Saturday April 13, 2013 Day 33 Finished Madejski Stadium

  1. Premier League - McCarthy masterclass denies Liverpool

    Premier League - McCarthy masterclass denies Liverpool

    A heroic performance from Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy denied Liverpool victory in a goalless draw at the Madejski. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Reading
    • Liverpool
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5 The final whistle goes and Reading have held Liverpool thanks to a goalkeeping masterclass from Alex McCarthy. Liverpool are now five points behind Everton, Reading still adrift at the bottom.
    • 90+4 GERRARD WITH A THUNDERBOLT BUT ANOTHER SAVE FROM MCCARTHY! This is a 10/10 for the Reading keeper, magnificent stop after the ball changed direction!
    • 90+3 McAnuff goes down in the box again but again no penalty! Clattenburg decides Carragher did't touch him! And the ref shows it was a disgraceful dive, McAnuff sticking out his own leg to make it look like he was tripped.
    • 90+2 McCarthy with another superb save after Suarez cut inside and hammered a rising drive on goal! He's having a blinder!
    • 90+2 Sturridge's low cross is blocked but only half-cleaed as Enrique picks it up but Carrico clears. Now Reading counter with McAnuff, but he can't send Le Fondre through and Agger brings it away. Coutinho on the ball, he shoots but that is blocked too! Manic ending to the match!
    • 90+1 In the first of four minutes stoppage time.
    • 90' Suarez lets a long ball drop for Sturridge, who races away from Gunter and must score but - off-balance - he thrashes it over with his left!
    • 90' Carrico is booked, I think for backchat.
    • 89' Suarez with a terrible pass well beyond Johnson after he raced in from the left.
    • 88' Blackman is fouled by Gerrard and Reading have a free-kick on halfway.
    • 87' Carrico with an ambitious effort from range, well off target.
    • 86' ANOTHER HUGE STOP MCCARTHY! From Suarez this time who sprung the offside trap before hammering it on goal, somehow the keeper holding on despite the pace! He then makes another save from the next move, though it is more routine this time from Downing's low shot.
    • 85' WHAT A MOVE BY LIVERPOOL AND WHAT A SAVE BY MCCARTHY! Downing fed Johnson with a delighftul backheel, and his pass was thrashed to the top right by Gerrard but McCarthy somehow saved!
    • 84' JUST WIDE BY DOWNING! McCarthy was stranded after Sturridge's cut-back and Downing's feint, but the low shot is just wide of the near post.
    • 83' Morrison receives treatment to what looks like a jarred knee.
    • 82' Suarez forces a routine stop from McCarthy after a shimmy and shot.
    • 81' Suarez stretches but fails to get on to a long pass. McCarthy sends it long.
    • 80' Suarez is furious to have been flagged offside after seemingly getting the better of Morrison. Linesman was behind the play.
    • 79' READING SUB: Le Fondre on for Hunt.
    • 78' JUST WIDE BY SUAREZ! A low, curling effort that bent around the wall and turned in just at the death, hitting the outside of the post!
    • 78' Suarez is tripped by Carrico around 30 yards out, to the left slightly. Agger and Suarez over it, power vs guile...
    • 77' Liverpool clear and counter but Suarez's attempted through-ball to Sturridge is poor and cleared by a backtracking Gunter.
    • 76' Mariappa rises to meet the free-kick but Carragher gets there first. Blackman now toe-to-toe with Enrique, but the Spaniard wins that battle. Now the ball squeezes out to McAnuff on the edge of the box, he holds off Johnson and Gerrard but Johnson gets back to deflect his finish, which Reina tips over. Corner.
    • 75' Coutinho fouls Gunter on the Reading right and the hosts have a free-kick just outside the box, halfway between the edge and the corner flag.
    • 74' Gerrard has a dig from range but it's blocked.
    • 73' READING SUB: Pogrebnyak is replaced by Blackman.
    • 72' Coutinho half-volleys well wide after a fine cut-back by Sturridge on the right wing. Better from Liverpool.
    • 70' A bit scrappy now as Liverpool battle to re-exert some authority on this match.
    • 69' Reading are now putting Liverpool under pressure. Unthinkable in the first half.
