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  • Date:07 Aug 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:15,914
Goal!

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96:51 +6.51

Martyn Woolford produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

96:26 +6.26

Josh Wright takes a short corner.

96:01 +6.01

Unfair challenge on Martyn Woolford by Jay Tabb results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Josh Wright.

94:54 +4.54

The offside flag is raised against Simon Church. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

94:10 +4.10

The assistant referee flags for offside against Garry Thompson. Free kick taken by Adam Federici. Garry Thompson receives a yellow card for dissent.

93:31 +3.31

Effort from just outside the box by Gylfi Sigurdsson goes over the bar.

89:17

Shane Long delivers the ball, Michael Raynes makes a clearance.

88:20

(Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Andrew Wright coming on for Michael O'Connor.

88:02

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Simon Church takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

87:20

The ball is crossed by Shane Long, Joe Murphy makes a comfortable save.

86:31

Jonathan Forte challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jay Tabb restarts play with the free kick.

86:01

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, clearance made by Rob Jones.

85:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Sam Togwell. Free kick taken by Jay Tabb.

85:18

Effort on goal by Garry Thompson from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

84:43

The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

84:13

Shot from just outside the penalty box by Josh Wright misses to the left of the target.

82:52

Shot from long range by Jay Tabb misses to the right of the goal. Joe Murphy goes into the referee's book for time wasting.

81:05

Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, save made by Joe Murphy.

79:43

Shot on goal by Jonathan Forte from just inside the area goes over the target.

78:59

Shot by Gylfi Sigurdsson from outside the box goes over the net.

77:03

Martyn Woolford has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Adam Federici.

74:46

Simon Church takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

74:12

Michail Antonio comes on in place of Jobi McAnuff.

72:50

Chris Dagnall leaves the field to be replaced by Martyn Woolford.

71:20

Jobi McAnuff fouled by Rob Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Gylfi Sigurdsson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

69:54

Simon Church on for Jem Karacan.

67:22

Shot by Jimmy Kebe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

66:40

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, clearance made by Michael Raynes.

65:46

Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, Rob Jones makes a clearance.

64:39

The ball is sent over by Shane Long, save by Joe Murphy.

58:58

Outswinging corner taken by Michael O'Connor, Rob Jones finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Reading 1-2 Scunthorpe.Michael O'Connor provided the assist for the goal.

58:05

The ball is delivered by Jem Karacan, clearance by Michael Raynes. Effort on goal by Brynjar Gunnarsson from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar. Jay Tabb joins the action as a substitute, replacing Brynjar Gunnarsson.

55:54

Jobi McAnuff takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Michael O'Connor. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Inswinging corner taken by Michael O'Connor from the left by-line.

55:07

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line to the near post, Jim McNulty manages to make a clearance.

53:56

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

53:34

The ball is sent over by Garry Thompson.

48:48

The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Rob Jones. Corner taken by Brynjar Gunnarsson, Michael Raynes replaces David Mirfin. Alex Pearce takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a comfortable save.

47:00

Eddie Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Gylfi Sigurdsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Michael O'Connor.

45:03 +0.03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Michael O'Connor. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

40:28

Shot by Garry Thompson from 25 yards. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.

37:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Eddie Nolan. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

35:46

Rob Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from left channel, Eddie Nolan makes a clearance.

34:20

Unfair challenge on Jonathan Forte by Matt Mills results in a free kick. Michael O'Connor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

31:14

Jonathan Forte takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

30:33

Foul by Jobi McAnuff on Eddie Nolan, free kick awarded. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

29:25

Effort from just outside the area by Josh Wright goes over the bar.

27:49

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Jobi McAnuff goes wide of the left-hand post.

27:17

Michael O'Connor produces a cross.

25:43

Gylfi Sigurdsson gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Scunthorpe.Assist on the goal came from Jobi McAnuff.

24:00

Jem Karacan takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

21:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

21:19

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Forte. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.

19:19

Outswinging corner taken by Josh Wright from the right by-line, Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.

17:40

Brynjar Gunnarsson fouled by Michael O'Connor, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, clearance by Rob Jones.

17:09

Sam Togwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Jem Karacan. Direct free kick taken by Alex Pearce.

14:16

Alex Pearce fouled by Garry Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.

13:17

Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Alex Pearce has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

11:47

The assistant referee signals for offside against Garry Thompson. Adam Federici takes the free kick.

