Saturday October 22, 2011 Day 13 Finished Madejski Stadium

Reading 1 - 1 Southampton

  • Leigertwood 71’
  • de Ridder 80’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Reading
    • Southampton
    • 90+5' FULL TIME: Reading 1 Southampton 1. Entertaining stuff and the Saints will be pleased with a point after falling behind and then going to 10 men. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' Kebe thinks he's won a corner off Fox but the decision is a goal kick.
    • 90+1' Mills ignores better options by lashing a long-range drive well off target. Poor from the ex-Saint who sensed glory.
    • 90+1' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played - we don't really want this one to end.
    • 90' Kebe glides forward and crosses into the danger zone but Davis fists away.
    • 89' Davis got the ball after Manset touched it but then did wipe out the striker. It was a close call - if a defender had tackled like that, it'd have been a penalty for sure!
    • 89' Leigertwood's astute through ball drops perfectly for Manset - Davis comes out and gets the ball but the striker still goes to ground. Initial impression is it was not a penalty.
    • 88' McAnuff appears to have cramp so he's off - Ian Harte is on in his place.
    • 87' De Ridder underhits a pass to Chaplow after the referee plays a good advantage. Both teams are going for it.
    • 86' A late change as Do Prado is replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • 84' McAnuff fouls Cork and accepts the inevitable punishment of a yellow card.
    • 83' Southampton win a corner but, like so many this evening, it goes straight to the keeper. Federici claims it well.
    • 82' Mathieu Manset is on for Church, adding his brawn to the attack.
    • 81' The away fans are in good voice again - it was a splendid piece of play by De Ridder, who looks a man with something to prove.
    • 80' Kebe does get on now - for Robson-Kanu as the Royals attempt to undo the 10 men.
    • 79' Saints are still trying to press in a hunt for an equaliser and, as I write, De Ridder slaloms into the box and rasps an unstoppable finish in off the bar!
    • 77' The leaders are up against it now - they'll still be at the top even if they lose here but the gap has already been trimmed by Middlesbrough.
    • 77' Hammond is shown a second yellow card. The skipper made a lunging tackle on McAnuff and can have few complaints really.
    • 75' McAnuff goes down the left to win another corner off Do Prado but the flag-kick is met by Davis convincingly.
    • 74' Chaplow impedes Federici needlessly and escapes a booking.
    • 72' Apparently Leigertwood was just about to be replaced by Jimmy Kebe when he rapped home that goal. He won the set-piece initially as well and it was the calmest of finishes.
    • 71' GOAL! McAnuff blasts the free-kick against a post but Leigertwood pounces on the rebound and hammers it off the other upright and into the net. Fantastic stuff and much deserved.
    • 70' Dean Hammond goes into the book for pulling down Leigertwood on the edge of the box.
    • 69' Gorkss makes another fine challenge, this time on Chaplow. He's been outstanding tonight at the heart of the defence.
    • 67' A great move nearly breaks the deadlock but Gorkss makes a saving challenge after Lambert's pass splits the defence. Excellent defending.
    • 66' De Ridder falls when going for a return pass by Cork but there's not even really an appeal for a foul. He's looked lively since coming on, though.
    • 64' De Ridder has picked up a yellow card for a clumsy challenge. A bit harsh.
    • 63' Shaun Cummings reads a through ball superbly and wins a free-kick out of Guilherme Do Prado.
    • 62' Another pair of corners for the hosts but they're not doing enough from them, in truth.
    • 60' De Ridder makes an instant impact, picking out Chaplow who measures his shot but fires it at Federici, who makes an important save. The ball bounces up off Federici but it's cleared.
    • 59' Belgian hitman Steve De Ridder comes on to replace Connolly.
    • 58' McAnuff does a captain's job with tremendous tracking back to snuff out the threat posed by Chaplow. Wonderful work from the midfielder.
    • 57' Close again as Church lays a Le Fondre pass into the path of McAnuff but it flicks off Martin and goes over the bar for yet another corner.