    • 68' Liverpool counter but Coutinho can't release Suarez. Suddenly this match has sparked into life.
    • 67' Reading with a throw on the right, Gunter chucks it long and Reina flaps wildly! The loose ball should be finished but no-one gets a touch on it and Liverpool clear!
    • 66' WHAT A SAVE BY REINA! Pogrebnyak with a run off Enrique, who is left with his arm in the air, fantastic low ball for Hunt but somehow Reina flies out to block his finish! Amazing save!
    • 65' Suarez with a nice pass to release Sturridge, he races away down the left and cuts it back for COUTINHO WITH A LOW DRIVE but his diagonal effort flies just wide of the far post!
    • 64' The replay shows McAnuff made the most of that.
    • 63' McAnuff on the left takes on Downing, who almost shoves him over but the ref points for a goal kick. McAnuff thinks it was a penalty!
    • 62' Gerrard takes a free-kick quickly and Downing earns a corner off Kelly.
    • 61' A dangerous long throw from Gunter is cleared, the ball drops to Guthrie but his shot is blocked.
    • 60' This is better from Reading, or perhaps worse from Liverpool, as the hosts start to bring possession closer to 50-50.
    • 59' McCleary's low ball into the box is intercepted and cleared by Gerrard but Reading come again through McAnuff, who loses possession.
    • 58' LIVERPOOL SUB: Downing comes on for Henderson. READING SUB: Carrico on for Karacan.
    • 57' Sturridge with a cross from the right that is almost met by Henderson but Reading clear.
    • 56' Carragher shoves Pogrebnyak and Reading have a free-kick on halfway and a bit of respite.
    • 55' Enrique now hits the byline but his cross is diverted out for a throw.
    • 54' Sweeping long ball is half-cleared by Morrison, McCarthy just beating Coutinho to the backpass.
    • 53' Suarez hits one from a long way out and it lands a long way wide.
    • 52' Johnson gets himself in a picke by trying to play it out of defence instead of clearing his lines, but a poor ball by Guthrie spares him the embarassment.
    • 51' Former Liverpool trainee Guthrie with a cynical foul to break up a Reds counter and he is booked.
    • 50' McAnuff runs away down the left before laying it off for an overlapping Kelly, whose poor cross is cleared.
    • 49' The replay shows Coutinho was a yard offside, shame as it would have been a stunning way to take the lead.
    • 48' McAnuff swings the free-kick in but Liverpool clear and break as Sturridge trades passes with Gerrard, who crosses low AND COUTINHO BACKHEELS IT IN! What a goal, but he was offside!
    • 47' Free-kick to Reading after Sturridge fouls McAnuff around 30 yards out.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+1 Half time and somehow it's goalless. Liverpool with 10 major chances.
    • 45' MCCARTHY WITH A SUPERB SAVE! Sturridge with the finish after Henderson headed the corner into his path. Great stop. Gerrard swings the corner over, Agger meets it but the header lands a yard wide.
    • 44' JUST WIDE BY HENDERSON! Corner as it was deflected. A nice volley after Sturridge picked him out.
    • 43' Sturridge sees McCarthy off his line and tries a lob from halfway but sends it well off target.
    • 43' Guthrie is over this but his far post ball is headed away by Agger.
    • 42' Reading counter and McCleary is away down the right but Lucas cynically checks him to concede a free-kick on the edge of the box, right corner. Booking too.
    • 41' Sturridge's cross from wide almost lands for Enrique but Reading do get it clear at the second time of asking.
    • 40' Reading have offered very little so far today but Liverpool are not making them pay for their collective malaise. You have to back them though, they're carving them apart at times.
    • 39' Gerrard with a block on the edge of his box, he trades passes with Coutinho, now Sturridge races away and Liverpool have men over as the England forward's shot is blocked but lands to COUTINHO SURELY but he completely mis-hits his finish from 10 yard to sky it over!
    • 38' Carragher with a timely challenge as Kelly almost sent McCleary in!
    • 37' Gerrard sends Sturridge away and he should release Suarez but he picks the wrong ball, looking for Coutinho but falling short.
    • 36' Guthrie gives it away and Henderson could again make Reading pay but his pass is underhit.
