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Reading   1 - 3   Sheff Utd

An error by Reading keeper Adam Federici helped Sheffield United come from a goal down to beat the Royals.

Matthew Mills headed the home side in front but Stephen Quinn equalised when he side-footed in after Reading failed to clear their lines.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's drive hit the post for Reading before Federici let Jamie Ward's speculative 25-yard shot through his grasp and into the goal.

David Cotterill arrowed in a strike to seal victory for the Blades.


Reading manager Brendan Rodgers:
"I understand the fans' frustrations. They want to see their team winning and have just come to an end of a five-year cycle of success.

"They know we need some players in and we will do that. This is early stages of an exciting project.

"We are going through pain with the young players but it will pay off."

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell:
"We created some lovely goals and we looked a good side at times. It could have been five or six. Apart from a 20-minute spell when Reading scored we were dominant.

"We were pipped last season but the players have shown a terrific response so far and are keen to make it this time.

"They could have felt sorry for themselves after last season but have shown real tenacity. Again we went behind here but we moved on and earned the win.

"If anyone can nominate the winner of the Championship now they are a better man than me. It's there for anyone to take and it will be a very exciting season."

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Saturday, 22 August 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Reading 1-3 Sheff Utd FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Mills 13
  • Quinn 42
  • Ward 62
  • Cotterill 90+1

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 02 Rosenior
  • 05 Mills
  • 24 Bertrand (Harper 88)
  • 26 Pearce
  • 04 Cisse (Davies 66)
  • 07 Tabb
  • 20 Karacan
  • 25 Sigurdsson
  • 09 Long
  • 10 Hunt (Church 75)

Substitutes

  • 21 Hamer,
  • 06 Gunnarsson,
  • 15 Harper,
  • 17 Henry,
  • 19 Robson-Kanu,
  • 27 Davies,
  • 18 Church

Sheff Utd

  • 23 Bunn
  • 05 Morgan yellow card
  • 06 Kilgallon
  • 16 Taylor
  • 34 Walker
  • 04 Montgomery
  • 27 Treacy (Cotterill 26 yellow card)
  • 28 Quinn
  • 07 Henderson
  • 09 Evans (France 85)
  • 18 Ward

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett,
  • 21 Bromby,
  • 02 France,
  • 10 Reid,
  • 11 Cotterill,
  • 24 Sharp
Ref: RussellAtt: 16,025
READING
SHEFF UTD

