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  • Hooper (82), Sparrow (89)
  • Pearce (48), Sigurdsson (72 pen)
  • Date:2010-04-20
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Glanford Park
  • Attendance:5299
  • Referee:Salisbury, G

Live Commentary

90mins

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

90mins

The referee has booked Joe Murphy.

90mins

Paul Hayes is being taken off, Sam Togwell has come on in his place.

89mins

Goal!! Scunthorpe have scored with Matthew Sparrow putting it in the back of the net.

85mins

Niall Canavan is replaced by Jonathan Forte.

82mins

Goal!! Scunthorpe have scored with Gary Hooper putting it in the back of the net.

80mins

Brian Howard is replaced by Jem Karacan.

72mins

Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a penalty for Reading and scores!.

71mins

Cliff Byrne goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

71mins

Jobi McAnuff is booked for dissent.

65mins

The referee has booked Andrew Wright.

61mins

Simon Church is being taken off, Shane Long has come on in his place.

53mins

Zurab Khizanishvili is booked for unsporting behaviour.

51mins

Paul Hayes is booked for unsporting behaviour.

48mins

Goal!! Alex Pearce scores for Reading.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 0.

45mins

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

36mins

The referee has booked Garry Thompson.

25mins

Alex Pearce goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

0mins

It's 7:45pm on Tuesday, April 20th, the match has kicked off.

0mins

Scunthorpe face Reading at 7:45pm on Tuesday, April 20th.


Match Report

Scunthorpe produced a sensational fightback after scoring twice in the last nine minutes to secure their Championship place for next season following a 2-2 draw with Reading.

But the result ends any lingering hopes Reading may have had of gate-crashing the play-offs with a late charge.

The game burst to life after a goalless first half in which Gyfil Sigurdsson had missed a great chance for the visitors.

Scunthorpe brushed the woodwork either side of half-time through efforts from Martyn Woolford and Grant McCann, before leading marksman Gary Hooper then produced the miss of the match when he shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

Reading made the most of that let-off when they took the lead after 48 minutes when centre-back Alex Pearce forced the ball home from a free-kick knocked high into the box by Brian Howard.

They looked to have the game sealed in the 72nd minute when Sigurdsson made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Jobi McAnuff had been brought down by Cliff Byrne.

McAnuff then forced a terrific save from keeper Joe Murphy before Scunthorpe started their dramatic fightback.

Hooper made it 2-1 after 81 minutes when he thumped home the rebound after a shot from Garry Thompson had only been half-blocked by keeper Adam Federici.

Then, just a minute from the end of normal time, midfield man Matt Sparrow crashed home an equaliser after substitute Jonathan Forte had nodded a ball down in the box.

The point keeps Scunthorpe at the second tier of English football for only the first time in 47 years.

Scunthorpe United

Reading

Corners

58

Fouls

1717

Goal attempts

Shots off target

96

Offsides

33

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