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Doncaster   1 - 2   Reading

Doncaster 1-2 Reading

Reading survived a late Doncaster comeback to seal a vital win against their fellow Championship strugglers.

Doncaster rallied late on when Billy Sharp pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Royals defender Matt Mills was dismissed for handball.

But Sean O'Driscoll's side were unable to avert their fourth defeat in four.

Brian Howard whipped in a good cross for Shane Long to head home and Reading doubled their lead when Long repaid Howard the compliment.

Reading boss Brian McDermott:
"Brian [Howard] was excellent. He has come in every day and worked really hard. I cannot fault his attitude. He trains hard and is a good character to have around the place.

"He got a chance today and played superb. I was so pleased for him - scored one and made one. A great cross for the goal and a superb finish for his goal.

"We just have to keep trying to win the next game. We have done that today and I'm very happy."

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Saturday, 6 February 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Doncaster 1-2 Reading FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Sharp (pen) 81
  • Long 39
  • Howard 77

Doncaster

  • 01 Sullivan
  • 02 O'Connor
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Chambers
  • 30 Martis (Hird 68)
  • 08 Stock
  • 15 Wilson (Hayter 73)
  • 16 Oster
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 05 Sharp yellow card
  • 22 Shiels (Guy 73)

Substitutes

  • 13 Smith,
  • 21 Hird,
  • 04 Mutch,
  • 24 Dumbuya,
  • 07 Guy,
  • 12 Hayter,
  • 14 Heffernan

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 05 Mills red card
  • 16 Ingimarsson
  • 24 Bertrand yellow card
  • 40 Griffin
  • 06 Gunnarsson
  • 11 McAnuff yellow card
  • 14 Kebe (Church 60) (Khizanishvili 82)
  • 20 Karacan
  • 34 Howard (Thorvaldsson 90+2)
  • 09 Long

Substitutes

  • 21 Hamer,
  • 26 Pearce,
  • 44 Khizanishvili,
  • 27 Davies,
  • 18 Church,
  • 23 Rasiak,
  • 36 Thorvaldsson
Ref: StroudAtt: 8,827
DONCASTER
READING

