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  • Date:06 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:18,399
  • Hunt (23)

Live Commentary

93:14 +3.14

Tomasz Cywka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward. Stephen Henderson takes the free kick.

91:08 +1.08

Tomasz Cywka replaces Jobi McAnuff.


Ian Harte sends in a cross, Greg Halford makes a clearance.


Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joel Ward from the left by-line, save by Adam Federici.


Joel Ward has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.


Marko Futacs joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Allan.


Effort on goal by Scott Allan from long distance goes over the crossbar.


Corner taken short by Ian Harte, Close range headed effort by Adam Le Fondre goes wide of the left-hand post.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Harte by George Thorne. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.


Kaspars Gorkss fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.


Ricardo Rocha fouled by Adam Le Fondre, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.


Dave Kitson on for David Norris.


Shot from just outside the box by Scott Allan goes over the crossbar.


Shot from close range by Adam Le Fondre misses to the right of the target.


Greg Halford concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. Shaun Cummings restarts play with the free kick.


(Reading) makes a substitution, with Adam Le Fondre coming on for Hal Robson-Kanu.


Shot from long range by Scott Allan misses to the right of the goal.


Scott Allan fouled by Jem Karacan, the ref awards a free kick. David Norris takes the direct free kick.


Greg Halford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Ian Harte takes the free kick.


The ball is swung over by Joel Ward.


Alex Pearce fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.


Ian Harte delivers the ball, save made by Stephen Henderson.


Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by George Thorne.

45:19 +0.19

Mikele Leigertwood has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.


Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Save by Stephen Henderson.


George Thorne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan. Alex Pearce takes the direct free kick.


Shot by Jem Karacan from outside the box goes high over the target.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Norris by Mikele Leigertwood. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.


Foul by Jason Roberts on Ricardo Rocha, free kick awarded. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.


Unfair challenge on Greg Halford by Jobi McAnuff results in a free kick. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.


The official flags Jason Roberts offside. Stephen Henderson takes the indirect free kick.


The ball is swung over by Joel Ward.


Noel Hunt scores a headed goal from close range. Reading 1-0 Portsmouth.Assist by Jason Roberts.


Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, Luke Varney manages to make a clearance.


Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Hayden Mullins, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.


Ian Harte takes the inswinging corner, Jason Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Henderson. Stephen Henderson restarts play with the free kick.


George Thorne challenges Jem Karacan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Pearce takes the free kick.


Aaron Mokoena fouled by Noel Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Henderson.


Greg Halford challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Ian Harte, Header from close range by Kaspars Gorkss misses to the right of the goal.


Jobi McAnuff fouled by Greg Halford, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte delivers the ball, Alex Pearce has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.


Centre by Jobi McAnuff.


David Norris fouled by Shaun Cummings, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Henderson takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Royals to check on trio Reading have a trio of injury doubts ahead of their npower Championship clash with Portsmouth. Matthew Connolly, Jimmy Kebe and Andy Griffin will all be monitored by the medical staff as they go in search of their seventh straight victory. On-loan full-back Connolly picked up an ankle injury during the 2-1 win at Millwall on Saturday and could miss out, with Shaun Cummings ready to step in on the right of defence if necessary. Kebe missed the trip to The Den with a knee problem but could return, although he will have to oust Hal Robson-Kanu, who netted a spectacular equaliser against the Lions, or captain Jobi McAnuff to regain his place in the starting line-up. Griffin has been struggling with a hamstring injury of late and may not be available to manager Brian McDermott. Luke Varney could be in the Portsmouth starting line-up. Striker Varney returned from three months out with a knee injury as a substitute in Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Middlesbrough to boost Pompey's threadbare squad. Midfielder David Norris came through his first 90 minutes since a double hernia operation unscathed and should keep his place. Veteran striker Kanu is still not fit due to a back problem and winger Kelvin Etuhu is set to miss out again with a slight hamstring tear. Adam Webster, Aaron Mokoena and Dave Kitson are options for Michael Appleton should he wish to make further changes while the beleaguered Fratton Park boss is also on the look-out for a loan striker.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott


