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  • Date:25 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:19,165
  • Hunt (8) Robson-Kanu (19)
  • Henderson (29) Williamson (45)
    Henderson (50)
Goal!

Live Commentary

94mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zurab Khizanishvili by Darius Henderson. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.

93mins

Shot from just outside the box by Jobi McAnuff goes over the crossbar.

91mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Erik Tonne. Zurab Khizanishvili takes the free kick.

88mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Darius Henderson. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.

87mins

Stephen Quinn decides to take a short corner.

84mins

Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Alex McCarthy makes a save.

83mins

Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Lee Williamson results in a free kick. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

82mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Brian Howard, save by Steve Simonsen.

79mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Joe Mattock. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.

79mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Nick Montgomery. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.

78mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard played to the near post, clearance made by Nick Montgomery.

77mins

Erik Tonne is caught offside. Matt Mills takes the free kick.

76mins

Jordan Slew goes off and Erik Tonne comes on.

75mins

Shot from 25 yards by Brian Howard. Shane Long takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.

73mins

Brian Howard comes on in place of Jem Karacan.

72mins

The official flags Mathieu Manset offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

70mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn played to the near post, save made by Alex McCarthy.

69mins

Neill Collins fouled by Mathieu Manset, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

68mins

Lee Williamson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

67mins

Foul by Nick Montgomery on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

66mins

Darius Henderson takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Alex McCarthy. Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn. The official flags Jordan Slew offside. Indirect free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.

64mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jordan Slew. Hal Robson-Kanu leaves the field to be replaced by Michail Antonio. Mathieu Manset comes on in place of Noel Hunt. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.

64mins

Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.

61mins

Joe Mattock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte, Joe Mattock makes a clearance.

59mins

The referee blows for offside against Hal Robson-Kanu. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

56mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Lowry on Jobi McAnuff. Shane Lowry is cautioned. Ian Harte fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Corner from right by-line taken by Ian Harte.

49mins

Unfair challenge on Joe Mattock by Hal Robson-Kanu results in a free kick. Lee Williamson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Alex McCarthy. The ball is sent over by Bjorn Helge Riise, Goal scored by Darius Henderson from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-3 Sheff Utd.Assist by Bjorn Helge Riise.

48mins

Jobi McAnuff takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Joe Mattock manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, save by Steve Simonsen.

47mins

Handball by Lee Williamson. Zurab Khizanishvili takes the free kick.

46mins

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Comfortable save by Steve Simonsen.

46mins

Lee Williamson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-2 Sheff Utd.Assist on the goal came from Stephen Quinn.

45mins

Matt Mills fouled by Shane Lowry, the ref awards a free kick. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.

45mins

Foul by Jobi McAnuff on Stephen Quinn, free kick awarded. Joe Mattock takes the direct free kick.

44mins

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jordan Slew goes wide of the right-hand upright.

43mins

Shane Long fouled by Shane Lowry, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is delivered by Ian Harte, Shane Long takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save.

41mins

Stephen Quinn takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

40mins

Unfair challenge on Joe Mattock by Noel Hunt results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

36mins

Foul by Darius Henderson on Zurab Khizanishvili, free kick awarded. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.

35mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Bjorn Helge Riise. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

33mins

Shot by Bjorn Helge Riise from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

32mins

Darius Henderson takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy. Stephen Quinn takes a outswinging corner.

30mins

Darius Henderson finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 2-1 Sheff Utd.

28mins

The offside flag is raised against Hal Robson-Kanu. Steve Simonsen takes the indirect free kick.

27mins

Shot from 20 yards from Jobi McAnuff. Save by Steve Simonsen.

20mins

A goal is scored by Hal Robson-Kanu from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-0 Sheff Utd.Assist by Jobi McAnuff.

18mins

Shot on goal by Mikele Leigertwood from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

18mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Shane Lowry. Zurab Khizanishvili takes the free kick.

16mins

Jem Karacan takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save. Noel Hunt has an effort at goal. Save by Steve Simonsen. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ian Harte, save made by Steve Simonsen.

15mins

Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Darius Henderson, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stephen Quinn, save by Alex McCarthy.

12mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shane Long. Free kick taken by Neill Collins.

9mins

Noel Hunt fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Sheff Utd.The assist for the goal came from Shane Long.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Jem Karacan. Free kick taken by Shane Lowry.

6mins

Neill Collins concedes a free kick for a foul on Hal Robson-Kanu. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.

5mins

Shane Long produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

2mins

Noel Hunt has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

Match Preview

Kebe in fitness race Reading will wait on the fitness of winger Jimmy Kebe as they look to stretch their unbeaten league run against Sheffield United. Kebe missed the goalless draw with Leeds on Good Friday with a thigh injury and he will be assessed after his pace on the break was sorely missed at Elland Road. Hal Robson-Kanu will start again if Kebe misses out as the Royals look to make it 14 games unbeaten. Captain Matt Mills has returned to the heart of the defence after a month out with a groin injury and forward Noel Hunt is back after a foot injury. Goalkeeper Adam Federici is back after nine games out with a knee injury but has been restricted to a place on the bench due to the form of England Under-21 international Alex McCarthy. A win could take Brian McDermott`s side to within a point of second place. Sheffield United will be without suspended teenage defender Harry Maguire. Maguire, 18, was shown a straight red card during Saturday's 3-2 win over Bristol City - only his second start for the Blades. Neill Collins is expected to replace Maguire at the heart of defence alongside on-loan Aston Villa man Shane Lowry, although Rob Kozluk provides manager Micky Adams with another option. Midfielder Lee Williamson is set to start again after he was taken off in the second half against Bristol City in order to protect his troublesome back. Adams is not expected to make too many other changes. Midfielder David McAllister marked his full debut on Saturday with a fine goal and should continue alongside Nick Montgomery in central defence, while teenage striker Jordan Slew scored his second goal in successive matches following his full debut in the previous match at Preston. The Blades must win at promotion-chasing Reading and hope fourth-bottom Crystal Palace fail to beat Leeds if they are to maintain their slim survival chances.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 442Manager: Micky Adams

