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Wednesday February 24, 2010 Finished The Hawthorns

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West Bromwich Albion

  • Koren 6’, 47’

Reading

  • Kebe 9’
  • Howard 90’
  • Sigurdsson 95’

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  1. Reading oust WBA in dramatic tie

    Reading oust WBA in dramatic tie

    Gylfi Sigurdsson fired Reading into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-2 replay victory over West Brom at The Hawthorns. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:120'
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • Reading
    • 120' FULL TIME: Reading are through after a 3-2 victory. They were all set to be eliminated, but found a second equaliser in stoppage time, and a phenomenal goal from Gylfi Sigurdsson was the difference in extra time. They'll meet Villa in their first quarter-final for more than 80 years.
    • 120' A corner for WBA. It's cleared firmly. Mattock looks to knock forward, but it's too late; Lee Mason blows the final whistle.
    • 120' Sub: Henry on for Reading.
    • 120' Booking for Kebe: A lazy foul. There's a minute of stoppage time in extra time, Reading prepare a sub.
    • 119' Kebe might have finished the game then. It fell to him when it looked for all the world as if he was offside. His hesitancy gave Carson just enough time to spread himself and claim the ball.
    • 118' West Brom break again. Mulumbu plays it long. It comes back and they try again. McAnuff breaks briefly and Robson-Kanu is left to harry the defence.
    • 117' A fairly desperate effort from Tamas from thirty yards. It starts wide and goes wider.
    • 115' Simon Cox fashions a great cross from an impossible situation, but Pearce heads it out for a corner. The corner falls to Mulumbu on the edge of the box. His shot causes no danger.
    • 114' Griffin makes an important tackle as West Brom maraud forward. Federici kicks it long, it soon falls to Carson and WBA can move up again.
    • 113' Carson heaves it forward. Nobody from WBA can get it under control. The ball breaks to Koren, whose shot takes a deflection and bobbles narrowly wide. Federici was stranded had it been on target.
    • 112' West Brom break. Wood feeds it to Cox, who tries a long-range effort. It bounces awkwardly like Koren's earlier strike, but this time Federici responds comfortably to it.
    • 111' Robson-Kanu breaks, and nearly picks out McAnuff charging forward through the middle. West Brom try to build from the back, but Mattock is well chased by the Reading frontmen.
    • 110' Brian Howard concedes a free-kick to WBA. The Baggies move Tamas forward. The flag goes up when the ball is played in.
    • 109' Howard's set piece is cleared. McAnuff brings it back in, and when the cross comes in, the header from Alex Pearce goes just wide.
    • 108' Sigurdsson drifts right from a shooting position, Cech loses patience chasing him and brings him down. Free-kick in a dangerous position and a card for Cech.
    • 107' Most of the action so far in the Baggies' half. Robson-Kanu's pace is keeping the defence busy.
    • 106' Robson-Kanu tussles with Tamas for the ball in the right corner, but it's a goal-kick. Carson clears.
    • 105' Half-time in extra time - 15 minutes left for the Baggies to find a way back. Brian McDermott looks as dour as ever.
    • 105' Time is running down in the first half of extra time. Reading play it out on the left hand flank with Robson-Kanu.
    • 104' Villa go 3-1 up in their game against Palace - the winners tonight will surely face them.
    • 103' West Brom win a dangerous free-kick. Federici builds a defensive wall. Cech standing over it. It is high, and floats over the top.
    • 102' Reading sub: Hal Robson-Kanu on for Simon Church.
    • 101' Griffin cannot prevent a West Brom corner. Morrison stands ready, but the ball is easily cleared.
    • 100' Simon Church is chasing Carson regularly - the goalkeeper is standing well out of his area.
    • 99' West Brom go backwards. Reading win a throw in an attacking position. There is a scrap on the right flank for possession, but McAnuff loses out and Carson takes the goal kick.
    • 97' Zuiverloon tries to shoot for the Baggies from range, but Reading clear. McAnuff goes on a long run, and cannot quite release Church for a gilt-edged chance.
    • 96' Pearce gives away a throw-in to WBA when he had more time. There is a scramble in the defence, and eventually it is a corner to the Albion.
    • 95' READING GOAL: Sigurdsson picks one out from 25 yards! Church plays it across, and the precision of the finish is such that Carson can only watch it go over his head!
    • 94' There was half a chance for Kebe with a volley there, but it's lofted high over the bar.
    • 92' Brian Howard stops a West Brom move in the nick of time to give a corner away. Bertrand is down for Reading. Morrison's corner reaches the back post, is blocked and Kebe breaks for Reading.
    • 91' We're back in action. Simon Cox has a powerful long range shot go a couple of metres wide of the Reading goal.
    • 90+5' FULL TIME: Sigurdsson's ball goes nowhere, and the referee blows the whistle for full time. It's going to take at least another thirty minute to separate these sides.
    • 90+4' Late chance to Reading. Tamas gives a foul on the edge of the box.
    • 90+3' READING GOAL! The equaliser is there! Brian Howard plays a great ball to Kebe, and Kebe plays it to Howard who levels. Injury time awaits.
    • 90+2' The ball is bouncing from person to person in teh midfield. Reading desperate to get it under control.
    • 90+1' Late drama at Villa Park - Palace have equalised. Will there be another twist here?
    • 90' Four minutes of stoppage time to be played. Mattock tries a long shot which is well blocked.
    • 88' A volley from Griffin nearly finds its way through the area for an equaliser. Carson gets hold of it eventually and smashes it forward, hoping he'll catch out Federici who's running back.
