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Foul by Adam Le Fondre on Steven Nzonzi, free kick awarded. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Geoff Cameron concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe. Geoff Cameron goes into the referee's book. Ian Harte crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right by-line.
Corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Glenn Whelan.
Unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
Glenn Whelan takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
Geoff Cameron on for Andy Wilkinson.
Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte to the near post, Adrian Mariappa grabs a headed goal from close range. Stoke 2-1 Reading.Assist on the goal came from Ian Harte.
Cameron Jerome fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stoke 2-0 Reading.Assist by Ryan Shawcross.
Pavel Pogrebnyak goes off and Noel Hunt comes on.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan, Ian Harte makes a clearance.
Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.
Pavel Pogrebnyak is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
Ian Harte has a drilled shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce.
Unfair challenge on Mikele Leigertwood by Glenn Whelan results in a free kick. Glenn Whelan booked for unsporting behaviour. Jobi McAnuff leaves the field to be replaced by Garath McCleary. Adrian Mariappa restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by Matthew Etherington goes over the bar.
Adam Le Fondre fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte shoots direct from the free kick.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce. Inswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, Robert Huth finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Stoke 1-0 Reading.Assist by Glenn Whelan.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Hope Akpan on Kenwyne Jones. Ryan Shawcross takes the direct free kick.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Cameron Jerome coming on for Michael Kightly. Peter Crouch leaves the field to be replaced by Kenwyne Jones.
Effort from 20 yards by Hope Akpan. Comfortable save by Adam Federici.
Ian Harte takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Steven Nzonzi.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, Mikele Leigertwood makes a clearance.
(Reading) makes a substitution, with Adam Le Fondre coming on for Nick Blackman.
The official flags Pavel Pogrebnyak offside. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Crouch on Ian Harte. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
Peter Crouch produces a overhead kick right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save made by Adam Federici. Matthew Etherington takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Adrian Mariappa. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line to the near post. Alex Pearce makes a clearance. Matthew Etherington takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington to the near post, clearance made by Ian Harte. Robert Huth takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce.
Pavel Pogrebnyak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shotton. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Peter Crouch has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line to the near post, save by Adam Federici. Ryan Shawcross takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Alex Pearce.
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Comfortable save by Adam Federici.
Shot from 12 yards from Michael Kightly. Blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
Pavel Pogrebnyak is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Pavel Pogrebnyak. Alex Pearce restarts play with the free kick.
Adrian Mariappa challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
The referee gives a free kick against Michael Kightly for handball. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
Mikele Leigertwood has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Foul by Peter Crouch on Adrian Mariappa, free kick awarded. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
Matthew Etherington sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Peter Crouch misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington played to the near post.
Ready Brek for Stoke
New signing Brek Shea could be in line to make his Stoke debut in the Barclays Premier League clash with Reading at the Britannia Stadium.
Shea is eligible to play in the game after the formalities of his move from FC Dallas were completed this week and Potters boss Tony Pulis will now assess the fitness of the 22-year-old United States winger, who has been recovering from a foot operation.
It remains to be seen whether or not full-back Marc Wilson will be involved after he made his playing comeback from a broken leg in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.
Potters boss Tony Pulis sees Reading's recent habit of scoring important late goals as testament to the spirit and belief Brian McDermott has fostered within his squad.
The Royals have hauled themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone by registering three wins and a draw in their last four top-flight fixtures, a sequence in which they have netted nearly all their goals towards the end of the games.
Their efforts have been recognised with McDermott and striker Adam Le Fondre - who has scored five times during the run - being named the division's manager and player of the month for January respectively.
And ahead of the clash, Pulis has also saluted the Berkshire club.
"They have had a great run of results," Pulis said.
"What they have shown by scoring so many goals late on is that they have real spirit in the team. It has been remarkable really.
"Brian will be really pleased with the belief the team has shown - it has given them great heart, I'm sure."
Reading are currently 17th, two points clear of the drop zone, while Stoke are 10th.
The Potters have managed to retain a top-half position despite not winning a league match since Boxing Day.
In among their fixtures during that time they have come up against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal - losing all three contests - and they now have a series of more winnable-looking games ahead of them.
Certainly Pulis is eager to get a victory on the board, although he is anticipating Reading will pose his side a testing assignment tomorrow.
"We have to get some points and we are keen to get back to winning ways," Pulis said.
"We have had a very, very tough run again like at the start of the season, we have got through that period and we are still 10th in the league so we are pleased with that.
"What we have to do now is win a few games, although we know it will be tough (on Saturday) - they are on a great run at the moment."
Reading forward Noel Hunt is back in contention.
Hunt has missed the last two Barclays Premier League games with an unspecified injury but is in the squad that will travel to the Britannia Stadium.
ManagerMcDermott will be hoping Jamaica international trio Adrian Mariappa, Jobi McAnuff and Garath McCleary will have returned unscathed following a midweek draw in Mexico.
Reading striker Le Fondre is keen to shake off the `super-sub' label he has earned for his goalscoring exploits in January.
Le Fondre picked up the Barclays Player of the Month award for scoring five times in the league last month, with all of his efforts coming as a substitute.
Two goals in the win at Newcastle and draw at home to Chelsea, plus an equaliser in the 3-2 victory over West Brom, mean the 26-year-old is now seen as the Royals' go-to man if the starting line-up fail to provide the goals.
But although the former Rotherham forward is happy to see Reading sitting outside the bottom three thanks to a good run of form, he is itching to be back in manager Brian McDermott's first XI.
"I'm as happy as I can be coming off the bench," he said.
"Obviously I want to start and the gaffer knows that. I've spoken to him numerous times after I've scored goals that I want to start games, but those five goals from the bench have catapulted me into the `super sub' tag.
"I don't want to be stuck with that for the rest of my career. I don't want to play 20 minutes in games, I want to play for 90 minutes.
"It is the exact opposite of what I want to be known as. I'm not an impact player and just do the best I can every time I'm on the pitch.
"I just want to start games - for the time being it is as you are because we are winning games and have got to stick with it."
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