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Corner taken by Ian Harte.
Michail Antonio takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.
Corner taken short by Jobi McAnuff.
Shot by Jem Karacan from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Stacy Long takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
Shane Long fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-2 Reading.The assist for the goal came from Jobi McAnuff.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte played to the near post, clearance by Michael Bostwick.
Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte.
Jem Karacan takes a shot. Lawrie Wilson gets a block in.
Stacy Long joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Winn.
Lawrie Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood.
Yemi Odubade comes on in place of Darius Charles.
Darius Charles has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken left-footed by Peter Winn to the near post, Shane Long manages to make a clearance.
Peter Winn takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Shane Long.
Michail Antonio on for Hal Robson-Kanu.
Darius Charles gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-1 Reading.
Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Chris Beardsley goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.
Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, clearance by Robert Sinclair.
Shot from just outside the box by Ian Harte goes over the bar.
Andy Griffin challenges Darius Charles unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Laird takes the free kick.
Peter Winn has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
The referee blows for offside against Shane Long. Free kick taken by Chris Day.
Handball by Simon Church. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.
Robert Sinclair comes on in place of David Bridges. Foul by Peter Winn on Matt Mills, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Shot from just outside the box by Simon Church goes over the bar.
Shane Long takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.
Chris Beardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Matt Mills. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Winn on Andy Griffin. Free kick taken by Jem Karacan.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Winn. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jon Ashton on Simon Church. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Ian Harte.
The referee blows for offside against Ivar Ingimarsson. Chris Day takes the free kick.
Short corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line.
Short corner worked by Ian Harte.
Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line played to the near post, Lawrie Wilson makes a clearance.
Scott Laird produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Mark Roberts results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ian Harte.
Mikele Leigertwood fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 0-1 Reading.
Corner taken left-footed by Peter Winn.
The referee blows for offside against Simon Church. Chris Day takes the indirect free kick.
Matt Mills fouled by Peter Winn, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line played to the near post, Michael Bostwick makes a clearance.
Caution for Scott Laird. Unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Scott Laird results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
Jobi McAnuff decides to take the corner short.
Ronnie Henry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
Outswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on David Bridges. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.
Ian Harte fouled by Lawrie Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici. Shane Long fouled by Jon Ashton, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
The official flags Chris Beardsley offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
Harrison to miss Royals clash
Stevenage boss Graham Westley will be without Byron Harrison for the FA Cup clash with Reading.
The striker, who scored just three minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 3-0 midweek win over Rotherham, is cup-tied having already played in this season's competition for Carshalton Town.
However, fellow loan striker Luke Daley may be available if parent club Norwich give the youngster permission to face the Royals.
Midfielder Stacy Long and striker Yemi Odubade are again doubtful after missing out against the Millers with calf and back injuries respectively, while midfield duo Darren Murphy and Joel Byrom are still sidelined with shoulder and foot/ankle problems respectively.
Boro will be hoping to cause another FA Cup upset after dumping Premier League side Newcastle out at the third round stage.
Reading have injury doubts over defender Alex Pearce and midfielder Brian Howard.
Both players will be monitored ahead of the trip to Broadhall Way, where Premier League side Newcastle succumbed in the previous round.
Noel Hunt may be available again having missed last week's 1-1 draw at home to Hull while fellow striker Shane Long should also be fine despite receiving lengthy treatment in the same match.
Midfielder Michail Antonio is expected to be in contention despite suffering from a back problem which ruled him out against the Tigers.
However, new signings Mathieu Manset, Brett Williams and Sean Morrison are all cup-tied.
The Royals made it to round four courtesy of a 1-0 win over West Brom at the Madejski Stadium.
Long ends Stevenage hopes
Shane Long continued his stunning form with a late winner as Reading won 2-1 to end Stevenage's FA Cup run.
Mikele Leigertwood's first goal for Reading had put the npower Championship side in control but Darius Charles appeared to have earned the hosts a replay with a 78th-minute goal.
But Long grabbed his ninth goal in as many games with just three minutes left to put the Royals into round five.
The npower League Two side had beaten Newcastle in round three, but they failed to reach those heights as the Royals made it through.
Michael Bostwick scored against Newcastle and had the first effort on goal with a 25-yard strike that was straight at Adam Federici in the Reading goal.
Liverpool were beaten as Reading reached the quarter-finals last season and the Royals soon found their stride again.
Veteran full-back Andy Griffin waltzed into the area before pulling a cross across the face of goal and in-form striker Long then headed wide from a corner.
But the Championship side did take the lead through Leigertwood in the 23rd minute.
The on-loan QPR man dribbled through the middle and beat two challenges before striking a left-footed effort past Chris Day and into the corner for his first goal since last April.
Long then went tumbling inside the box but was not given a penalty before the home side went close.
Left-back Scott Laird was attacked by a fan after the win over Newcastle but almost landed a blow of his own with a volley that flew just wide of Federici's post.
Ian Harte then threatened with a free-kick over the top as the half came to a close.
Simon Church turned sharply to shoot over the top at the start of the second period as Brian McDermott's men looked for a killer second goal.
Stevenage made a tactical switch with left-back Charles moving up front, but the Royals' backline stood firm.
Reading should have made the game safe just after the hour mark. Jobi McAnuff beat his man down the right and delivered a dangerous low cross to the far post. Hal Robson-Kanu was in space but hesitated and took a poor touch instead of hitting a first-time shot, and Day was able to smother the ball at his feet.
It was a major let-off for the underdogs, and they almost punished a few Reading moments later when Chris Beardsley thumped a header over the top.
Charles was proving a threat, however, and he levelled with 18 minutes left.
Stevenage moved the ball quickly out onto the right-hand side where Charles had found space. He ran in on goal and cut inside Matthew Mills before curling a fine effort wide of Federici from the corner of the penalty area.
Charles sent another effort just wide before limping off with an injury as the tie entered the last 10 minutes.
And Long sealed the win for the visitors in the 87th minute when McAnuff again got to the byline before standing up a cross which Long volleyed in from close range.
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