Reading 2-3 Sheff Utd

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Reading   2 - 3   Sheff Utd

Reading 2-3 Sheffield United

Reading 2-3 Sheffield United

Darius Henderson scored twice as Sheffield United came from 2-0 behind to keep alive their slim hopes of staying in the Championship.

Noel Hunt poked into the top corner from close range to give promotion-chasing Reading the lead before Hal Robson-Kanu stroked in a second.

United hit back through Henderson's strike and Lee Williamson's tap-in.

Henderson met Matt Lowton's cross to put the visitors in front and hold off relegation for five more days.

Third-bottom United trail Crystal Palace and Doncaster by six points in the Championship with two games to play, but the Blades have an inferior goal difference of -31, compared to Palace's -22 and Rovers' -23.

Though the defeat prevented Brian McDermott's Reading from cementing a play-off place, another point from their final two fixtures will be enough to extend their season.

It looked like Reading would coast to victory as they dominated early on, Shane Long threatening when he pounced on a poor piece of control from Stephen Quinn 25 yards from goal, but he fired over.

Hunt opened the scoring in the ninth minute after Long played in his strike partner on the left and the Republic of Ireland international cut inside before flashing a shot high between goalkeeper Steve Simonsen and his near post.

The pressure was relentless from the Royals and it was no surprise when Robson-Kanu doubled the lead in the 20th minute.

Long was fouled but the referee played the advantage, allowing Jobi McAnuff to put in a low cross which Steve Simonsen could only divert into the path of Robson-Kanu, who hooked the ball into the empty net.

The Blades looked ragged and had barely made it into the Reading half when they pulled one back with their first shot, on the half-hour mark. Former Reading striker Henderson bundled through the Berkshire side's defence and chipped a shot wide of Alex McCarthy and into the corner.

Suddenly United found reserves of fight that had previously been non-existent.

And they deservedly drew level at the start of first-half stoppage time when Quinn made progress down the left before finding Williamson breaking into the area, from where the midfielder sent a left-footed shot into the net.

And Henderson, who had not scored in six previous appearances this season, completed the comeback when he tapped in on the line early in the second half.

The Reading players were barely able to hide their shock and began to bicker amongst themselves as Sheffield United launched a rearguard action, making last-ditch challenges and throwing bodies in front of shots.

Blades youngster Jordan Slew thought he had made it four for United but his slotted shot into the empty net after the Reading keeper's clearance had come off Henderson was chalked off for a foul in the build-up.

Henderson was then denied a hat-trick by a brilliant save from McCarthy before Reading substitute Brian Howard almost relegated his former side when he struck the crossbar with a floated effort.

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Monday, 25 April 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Reading 2-3 Sheff Utd FT
(HT 2-2)
  • Hunt 9
  • Robson-Kanu 20
  • Henderson 30
  • Williamson 45+1
  • Henderson 51

Reading

  • 41 McCarthy
  • 02 Griffin
  • 05 Mills
  • 15 Khizanishvili
  • 23 Harte
  • 04 Karacan (Howard 73)
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 19 Robson-Kanu (Antonio 64)
  • 09 Long
  • 10 Hunt (Manset 65)

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici,
  • 26 Pearce,
  • 07 Tabb,
  • 17 Antonio,
  • 20 Howard,
  • 18 Church,
  • 45 Manset

Sheff Utd

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 20 Mattock
  • 21 Lowry yellow card
  • 23 Collins
  • 34 Lowton
  • 04 Montgomery
  • 14 Williamson
  • 28 Quinn
  • 38 Riise
  • 07 Henderson
  • 35 Slew (Tonne 76)

Substitutes

  • 13 Aksalu,
  • 22 Kozluk,
  • 32 Roe,
  • 08 Doyle,
  • 27 Philliskirk,
  • 19 Tonne
Ref: WrightAtt: 19,165
READING
SHEFF UTD

