Reading 1-2 Newcastle

13 April 2010 08:58
Two goals from Kevin Nolan helped Newcastle to victory at Reading which all but sealed the Championship title for the Magpies.Nolan scored his first when he turned marker Alex Pearce before firing past Adam Federici from 12 yards. [LNB]And just before the break Nolan scored his 18th of the season when he was on hand to tap in Wayne Routledge's cross. [LNB]Danny Simpson's own goal gave Reading hope when a clearance hit his back and rolled in, but Newcastle clung on. [LNB]The Magpies now hold a nine-point lead and plus-13 goal difference over West Brom who have just three games remaining of their season. [LNB]Chris Hughton's men rarely needed to get out of third gear against a Reading side who had an outside chance of reaching the play-offs. [LNB]The Royals, who went into the match having lost only two of their last 15, began well with forward Shane Long coming close with a half-volley from a tight angle inside the area. [LNB]But their fortunes soon changed when Championship player-of-the-season Nolan created enough power on his shot to score with his side's first effort on goal. [LNB]The former Bolton midfielder then became Newcastle's top scorer this season when he converted Routledge's fine delivery. [LNB]Nolan should have grabbed his hat-trick after the restart but his header rebounded off the Reading post. [LNB]The home side looked set for a hiding but a Simpson own goal gave Brian McDermott's side a much-needed boost. [LNB]The former Manchester United defender was unlucky to feel Jonas Gutierrez's goal-line clearance strike his back and fly into the Magpies goal after Steve Harper had initially pushed away Long's header. [LNB]Reading pressed hard for an equaliser but their search was affected by a serious-looking injury to defender Bryn Gunnarsson, who had to be stretchered off. [LNB][LNB]Reading manager Brian McDermott: "Newcastle showed what it takes to win the league. They were under the cosh and scored twice and then at the end they threw bodies in the way. [LNB]"Chris Hughton has galvanised the club and I'm very pleased for him. [LNB]"We've got an outside chance of getting in the play-offs and all we can do is win our next four games." [LNB]Newcastle boss Chris Hughton:"We are very close now and we can sew it up on Monday now. [LNB]"There are no celebrations tonight, it is business as normal but we have put ourselves in a great position. [LNB]"You could see why Reading have been on a great run but we went about the game the right way." [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Tuesday, 13 April 2010[LNB] Championship[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Reading 1-2 Newcastle FT (HT 0-2) Simpson (og) 72 Nolan 20 Nolan 42 Reading 01 Federici 24 Bertrand 26 Pearce yellow card 40 Griffin yellow card 06 Gunnarsson 07 Tabb (Church 59) 11 McAnuff (Robson-Kanu 65) 14 Kebe 25 Sigurdsson 34 Howard 09 Long (Rasiak 79) Substitutes 21 Hamer, 04 Cisse, 17 Henry, 19 Robson-Kanu, 20 Karacan, 18 Church, 23 Rasiak Newcastle 01 Harper 02 Coloccini (Jose Enrique 46) 06 Williamson 12 Simpson 16 Taylor yellow card 04 Nolan yellow card 08 Guthrie (Carroll 75) 10 Routledge (Barton 75) 17 Smith 18 Gutierrez 23 Ameobi yellow card Substitutes 26 Krul, 03 Jose Enrique, 07 Barton, 21 Pancrate, 11 Lovenkrands, 20 Best, 24 Carroll Ref: GrahamAtt: 23,163 READING NEWCASTLE Possession Reading 49% Newcastle 51% Attempts on target Reading 3 Newcastle 2 Attempts off target Reading 6 Newcastle 6 Corners Reading 10 Newcastle 3 Fouls Reading 6 Newcastle 13 Final Result Full Time 90:00+7:07 The referee signals the end of the game. 90:00+5:29 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, save by Steve Harper. 90:00+4:51 Unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ryan Bertrand, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance. 90:00+4:33 Shola Ameobi has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target. 90:00+3:17 Jonas Gutierrez has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright. 90:00+2:26 Joey Barton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu. Brian Howard takes the free kick. 90:00+1:39 Joey Barton fouled by Hal Robson-Kanu, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper. 90:00+0:55 Effort from inside the six-yard box by Kevin Nolan goes wide right of the target. 90:00+0:25 Grzegorz Rasiak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson. Mike Williamson takes the free kick. 89:27 Grzegorz Rasiak gets a header at goal, save by Steve Harper. 87:56 Hal Robson-Kanu fouled by Joey Barton, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici takes the free kick. 84:40 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, save by Steve Harper. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Hal Robson-Kanu, Shot from just outside the penalty area by Gylfi Sigurdsson misses to the left of the target. 80:20 Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Shola Ameobi. 78:54 Substitution Grzegorz Rasiak joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shane Long. 77:12 Booking The referee cautions Shola Ameobi for unsporting behaviour. 77:02 Shola Ameobi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Pearce. Jimmy Kebe restarts play with the free kick. 74:13 Substitution Andrew Carroll is brought on as a substitute for Danny Guthrie. 