Scunthorpe Utd 2-2 Reading

20 April 2010 08:52
A stunning late comeback by Scunthorpe saw them earn the point they needed to ensure their Championship survival.Reading dominated early on but the Iron hit the bar through Martyn Woolford's volley and Grant McCann's free-kick. [LNB]Alex Pearce volleyed the Royals ahead and Gylfi Sigurdsson made it 2-0 from the spot after Jobi McAnuff was fouled. [LNB]But with eight minutes left, Gary Hooper hooked home after Garry Thompson had his shot parried and Matt Sparrow's deflected shot earned the Iron a draw. [LNB]The final whistle at Glanford Park was followed by a pitch invasion by jubilant Iron fans, who can relax knowing their side are mathematically safe with two games left because Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday, two of the teams below them, are still to play each other. [LNB]But the Iron's superb late rally ends Reading's faint hopes of snatching a play-off place at the opposite end of the table because they can no longer overhaul sixth-placed Swansea. [LNB]It was a dramatic end to an entertaining game, which the Royals began strongly. [LNB]Brian Howard twice went close for the visitors, with a 20-yard drive whistling narrowly wide before he sent a free-kick curling just over. [LNB]Sigurdsson also made a mess of Jimmy Kebe's pull-back, blazing over from eight yards out, and Scunthorpe did not get behind the Reading defence until first-half injury time when Woolford met Thompson's cross and smashed his shot against the bar. [LNB]McCann also hit the woodwork at the start of the second half when his curling free-kick skimmed the top of the bar but Reading responded by immediately taking the lead when Simon Church met Howard's free-kick and the ball fell for Pearce to supply a clinical finish. [LNB]The in-form Hooper, who was being watched by Hull boss Iain Dowie and Wolves manager Mick McCarthy, inexplicably missed from six yards out after rounding Adam Federici as Scunthorpe tried to respond. [LNB]And it seemed Sigurdsson's spot-kick, which came after Cliff Byrne had felled McAnuff inside the area, would settle the contest. [LNB]But the Iron refused to give up and Hooper's opportunistic effort, before Sparrow fired home from 16 yards, means they can look forward to back-to-back seasons in the second tier for the first time in 46 years.[LNB]Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins: "I am very pleased, it's a fantastic group of lads. Over the course of the season we have set out what we hoped to do. [LNB]"It is a fantastic achievement. It's like swimming the Channel, doing the Tour De France and then climbing Everest. [LNB]"It's a fantastic achievement for Scunthorpe to stay in the Championship." [LNB]Reading boss Reading boss Brian McDermott on the decision not to send off Iron defender Cliff Byrne for his foul on Jobi McAnuff that led to Reading's penalty:[LNB]"It was an obvious red card. I don't like seeing players sent off but it beggars belief. [LNB]"Having said that, we were 2-0 up and on another day we would see that out." [LNB]"When we are really going for things next season that won't happen and we will [LNB]see things out. "We got into an end-to-end game when we didn't need to. And we [LNB]we learn from that and move on." [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Tuesday, 20 April 2010[LNB] Coca-Cola Championship[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Scunthorpe 2-2 Reading FT (HT 0-0) Hooper 82 Sparrow 89 Pearce 48 Sigurdsson (pen) 72 Scunthorpe 01 Murphy yellow card 06 Byrne yellow card 15 Mirfin 26 Canavan (Forte 85) 02 Wright yellow card 07 Sparrow 08 McCann 11 Thompson yellow card 16 Woolford 09 Hayes yellow card (Togwell 90+1) 10 Hooper Substitutes 22 Lillis, 05 Milne, 04 Togwell, 18 O'Connor, 19 Wright, 20 McDermott, 14 Forte Reading 01 Federici 24 Bertrand 26 Pearce yellow card 40 Griffin 44 Khizanishvili yellow card 07 Tabb 11 McAnuff yellow card 14 Kebe 25 Sigurdsson 34 Howard (Karacan 80) 18 Church (Long 61) Substitutes 21 Hamer, 06 Gunnarsson, 17 Henry, 19 Robson-Kanu, 20 Karacan, 09 Long, 23 Rasiak Ref: SalisburyAtt: 5,299 SCUNTHORPE READING Possession Scunthorpe 50% Reading 50% Attempts on target Scunthorpe 9 Reading 5 Attempts off target Scunthorpe 9 Reading 6 Corners Scunthorpe 5 Reading 8 Fouls Scunthorpe 17 Reading 13 Final Result Full Time 90:00+4:28 The match has reached full-time. 90:00+3:27 Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, save by Joe Murphy. 90:00+3:27 Booking Joe Murphy receives a caution. 90:00+1:49 Jay Tabb has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Andrew Wright. 90:00+1:29 Martyn Woolford challenges Jimmy Kebe unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jimmy Kebe takes the free kick. 90:00+0:09 Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Sam Togwell coming on for Paul Hayes. 88:17 GOAL - Matthew Sparrow:Scunthorpe 2 - 2 Reading Matthew Sparrow gets on the score sheet with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 2-2 Reading. 85:10 The assistant referee signals for offside against Garry Thompson. Free kick taken by Adam Federici. 