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  • Kebe (12), McAnuff (17), Sigurdsson (72), Church (90)
  • Wallace (64)
  • Date:2010-05-02
  • Kick-off:13:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:19239
  • Referee:Linington, J

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

Goal!! Reading have scored with Simon Church putting it in the back of the net.

90mins

Jon Parkin goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

85mins

Shane Long is replaced by Simon Church.

84mins

Andy Griffin is replaced by Jem Karacan.

81mins

Gylfi Sigurdsson is booked for dissent.

78mins

Chris Brown is being taken off, Jamie Proctor has come on in his place.

72mins

Goal!! Reading have scored with Gylfi Sigurdsson putting it in the back of the net.

68mins

Brian Howard is replaced by Brynjar Gunnarsson.

64mins

Goal!! Ross Wallace scores for Preston.

60mins

Alex Pearce goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

52mins

Preston are replacing Danny Mayor with Keith Treacy.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 2 v 0.

45mins

Ross Wallace is booked for unsporting behaviour.

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by J Linington

17mins

Goal!! Jobi McAnuff scores for Reading.

14mins

Barry Nicholson is being taken off, Jon Parkin has come on in his place.

12mins

Goal!! Reading have scored with Jimmy Kebe putting it in the back of the net.

0mins

It's 1pm on Sunday, May 2nd, the match has kicked off.

0mins

Reading face Preston at 1pm on Sunday, May 2nd.


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Match Report

Reading ended the season on a happier note than Preston with a 4-1 win over their Lancashire rivals but will think they should have won by a bigger margin.

The Royals scored twice in the first 18 minutes and could have added more in the opening half hour, which they totally dominated.

They went ahead after just 12 minutes with one of the best goals scored at the Madejski Stadium this season.

Tricky winger Jimmy Kebe beat four Preston defenders as he cut in from the right wing before finishing his run with a clinical shot past Wayne Henderson in the Preston goal

Five minutes later, Reading added a second, this time from the left wing as Jobi McAnuff cut inside and sent his shot across the face of goal into the far corner of the net.

Preston's problems were compounded by an injury to Barry Nicholson, making his first appearance since he broke a leg against Darren Ferguson managed Peterborough in August.

Nicholson lasted just 13 minutes before limping off with what appeared to be an ankle injury.

The first threat to Reading keeper Adam Federici came 12 minutes before the break but Matt James hammered his effort into the ground to take out the sting and help Federici make the save.

Ross Wallace was desperately unlucky not to reduce the arrears midway through the second half.

A mistake by Andy Griffin allowed Wallace to run through on his own from the hallway line but, with only Federici to beat, he sent his shot thumping against the keeper's left-hand post.

He made up for it a minute later with a ferocious 30-yard free kick that rocketed past Federici for Preston's only goal.

Reading added their third 18 minutes from time after Shane Long made a dash through the Preston defence.

The ball ran to Kebe whose shot rebounded to the club's player of the season Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored his 20th goal of the campaign.

Two minutes into injury time, Simon Church completed the scoring with a sensational long-range drive that gave Henderson no chance.

Reading

Preston North End

Corners

103

Fouls

1319

Goal attempts

Shots off target

31

Offsides

83

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