    • 35' Suarez is offside as Henderson sends him scuttling through!
    • 34' Mistake by Gunter, terrible ball across the face of goal, now Sturridge frees Suarez, he unleashes a low drive that McCarthy does really well to parry, the loose ball falls for GERRARD TO FIRE IT IN but Mariappa flies across with a vital block!
    • 33' Karacan is shaken but not stirred. The corner is cleared, as is the second ball but Enrique's ball to release Suarez is intercepted.
    • 32' It's taken quickly by Reading, and Karacan can shoot from the edge of the box but Henderson flies out to block and concede a corner. Seemed to catch him late there but no foul! Karacan is hurt...
    • 31' McAnuff spins away from Johnson, who catches his heels to concede a free-kick 25 yards out, to the left of the D.
    • 30' McAnuff converts that throw to a corner off Johnson. Morrison is a big target and they find him but, from deep, he can only loop the header at Reina.
    • 29' Play-on says the ref as Gerrard catches McCleary. Reading still have the ball but Gunter's cross is cleared to touch. Ref speaks to Gerrard, no card.
    • 28' Good defending by Agger to run it out for a goal kick under pressure from Pogrebnyak.
    • 27' @simonr_f: "Got the feeling that Liverpool will not be able to win this one. Feels like the West Ham game. Another draw for them." - not sure I agree. Reading have been weak so far. Follow on Twitter!
    • 26' Sturridge should win a corner off Mariappa but he slips and the ball bounces off him for a goal kick.
    • 25' A long-range effort from Sturridge flies well over. Nice build-up play involving Henderson.
    • 24' Liverpool passing it around nicely as Gerrard swings it wide for Johnson, but his cross is blocked by Kelly.
    • 23' Liverpool will surely take the lead sooner rather than later - there's only so long Reading can hold out, their midfield and front two have been poor.
    • 22' Gerrard swings in the corner AND IN FLIES CARRAGHER BUT HE HEADS WIDE! Should have been in!
    • 21' Throw to Reading on the right, which Gunter will send in. He declines to launch a long one though and Reading end up losing possession thanks to a Gerrard tackle. Suarez releases Sturridge, who is through on the left but McCarthy parries! Coutinho with a follow-up but McCarthy tips it wide!
    • 20' Coutinho with a fine through-ball but no-one moves for it and McCarthy claims. Good throw from him to release McCleary on the right. Better from Reading but Pogrebnyak lacks the pace to keep it in play on the left wing.
    • 19' Gerrard has loads of space at all times, knocking a nice ball wide right with no pressure.
    • 18' Poor ball from Gerrard, low to the near post where Hunt clears. Now Johnson feeds Gerrard, whose cross is blocked, with Gunter preventing a corner but conceding a throw.
    • 17' Corner to Liverpool on the right... Gerrard to take...
    • 16' Suarez gives away a free-kick but Liverpool have improved over the past few minutes, starting to ask the right questions.
    • 15' McCarthy with a vital intervention as Coutinho was set to head home from Suarez's cross.
    • 14' OFF THE LINE BY GUNTER! Suarez with a lovely lob over the onrushing McCarthy after Sturridge's dummy to allow Coutinho's pass! Great move all round.
    • 13' Hunt is penalised for a trip on Enrique after the Liverpool left-back reached a 50-50 first. Clattenburg chats to the Irishman as it was technically from behind.
    • 12' Play is stopped as Hunt took a whack on the head but he's a tough cookie and play resumes with an uncontested drop ball that Reina puts long.
    • 11' The initial ball from the free-kick is cleared but Reading have it back. Karacan with an up-and-under that only Hunt chases, but Reina claims at the second attempt, leaving the Irishman in a heap in the process.
    • 10' Thumping but fair challenge by Agger on Hunt. Not fair actually, Clattenburg belatedly pointing for a free-kick.
    • 9' Liverpool now have a throw deep in their half, and it's straight back with Reading, who pass it around the back until McCarthy lumps it clear.
    • 8' Gerrard swings one of his crossfield passes to Enrique, but the Spaniard can't keep it in.
    • 7' Hunt gives chase to a long ball but Reina gets there first. Muted opening from both sides.