Possession

  • Reading 47%
  • Sheff Utd 53%

Attempts on target

  • Reading 9
  • Sheff Utd 8

Attempts off target

  • Reading 5
  • Sheff Utd 3

Corners

  • Reading 6
  • Sheff Utd 5

Fouls

  • Reading 8
  • Sheff Utd 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:45 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+3:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zurab Khizanishvili by Darius Henderson. Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:42 Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 90:00+0:23 The assistant referee signals for offside against Erik Tonne. Zurab Khizanishvili restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Darius Henderson. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 86:43 Stephen Quinn takes a short corner.
  • 83:24 Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy.
  • 83:00 Lee Williamson challenges Jobi McAnuff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:36 Inswinging corner taken by Brian Howard, save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 78:47 Shane Long challenges Joe Mattock unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Simonsen takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:14 Foul by Nick Montgomery on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:44 Brian Howard takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Nick Montgomery.
  • 76:46 Erik Tonne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matt Mills takes the indirect free kick.
  • 75:51 Substitution Erik Tonne comes on in place of Jordan Slew.
  • 74:46 Brian Howard has an effort at goal. Shane Long takes a shot. Save made by Steve Simonsen.
  • 72:29 Substitution Brian Howard replaces Jem Karacan.
  • 71:35 Mathieu Manset is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
  • 69:03 Stephen Quinn takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save by Alex McCarthy.
  • 68:32 Mathieu Manset concedes a free kick for a foul on Neill Collins. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:51 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Lee Williamson goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 66:24 Nick Montgomery concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
  • 65:07 Shot by Darius Henderson. Save by Alex McCarthy. Corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn. Jordan Slew is caught offside. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.
  • 63:32 Alex McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:32 Substitution Mathieu Manset on for Noel Hunt.
  • 63:32 Substitution Michail Antonio on for Hal Robson-Kanu.
  • 63:32 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jordan Slew.
  • 63:11 Matthew Lowton takes a shot. Save by Alex McCarthy.
  • 60:49 Joe Mattock gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte, Joe Mattock manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:12 Hal Robson-Kanu is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
  • 56:12 Ian Harte has an effort direct from the free kick. Ian Harte takes a corner.
  • 56:12 Booking Shane Lowry is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 55:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Shane Lowry.
  • 50:24 Assist on the goal came from Bjorn Helge Riise.
  • 50:24 GOAL - Darius HendersonReading 2 - 3 Sheff Utd Darius Henderson grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-3 Sheff Utd.
  • 48:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hal Robson-Kanu on Joe Mattock. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Lee Williamson, save by Alex McCarthy. Bjorn Helge Riise produces a cross,
  • 47:05 Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff to the near post, clearance made by Joe Mattock. Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff, save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 46:30 Lee Williamson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Zurab Khizanishvili restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:30 Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:09 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+0:03 Stephen Quinn provided the assist for the goal.
  • 45:00+0:03 GOAL - Lee WilliamsonReading 2 - 2 Sheff Utd A goal is scored by Lee Williamson from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-2 Sheff Utd.
  • 44:35 Shane Lowry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matt Mills. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.
  • 44:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jobi McAnuff on Stephen Quinn. Joe Mattock takes the direct free kick.
  • 43:28 Jordan Slew has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 42:18 Shane Lowry challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Ian Harte, Shane Long takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 40:14 Inswinging corner taken by Stephen Quinn from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 39:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Noel Hunt on Joe Mattock. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:14 Darius Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zurab Khizanishvili. Direct free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.
  • 34:18 Shane Long challenges Bjorn Helge Riise unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.
  • 32:47 Shot by Bjorn Helge Riise from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 31:31 Darius Henderson takes a shot. Save made by Alex McCarthy. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Quinn played to the near post.
  • 29:44 GOAL - Darius HendersonReading 2 - 1 Sheff Utd Darius Henderson fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 2-1 Sheff Utd.
  • 27:08 The official flags Hal Robson-Kanu offside. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 26:30 Curled left-footed shot by Jobi McAnuff. Steve Simonsen makes a save.
  • 19:50 The assist for the goal came from Jobi McAnuff.
  • 19:50 GOAL - Hal Robson-KanuReading 2 - 0 Sheff Utd Hal Robson-Kanu gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-0 Sheff Utd.
  • 18:00 Effort on goal by Mikele Leigertwood from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 17:08 Shane Lowry challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Zurab Khizanishvili.
  • 15:44 Jem Karacan takes a shot. Steve Simonsen makes a save. Shot from 20 yards from Noel Hunt. Save by Steve Simonsen. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ian Harte, save by Steve Simonsen.
  • 14:49 Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darius Henderson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Stephen Quinn, save made by Alex McCarthy.
  • 11:42 The official flags Shane Long offside. Indirect free kick taken by Neill Collins.
  • 8:53 Assist by Shane Long.
  • 8:53 GOAL - Noel HuntReading 1 - 0 Sheff Utd A goal is scored by Noel Hunt from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Sheff Utd.
  • 8:12 Foul by Jem Karacan on Stephen Quinn, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Shane Lowry.
  • 5:54 Neill Collins challenges Hal Robson-Kanu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte takes the free kick.
  • 4:05 Effort on goal by Shane Long from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 1:43 Shot from just outside the box by Noel Hunt misses to the right of the target.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 44 38 85
2 Norwich 44 24 80
3 Cardiff 44 25 79
4 Swansea 44 21 74
5 Reading 44 25 73
6 Nott'm Forest 44 12 69
7 Millwall 44 17 67
8 Burnley 44 5 67
9 Leeds 44 9 66
10 Hull 44 4 64
11 Leicester 44 3 63
12 Watford 44 10 61
13 Ipswich 44 -5 59
14 Portsmouth 44 -6 57
15 Middlesbrough 44 -6 56
16 Bristol City 44 -8 54
17 Coventry 44 -4 53
18 Barnsley 44 -12 52
19 Derby 44 -10 49
20 Crystal Palace 44 -22 47
21 Doncaster 44 -23 47
22 Sheff Utd 44 -31 41
23 Scunthorpe 44 -40 41
24 Preston 44 -26 39

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