boss Brian McDermott is waiting on a host of first-team players as he prepares for the visit of Portsmouth. Full-back Andy Griffin has missed the last six games with an Achilles injury but is back in training and could be ready for a return. Winger Jobi McAnuff is also close to coming back following a hamstring injury while Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici is back in contention after a knee problem but is not yet fit to start. Striker Noel Hunt (foot) is a doubt along with on-loan QPR midfielder Mikele Leigertwood (calf) and defender Matt Mills (groin). McDermott trimmed his squad on deadline-day last week as left-back Marcus Williams joined Scunthorpe on loan and defender Sean Morrison moved to Huddersfield. David Nugent will be fit for Portsmouth. The former England international hobbled out of Pompey's 1-0 win over Leicester with a dead leg but the international break gave him plenty of time to recover. Fellow forward Danny Webber is the only absentee as he steps up his rehabilitation from a cruciate injury. Defender Aaron Mokoena, who was dropped by South Africa for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt last week, could return to the bench. Rookie midfielder Tom Kilbey, who was among the substitutes at the Walkers Stadium, has since joined Lincoln on loan. Goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown, defender Greg Halford and striker Dave Kitson will line up against their former club.

Formation:4411Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 4411Manager: Steve Cotterill

Portsmouth

  • Alex McCarthy
  • Brynjar Gunnarsson
  • Zurab Khizanishvili
  • Ivar Ingimarsson
  • Ian Harte
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Brian Howard
  • Jay Tabb
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Shane Long
  • Jem Karacan
  • SUBS
  • Mikkel Andersen
  • Andy Griffin
  • Michail Antonio
  • Simon Church
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Alex Pearce
  • Mathieu Manset

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Match Report

Royal celebration as Long hits 50 Shane Long grabbed his 50th goal for Reading as they moved into the npower Championship play-off places with a 2-0 home win over Portsmouth. Long grabbed two first-half goals for Brian McDermott's side to see off Pompey - who had Ricardo Rocha sent off before the break. Steve Cotterill's side had created some fine early chances but never recovered from Long's brace and despite a spirited display could not reply. Former Royals favourite Dave Kitson had a great early chance for Portsmouth when he got on the end of a Liam Lawrence cross but the striker could only flick his header wide. Jem Karacan whipped a low cross across the face of goal at the other end in a lively opening before the visitors should have taken the lead. Dave Nugent beat the offside trap to run onto a ball over the top and charged through on goal. England Under-21 international goalkeeper Alex McCarthy pulled off a stop to keep out his low shot and then made a superb save to tip over the follow-up from Kitson who looked certain to score. It proved vital too as the hosts took the lead moments later in the 30th minute. Pompey had a corner which was headed clear for Jimmy Kebe to burst away on the break down the left wing. He cut inside before picking out Karacan bursting up the middle. The midfielder then played in Long just outside the area and the Republic of Ireland man kept his cool to blast home his 21st goal of the season. And Long doubled the lead seven minutes later to take his tally for the club to 51. Brian Howard released Long over the top with a chipped pass and as he burst into the area the striker went down under a challenge from Rocha who was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Friend. Long stepped up confidently to beat Jamie Ashdown from the spot and put the hosts in control. Lawrence almost stole in at the end of a long ball in the dying seconds of the half but could not bring it down as Reading went in on top. Pompey found a way of stopping Long early in the second period as he went down under a heavy challenge and required several minutes of treatment. He was fit to continue but Kitson was the next to threaten with another header which flew over the top. The impressive Howard thought he had killed the game off when he buried a loose ball after Ashdown had saved from Long - but referee Friend ruled the goal out for handball. Long combined with Howard again to bring out a save from Ashdown before a late scramble in the goalmouth was cleared by McCarthy to ensure a clean sheet.

Form Guide

    DWDWWW
  • Reading
  • VS
  • Portsmouth
  • WWWLDW

Last Meetings

  • Portsmouth
  • 1 - 1
  • Reading
  • 14/08/2010
  • Portsmouth
  • 3 - 0
  • Reading
  • 21/04/2003
  • Reading
  • 0 - 0
  • Portsmouth
  • 07/12/2002
  • Reading
  • 0 - 1
  • Portsmouth
  • 21/02/1998
  • Portsmouth
  • 0 - 2
  • Reading
  • 27/09/1997
  • Portsmouth
  • 1 - 0
  • Reading
  • 25/03/1997

Top Scorers

Reading

  • S Long 13
  • N Hunt 8
  • I Harte 6
  • JB Kebe 6
  • S Church 4
  • J McAnuff 3
  • M Mills 2
  • J Karacan 2
  • H Robson-Kanu 2
  • M Manset 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • A Pearce 1
  • M Antonio 1

Portsmouth

  • D Nugent 11
  • D Kitson 8
  • G Halford 3
  • J Ward 3
  • N Kanu 2
  • H Mullins 2
  • M Brown 2
  • L Lawrence 2
  • A Mokoena 2
  • H Hreidarsson 1
  • I Sonko 1
  • D Cotterill 1
  • N Ciftci 1

Goals

Reading

    • Total goals 102
    • Goals per game 60
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 7 (For) 9 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 8 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 16 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Portsmouth

    • Total goals 92
    • Goals per game 50
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 9 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 10 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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