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  • Date:08 Jan 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance:13,005
Goal!

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93mins

A cross is delivered by James Hurst, Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.

92mins

Graham Dorrans fouled by Hal Robson-Kanu, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.

91mins

The official flags Hal Robson-Kanu offside. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

87mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Mills on Roman Bednar. Direct free kick taken by Jerome Thomas.

86mins

(Reading) makes a substitution, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Noel Hunt.

85mins

Foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Roman Bednar, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

80mins

Jerome Thomas produces a cross, save by Adam Federici.

77mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Kebe on Jerome Thomas. Gonzalo Jara takes the free kick.

76mins

James Hurst gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Church. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

75mins

Simon Church replaces Shane Long.

74mins

Chris Brunt takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Shane Long.

73mins

Corner from left by-line taken by Chris Brunt.

72mins

Graham Dorrans concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Cummings. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

71mins

Jobi McAnuff concedes a free kick for a foul on James Morrison. James Morrison takes the free kick.

67mins

Corner taken short by Jobi McAnuff.

65mins

The ball is swung over by Jem Karacan, save made by Boaz Myhill.

63mins

Jerome Thomas is brought on as a substitute for Giles Barnes. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ian Harte, James Hurst makes a clearance.

62mins

Graham Dorrans is booked. Foul by Graham Dorrans on Noel Hunt, free kick awarded. Ian Harte produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

60mins

The referee shows Jonas Olsson a red card for second bookable offence. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Jonas Olsson. Free kick taken by Ian Harte, Noel Hunt produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

54mins

James Morrison has an effort at goal.

52mins

Ishmael Miller leaves the field to be replaced by Roman Bednar. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Gonzalo Jara. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.

51mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ishmael Miller. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.

51mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Noel Hunt. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

49mins

A cross is delivered by Giles Barnes, Headed effort from inside the area by James Morrison misses to the left of the target.

49mins

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save made by Boaz Myhill.

48mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Noel Hunt by James Hurst. Noel Hunt restarts play with the free kick.

47mins

Booking for Jonas Olsson for unsporting behaviour. Jem Karacan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

46mins

Jonas Olsson on for Paul Scharner.

43mins

Jem Karacan challenges Marek Cech unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Dorrans restarts play with the free kick.

41mins

Shane Long finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 West Brom.Assist by Noel Hunt.

36mins

Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Giles Barnes. Graham Dorrans restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Matt Mills.

35mins

The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, Close range effort by Shane Long goes over the bar.

30mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Alex Pearce goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

28mins

Marek Cech fouled by Noel Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

27mins

Jobi McAnuff concedes a free kick for a foul on James Hurst. Giles Barnes restarts play with the free kick.

25mins

The ball is delivered by Marek Cech.

23mins

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

22mins

Effort from inside the area by Ishmael Miller misses to the right of the target.

21mins

The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff, save made by Boaz Myhill.

19mins

The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, save made by Boaz Myhill.

18mins

A cross is delivered by Giles Barnes, Foul by Ishmael Miller on Adam Federici, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.

17mins

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Matt Mills makes a clearance.

16mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.

16mins

Noel Hunt takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a brilliant save.

14mins

Centre by Shane Long, comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.

13mins

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.

11mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brunt on Shane Long. Ian Harte produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

10mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Giles Barnes by Mikele Leigertwood. Giles Barnes takes the direct free kick.

8mins

James Hurst fouled by Matt Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.

7mins

Noel Hunt fouled by James Hurst, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte takes the free kick.

6mins

Ishmael Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Federici. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

4mins

Foul by Gianni Zuiverloon on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Ian Harte produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

4mins

Shaun Cummings sends in a cross, comfortable save by Boaz Myhill.

3mins

Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.

2mins

Unfair challenge on James Morrison by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Gonzalo Jara takes the free kick.

1mins

Shane Long is caught offside. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

The ref blows to signal half-time.

The referee starts the second half.

The referee brings the game to a close.