    • 56' Karacan's shot is blocked after some lovely play by Le Fondre carved out a possible sight of goal.
    • 55' Fox gets in a fine cross from the right and substitute Martin heads goalwards but Adam Federici makes a tremendous save with his right hand to keep the scores level.
    • 53' Frazer Richardson is brought down by Robson-Kanu and the home player receives a yellow card. It looked like a dive to me.
    • 51' Connolly is convinced he should have a corner at the other end but it looks like the officials have got that one wrong and it's a goal-kick.
    • 50' In fact, the corner count is now 10-1 in the hosts' favour.
    • 49' It's been a great start to the second half for the Royals, forcing a series of corners and getting the crowd behind them.
    • 47' Karacan's deflected shot wins another corner for his team and Alex Pearce gets his head to it, forcing another flag-kick.
    • 46' Aaron Martin is on for Fonte, who has a tight hamstring and was, of course, on a yellow card.
    • 46' Back underway in the second half..
    • 45+2' HALF TIME: Reading 0 Southampton 0. Stalemate but the hosts have just edged it. Join us for the second half.
    • 45+2' Davis shows no ill effects from that clash with Le Fondre as he races to the edge of his box to clutch comfortably.
    • 45' Into two minutes of added time and we're heading into the break goalless.
    • 44' Mills defends very astutely with a clever back-header to Kaspars Gorkss - brilliantly done by the ex-Southampton defender.
    • 44' Davis is okay to continue after treatment so there will be a little time added on at the end of the first half.
    • 41' Karacan springs forward and starts a move that leads to Fox making another astute chested pass back to Fox. Davis catches a sore one from Le Fondre and needs treatment as he collects the ball.
    • 39' Reading really are working their socks off - can they keep this up for 90 minutes though?
    • 36' A flowing move from the hungry hosts leads to Le Fondre whipping in a shot that is well blocked by Davis.
    • 36' After a handball shout when Connolly's drive hits Mills in the box, Lambert sends an overhead kick high over the bar.
    • 34' Lambert does well and the move ends up earning a corner for the visitors thanks to Jem Karacan's wild clearance to Cork's centre.
    • 32' That was the first shot on target all afternoon but another one follows through Adam Le Fondre who digs out a drive straight at Davis.
    • 30' That's got everyone off their seats. Mikele Leigertwood unleashes a left-footed rocket that produces a quite brilliant save from Davis. You won't see a better stop than that all weekend.
    • 29' Brian McDermott is on the touchline now, unhappy with one of the referee's decisions. The game needs something to spark it into life.
    • 27' Saints have been pinned back in their own half and a rare foray forward is quickly snuffed out. Nigel Adkins is barking instructions to the leaders from the touchline.
    • 24' A rare shot on goal as Church lets fly with his left foot and Davis helps it behind, even though it was going wide in any case.
    • 23' Stop-start at the moment and it's a battle for supremacy with Reading starting to get on top by pressing hard.
    • 21' A foul by Mills on Connolly relieves any pressure and Davis takes his time over the free-kick. Even stevens so far.
    • 19' Fox defends well again, calmly chesting a long ball back to Davis. He's started the game well.
    • 18' Jobi McAnuff snakes his way into the box and stretches to get the ball past Davis but Danny Fox is on hand to clear the danger.
    • 17' Church's cross is dealt with at the second attempt by a slightly nervy Davis.
    • 15' Mills and Jack Cork clatter into a 50-50 challenge which shows the commitment of both sides.
    • 13' This time it's the most blatant of handballs by Fonte and he won't get away with this one. It's silly after he feels he's pushed by Simon Church. Yellow card.
    • 12' The ball comes off Jose Fonte's shoulder but it's a half-hearted shout for handball and then a corner comes to nothing for the hosts.
    • 11' Reading mount some pressure of their own but an appeal for a corner is turned down when Hal Robson-Kanu's cross goes behind.
    • 9' It's still fast and furious and things need to settle down really. Southampton have just had the edge so far.