    • 87' Kebe has won a corner in improbable circumstances. Time running out and men coming forward for the away side. Even Federici is there.
    • 86' Sigurdsson lifts a fabulous pass over Zuiverloon's head to Kebe. He needed to control it, but his touch takes it away from him when it would have been a clear opportunity.
    • 85' Bertrand blocks a cross with mostly chest and a possibly a bit of arm, which the Baggies query. No penalty - he just contorted himself very awkwardly.
    • 82' WBA slowing the game down a little through Church and Mattock. Reading are making most of the play, although they have not been very dangerous when they get towards the final third of the pitch.
    • 81' Zuiverloon concedes a corner. Sigurdsson's ball is cleared well. West Brom break down the left, Cech nearly unleashing Cech.
    • 80' Andy Griffin's run nearly plays in Simon Church, but it's another goal kick.
    • 79' Goal kick for the Baggies. Substitutes warming up for Reading - ten minutes left on the clock - Reading will have to try something new.
    • 78' West Brom sub: Moore off, Cech in his place.
    • 77' Good ball in from Sigurdsson, and the flick-on is tempting but no head meets it. Another free-kick for Reading from a more central position leads to more penalty box mayhem. And as West Brom clear it it very nearly gives Church a one-on-one.
    • 76' Sigurdsson wins a free kick to the right of the penalty area. Ingimarsson and Pearce go forward.
    • 75' West Brom looking more comfortable in possession - a lovely move leads to Woods teeing it up for Cox. He fires a shot from ten yards just to the right of the post. Good chabce,
    • 73' Bertrand has to do some tidying work after Tabb's poor pass gives West Brom a sniff of an interception on the edge of the area.
    • 71' Morrison over the WBA corner, Cox and Mulumbu combine on the left flank to win another.
    • 70' Reading sub: Mills off for Alex Pearce. Mills didn't ever quite recover from that knock to the head about ten minutes back.
    • 69' West Brom sub: Morrison is back in first team action for the first time in 10 months - Dorrans is off.
    • 68' Huge chance for the Royals goes begging. Carson makes a great save when Sigurdsson strikes from close range.
    • 66' Mills lofts it forward seeking Kebe or Church, but finds only the fans in the stand. Reading looking a little short of ideas at the moment.
    • 65' Koren's attempted cross is blocked for a corner. Dorrans prepares one, but Federici is alert to make a confident claim for the ball.
    • 64' Directionless ball forward from Griffin returns possession to the Baggies through Carson.
    • 62' The ball is decent, but Koren is the one to clear.
    • 61' Mills is trudging off the field, and Federici restarts. Kebe does well on the right to win a corner for the Royals.
    • 60' A clash of heads between Chris Wood and Matt Mills - Mills is down in the penalty box, and play has come to a halt.
    • 59' Booking for Ingimarsson - dissent.
    • 58' Penalty shout for West Brom - long shot is parried by Federici, and Mills pulls the shirt of Wood as the ball is cleared.
    • 57' Reading push forwad, but they seem to be going backwards with much of their attacking play at the moment. Tabb stops Moore from breaking but the ball is with West Brom.
    • 56' Deflection from the floated free kick. Carson does not claim it cleanly, but grabs it at the second attempt.
    • 55' Reading win a free kickafter a clumsy challenge on Tabb. Sigurdsson lines it up as the referee has a chat with the West Bromwich defenders.
    • 53' Luke Moore bursts into the penalty box, and is felled by a strong tackle. Corner from Dorrans is punched by Federici.
    • 52' Reading try to fashion something on the left, but West Brom clear it to the centre. A speculative ball forward for Kebe floats out of play.
    • 50' Howard caught in possession, West Brom get a cross over, too strong for anyone to get close to.
    • 49' West Brom have another chance, Koren's low shot can't find a way through a sea of Reading shirts. End to end fare, the game has come back to life.
    • 47' So nearly an instant reply from Reading - a rasping shot from Sigurdsson hits the crossbar, and the ball bounces back to a Reading shirt, Church, though Carson is able to get to the rebound.
    • 46' WEST BROM GOAL! Disaster for Reading at the start of the second half! Koren tries a speculative shot from the outside of the box and Federici somehow let it slip through him, despite seeming to have everything behind it.
    • 45' Back in play here, Reading have a throw on the right in the WBA half.
    • - Agbonlahor has put Villa in front. The winners here look set for a test against Premiership opposition as it stands.
    • - All to play for in the second half. WBA began ferociously and got the goal they deserved, but Reading equalised immediately and there were chances aplenty in the first quarter of an hour. The game grew more sedate as the half continued. West Brom had more control, but Reading were still creating chances.
    • 45+1' HALF TIME: All-square at the Hawthorns. Join us in a quarter of an hour for the second half.
    • 45' Woods feeds Zuiverloon, who tries a run into the box, with minimal results. Reading break, and Howard and Kebe link before their move too is dealt with.
    • 44' The ball is lifted towards the far post, and is cleared for a corner. Dorans jogs across. Tamas gets his head to it from 8 yards, finds Federici's hands.
    • 43' Foul by McAnuff on the corner of the box. Dorrans is over it.
    • 42' West Brom playing it across the midfield, knock it harmlessly out for a Reading throw. West Brom win the ball back and are back in the middle of thet park, looking for some direction.
    • 40' Luke Moore gets the ball and tries to create a bit of space on the edge of the area. Moves through and makes a hash of his shot.
    • 38' No goals in the Villa-Palace game yet.
