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  • Date:18 Aug 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:23,973
  • Le Fondre - pen (89)
  • Kightly (33) Kightly (33)
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95:00 +5.00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Noel Hunt. Direct free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood.

92:23 +2.23

Asmir Begovic goes into the book for time wasting.

90:49 +0.49

Ryan Shawcross challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Shawcross is booked. Ian Harte fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

89:20

Andy Wilkinson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

87:52

Unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by Dean Whitehead results in a Penalty. Red card for Dean Whitehead. Placed penalty scored by Adam Le Fondre. Reading 1-1 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Noel Hunt.

86:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Noel Hunt on Ryan Shawcross. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.

85:39

Wilson Palacios joins the action as a substitute, replacing Glenn Whelan.

80:22

Ian Harte concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Walters. Free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.

78:44

Danny Guthrie takes the outswinging corner, Header from close range by Alex Pearce misses to the right of the goal. Rory Delap on for Matthew Etherington.

77:24

Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Mikele Leigertwood.

76:05

Noel Hunt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Pavel Pogrebnyak.

74:02

Cameron Jerome replaces Michael Kightly.

71:42

Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan. Booking for Mikele Leigertwood for unsporting behaviour. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.

69:46

Pavel Pogrebnyak takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Huth. Danny Guthrie takes the outswinging corner, Pavel Pogrebnyak takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.

67:52

Corner taken right-footed by Michael Kightly from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Danny Guthrie.

65:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Kightly by Hal Robson-Kanu. Garath McCleary replaces Hal Robson-Kanu. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.

64:16

Header from deep inside the area by Adam Le Fondre goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

62:40

Matthew Etherington concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Gunter. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

59:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Whitehead on Pavel Pogrebnyak. Shot on goal comes in from Ian Harte from the free kick.

57:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Shawcross on Adam Le Fondre. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

56:31

Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

54:12

Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line played to the near post, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

48:13 +3.13

Hal Robson-Kanu crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Adam Le Fondre misses to the right of the target.

46:25 +1.25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kaspars Gorkss by Matthew Etherington. Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.

44:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Kaspars Gorkss. Caution for Kaspars Gorkss. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.

41:04

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

40:26

Unfair challenge on Robert Huth by Pavel Pogrebnyak results in a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.

38:34

Michael Kightly is caught offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

37:33

Adam Le Fondre has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

36:15

Peter Crouch takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

35:50

Pavel Pogrebnyak is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.

33:29

Michael Kightly gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 0-1 Stoke.The assist for the goal came from Glenn Whelan.

32:21

Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

30:10

Hal Robson-Kanu challenges Michael Kightly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Michael Kightly, Headed effort from inside the area by Jonathan Walters misses to the left of the goal.

27:35

Foul by Michael Kightly on Hal Robson-Kanu, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance made by Michael Kightly.

26:58

Pavel Pogrebnyak fouled by Michael Kightly, the ref awards a free kick. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.

25:21

Danny Guthrie takes the outswinging corner, Kaspars Gorkss has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

22:12

Jobi McAnuff fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ian Harte, clearance by Dean Whitehead.

19:04

Jonathan Walters takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

17:31

Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. Dean Whitehead booked. Chris Gunter takes the direct free kick.

16:24

Danny Guthrie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Dean Whitehead restarts play with the free kick.

15:07

Foul by Marc Wilson on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded. Alex Pearce takes the direct free kick.

11:57

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Danny Guthrie played to the near post, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.

9:44

Pavel Pogrebnyak challenges Glenn Whelan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.

8:18

The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Crouch. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

7:07

Adam Le Fondre sends in a cross.

4:41

Robert Huth challenges Adam Le Fondre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.

2:48

The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Crouch. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

2:07

Ian Harte sends in a cross, Asmir Begovic makes a save.

Andy Wilkinson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

Match Preview

Royal welcome swayed Pogrebnyak Pavel Pogrebnyak has claimed he snubbed Fulham to join Reading because Mohamed Al Fayed did not try as hard as Anton Zingarevich to sign him. Pogrebnyak made a sensational start to life in the Barclays Premier League after moving to the Cottagers on loan from Stuttgart in January, netting an unprecedented five goals in his first three games. The 28-year-old's record-breaking exploits sparked a flurry of interest from clubs across Europe but Fulham appeared to be in the driving seat and offered him a contract. Pogrebnyak turned it down and has now suggested it was because the deal was for one year only, with an option to extend it, and also because he felt Cottagers chairman Al Fayed was indifferent towards him staying. That was in stark contrast to new Reading owner Zingarevich, who bent over backwards to convince his fellow Russian to spearhead his Royals revolution, visiting the striker during their country's European Championship campaign this summer and offering him a four-year deal. Speaking ahead of what is expected to be his competitive debut in their Premier League opener against Stoke, Pogrebnyak said: "I signed four years here. Fulham gave me, one and after two. "Fulham's president, I think, didn't want so much for me to be at Fulham." Confirming Zingarevich sold the club to him during the Euros, he added: "He said that he wanted to see me at Reading. "It's very important for me that Anton speaks Russian and as well that our coach wanted me." Pogrebnyak was also won over by the plans of Royals boss Brian McDermott. "I knew a lot about Reading and the coach was the number one coach in the Championship," he said, confirming he was also desperate to remain in the Premier League. "I prefer England and it was my dream. I always wanted to play in England. I want to stay here as long as possible." Meanwhile, Reading were still waiting on whether goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen would join crisis club Portsmouth on loan. That would allow the Royals to complete a move for Stuart Taylor, who has been training with them since being released by Manchester City this summer. Stoke begin the season with a trip to Berkshire, while they face Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool in their first eight games. Boss Tony Pulis said: "We've had tough starts but I think this is most probably the toughest we've had. You have to accept there's going to be a run of fixtures you look at and you think, where are the points going to come from? "The opening game away to a newly-promoted team, that's what nobody wants. I'd rather go away to one of the top sides because everything is fresh, the supporters are up for it and it's really difficult." Stoke will check on the fitness of defender Robert Huth and Pennant ahead of tomorrow's game. Huth spent most of last week in hospital with viral meningitis while Pennant has been struggling with a thigh strain. Pulis added: "You'd have to hit Robert with a bus to knock him down. Whether he'll be fit enough to start tomorrow, we'll have to wait and see. But we're just pleased to have him back, it was a big scare for us and a big scare for Robert and his family."

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 442Manager: Tony Pulis

Stoke

  • Adam Federici
  • Chris Gunter
  • Alex Pearce
  • Kaspars Gorkss
  • Ian Harte
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Danny Guthrie
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Adam Le Fondre
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
  • SUBS
  • Alex McCarthy
  • Adrian Mariappa
  • Noel Hunt
  • Garath McCleary
  • Jay Tabb
  • Simon Church
  • Shaun Cummings

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