    • 7' Joseph Mills' free-kick is headed away and Saints break but the move fizzles out.
    • 5' Ricky Lambert wastes a promising position on the left-hand side but the visitors look sharp in possession.
    • 4' Kelvin Davis has had to be smart off his line a couple of times although the flag was up on one occasion.
    • 2' Richard Chaplow feeds David Connolly and almost gets on the return pass but his attempted shot is blocked.
    • 1' It's a frenetic opening minute with both teams fired up for the occasion.
    • 17:20 We're underway and this promises to be another engaging battle in the Championship.
    • 17:15 The Saints are in fine fettle and will fancy their chances of another three points here, even though Reading are in good form themselves.
    • 17.10 Manager Nigel Adkins insists Southampton will not be fazed by the pressure of leading the way in the Championship. Adkins on life at the top
    • 17.05 There were important wins for Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace in the Championship today, while Cardiff won an eight-goal thriller. All the scores
    • 17.00 Reading make one change as captain Jobi McAnuff has been passed fit and replaces Jimmy Kebe in the starting XI. Southampton make one change as well as Jack Cork comes in for Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • 16.55 TEAMS: Reading: Federici, Cummings, Mills, Gorkss, Pearce, Karacan, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu, McAnuff, Church, Le Fondre. Subs: McCarthy, Harte, Kebe, Hunt, Manset. /// Southampton: Davis, Richardson, Fox, Fonte, Hooiveld, Cork, Hammond, Do Prado, Chaplow, Connolly, Lambert. Subs: Bialkowski, Harding, Schneiderlin, Martin, De Ridder.
    • 16.50 Southampton, of course, are sitting pretty at the top of the table and started the day five points clear. Saints have lost only two of their 12 games this season, winning eight, and are enjoying a fantastic campaign.
    • 16.45 Prior to the start of the 3pm kick-offs, Reading found themselves 14th in the table with 16 points from 12 games. They are unbeaten in their last six outings.
    • 16.40 There are currently eight games in the Championship that are nearing their conclusion. Earlier on Saturday, Leeds United defeated Peterborough thanks to a late strike ffrom Darren O'Dea. Championship scores
    • 16.35 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Championship tie between Reading and Southampton at the Madejski Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 79' Saints are still trying to press in a hunt for an equaliser and, as I write, De Ridder slaloms into the box and rasps an unstoppable finish in off the bar!
    • 77' Hammond is shown a second yellow card. The skipper made a lunging tackle on McAnuff and can have few complaints really.
    • 71' GOAL! McAnuff blasts the free-kick against a post but Leigertwood pounces on the rebound and hammers it off the other upright and into the net. Fantastic stuff and much deserved.
    • 60' De Ridder makes an instant impact, picking out Chaplow who measures his shot but fires it at Federici, who makes an important save. The ball bounces up off Federici but it's cleared.
    • 57' Close again as Church lays a Le Fondre pass into the path of McAnuff but it flicks off Martin and goes over the bar for yet another corner.
    • 55' Fox gets in a fine cross from the right and substitute Martin heads goalwards but Adam Federici makes a tremendous save with his right hand to keep the scores level.
    • 36' A flowing move from the hungry hosts leads to Le Fondre whipping in a shot that is well blocked by Davis.
    • 30' That's got everyone off their seats. Mikele Leigertwood unleashes a left-footed rocket that produces a quite brilliant save from Davis. You won't see a better stop than that all weekend.
    • 18' Jobi McAnuff snakes his way into the box and stretches to get the ball past Davis but Danny Fox is on hand to clear the danger.
    • 16.55 TEAMS: Reading: Federici, Cummings, Mills, Gorkss, Pearce, Karacan, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu, McAnuff, Church, Le Fondre. Subs: McCarthy, Harte, Kebe, Hunt, Manset. /// Southampton: Davis, Richardson, Fox, Fonte, Hooiveld, Cork, Hammond, Do Prado, Chaplow, Connolly, Lambert. Subs: Bialkowski, Harding, Schneiderlin, Martin, De Ridder.

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