    • 37' SUBSTITUTION: Bednar has to come off having picked up a knock. Chris Wood on.
    • 37' Mulumbu loops the ball over the bar from Dorrans' corner.
    • 36' Reading free-kick on halfway after a foul on Kebe. The ball is hoofed straight into Carson's hands. Cox gets the ball from Zuiverloon and wins a corner for the Albion.
    • 35' A piledriver from Ingimarsson from forty yards. Great pace, great height, little bit of swerve, miles wide.
    • 34' Kebe does well on the right to cross for Church. His header starts wide and goes wider. Goal kick for WBA.
    • 33' West Brom are playing it forward from just a little too deep - Reading are breaking up the long balls - their defence has got stronger as the half has progressed.
    • 32' The corner from Dorrans is cleared by Church. They go again. The second corner for just a second sits in the penalty box and nobody latches on to it.
    • 31' Ingimarsson's sterling work interrupts some powerful play from Bednar. Corner for the Baggies.
    • 30' Tamas sprays a great ball to Koren. Dorrans looks for an option, Mulumbu plays it off McAnuff for a throw.
    • 28' Koren resting up on the sidelinse, but he's back on to the field as soon as he's allowed.
    • 27' Koren gets a touch on a zippy cross, which Federici claims as his own. That's left Koren in some pain, from the look of things.
    • 25' Dorrans embarks on another run for the ball against Federici - he's like a dog chasing cars.
    • 24' Sigurdsson plays it in, Bednar gets a head to it, then Mills gets a chance. It goes wide of the post.
    • 23' Simon Cox intercepts a promising Reading move. Royals have a corner.
    • 22' Reading sloppy on the edge of their own penalty box - McDermott looks underwhelmed.
    • 20' Dorrans knocks a corner to the near post. It's a Reading head first. They look to break, but the pass is all wrong.
    • 19' A much better spell for Reading, McAnuff causing trouble on the left hand side. West Brom eventually clear their lines. Free kick for them just inside the Reading half.
    • 18' The Royals have a good chance. Sigurdsson lifts a great ball across the field. McAnuff cuts in on the left, and a low shot is blocked by Carson. The rebound falls awkwardly for Church.
    • 15' Scrappy midfield play for the first time in the game. Perhaps both sides are catching their breath after that explosive start.
    • 13' They're just about to get started at Villa Park, but the action is here...
    • 12' Koren plays a great ball into the Reading box and Bednar has a chance almost as good as Mills' a moment ago at the other end.
    • 11' Matt Mills has missed a good chance for Reading. On his own in the box to meet the corner. He raises his hands to his head, because against the run of play Reading might easily be in front.
    • 10' Federici clears his lines in the nick of time as Dorrens charges towards a loose ball.
    • 9' READING GOAL! Who saw that coming? A great run down the left hand side leads to a shot for Sigurdsson. Carson parries, but only into the path of Kebe, who has a very easy job to do. All square, eight minutes played.
    • 7' Kebe has a run down the right flank which is cut off for a Reading throw. The Royals need to turn the tide; West Brom have started excellently.
    • 6' WEST BROM GOAL! Federici parries a long-range shot into Bednar's path. His shot from a narrow angle is bravely cleared by Ingimarsson, but Koren is there and ready. The ball is smashed into the roof of the net.
    • 5' Mattock's cross is cleared acrobatically by Mills. It breaks to Koren with goal at his mercy - his shot is blocked.
    • 4' Federici has to clear it for a corner after pressure from Koren. The corner from Dorrans is headed over by Beite from close range - all West Brom so far.
    • 2' WBA have the first change. A pacy ball played in for Koren, low and sharp. Bednar is so nearly there, but Federici gets there in time.
    • - WBA will kick off - Reading are in their away orange tonight.
    • - Kick off fast approaching here - the refereeing team lead the playes out on to the field.
    • - READING: 1. Adam Federici 40. Andy Griffin 16. Ivar Ingimarsson 5. Matthew Mills 24. Ryan Bertrand 11. Jobi McAnuff 7. Jay Tabb 25. Gylfi Sigurdsson 14. Jimmy Kebe 34. Brian Howard 18. Simon Church SUBS: Ben Hamer, Brynjar Gunnarsson, Marek Matejovsky, James Henry, Hal Robson-Kanu, Grzegorz Rasiak, Alex Pearce
    • - WEST BROM: 19. Scott Carson 22. Gianni Zuiverloon 23. Abdoulaye Meite 26. Gabriel Tamas 2. Joe Mattock 7. Robert Koren 17. Graham Dorrans 21. Youssouf Mulumbu 31. Simon Cox 9. Roman Bednar 16. Luke Moore On the bench: Dean Kiely, Jonas Olsson, Marek Cech, Chris Brunt, Chris Wood, James Morrison, Andwele Slory
    • - West Brom have not won in their last three games, but have won their last three home games. Reading lost on the weekend, their first defeat in six games. In short? The form book is fairly confusing.
    • - As rblackhurst in the comments section points out - Reading have the cup form this season - they've beaten Liverpool and Burnley of the Premiership in the previous rounds - but in the league West Brom have been the stronger - they sit third, but have slightly lost their way since the turn of the year.
    • - Obviously, this game is going to produce a guaranteed quarter-finalist from the Championship - depending on other results tonight, possibly the only one. The reward for the winners? A clash against the victors of the Villa-Palace replay.
    • - If you need reminding about the first leg... It had a goal within the first minute, one late on to level, and two others besides. Both teams finished the game with ten men. A lively encounter which you can read more about here
    • - Evening everyone. While FA Cup favourites Chelsea are strutting their stuff in the Champions League tonight, West Brom and Reading clash at the Hawthorns for the chance to reach the quarter-finals. They shared four goals in the first game at the Madejski. You can follow the game with live updates here.
  • Summary

