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Leicester   1 - 2   Reading

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson kept his nerve to score Reading's penalty winner

Gylfi Sigurdsson converted an injury-time penalty as resurgent Reading earned a dramatic win at Championship play-off hopefuls Leicester.

Nolberto Solano conceded the crucial spot-kick with a foul on Simon Church, allowing Sigurdsson to earn the Royals a ninth win in their last 11 matches.

Jimmy Kebe had earlier put the visitors ahead, collecting Sigurdsson's pass and rounding the keeper before slotting in.

Martyn Waghorn slammed in Leicester's leveller, but they could not hold on.

Defeat means Leicester missed the chance to move 10 points clear of seventh-placed Blackpool - though they remain in fourth spot and still firmly in contention for a play-off place.

Reading, meanwhile, continue to make a remarkable push towards the play-off positions having been down in 23rd spot just over two months ago.


Leicester manager Nigel Pearson:
"It's disappointing and I don't think we deserved to lose.

"Over the last two home games we'd obviously expect to get a better return than we have and we need a response now on Saturday.

"But we've done exceptionally well of late so let's not get carried away."

Reading manager Brian McDermott:
"To play the way we did in the second half, when we really played on the front foot, is a great feeling, but we are not even thinking about reaching the play-offs.

"To even discuss the play-offs when we were four points adrift in January is testament to how far we have come as a group over the last two months.

"It has been a great run but we are not finished yet."

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Leicester 1-2 Reading FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Waghorn 40
  • Kebe 16
  • Sigurdsson (pen) 90+2

Leicester

  • 01 Weale
  • 03 McGivern
  • 04 Morrison
  • 25 Hobbs
  • 07 Solano yellow card
  • 08 Oakley (Spearing 71)
  • 10 King
  • 11 Dyer yellow card
  • 19 Wellens
  • 18 Waghorn yellow card
  • 24 Gallagher (N'Guessan 74)

Substitutes

  • 13 Logan,
  • 06 Brown,
  • 16 Adams,
  • 34 Spearing,
  • 09 Howard,
  • 17 N'Guessan,
  • 22 Kermorgant

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 05 Mills
  • 24 Bertrand
  • 40 Griffin yellow card
  • 44 Khizanishvili
  • 07 Tabb (Gunnarsson 61)
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 14 Kebe
  • 25 Sigurdsson
  • 34 Howard yellow card (Church 64)
  • 09 Long (Rasiak 75)

Substitutes

  • 21 Hamer,
  • 26 Pearce,
  • 06 Gunnarsson,
  • 19 Robson-Kanu,
  • 20 Karacan,
  • 18 Church,
  • 23 Rasiak
Ref: FosterAtt: 20,108
LEICESTER
READING