Sheff Utd

  • Alex McCarthy
  • Andy Griffin
  • Matt Mills
  • Zurab Khizanishvili
  • Ian Harte
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Jem Karacan
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Shane Long
  • Noel Hunt
  • SUBS
  • Adam Federici
  • Jay Tabb
  • Michail Antonio
  • Simon Church
  • Brian Howard
  • Alex Pearce
  • Mathieu Manset

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Match Report

Blades still fighting after win A sensational comeback from Sheffield United saw them beat Reading 3-2 to stave off relegation from the npower Championship for another day. Goals from Noel Hunt and Hal Robson-Kanu put Reading into an early lead but the Blades rallied to level at the break thanks to goals from Darius Henderson and Lee Williamson. Henderson then added a third early into the second half to give Micky Adams' side a fantastic result which keeps their slim hopes of survival alive. United are six points from safety with an inferior goal difference but can hope to catch Doncaster if the Yorkshire side suffer some heavy defeats in their final two games. The defeat prevented Brian McDermott's men from cementing a play-off place but another point from their final two fixtures will book their place in the lottery. Shane Long had the first effort on goal when he pounced on a poor piece of control from Stephen Quinn 25 yards from goal but fired over the top. And it was strike partner Hunt who opened the scoring in the ninth minute. Jobi McAnuff fed Long who in turn played the ball out to Hunt on the right-hand side. The Republic of Ireland international cut inside his man before flashing a shot high between Blades goalkeeper Steve Simonsen and his near post. Simonsen was then at his best to bat out a fierce Jem Karacan drive and get to his feet quickly to tip Hunt's follow-up around the post. The pressure was relentless from the Royals and it was no surprise when Robson-Kanu doubled the lead in the 20th minute. Long was fouled but the referee played a good advantage to allow McAnuff to stride on and put in a low cross. Simonsen got his hand to the ball but could only divert it into Robson-Kanu's path and the youngster hooked it into the empty net. The Blades had barely made it into the Reading half but pulled one back with their first shot on the half-hour mark. Former Reading striker Henderson made the goal all on his own, bulldozing into the area from the left before rolling a scuffed shot wide of Alex McCarthy in the Reading net. Henderson then saw another effort well saved by McCarthy as the visitors belatedly showed some urgency. And they deservedly drew level at the start of first-half stoppage time when Quinn made progress down the left before finding Williamson breaking into the area and the midfielder sent a left-footed shot into the net. Adams must have been heartened by his side's fightback and they took the lead for the first time six minutes into the second period. Williamson swung in a fabulous free-kick from wide on the left which McCarthy clawed away from the corner but Bjorn Helge Riise was on hand to pick out Henderson for a tap-in on the line. McAnuff led a break clear for the shell-shocked Royals but could not pick out Long before Blades youngster Jordan Slew had the ball in the net but saw it chalked off for a foul in the build up. Henderson was then denied a hat-trick by a brilliant save from McCarthy before Reading substitute Brian Howard almost killed off his former side when he struck the crossbar with a floated effort.

Form Guide

    WWWWWD
  • Reading
  • VS
  • Sheff Utd
  • WLLLLW

Last Meetings

  • Sheff Utd
  • 1 - 1
  • Reading
  • 15/02/2011
  • Sheff Utd
  • 3 - 0
  • Reading
  • 26/01/2010
  • Reading
  • 1 - 3
  • Sheff Utd
  • 22/08/2009
  • Reading
  • 0 - 1
  • Sheff Utd
  • 10/04/2009
  • Sheff Utd
  • 0 - 2
  • Reading
  • 15/11/2008
  • Sheff Utd
  • 1 - 1
  • Reading
  • 14/02/2006

Top Scorers

Reading

  • S Long 15
  • N Hunt 9
  • JB Kebe 9
  • I Harte 7
  • S Church 5
  • J McAnuff 4
  • J Karacan 3
  • H Robson-Kanu 3
  • M Mills 2
  • M Manset 2
  • M Leigertwood 1
  • A Pearce 1
  • M Antonio 1

Sheff Utd

  • C Evans 8
  • M Yeates 5
  • R Cresswell 4
  • M Lowton 3
  • D Bogdanovic 2
  • J Slew 2
  • R Kozluk 1
  • L Williamson 1
  • B Riise 1
  • S Quinn 1
  • D McAllister 1

Goals

Reading

    • Total goals 120
    • Goals per game 73
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 10 (For) 9 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 11 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 18 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Sheff Utd

    • Total goals 86
    • Goals per game 39
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 8 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 11 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 14 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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