    • 95' READING GOAL: Sigurdsson picks one out from 25 yards! Church plays it across, and the precision of the finish is such that Carson can only watch it go over his head!
    • 45' Back in play here, Reading have a throw on the right in the WBA half.
    • 9' READING GOAL! Who saw that coming? A great run down the left hand side leads to a shot for Sigurdsson. Carson parries, but only into the path of Kebe, who has a very easy job to do. All square, eight minutes played.
    • 6' WEST BROM GOAL! Federici parries a long-range shot into Bednar's path. His shot from a narrow angle is bravely cleared by Ingimarsson, but Koren is there and ready. The ball is smashed into the roof of the net.
    • - Evening everyone. While FA Cup favourites Chelsea are strutting their stuff in the Champions League tonight, West Brom and Reading clash at the Hawthorns for the chance to reach the quarter-finals. They shared four goals in the first game at the Madejski. You can follow the game with live updates here.

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  • Lineup

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    • Starting line-up

      • S. Carson
      • G. Zuiverloon
      • A. Méité
      • G. Tamas
      • J. Mattock
      • R. Koren Goals×2
      • G. Dorrans
      • Y. Mulumbu
      • S. Cox
      • L. Moore
      • R. Bednár

      Subs

      • D. Kiely
      • J. Morrison
      • M. Cech
      • C. Brunt
      • C. Wood
      • J. Olsson
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Federici
      • A. Griffin
      • &. Ingimarsson
      • M. Mills
      • R. Bertrand
      • J. McAnuff
      • J. Tabb
      • G. Sigurdsson Goal
      • J. Kebe Goal
      • B. Howard Goal
      • S. Church

      Subs

      • G. Rasiak
      • M. Matejovský
      • J. Henry
      • B. Hamer
      • B. Gunnarsson
      • A. Pearce
      • H. Robson-Kanu
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