Possession

  • Reading 45%
  • Sheff Utd 55%

Attempts on target

  • Reading 2
  • Sheff Utd 5

Attempts off target

  • Reading 3
  • Sheff Utd 6

Corners

  • Reading 7
  • Sheff Utd 4

Fouls

  • Reading 8
  • Sheff Utd 12
  • Final Result
  • 94:07 The referee brings the game to a close.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:03 The referee gives a free kick against Darius Henderson for handball. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 90:00+2:24 Shane Long challenges Kyle Walker unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 90:00+0:43 GOAL - David CotterillReading 1 - 3 Sheff Utd David Cotterill finds the net with a goal from a long way out to the top right corner of the goal. Reading 1-3 Sheff Utd.
  • Correction - 88:45 Ryan France produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 88:45 Shot from close in by Ryan France misses to the left of the goal.
  • Correction - 87:13 Substitution James Harper joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ryan Bertrand.
  • 87:13 Substitution James Harper replaces Jem Karacan.
  • 86:28 Corner taken right-footed by David Cotterill from the left by-line, clearance by Matthew Mills.
  • 86:02 Ryan France takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 84:11 Substitution (Sheff Utd) makes a substitution, with Ryan France coming on for Ched Evans.
  • 81:29 Scott Davies fouled by Nick Montgomery, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jay Tabb.
  • 79:34 Darius Henderson takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 75:32 Ryan Bertrand challenges David Cotterill unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by David Cotterill from right wing.
  • 74:33 Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Simon Church coming on for Noel Hunt.
  • 73:42 Kyle Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb. Gylfi Sigurdsson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, save by Mark Bunn.
  • 72:18 Jamie Ward sends in a cross.
  • 69:37 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Close range shot by Matthew Mills goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 68:47 Jamie Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Davies. Scott Davies restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:44 Substitution Scott Davies replaces Kalifa Cisse.
  • 64:51 Free kick crossed by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 64:51 Booking David Cotterill is cautioned.
  • 64:27 David Cotterill challenges Ryan Bertrand unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 61:18 GOAL - Jamie WardReading 1 - 2 Sheff Utd Jamie Ward finds the back of the net with a goal from long range low into the middle of the goal. Reading 1-2 Sheff Utd.
  • 58:26 Unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by David Cotterill results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from left wing, clearance by Kyle Walker.
  • 56:27 Gylfi Sigurdsson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.
  • 54:30 The referee gives a free kick against Nick Montgomery for handball. Free kick taken by Matthew Mills.
  • 53:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Cotterill by Jay Tabb. Free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
  • 53:08 Stephen Quinn is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
  • 52:09 The official flags Noel Hunt offside. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 50:53 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, Darius Henderson makes a clearance.
  • 49:08 Jamie Ward has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 48:09 Effort on goal by Darius Henderson from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 47:28 Unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Darius Henderson results in a free kick. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 46:30 David Cotterill crosses the ball, Ched Evans has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:20 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+2:36 Handball decision goes against Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 45:00+2:02 Ched Evans has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 41:54 The assist for the goal came from Ched Evans.
  • 41:54 GOAL - Stephen QuinnReading 1 - 1 Sheff Utd Stephen Quinn grabs a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Reading 1-1 Sheff Utd.
  • 40:23 The assistant referee signals for offside against Noel Hunt. Matthew Kilgallon takes the free kick.
  • 39:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Jay Tabb. Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.
  • 38:30 Noel Hunt fouled by Nick Montgomery, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Noel Hunt.
  • Correction - 34:53 Inswinging corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line, save by Adam Federici.
  • 33:31 Corner taken by David Cotterill, Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 32:35 The offside flag is raised against Jamie Ward. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:14 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, clearance by Darius Henderson.
  • 29:42 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Mark Bunn makes a save.
  • 28:46 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 28:46 Booking Caution for Chris Morgan.
  • 28:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Morgan on Ryan Bertrand.
  • 27:37 Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Walker. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
  • 27:12 Darius Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.
  • 25:52 Substitution Keith Treacy goes off and David Cotterill comes on.
  • 23:26 Jay Tabb produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
  • 19:21 Foul by Ryan Bertrand on Keith Treacy, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Keith Treacy from right channel.
  • 17:42 Liam Rosenior concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
  • 16:25 Kalifa Cisse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn. Free kick crossed by Andy Taylor, Jem Karacan makes a clearance.
  • 14:16 Inswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line played to the near post, Kyle Walker makes a clearance.
  • 14:12 The ball is sent over by Ryan Bertrand, Matthew Kilgallon manages to make a clearance.
  • 12:37 Assist on the goal came from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 12:37 GOAL - Matthew MillsReading 1 - 0 Sheff Utd Matthew Mills scores a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Reading 1-0 Sheff Utd.
  • 12:00 Nick Montgomery challenges Jem Karacan unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Gylfi Sigurdsson,
  • 10:57 Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, clearance by Darius Henderson.
  • 10:26 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, clearance made by Darius Henderson.
  • 6:27 Corner taken left-footed by Keith Treacy from the left by-line, clearance made by Liam Rosenior.
  • 5:52 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Keith Treacy, Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 4:28 Effort from deep inside the area by Keith Treacy clears the bar.
  • 3:13 Unfair challenge on Gylfi Sigurdsson by Stephen Quinn results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 2:25 Chris Morgan challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jem Karacan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Championship results

22 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Coventry 0-1 Swansea R
Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle R
Derby 2-1 Plymouth R
Leicester 1-0 Barnsley R
Middlesbrough 2-0 Doncaster R
Preston 2-0 Peterborough R
QPR 1-1 Nottm Forest R
Reading 1-3 Sheff Utd R
Sheff Wed 4-0 Scunthorpe R
Watford 2-2 Blackpool R
West Brom 2-0 Ipswich R

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 22 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Middlesbrough 4 7 10
2 Newcastle 4 6 10
3 West Brom 4 4 10
4 Preston 4 5 8
5 Sheff Utd 4 4 8
6 Leicester 4 2 8
7 Cardiff 3 6 7
8 Bristol City 3 2 7
9 Coventry 4 2 7
10 Derby 4 1 7
11 Sheff Wed 4 3 5
12 Watford 4 0 5
13 Blackpool 4 0 4
14 Crystal Palace 4 -1 4
15 Swansea 4 -3 4
16 QPR 4 -1 3
17 Doncaster 4 -2 3
18 Scunthorpe 4 -9 3
19 Plymouth 4 -3 2
20 Nottm Forest 4 -3 2
21 Reading 4 -5 2
22 Peterborough 4 -4 1
23 Ipswich 4 -5 1
24 Barnsley 4 -6 1


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