Match Preview

Royals ready to rotate Reading boss Brian McDermott is set to rotate his squad for the FA Cup visit of Premier League side West Brom. The clash is a repeat of last season's fifth round tie which was won by the Royals after a replay after a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Madejski. Reading benefited hugely from their Cup run last season but McDermott is concerned at the number of games some of his first team have had to play recently and is considering changes. In-form striker Shane Long has scored six goals in his last five games but is expected to be rested due to a bruised foot, with Simon Church coming into the side. Veteran full-backs Andy Griffin and Ian Harte are also likely to be given a rest, while club captain Ivar Ingimarsson could feature for the first time all season as he recovers from a serious hamstring injury. His Icelandic compatriot Brynjar Gunnarsson is still out with a knee injury. Goalkeeper Adam Federici could also be given the weekend off with one of Alex McCarthy and Mikkel Andersen given the chance to impress after Andersen returned from his loan at Bristol Rovers. On-loan QPR midfielder Mikele Leigertwood is available to play but remains a doubt with a hamstring problem. West Brom are hopeful left-back Marek Cech will have recovered from a shin injury in time. Cech has had a scan on the affected area and it has revealed no serious damage. Right-back Steven Reid will definitely be unavailable after undergoing a knee operation yesterday while the Baggies will also monitor the fitness of leading scorer Peter Odemwingie who is struggling with a swollen ankle. Gabriel Tamas will serve the final game of a three-match suspension but fellow defender Paul Scharner has recovered from illness.

Formation:442Manager: Brian McDermott

Reading

Formation: 4231Manager: Roberto Di Matteo

West Brom

  • Adam Federici
  • Shaun Cummings
  • Matt Mills
  • Alex Pearce
  • Ian Harte
  • Jimmy Kebe
  • Mikele Leigertwood
  • Jem Karacan
  • Jobi McAnuff
  • Shane Long
  • Noel Hunt
  • SUBS
  • Alex McCarthy
  • Jay Tabb
  • Ivar Ingimarsson
  • Michail Antonio
  • Simon Church
  • Hal Robson-Kanu
  • Brian Howard

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Match Report

Long heaps more misery on Baggies Reading striker Shane Long continued his marvellous recent form as West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo's love affair with the FA Cup took an unwanted turn with the Baggies beaten 1-0. The former Chelsea midfielder twice scored in FA Cup wins at Wembley for the Blues but could not find the inspiration to prevent his West Brom side from slipping to a sixth straight defeat. Long made it seven goals in six games with a cool finish before half-time while Albion substitute Jonas Olsson was booked twice within 15 minutes of coming on at the break to add to the Barclays Premier League side's woes. Albion are already shorn of suspended centre-half Gabriel Tamas and Di Matteo must surely be weighing up a move for more defenders this month after the deficiencies which were evident in defeat at Fulham on Tuesday shone through again. Even a change of goalkeeper could not save Albion. Boaz Myhill was handed a rare start after Scott Carson's costly blunder at Craven Cottage in midweek and was greeted with chants of "Albion's number one" from the visiting supporters after a stunning early save to deny Noel Hunt. But the problems at the back were again ruthlessly exposed in the npower Championship side's devastatingly simple strike four minutes before the break. Noel Hunt won a flick-on and Long was able to cruise past stand-in centre-half Gianni Zuiverloon and steer beyond Myhill. Zuiverloon has spent most of the season on loan at fellow Championship side Ipswich and while he is an able full-back looks lost in the middle, while Olsson's cameo was disastrous. Albion's attacking play did at least threaten occasionally, with Ishmael Miller twice going close on his first start of the season and James Morrison hitting the top of the crossbar, but there can be no doubt that Reading deserved their win. Boss Brian McDermott led his side to Cup wins over Liverpool and Burnley last season and comfortably added another top-flight scalp. Long has been linked with a move to West Ham in the transfer window and excelled, his movement too sharp for the visitors all afternoon as he added to his goal by being the recipient of both challenges which saw Olsson dismissed. Olsson scythed through Long less than two minutes after coming on at the interval, and then saw red in the 60th minute after more bright play from Long. A bad touch from the Swede was seized upon by Long and after the Republic of Ireland international nicked the ball away he was caught by Olsson's attempted challenge. Referee Jon Moss had no option but to show a second yellow and leave Di Matteo with yet more problems at the back. A poor last half hour followed with neither side creating much in front of goal as the Royals saw out a good day's work. Di Matteo's thoughts will now turn to next weekend's home fixture with Blackpool and a chance to pick up the first league points since December 5. For McDermott and Reading, round four awaits and the Royals showed enough to suggest that they have what it takes to mount a serious promotion challenge.

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