Possession

  • Doncaster 54%
  • Reading 46%

Attempts on target

  • Doncaster 7
  • Reading 5

Attempts off target

  • Doncaster 11
  • Reading 4

Corners

  • Doncaster 5
  • Reading 7

Fouls

  • Doncaster 10
  • Reading 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:58 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+6:28 Shot from 20 yards from Brian Stock. Adam Federici makes a save. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by John Oster from the right by-line, Ivar Ingimarsson makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+5:58 Foul by Shane Long on James O'Connor, free kick awarded. James O'Connor takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+4:12 Shot by Billy Sharp. Save by Adam Federici. James Coppinger produces a cross, Gareth Roberts has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
  • 90:00+2:52 John Oster crosses the ball, save made by Adam Federici.
  • 90:00+1:37 Substitution Brian Howard leaves the field to be replaced by Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson.
  • 90:00+1:16 Lewis Guy challenges Andy Griffin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+0:18 Effort from deep inside the area by Jem Karacan clears the bar.
  • 89:46 James Chambers delivers the ball, save by Adam Federici.
  • 89:07 James Hayter has an effort at goal from 12 yards.
  • 88:20 The assistant referee flags for offside against Billy Sharp. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
  • 87:23 Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 87:23 Booking Billy Sharp receives a caution.
  • 87:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Sharp on Adam Federici.
  • 86:06 James Chambers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard. Free kick taken by Brian Howard. Jobi McAnuff decides to take a short corner.
  • 85:25 Foul by James Chambers on Jem Karacan, free kick awarded. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:36 The ball is sent over by James Coppinger.
  • 83:13 Gareth Roberts takes a shot from long range which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 81:05 Substitution Zurab Khizanishvili joins the action as a substitute, replacing Simon Church.
  • 80:07 GOAL - Billy SharpDoncaster 1 - 2 Reading Penalty taken right-footed by Billy Sharp and scored. Doncaster 1-2 Reading.
  • 79:33 Sent off Matthew Mills sent off.
  • Correction - 79:05 Gareth Roberts takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Mills. Matthew Mills is penalised for a handball.
  • 79:05 James Coppinger takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Mills. The referee gives a against Matthew Mills for handball.
  • 77:52 Shot from just outside the box by Jem Karacan misses to the right of the goal.
  • 77:34 The ball is delivered by Andy Griffin, save made by Neil Sullivan.
  • 76:26 Shane Long provided the assist for the goal.
  • 76:26 GOAL - Brian HowardDoncaster 0 - 2 Reading Brian Howard scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Doncaster 0-2 Reading.
  • 75:34 Centre by James Chambers.
  • 74:20 James Coppinger delivers the ball. The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
  • 72:52 Substitution Lewis Guy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Shiels.
  • 72:52 Substitution James Hayter joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mark Wilson.
  • 71:40 John Oster takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Matthew Mills manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by John Oster from the right by-line.
  • 70:27 Shane Long takes a shot. Save made by Neil Sullivan. Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line, Matthew Mills takes a shot. Clearance made by James O'Connor.
  • 69:44 The ball is delivered by John Oster.
  • 69:17 The ball is delivered by Brian Howard, save made by Neil Sullivan.
  • 68:40 Corner taken by Ryan Bertrand played to the near post.
  • 67:55 Substitution Sam Hird is brought on as a substitute for Shelton Martis.
  • 66:13 Effort on goal by Gareth Roberts from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
  • 65:30 Corner taken by John Oster from the left by-line played to the near post, Ivar Ingimarsson makes a clearance.
  • 64:48 Brian Stock fouled by Jem Karacan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
  • 63:06 The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Simon Church misses to the right of the target.
  • 62:26 Outswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line played to the near post, Shelton Martis manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:36 The ball is sent over by Shelton Martis, save made by Adam Federici.
  • 60:23 Centre by Simon Church, save by Neil Sullivan.
  • 59:15 Substitution Jimmy Kebe leaves the field to be replaced by Simon Church.
  • 57:57 Direct free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand. The assistant referee flags for offside against Shane Long. Neil Sullivan takes the indirect free kick.
  • 57:57 Booking Ryan Bertrand receives a caution.
  • 57:45 James Chambers concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Bertrand.
  • 55:26 Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Bertrand. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line to the near post, James O'Connor makes a clearance.
  • 54:08 Shane Long crosses the ball.
  • 53:27 A cross is delivered by James Chambers, blocked by Matthew Mills. Shot on goal by Dean Shiels from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 49:07 Brian Stock crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Shane Long.
  • 49:07 Booking Jobi McAnuff receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 48:49 Jobi McAnuff challenges James Chambers unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 47:20 John Oster produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 45:22 Shot by Billy Sharp from outside the box goes over the target.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:04 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 44:53 Billy Sharp is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 41:17 The ball is crossed by Ryan Bertrand, Unfair challenge on Shelton Martis by Jimmy Kebe results in a free kick. Neil Sullivan takes the free kick.
  • 40:26 Shot by James Chambers. Save by Adam Federici. The offside flag is raised against Billy Sharp. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.
  • 38:46 The assist for the goal came from Brian Howard.
  • 38:46 GOAL - Shane LongDoncaster 0 - 1 Reading Shane Long finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Doncaster 0-1 Reading.
  • 38:42 Brian Howard sends in a cross,
  • 33:21 Billy Sharp takes a shot. Matthew Mills gets a block in. Shot from just outside the box by Brian Stock misses to the left of the target.
  • 32:37 Dean Shiels takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Ryan Bertrand.
  • 32:00 The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 31:22 Matthew Mills gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Coppinger. James O'Connor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:50 Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball.
  • 30:00 James Coppinger sends in a cross, clearance by Andy Griffin.
  • 25:41 The ball is crossed by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by James Chambers.
  • 25:27 The ball is delivered by Billy Sharp.
  • 24:50 The ball is delivered by Andy Griffin. Jobi McAnuff is ruled offside. Neil Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:52 Effort on goal by Billy Sharp from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 22:34 A cross is delivered by Billy Sharp.
  • 22:02 Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Brian Howard has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 20:30 Brian Stock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 19:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Roberts on Jimmy Kebe. Free kick taken by Ivar Ingimarsson.
  • 18:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James O'Connor by Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by James O'Connor.
  • 16:58 Unfair challenge on James Coppinger by Ivar Ingimarsson results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from John Oster from the free kick, save by Adam Federici.
  • 16:28 Brian Howard challenges Brian Stock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brian Stock takes the free kick.
  • 15:38 The ball is swung over by Jobi McAnuff, blocked by Gareth Roberts.
  • 14:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by James Chambers. Brian Howard has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Neil Sullivan. Short corner worked by Ryan Bertrand.
  • 12:04 Brian Stock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ryan Bertrand from right channel. The official flags Jimmy Kebe offside. Indirect free kick taken by Neil Sullivan.
  • 11:44 Shot on goal by Dean Shiels from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 10:47 The official flags Dean Shiels offside. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 10:28 Unfair challenge on James Coppinger by Ryan Bertrand results in a free kick. James Coppinger restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:55 John Oster has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 5:09 Effort from 25 yards by James Coppinger. Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 3:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shelton Martis on Brian Howard. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Mills.
  • 2:29 The assistant referee flags for offside against Shane Long. James O'Connor takes the free kick.
  • 2:17 A cross is delivered by James Coppinger, clearance made by Matthew Mills.
  • 1:21 Dean Shiels produces a cross, save by Adam Federici.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 28 31 59
2 West Brom 29 28 56
3 Nottm Forest 29 24 55
4 Cardiff 28 18 45
5 Swansea 28 5 45
6 Leicester 27 3 42
7 Sheff Utd 29 1 42
8 Blackpool 29 8 40
9 Barnsley 28 -4 39
10 Middlesbrough 29 7 38
11 Bristol City 28 -4 37
12 Watford 28 -4 35
13 Preston 28 -7 35
14 QPR 28 -5 34
15 Coventry 29 -8 34
16 Crystal Palace 28 3 33
17 Doncaster 27 -2 33
18 Derby 29 -11 33
19 Scunthorpe 28 -14 33
20 Sheff Wed 29 -13 31
21 Ipswich 28 -8 30
22 Reading 28 -15 29
23 Plymouth 27 -15 24
24 Peterborough 29 -18 21