    • 6' A weak defensive header from Morrison lands for Coutinho but he can't get past the Reading defender and the hosts clear.
    • 5' Amazing that there are so many empty seats at the Madejski with Liverpool in town. The club seems a touch depressed.
    • 4' Now Liverpool have a corner but Gerrard's delivery is well cleared by Reading and the ball is all the way back with Reina.
    • 3' McAnuff swings the ball near post but Pogrebnyak fouls Reina and Liverpol have a free-kick.
    • 2' McAnuff earns a throw off Gerrard on the Reading left. McAnuff gets it off Kelly and his cross hits Lucas for the first corner today.
    • 1' Mark Clattenburg gets the match underway, in the driving rain in Berkshire.
    • 14:59 A minute's silence is impeccably observed by both teams. Liverpool to kick off.
    • 14:58 @AkerzLFC: "I agree with you @Reda_Eurosport, 1-3 looks the most likely outcome for tonight! Going for a sturridge double and suarez!" - again, let me know your predictions @Reda_Eurosport! Follow on Twitter!
    • 14:57 The teams are coming out now, as is a floral tribute to the Hillsborough 96. Reading claimed they are fielding a 4-2-3-1 on their official Twitter feed but that looks like a 4-4-2 to me, unless Noel Hunt has suddenly transformed into a number 7.
    • 14:56 What's your prediction? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. I'm going for a 3-1 win to Liverpool. Follow on Twitter!
    • 14:55 FACTS: In nine previous clashes with the Reds in all competitions, Reading have never managed a clean sheet. Reading have lost seven successive Premier League games, just one short of their top-flight record of eight straight defeats. Reading have lost eight games in a row in all competitions; a club record.
    • 14:50 FACTS: Liverpool have won four of their previous five league meetings with the Royals, all played in the Premier League, though they did lose their last trip to the Madejski in December 2007. The Reds have scored in their last 10 away league games, the longest current run of its kind in the top-flight. Liverpool have won four of their last 13 away league games (D5 L4).
    • 14:45 Brendan Rodgers on Daniel Sturridge: "He’s now coming into an ethos here which is very much about the team and he understands that. The team got a good result at Aston Villa and then he came on last weekend against West Ham and made a contribution. We are here to develop his game. At 23, he’s still a young player. The good thing is that he wants to learn.”
    • 14:40 Nigel Adkins: "The momentum has gone against us with the run of results we’ve had recently, so we need to see if we can establish some momentum. Last season this club showed in the Championship that if you get the right momentum you can go the other way as well. It’s been a positive week on the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat by Southampton. I’ve been here for a couple of weeks now and the players’ attitude and application has been first rate.”
    • 14:30 Liverpool's Raheem Sterling is absent again as the club continue to manage the teenager's thigh injury. Winger Stewart Downing, who played in last weekend's goalless draw with West Ham despite illness, is now fully recovered but is on the bench with Daniel Sturridge starting alongside Luis Suarez. Forward Fabio Borini and midfielder Joe Allen (both shoulder) are sidelined, as is defender Martin Kelly (knee), while there is still no place in the XI for Martin Skrtel, as Jamie Carragher continues.
    • 14:25 Alex McCarthy starts in goal for Reading for the first time since November, but winger Jimmy Kebe misses out through injury, as does midfielder Hope Akpan. Garath McCleary and Jem Karacan step in respectively. Pavel Pogrebnyak returns to the XI with Adam Le Fondre benched.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Morrison, Mariappa, Kelly, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff, Hunt, McCleary, Pogrebnyak; Subs: Taylor, Harte, Pearce, Carrico, Leigertwood, Blackman, Le Fondre /// Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard; Coutinho, Sturridge, Suarez; Subs: Jones, Coates, Skrtel, Shelvey, Suso, Assaidi, Downing
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League match between Reading and Liverpool at Madejski Stadium, kicking off at 3pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 90+4 GERRARD WITH A THUNDERBOLT BUT ANOTHER SAVE FROM MCCARTHY! This is a 10/10 for the Reading keeper, magnificent stop after the ball changed direction!