Formation: 4411Manager: Michael Appleton


  • Adam Federici
  • Shaun Cummings
  • Alex Pearce
  • Kaspars Gorkss
  • Ian Harte
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Jem Karacan
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Noel Hunt
  • Jason Roberts
  • SUBS
  • Mikkel Andersen
  • Jay Tabb
  • Adam Le Fondre
  • Simon Church
  • Tomasz Cywka



Match Report

Royals rumble on to seventh straight win In-form Reading moved to within a point of the automatic promotion places with a 1-0 victory over crisis-club Portsmouth, who now find themselves rooted to the bottom of the npower Championship. Noel Hunt's first-half header was enough to give the Royals a seventh consecutive win in a game of few chances, but the outlook appears bleak for Pompey. The cash-strapped Hampshire side have now gone seven games without a win since entering administration for a second time in two years, during which time they have managed only two goals. Reading boss Brian McDermott was forced into a single change from the side that beat Millwall at the weekend, with Shaun Cummings replacing Matthew Connolly after the defender suffered an ankle injury. Michael Appleton, who reiterated his belief his side could escape relegation after a 3-1 defeat against Middlesbrough on Saturday, brought in Aaron Mokoena and fit-again Luke Varney for Marko Futacs and Tal Ben Haim. While Futacs was on the bench, Ben Haim - Pompey's highest earner on a reported #36,000 per week - did not travel. Varney produced a lively cameo from the bench on Saturday and he showed what goal-shy Pompey have been missing for three months with some sublime skill to get to the byline early on, only for Kaspars Gorkss to head away his cross with Joel Ward lurking. Reading began to dominate from then on, though, with Jobi McAnuff tormenting former Royal Greg Halford on the right wing. When Halford fouled the former Crystal Palace man, Ian Harte's free-kick was headed narrowly over by Alex Pearce, and minutes later McAnuff was obstructed again - this time by Hayden Mullins - and Harte's centre was nodded wide by Gorkss. Pompey produced some attractive football, but not surprisingly a side that now have only one goal from open play in their last seven matches lacked a cutting edge. The impressive Scott Allan embarked on a mazy run, but Gorkss was alert to snuff out the danger and prevent him playing in Ward. Jason Roberts looked a threat whenever Reading attacked, and after 23 minutes he skinned Jason Pearce on the touchline before firing in a dangerous cross that Ricardo Rocha had to be alert to put behind for a corner. From the resulting set-play the ball found its way back to veteran Harte, who played Roberts in down the right. The former Blackburn man beat Ward, and his superb centre was powerfully headed past Stephen Henderson by Hunt. Six minutes before the interval McAnuff's dangerous centre found Hal Robson-Kanu unmarked at the back post, but he headed tamely at Henderson. There was more purpose to Portsmouth's play after the interval - David Norris played in Ward down the left, but his cross was overhit and went behind for a goal kick. Allan went on another good run after 61 minutes, beating two men after collecting Mullins' pass - only to see his shot blocked. The ball was then worked back to Varney, but his effort was also charged down. The game petered out after that, Allan trying his luck with speculative efforts from 40 and 30 yards which failed to test Adam Federici, while at the other end McAnuff beat Ward with ease, but Hunt could only rifle his low cross into the side-netting.

Form Guide

  • Reading
  • VS
  • Portsmouth

Last Meetings

  • Portsmouth
  • 1 - 0
  • Reading
  • 16/08/2011
  • Reading
  • 2 - 0
  • Portsmouth
  • 02/04/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers


  • A Le Fondre 7
  • S Church 6
  • N Hunt 5
  • J McAnuff 4
  • J Roberts 3
  • JB Kebe 3
  • A Pearce 3
  • H Robson-Kanu 3
  • M Manset 3
  • I Harte 1
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • K Gorkss 1
  • J Karacan 1


  • D Norris 5
  • L Varney 5
  • D Kitson 3
  • M Futacs 3
  • J Pearce 2
  • J Ward 2
  • N Kanu 1
  • H Mullins 1
  • B Mwaruwari 1
  • G Halford 1



    • Total goals 71
    • Goals per game 43
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 13 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 62
    • Goals per game 34
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins