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Corner taken by Garath McCleary.
Unfair challenge on Chris Gunter by Guly Do Prado results in a free kick. Chris Gunter takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Guly Do Prado from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Rodriguez on Sean Morrison. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Guly Do Prado is brought on as a substitute for Steven Davis.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Rickie Lambert. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Noel Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Cork. Maya Yoshida restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, save made by Artur Boruc.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Lallana on Jobi McAnuff. Free kick crossed left-footed by Noel Hunt from left wing.
Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Save made by Artur Boruc.
Jobi McAnuff fouled by Nathaniel Clyne, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Kelly.
Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Foul by Luke Shaw on Garath McCleary, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Jobi McAnuff.
Hal Robson-Kanu goes off and Noel Hunt comes on.
Adam Lallana fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 0-2 Southampton.Assist by Jay Rodriguez.
Jay Rodriguez has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
Luke Shaw challenges Chris Gunter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Davis takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
Adam Lallana replaces Gaston Ramirez.
The ball is swung over by Morgan Schneiderlin. Danny Guthrie goes off and Garath McCleary comes on.
Shot from just outside the area by Adam Le Fondre misses to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Jay Rodriguez.
Outswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, Jack Cork manages to make a clearance.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff, Artur Boruc makes a save.
Morgan Schneiderlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Jem Karacan. Adrian Mariappa takes the free kick.
Steven Davis takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
The referee blows for offside against Jay Rodriguez. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jobi McAnuff.
Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
Mikele Leigertwood is brought on as a substitute for Hope Akpan.
Hal Robson-Kanu challenges Steven Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jos Hooiveld takes the direct free kick.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici. Effort from inside the area by Gaston Ramirez misses to the right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Kelly by Gaston Ramirez results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.
Hope Akpan handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Jos Hooiveld takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Steven Davis.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot.
Corner taken by Danny Guthrie from the right by-line played to the near post, Effort on goal by Adam Le Fondre from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Jay Rodriguez scores a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Reading 0-1 Southampton.The assist for the goal came from Rickie Lambert.
Header by Gaston Ramirez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
The official flags Jay Rodriguez offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Gaston Ramirez, Hope Akpan manages to make a clearance.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Gaston Ramirez goes wide right of the goal.
Morgan Schneiderlin produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
The ball is delivered by Danny Guthrie, Adrian Mariappa takes a shot. Save by Artur Boruc.
Danny Guthrie takes the outswinging corner, Jay Rodriguez manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Adam Le Fondre from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jos Hooiveld on Danny Guthrie. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Guthrie.
Rickie Lambert is ruled offside. Sean Morrison takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Davis from the left by-line, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.
Adam Le Fondre challenges Artur Boruc unfairly and gives away a free kick. Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
Gaston Ramirez produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
The referee blows for offside against Adam Le Fondre. Jos Hooiveld takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Artur Boruc makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Guthrie on Gaston Ramirez. Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
Jay Rodriguez fouled by Chris Gunter, the ref awards a free kick. Luke Shaw takes the direct free kick.
Jay Rodriguez is penalised for a handball. A cross is delivered by Stephen Kelly, Sean Morrison produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Chris Gunter fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Rickie Lambert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sean Morrison. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Adkins ready for right Royal scrap
Reading manager Nigel Adkins vowed the Royals will battle for their Barclays Premier League lives against Southampton on Saturday.
Adkins has taken charge of a side who are bottom of the table, seven points adrift of safety and on a run of seven consecutive defeats.
In a twist of fate, Adkins' first home match as Reading manager will be against his former club.
And he believes that victory over Southampton at the Madejski Stadium could be just the catalyst Reading need to pull off a great escape.
"You won't be in our dressing room if you think it is a lost cause," he said.
"The opposition are in a good vein of form but we are at home. We have to get the three points at the weekend. It is very close down there. We need to get some victories under our belt.
"These are the two teams that finished first and second in the Championship last season. There were some good games last season, it was a good game this year at St Mary's.
"You have to have a good home record. It is very important and there is an inner belief that we can win our games (at the Madejski Stadium)."
Adkins has predicted Southampton will finish in the top 10 but he will know the squad better than his successor Mauricio Pochettino having enjoyed back-to-back promotions at the club.
"Our players will be be well versed on what will be required," Adkins said.
"With every opposition team, every player in the opposition is a threat. 'Never underestimate your opponent' that is in Sun Tzu's Art of War.
"That's something we've always talked about.
"We've got to be passionate about what we do. We've always preached about keeping possession of the football, but when the opposition have the ball you've got to put them under enough pressure so you can get the ball back off them.
"The players, I like to think, will be organised for the weekend."
Jimmy Kebe has been ruled out of the game as he continues to recover from a groin problem but otherwise Adkins reported a fully-fit squad.
Adkins must decide who to start in goal. Adam Federici and Alex McCarthy are both looking to claim the goalkeeper's jersey from Stuart Taylor after overcoming ankle and shoulder injuries respectively.