74:13 Substitution Wayne Routledge leaves the field to be replaced by Joey Barton. 71:51 GOAL - Danny Simpson:Reading 1 - 2 Newcastle Danny Simpson puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. Reading 1-2 Newcastle. 68:04 Jimmy Kebe fouled by Sanchez Jose Enrique, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Hal Robson-Kanu from right wing, Sanchez Jose Enrique makes a clearance. Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Clearance by Ryan Taylor. 66:52 Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie, Shane Long manages to make a clearance. 66:11 Effort by Brynjar Gunnarsson from a long way out goes over the target. 64:44 Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu comes on in place of Jobi McAnuff. 63:30 Jobi McAnuff takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Ryan Taylor manages to make a clearance. 63:03 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jobi McAnuff played to the near post, Ryan Taylor makes a clearance. 62:33 Brian Howard crosses the ball in from the free kick, Sanchez Jose Enrique gets a block in. 62:33 Booking Ryan Taylor is given a yellow card. 62:17 Foul by Mike Williamson on Shane Long, free kick awarded. 57:53 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici. 57:53 Substitution Jay Tabb goes off and Simon Church comes on. 57:53 Booking The referee books Andy Griffin for dissent. 57:32 Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Jay Tabb, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique. 55:25 Danny Guthrie decides to take the corner short. 54:21 Ryan Taylor fouled by Brian Howard, the ref awards a free kick. Mike Williamson takes the free kick. 51:28 Kevin Nolan has a headed effort at goal from close in that bounces off the post. 49:26 Foul by Shola Ameobi on Alex Pearce, free kick awarded. Adam Federici takes the free kick. 48:53 The referee blows for offside against Shola Ameobi. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici. 48:07 Effort on goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson from just inside the area clears the crossbar. 47:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gylfi Sigurdsson by Ryan Taylor. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance. 45:21 Jimmy Kebe is caught offside. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick. Correction - 45:01 Substitution Fabricio Coloccini leaves the field to be replaced by Sanchez Jose Enrique. 45:01 The referee starts the second half. 45:01 Substitution Sanchez Jose Enrique comes on in place of Fabricio Coloccini. Half Time 45:00+2:00 The ref blows to end the first period. 45:00+0:28 Fabricio Coloccini concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Andy Griffin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini. 44:55 Shot by Alan Smith from outside the box goes high over the crossbar. 43:34 The official flags Jimmy Kebe offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick. 41:09 Wayne Routledge provided the assist for the goal. 41:09 GOAL - Kevin Nolan:Reading 0 - 2 Newcastle Kevin Nolan gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Reading 0-2 Newcastle. 39:16 Danny Guthrie takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Gylfi Sigurdsson. 38:30 Jay Tabb challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick. 36:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Guthrie on Gylfi Sigurdsson. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand. 33:16 Effort on goal by Andy Griffin from long range goes harmlessly over the bar. 30:00 Brian Howard takes a short corner. 28:28 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line, clearance by Mike Williamson. 27:56 Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Pearce. Alex Pearce takes the free kick. 27:03 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ryan Taylor, Shane Long makes a clearance. 27:03 Booking Alex Pearce is given a yellow card. 26:18 Foul by Alex Pearce on Danny Guthrie, free kick awarded. 25:09 Shane Long takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save. 24:29 Corner taken short by Gylfi Sigurdsson. 23:34 Wayne Routledge produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target. 22:24 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick. 19:30 Shola Ameobi provided the assist for the goal. 19:30 GOAL - Kevin Nolan:Reading 0 - 1 Newcastle Kevin Nolan finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 0-1 Newcastle. 19:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Brian Howard. Brynjar Gunnarsson takes the free kick. Shane Long is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper. 11:52 Shane Long is caught offside. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini. 9:58 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. 9:27 The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick. 7:24 Booking Booking for Kevin Nolan for dissent. 5:21 Foul by Alan Smith on Jay Tabb, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jay Tabb. 4:15 Corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line, Steve Harper makes a save. 3:04 Shot from just outside the box by Jobi McAnuff goes over the crossbar. 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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