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Reading 1-0 Blackpool

Ivar Ingimarsson was the unlikely hero as his fine goal gave Reading a scrappy Championship win over 10-man Blackpool.

Steve Coppell's side looked a shadow of their normal fluent selves until Ingimarsson scored with a clinical low drive midway through the first half.

Blackpool's Lee Hendrie was sent off for a foul on Marek Matejovsky minutes later and Reading took complete charge.

Visiting boss Simon Grayson later saw red before Stephen Hunt missed from the spot after Chris Armstrong was felled.

Reading manager Steve Coppell:
"We scored and then there was the sending-off and we've obviously found in recent weeks that the mentality changes with 10 men.

"If we'd got a second we would have relaxed but we know playing against 10 men is difficult and we got anxious.

"We gave away too many silly fouls, but we did enough in the end."

Blackpool boss Simon Grayson:
"One or two things have contrived against us. Whether Lee Hendrie should have been sent off, I don't know.

"We were on the back foot then, but we could have nicked something because we were denied a stonewall penalty

"Stephen Hunt has caught it with both hands - how it's not been seen is beyond me. We deserved better."

Reading: Hahnemann (Federici 71), Rosenior, Duberry, Ingimarsson, Armstrong, Henry (Convey 82), Gunnarsson, Matejovsky, Stephen Hunt, Doyle, Noel Hunt (Long 80).
Subs Not Used: Harper, Karacan.

Booked: Gunnarsson.

Goals: Ingimarsson 27.

Blackpool: Rachubka, Barker, Edwards, Evatt, Martin, Hammill (Fox 36), Southern, Hendrie, Reid, Kabba (Taylor-Fletcher 70), Burgess (Dickinson 70).
Subs Not Used: Coid, Gow.

Sent Off: Hendrie (33).

Booked: Edwards, Taylor-Fletcher.

Att: 16,514

Ref: Jarnail Singh (Middlesex).

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