    • 90+3 McAnuff goes down in the box again but again no penalty! Clattenburg decides Carragher did't touch him! And the ref shows it was a disgraceful dive, McAnuff sticking out his own leg to make it look like he was tripped.
    • 90+2 McCarthy with another superb save after Suarez cut inside and hammered a rising drive on goal! He's having a blinder!
    • 90' Suarez lets a long ball drop for Sturridge, who races away from Gunter and must score but - off-balance - he thrashes it over with his left!
    • 86' ANOTHER HUGE STOP MCCARTHY! From Suarez this time who sprung the offside trap before hammering it on goal, somehow the keeper holding on despite the pace! He then makes another save from the next move, though it is more routine this time from Downing's low shot.
    • 85' WHAT A MOVE BY LIVERPOOL AND WHAT A SAVE BY MCCARTHY! Downing fed Johnson with a delighftul backheel, and his pass was thrashed to the top right by Gerrard but McCarthy somehow saved!
    • 84' JUST WIDE BY DOWNING! McCarthy was stranded after Sturridge's cut-back and Downing's feint, but the low shot is just wide of the near post.
    • 78' JUST WIDE BY SUAREZ! A low, curling effort that bent around the wall and turned in just at the death, hitting the outside of the post!
    • 76' Mariappa rises to meet the free-kick but Carragher gets there first. Blackman now toe-to-toe with Enrique, but the Spaniard wins that battle. Now the ball squeezes out to McAnuff on the edge of the box, he holds off Johnson and Gerrard but Johnson gets back to deflect his finish, which Reina tips over. Corner.
    • 67' Reading with a throw on the right, Gunter chucks it long and Reina flaps wildly! The loose ball should be finished but no-one gets a touch on it and Liverpool clear!
    • 66' WHAT A SAVE BY REINA! Pogrebnyak with a run off Enrique, who is left with his arm in the air, fantastic low ball for Hunt but somehow Reina flies out to block his finish! Amazing save!
    • 65' Suarez with a nice pass to release Sturridge, he races away down the left and cuts it back for COUTINHO WITH A LOW DRIVE but his diagonal effort flies just wide of the far post!
    • 63' McAnuff on the left takes on Downing, who almost shoves him over but the ref points for a goal kick. McAnuff thinks it was a penalty!
    • 48' McAnuff swings the free-kick in but Liverpool clear and break as Sturridge trades passes with Gerrard, who crosses low AND COUTINHO BACKHEELS IT IN! What a goal, but he was offside!
    • 45' MCCARTHY WITH A SUPERB SAVE! Sturridge with the finish after Henderson headed the corner into his path. Great stop. Gerrard swings the corner over, Agger meets it but the header lands a yard wide.
    • 44' JUST WIDE BY HENDERSON! Corner as it was deflected. A nice volley after Sturridge picked him out.
    • 39' Gerrard with a block on the edge of his box, he trades passes with Coutinho, now Sturridge races away and Liverpool have men over as the England forward's shot is blocked but lands to COUTINHO SURELY but he completely mis-hits his finish from 10 yard to sky it over!
    • 34' Mistake by Gunter, terrible ball across the face of goal, now Sturridge frees Suarez, he unleashes a low drive that McCarthy does really well to parry, the loose ball falls for GERRARD TO FIRE IT IN but Mariappa flies across with a vital block!
    • 22' Gerrard swings in the corner AND IN FLIES CARRAGHER BUT HE HEADS WIDE! Should have been in!
    • 21' Throw to Reading on the right, which Gunter will send in. He declines to launch a long one though and Reading end up losing possession thanks to a Gerrard tackle. Suarez releases Sturridge, who is through on the left but McCarthy parries! Coutinho with a follow-up but McCarthy tips it wide!
    • 14' OFF THE LINE BY GUNTER! Suarez with a lovely lob over the onrushing McCarthy after Sturridge's dummy to allow Coutinho's pass! Great move all round.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Morrison, Mariappa, Kelly, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff, Hunt, McCleary, Pogrebnyak; Subs: Taylor, Harte, Pearce, Carrico, Leigertwood, Blackman, Le Fondre /// Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard; Coutinho, Sturridge, Suarez; Subs: Jones, Coates, Skrtel, Shelvey, Suso, Assaidi, Downing
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