11:11

Jimmy Kebe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

8:26

Garry Thompson finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 0-1 Scunthorpe.Assist by Jonathan Forte.

7:15

Jobi McAnuff produces a cross, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Jem Karacan goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

5:40

Header on goal by Jimmy Kebe from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

4:42

Centre by Jimmy Kebe.

3:48

Jonathan Forte concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Griffin. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

2:34

Jimmy Kebe takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

1:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.

The match begins.

The referee blows for half time.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The final whistle goes and the game is over.

Match Preview


Williams set to tackle former club

Reading will hand a debut to defender Marcus Williams as they face his former club Scunthorpe at the Madejski Stadium.

Williams left the Iron to join the Royals on a free transfer this summer and will start at left-back for Brian McDermott`s men as they look to start their Championship season with a win.

Winger Jimmy Kebe was a revelation after Christmas last season but is a doubt to play with a groin problem, while Noel Hunt may have to wait to make his first-team return.

Hunt missed most of last season with a knee injury and is now struggling with an ankle knock - but fellow Republic of Ireland international Shane Long is fine after a head injury.

Grzegorz Rasiak is back from a rib injury but Julian Kelly (groin), Ivar Ingimarsson (hamstring) and Chris Armstrong (knee) remain out.

Scunthorpe skipper Cliff Byrne could miss out.

Byrne is troubled by a hip injury which has forced him to sit out the last two pre-season friendly matches and will be assessed closer to kick-off.

Fellow full-back and summer signing Eddie Nolan is also doubtful with an ankle injury but centre-back Rob Jones looks set to feature after shaking off a groin strain.

Should Byrne be ruled out, boss Nigel Adkins said he may call on Andrew Wright or Michael Raynes to deputise.

Trialist Trent McClenaham is also in contention, with the terms of his trial allowing him to play, while summer signings Bobby Grant, Chris Dagnall and Michael Collins are in line to make their debuts.

Formation:451Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 442Manager: Nigel Adkins

Scunthorpe

  • Adam Federici
  • Andy Griffin
  • Matt Mills
  • Alex Pearce
  • Marcus Williams
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • Brynjar Gunnarsson
  • Jem Karacan
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Shane Long
  • SUBS
  • Ben Hamer
  • Jay Tabb
  • Michail Antonio
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Brian Howard
  • Simon Church
  • Grzegorz Rasiak

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Match Report

Iron secure win amid controversy Garry Thompson`s controversial goal helped Scunthorpe on their way to an impressive 2-1 win at Reading on the opening weekend of the npower Championship season. Thompson appeared to have been flagged offside as he gave the Iron an early lead, but the goal stood to the fury of Reading boss Brian McDermott. Gylfi Sigurdsson drew the Royals level with a typically fine hit but giant centre-half Rob Jones was able to head in a second-half winner for the visitors. Nigel Adkins lost top scorer Gary Hooper to Celtic in pre-season and former Rochdale man Chris Dagnall had the task of filling his boots at the Madejski Stadium. Dagnall was quiet throughout in a professional performance from Scunthorpe who are expected to struggle this season. Reading were superb after Christmas last season and could impress again after playing well enough in a narrow defeat. Jimmy Kebe had the first effort with a powerful strike from 20 yards but goalkeeper Joe Murphy was able to let it comfortably clear the crossbar, before Kebe again threatened with a header which drifted wide. But it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the ninth minute from their first attack in contentious circumstances. A ball over the top was collected wide on the left by Jonathan Forte and, despite the linesman raising his flag, he crossed for Thompson to convert from close range. The Royals backline had all but stopped upon seeing the flag, and were left incensed when referee Fred Graham overruled his assistant to award the goal. McDermott's side responded well however, and were level in the 26th minute through Sigurdsson. The Icelandic midfielder was one of the players to watch in the Championship last season as he scored 20 goals, and he showed his prowess again with another fine finish. Sigurdsson beat two men 25 yards from goal before smashing a strike beyond Murphy and into the top corner. Jobi McAnuff then dragged an effort across the face of the goal as Reading surged forward but the sides went in to the break on level terms. The visitors were keen to see half-time but started the second period well and went ahead through Jones on the hour mark. Michael O'Connor swung over a corner and 6ft 7in Jones towered over everyone to thump a header past Adam Federici and into the roof of the net. Sigurdsson sent a free-kick narrowly over and substitute Simon Church had an effort saved as the Iron held on for all three points.

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