Possession

  • Leicester 50%
  • Reading 50%

Attempts on target

  • Leicester 8
  • Reading 9

Attempts off target

  • Leicester 9
  • Reading 4

Corners

  • Leicester 6
  • Reading 8

Fouls

  • Leicester 12
  • Reading 12
  • Final Result
  • 95:00 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:08 Jimmy Kebe decides to take the corner short.
  • 90:00+1:47 GOAL - Gylfi SigurdssonLeicester 1 - 2 Reading Placed penalty scored by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Leicester 1-2 Reading.
  • 90:00+0:53 Booking Nolberto Solano is booked.
  • 90:00+0:43 Penalty awarded for a foul by Nolberto Solano on Simon Church.
  • 89:50 Unfair challenge on Michael Morrison by Gylfi Sigurdsson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 86:38 Outswinging corner taken by Martyn Waghorn, Matthew Mills manages to make a clearance.
  • 86:19 Lloyd Dyer takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
  • 84:05 Brynjar Gunnarsson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 81:58 Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Ryan McGivern results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Ryan Bertrand from the free kick.
  • 81:16 Jobi McAnuff fouled by Jay Spearing, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 80:07 Corner from the left by-line taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Unfair challenge on Jack Hobbs by Matthew Mills results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 79:53 Ryan Bertrand takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.
  • 79:24 Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.
  • 79:07 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Morrison.
  • 78:41 Foul by Andy King on Adam Federici, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 78:10 Corner taken by Dany N'Guessan from the left by-line, Zurab Khizanishvili makes a clearance.
  • 77:48 Dany N'Guessan takes a shot. Blocked by Andy Griffin.
  • 77:25 Jay Spearing takes a shot. Matthew Mills gets a block in.
  • 76:55 Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:55 Booking Martyn Waghorn is booked.
  • 76:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Martyn Waghorn on Zurab Khizanishvili.
  • 74:18 Substitution Grzegorz Rasiak comes on in place of Shane Long.
  • 73:45 Matthew Mills fouled by Martyn Waghorn, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 72:50 Substitution Dany N'Guessan comes on in place of Paul Gallagher.
  • 72:50 Shot from close range by Lloyd Dyer misses to the right of the goal.
  • 72:12 Unfair challenge on Ryan McGivern by Jimmy Kebe results in a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
  • 71:02 Gylfi Sigurdsson challenges Richie Wellens unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nolberto Solano takes the free kick.
  • 69:50 Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 69:50 Substitution (Leicester) makes a substitution, with Jay Spearing coming on for Matt Oakley.
  • 69:50 Michael Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Church.
  • 69:07 Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Jack Hobbs makes a clearance.
  • 67:53 A cross is delivered by Andy Griffin, Michael Morrison manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:53 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save by Chris Weale.
  • 65:09 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the right by-line, Richie Wellens makes a clearance.
  • 63:28 Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 63:28 Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Simon Church coming on for Brian Howard.
  • 63:28 Matt Oakley is ruled offside.
  • 61:32 Richie Wellens takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
  • 60:05 Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Brynjar Gunnarsson coming on for Jay Tabb.
  • 56:56 Booking Andy Griffin goes into the book.
  • 56:56 Booking Lloyd Dyer receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 52:39 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Zurab Khizanishvili on Jack Hobbs. Direct free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 52:20 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan McGivern.
  • 51:32 Jay Tabb challenges Paul Gallagher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Martyn Waghorn shoots direct from the free kick, Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 50:11 Jay Tabb fouled by Richie Wellens, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Bertrand produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Michael Morrison gets a block in.
  • 48:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay Tabb on Martyn Waghorn. Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 47:17 Andy King takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
  • 47:17 Shot from just outside the box by Andy King goes over the crossbar.
  • 46:46 Michael Morrison fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:11 The offside flag is raised against Jimmy Kebe. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:09 The referee blows for half time.
  • Correction - 45:00+0:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Jay Tabb. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 45:00+0:57 Jay Tabb concedes a free kick for a foul on Richie Wellens. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
  • 44:17 Effort from just outside the area by Nolberto Solano goes over the bar.
  • 44:01 Short corner worked by Richie Wellens.
  • 43:36 Andy King takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 41:12 Shot from inside the area by Martyn Waghorn clears the bar.
  • 39:58 Lloyd Dyer provided the assist for the goal.
  • 39:58 GOAL - Martyn WaghornLeicester 1 - 1 Reading Martyn Waghorn finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Leicester 1-1 Reading.
  • 38:07 Martyn Waghorn challenges Zurab Khizanishvili unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • Correction - 37:28 The offside flag is raised against Gylfi Sigurdsson. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 37:28 Gylfi Sigurdsson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Weale takes the indirect free kick.
  • 36:02 Brian Howard takes a shot. Michael Morrison gets a block in.
  • Correction - 34:39 Richie Wellens fouled by Brian Howard, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 34:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richie Wellens by Brian Howard. Chris Weale restarts play with the free kick.
  • 34:14 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, clearance made by Michael Morrison.
  • 33:54 Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Blocked by Jack Hobbs.
  • 33:09 Inswinging corner taken by Paul Gallagher, clearance by Andy Griffin.
  • 32:46 Lloyd Dyer takes a shot. Zurab Khizanishvili gets a block in.
  • 31:16 Lloyd Dyer crosses the ball, Header from close range by Andy King misses to the right of the goal.
  • 31:04 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard, save by Chris Weale.
  • 30:29 Matthew Mills takes a shot. Blocked by Lloyd Dyer.
  • 29:50 Paul Gallagher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Brian Howard.
  • 29:28 The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe.
  • 28:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gylfi Sigurdsson by Ryan McGivern. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
  • 27:52 Martyn Waghorn takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
  • 24:28 Richie Wellens restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:28 Booking Brian Howard is booked.
  • 24:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Howard on Richie Wellens.
  • 22:24 Jimmy Kebe concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan McGivern. Chris Weale takes the free kick.
  • 19:15 Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Matthew Mills has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 17:03 Andy King produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • Correction - 15:40 The assist for the goal came from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • 15:40 Assist on the goal came from Jobi McAnuff.
  • 15:40 GOAL - Jimmy KebeLeicester 0 - 1 Reading Jimmy Kebe finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Leicester 0-1 Reading.
  • 13:06 Corner taken left-footed by Martyn Waghorn from the right by-line, Michael Morrison produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 9:08 Paul Gallagher produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 7:48 The referee blows for offside against Shane Long. Free kick taken by Chris Weale.
  • 5:46 Zurab Khizanishvili has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the target.
  • 3:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Richie Wellens. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 3:01 Short corner taken by Paul Gallagher from the left by-line.
  • 1:34 Richie Wellens handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:06 Gylfi Sigurdsson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Richie Wellens takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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24 Mar 2010 23:59 UK


Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 24 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 38 44 80
2 West Brom 39 35 78
3 Nottm Forest 39 23 70
4 Leicester 38 10 61
5 Swansea 39 2 61
6 Cardiff 38 16 59
7 Blackpool 39 10 54
8 Sheff Utd 39 3 54
9 Middlesbrough 39 9 53
10 Doncaster 39 3 52
11 Reading 37 -2 51
12 Coventry 39 -8 51
13 Bristol City 39 -10 49
14 Barnsley 38 -12 49
15 Preston 39 -10 48
16 Ipswich 39 -8 47
17 QPR 38 -5 46
18 Derby 39 -11 45
19 Scunthorpe 38 -19 44
20 Sheff Wed 39 -17 43
21 Watford 37 -9 42
22 Crystal Palace 38 -4 39
23 Plymouth 38 -15 37
24 Peterborough 39 -25 30



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