Southampton face former boss Adkins brimming with confidence although successor Pochettino will not allow complacency to sneak in.
Just 78 days after being sacked by Saints, Adkins will go head-to-head with his replacement.
The south-coast side go into the clash following back-to-back victories over Liverpool and Chelsea, which have propelled them to a comfortable-looking 12th place, but Pochettino insists his side will not be getting carried away.
"In football to have confidence is really important," the Argentinian said
"Yeah, we are really confident after those wins but it is equally important to maintain a focus and we need to be mentally focused for the games ahead.
"It also happens in football than when you become overconfident you start to lose games so as well as being confident, we need to be mentally focused.
"We need to focus and we need to maintain how we felt against Chelsea and Liverpool before facing them.
"We felt really motivated, really confident so we need to keep that mental preparation.
"But I do think against Reading we are going to face a really tough opponent so we have been warned that we really need to be mentally focused and confident at the same time."
Southampton's chances of a victory at the Madejski Stadium have been boosted by the news that Artur Boruc and Adam Lallana should be fit after a virus and groin problem respectively.
Reading 0-2 Southampton: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Royals in deep trouble
Any remaining hope Reading had of beating the drop appeared to be extinguished as Nigel Adkins' first home match at the helm ended in a 2-0 defeat to former club Southampton.
Another inspired performance from Jay Rodriguez proved the difference at the Madejski Stadium as Saints ran out comfortable 2-0 winners, condemning the bottom-placed Royals to a seventh successive defeat.
The result leaves the Berkshire side seven points adrift of safety with just six matches remaining, making an immediate return to the npower Championship increasingly likely.
Talk in the build-up was about Adkins exacting revenge on the club that so harshly disposed of his services 78 days ago, despite having led Saints to back-to-back promotions.
However, after weathering the Royals' early pressure, it was successor Mauricio Pochettino that enjoyed the spoils as Saints won a third successive Premier League match for the first time since 2003.
Rodriguez again proved the difference for Saints, bundling home the opener before rattling the crossbar as half-time approached.
The 23-year-old then turned provider in the second half as he sent a perfectly-weight ball to substitute Adam Lallana, who slotted home to push Adkins closer to the drop.
The Reading boss made five changes from side that lost 4-1 at Arsenal for this match, ahead of which he received applause from those in both blue and red.
It was a touching reception for the former Saints boss, who, after shaking hands with his successor, saw his side enjoy the brighter start.
One-time Southampton loanee Danny Guthrie produced the first chance of the afternoon, with his deep free-kick headed over by Sean Morrison.
It was one of few chances of note in a tentative opening 20 minutes due to a combination of poor decision-making and sturdy defending.
The visitors were looking more disjointed than in their recent impressive performances and were fortunate not to fall behind.
As Reading upped the ante Adam Le Fondre was guilty of wasting a decent close-range effort, blazing over after Saints' laughable attempts to clear a free-kick saw the ball land kindly for him.
Adkins' side returned to the attack immediately and felt they should have had a penalty, only for referee Mike Jones to waved away the appeals that followed Jos Hooiveld's challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu.
The hosts were further frustrated soon after, with Artur Boruc reacting superbly to deny a goalbound Adrian Mariappa header down low to his right.
That chance appeared to act as a wake-up call for Southampton, who attacked with renewed vigour, with Gaston Ramirez running at the Reading goal before scuffing wide from distance.
The Uruguayan came closer moments later with a header as Saints pushed for an opener that came in the 34th minute.
The goal owed as much to poor defending as fine attacking play, with an impressive team move ending with Rodriguez playing a one-two with Rickie Lambert before bundling home through Adam Federici's legs.
The Australian goalkeeper, returning after a knee injury, should have done better and was beaten by Southampton's #6million striker again, only for his fierce strike to rattle the crossbar.
Rodriguez has shone since Pochettino's arrival on the south coast and his that confidence was epitomised two minutes from half-time, showing incredible pace to burst past the Reading backline.
Federici did well to save the striker's right-footed shot when clear on goal, with Ramirez putting the follow up just wide.
It was a bad end to a half in which Reading had started so well, with Adkins replacing Hope Akpan with Mikele Leigertwood after the break.
Much like the opening period, the hosts were again quicker to settle but failed to turn possession into clear-cut opportunities.
That allowed Saints to return to the attack and, after Federici easily dealt with a tame Steven Davis effort, a fine driven Rodriguez cross just evaded Lambert at the far post.
Le Fondre struck wide as Reading searched for an equaliser, although Saints were still looking dangerous themselves.
After striking an audacious 25-yard effort wide, Rodriguez put through substitute Lallana to slot home at Federici's near post to send the 2,216 visiting fans into raptures.
It was no less than Pochettino's side deserved but Reading thought they had pulled one back through Le Fondre. Boruc spilled the former Rotherham forward's header but was adjudged to have stopped the ball crossing the line, much to the home fans' annoyance.
There was to be no late drama, although Saints substitute Guly do Prado should have found the target in stoppage time.
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