83:26 Unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Alex Pearce results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy. 83:26 Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Forte coming on for Niall Canavan. 83:26 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, Effort on goal by Jem Karacan from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar. Correction - 81:05 Shane Long is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Griffin on Martyn Woolford. Direct free kick taken by Grant McCann. 81:05 Handball by Shane Long. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick. Martyn Woolford fouled by Andy Griffin, the ref awards a free kick. Grant McCann takes the free kick. 81:05 GOAL - Gary Hooper:Scunthorpe 1 - 2 Reading Gary Hooper finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-2 Reading. Correction - 80:05 Effort on goal by Garry Thompson from 25 yards. Save by Adam Federici. Correction - 80:05 Substitution Jem Karacan on for Brian Howard. Correction - 80:05 Unfair challenge on Grant McCann by Gylfi Sigurdsson results in a free kick. Grant McCann takes the direct free kick. 80:05 Shot from 25 yards from Garry Thompson. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save. 80:05 Substitution Jem Karacan replaces Brian Howard. 80:05 Gylfi Sigurdsson challenges Grant McCann unfairly and gives away a free kick. Grant McCann takes the direct free kick. 78:33 Alex Pearce challenges Grant McCann unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Grant McCann, Header by Niall Canavan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target. 77:33 The official flags Garry Thompson offside. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick. 76:13 Matthew Sparrow takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici. Cliff Byrne produces a cross, Header on goal by Niall Canavan from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. 75:56 The referee blows for offside against Shane Long. Joe Murphy takes the free kick. 75:07 Andrew Wright fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick. 74:46 Shot by Martyn Woolford. Save made by Adam Federici. 74:07 Paul Hayes delivers the ball, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance. 73:28 Shot from 18 yards from Garry Thompson. Save by Adam Federici. 71:50 Shane Long takes a shot from 25 yards. Joe Murphy makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson played to the near post, save by Joe Murphy. 71:16 Shot by Gary Hooper. Adam Federici makes a save. 71:16 GOAL - Gylfi Sigurdsson:Scunthorpe 0 - 2 Reading Gylfi Sigurdsson scores a placed penalty. Scunthorpe 0-2 Reading. 70:30 Booking Booking for Jobi McAnuff. 70:06 Booking Booking for Cliff Byrne for unsporting behaviour. Correction - 69:41 Penalty awarded for a foul by Cliff Byrne on Jobi McAnuff. 69:41 Cliff Byrne challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a Penalty. 67:58 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, clearance by Matthew Sparrow. 66:55 Foul by Cliff Byrne on Ryan Bertrand, free kick awarded. Gylfi Sigurdsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing. 66:06 The assistant referee flags for offside against Shane Long. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick. 64:58 Gylfi Sigurdsson has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Joe Murphy. Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson played to the near post. 64:58 Booking The referee cautions Andrew Wright for unsporting behaviour. 64:34 Andrew Wright concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. 63:30 Brian Howard is penalised for a handball. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Paul Hayes, clearance made by Andy Griffin. Corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the left by-line, Jay Tabb makes a clearance. 61:49 Corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Cliff Byrne on Brian Howard. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick. 59:44 The ball is delivered by Grant McCann, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance. 59:44 Substitution Shane Long joins the action as a substitute, replacing Simon Church. 59:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Alex Pearce. 59:08 Effort from the edge of the area by Gylfi Sigurdsson goes wide of the right-hand upright. 57:50 The offside flag is raised against Simon Church. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy. 57:09 Unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Gary Hooper results in a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick. 56:11 Jimmy Kebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Wright. Free kick taken by Niall Canavan. 55:39 Effort from inside the area by Gary Hooper misses to the left of the goal. 55:22 The ball is delivered by Grant McCann, clearance made by Alex Pearce. 54:32 Corner taken by Grant McCann from the right by-line, Cliff Byrne takes a shot. 53:53 The ball is delivered by Gary Hooper, clearance by Adam Federici. 52:57 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brian Howard played to the near post, save by Joe Murphy. 