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Mikele Leigertwood challenges Jordi Gomez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordi Gomez.
Garath McCleary gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur. James McArthur takes the free kick.
Sean Morrison produces a cross, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
A cross is delivered by Paul Scharner, Stephen Kelly makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by James McCarthy. Emmerson Boyce leaves the field to be replaced by Antolin Alcaraz. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Arouna Kone has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Corner taken by Jean Beausejour, Emmerson Boyce produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
The ball is delivered by Jean Beausejour, save by Adam Federici.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the left by-line, clearance made by Mikele Leigertwood.
Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
Jordi Gomez on for Franco Di Santo.
Close range strike by Franco Di Santo goes over the bar.
The ball is crossed by Noel Hunt, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
A cross is delivered by Stephen Kelly, James McArthur makes a clearance.
Garath McCleary on for Jem Karacan.
Corner taken short by Shaun Maloney.
Short corner worked by Shaun Maloney.
A cross is delivered by Jean Beausejour, blocked by Ian Harte.
Jean Beausejour crosses the ball.
The ball is crossed by Emmerson Boyce, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
Franco Di Santo delivers the ball, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Jean Beausejour, Sean Morrison manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Emmerson Boyce results in a free kick. Emmerson Boyce booked. Noel Hunt on for Jimmy Kebe. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by James McArthur results in a free kick. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
Pavel Pogrebnyak challenges Maynor Figueroa unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Pavel Pogrebnyak a red card for violent conduct. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
Foul by James McArthur on Jem Karacan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Emmerson Boyce delivers the ball.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Pavel Pogrebnyak misses to the left of the goal.
James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikele Leigertwood. Mikele Leigertwood takes the direct free kick.
Goal scored by Maynor Figueroa from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Reading 0-3 Wigan.Assist by Franco Di Santo.
Centre by Jimmy Kebe.
Gary Caldwell takes a shot.
Paul Scharner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
Hope Akpan leaves the field to be replaced by Adam Le Fondre.
Jean Beausejour takes the outswinging corner, Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Arouna Kone fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Reading 0-1 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Maynor Figueroa. Arouna Kone gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Arouna Kone, clearance by Stephen Kelly.
Shaun Maloney fouled by Jobi McAnuff, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scharner.
James McArthur concedes a free kick for a foul on Hope Akpan. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Paul Scharner, clearance by Ian Harte.
Jean Beausejour produces a cross, Stephen Kelly makes a clearance.
Arouna Kone takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
Corner taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.
Paul Scharner takes a shot. Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Franco Di Santo. Mikele Leigertwood is given a yellow card. Shaun Maloney delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
The ball is swung over by Emmerson Boyce, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa.
Hope Akpan concedes a free kick for a foul on Emmerson Boyce. Free kick taken by Paul Scharner.
The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded for a foul by Hope Akpan on James McCarthy. Ali Al Habsi takes the direct free kick.
Emmerson Boyce crosses the ball. Maynor Figueroa sends in a cross, Jobi McAnuff manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, Adrian Mariappa has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Franco Di Santo. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Maynor Figueroa. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jem Karacan on James McArthur. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Hope Akpan fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Hope Akpan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmerson Boyce on Jobi McAnuff. Ian Harte crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, James McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Jimmy Kebe from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, clearance by Franco Di Santo.
Foul by Paul Scharner on Pavel Pogrebnyak, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ian Harte from right channel, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
Corner taken by Shaun Maloney from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Paul Scharner goes over the bar.
Shaun Maloney produces a cross, blocked by Mikele Leigertwood.
Free kick awarded for a foul by James McArthur on Jimmy Kebe. Sean Morrison takes the free kick.
Jem Karacan delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Hope Akpan goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Franco Di Santo takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
The referee blows for offside against Pavel Pogrebnyak. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Kebe could return for Reading
Reading manager Brian McDermott is hoping to have Jimmy Kebe fit in time for the visit of fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Wigan to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.
The Mali winger missed the fifth-round FA Cup defeat to Manchester United with an unspecified injury but has returned to training this week ahead of the clash with the Latics.
Mikele Leigertwood had to be replaced after an hour at Old Trafford after suffering a knock and is a doubt whilst Jason Roberts (hip) and Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are still missing.
McDermott has defended his team's style of play amid claims they have resorted to scrapping tactics to survive in the Barclays Premier League.
The Royals have taken 10 points from the past 15 on offer and could move out of the bottom three with victory over fellow strugglers Wigan on Saturday.
With their recent surge has, however, come criticism - most notably from Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner.
After the Royals beat Sunderland 2-1 earlier this month Gardner claimed the match "wasn't football, it was a fight".
But ahead of a crucial relegation battle at the Madejski Stadium, against a Wigan team feted for their passing style, McDermott denied his side were merely a bunch of bruisers looking to avoid the drop.
"I can only talk about what I see and we play football the way we have to play. We don't see ourselves as a long-ball team," he said.
"We're out there to watch. Everyone has their opinion on how we play.
"We know how we try and play; we try and get it down and pass the ball. If we have to go long, we'll go long.
"When Man United play they mix it up, they go short, they go long.
"That's what all the best teams in the world do."
Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz could return after almost six months out injured when the Latics travel south.
The centre-back has not played for Wigan since August after tearing a groin muscle on international duty with Paraguay but is back in full training and could play some part.
Winger Ryo Miyaichi could also be involved following his recovery from an ankle injury while defender Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) was on the bench for the FA Cup victory over Huddersfield last week and is pushing for a start along with young striker Callum McManaman.
Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is well aware of the importance of the clash - but insists it will not determine their Premier League fate.
Since beating the Royals in a dramatic 3-2 win at the DW Stadium in November, Wigan have won only once in 13 league games and have slipped to second from bottom in the table.
Reading sit one place above the Latics and defeat at the Madejski Stadium tomorrow would leave Martinez's team at least five points from safety with 11 games to play.
Even with their track record of recovering from desperate situations over the past few seasons, things would look bleak.
However, Martinez is wary of hyping up tomorrow's match too much, saying: "We're working towards a points tally.
"I think sometimes you get carried away and you think this is a vital game and if you win you get three points, but that doesn't guarantee you'll achieve your aim.
"In the same manner, if you lose and then go unbeaten until the end of the season, you'll achieve your aim. It is an important game but what's more important is that we can be consistent. It is a vital game because it's one of 12 games left, nothing else."
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