52:23 Direct free kick taken by Gary Hooper. 52:23 Booking Zurab Khizanishvili shown a yellow card. 51:58 Zurab Khizanishvili gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Hayes. Free kick crossed by Grant McCann, free kick awarded for a foul by Zurab Khizanishvili on Paul Hayes. 51:04 Shot by Gary Hooper from outside the box goes over the target. 50:02 Free kick crossed right-footed by Jimmy Kebe from right wing, clearance made by Paul Hayes. 50:02 Booking Booking for Paul Hayes for unsporting behaviour. 49:56 Paul Hayes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb. Correction - 49:10 Niall Canavan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Church. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Brian Howard from right channel, save by Joe Murphy. 49:10 Niall Canavan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Church. Free kick crossed by Brian Howard, save by Joe Murphy. 48:29 Martyn Woolford takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici. 47:17 Assist on the goal came from Brian Howard. 47:17 GOAL - Alex Pearce:Scunthorpe 0 - 1 Reading Alex Pearce fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 0-1 Reading. 46:46 Grant McCann challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Brian Howard, 45:39 Handball by Zurab Khizanishvili. Grant McCann fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, 45:01 The second half begins. Half Time 45:00+1:50 The first half comes to an end. 45:00+0:46 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Niall Canavan makes a clearance. 45:00+0:17 The ball is crossed by Garry Thompson, Martyn Woolford takes a shot. 42:58 The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick. 41:58 Martyn Woolford has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal. 41:12 Gylfi Sigurdsson challenges Cliff Byrne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick. 40:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Matthew Sparrow. Direct free kick taken by Zurab Khizanishvili. 38:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Hayes on Zurab Khizanishvili. Direct free kick taken by Zurab Khizanishvili. 37:31 Effort from just outside the box by Brian Howard goes over the bar. 35:38 Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici. 35:38 Booking Garry Thompson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. 35:28 Ryan Bertrand fouled by Garry Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. 33:38 Martyn Woolford has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal. 32:30 Brian Howard handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick. 31:33 Inswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Andrew Wright manages to make a clearance. 30:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martyn Woolford on Gylfi Sigurdsson. Andy Griffin takes the free kick. 27:49 Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar. 26:19 Martyn Woolford delivers the ball, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance. 24:56 Niall Canavan delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel. 24:56 Booking Alex Pearce shown a yellow card. 24:12 Alex Pearce challenges Paul Hayes unfairly and gives away a free kick. 23:22 Unfair challenge on Simon Church by David Mirfin results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Brian Howard. 22:54 Effort from outside the penalty box by Jimmy Kebe goes wide left of the target. 22:02 The ball is sent over by Martyn Woolford, Adam Federici makes a save. 17:11 Centre by Martyn Woolford, Ryan Bertrand makes a clearance. Short corner worked by Grant McCann, Centre by Gary Hooper, Gylfi Sigurdsson manages to make a clearance. 16:36 The ball is swung over by Martyn Woolford, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance. 16:25 The ball is crossed by Brian Howard, save made by Joe Murphy. 13:10 Foul by Paul Hayes on Alex Pearce, free kick awarded. Jimmy Kebe takes the direct free kick. 11:48 Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Martyn Woolford challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Brian Howard. 9:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jimmy Kebe on Andrew Wright. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy. Correction - 6:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Hooper by Alex Pearce. Shot on goal comes in from Grant McCann from the free kick, Adam Federici makes a comfortable save. 6:57 Gylfi Sigurdsson challenges Gary Hooper unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Grant McCann, save made by Adam Federici. 5:40 Brian Howard takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright. 4:25 Garry Thompson sends in a cross, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance. 3:16 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy. Correction - 2:04 Garry Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Bertrand. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick. 2:04 Garry Thompson challenges Ryan Bertrand unfairly and gives away a . 0:00 The game begins. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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