Reading showed no mercy as they hammered relegated Peterborough.
Alex Pearce scored the first when he headed in from a corner and Gylfi Sigurdsson made it two with a penalty.
Jobi McAnuff beat the offside trap to run in and make it 3-0 before Jimmy Kebe latched on to Andy Griffin's lofted pass and finished clinically.
Sigurdsson then played in Shane Long to plant a shot into the corner for 5-0 and Sigurdsson wrapped up the win when he taped in a rebound from close range.
Reading were full of confidence and took just three minutes to open the scoring when Brian Howard curled in a corner from the right-hand side and Pearce got ahead of his marker to thump in a powerful header from close range.
Sigurdsson then saw a low shot well saved by Joe Lewis in the Peterborough goal as the Royals pushed on for a second before Lewis clawed out a looping effort from McAnuff.
Pearce should have doubled the lead when he headed a free-kick wide from close range and Johnson had seen enough, replacing Exodus Geohaghon after just 16 hapless minutes.
But Brian McDermott's home side did grab their second in the 25th minute through the ice-cool Sigurdsson. Ryan Bertrand was tripped in the area by Craig Morgan and Sigurdsson made no mistake to notch his 17th goal of the season.
Reading were strolling to victory and made it 3-0 in the 29th minute when Sigurdsson unlocked the offside trap with a clever pass over the top and McAnuff ran through to convert.
Posh boss Gary Johnson made his second change, hauling off Gabriel Zakuani in a desperate attempt to stem the tide, but the Royals still found a fourth before the break.
Again a long ball was good enough to beat the Posh backline as Andy Griffin lofted one over the top for Kebe to latch on to and provide a clinical finish beyond Lewis.
McAnuff and Bertrand both shot wide from 20 yards at the start of the second half before Long got in on the act.
The excellent Sigurdsson was the architect, rolling a perfect through ball for Long to accelerate away from the defence and plant a shot into the corner.
Sigurdsson made it 18 for the season with his second in the 76th minute. Griffin made a mazy run down the right and squared across the area. Long should have scored but somehow hit the bar from close range and Sigurdsson was on hand to tap in a simple finish.
Reading manager Brian McDermott: "Some of the football we played from the back was terrific and it was at a tempo.
"We kept it up in the second half because the boys were enjoying the game and trying to keep a clean sheet.
"We created a lot of chances. Their keeper pulled off a couple of good saves. It's tough for a team like that when they are already relegated."
Peterborough manager Gary Johnson: "They scored six and could have had ten. We got well and truly trounced and the lads are down about it.
"They are working hard in training but when it comes to games they seem to have lost their Championship ability.
"We weren't good enough at either end of the pitch. It was a poor performance all round."
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Saturday, 17 April 2010
Sigurdsson (pen) 25
44 Khizanishvili (Gunnarsson 69)
07 Tabb (Karacan 77)
11 McAnuff (Henry 62)
25 Sigurdsson yellow card
05 Zakuani (Simpson 30)
16 Little (Green 85)
34 Geohaghan (Mills 16)
27 Romone McCrae,
Ref: BoyesonAtt: 15,982
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:33 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+2:34 Corner taken by Brian Howard from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Danny Mills.
90:00+1:55 Danny Mills produces a cross.
89:57 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Joe Lewis takes the indirect free kick.
89:24 Scott Griffiths produces a cross.
87:23 The official flags Gylfi Sigurdsson offside. Joe Lewis takes the indirect free kick.
86:21 Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
85:38 Centre by James Henry, Joe Lewis makes a clearance.
84:16 Substitution (Peterborough) makes a substitution, with Dominic Green coming on for Mark Little.
84:16 Unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Josh Simpson results in a free kick. Gylfi Sigurdsson has an effort direct from the free
83:27 James Henry crosses the ball.
83:07 Jem Karacan takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Bennett.
78:50 Corner taken by Brian Howard.
78:20 Corner taken left-footed by Brian Howard to the near post, Scott Griffiths manages to make a clearance.
77:31 James Henry produces a cross, Shot by Jimmy Kebe from deep inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
76:07 Substitution Jem Karacan on for Jay Tabb.
75:21 Assist on the goal came from James Henry.
75:21 GOAL - Gylfi Sigurdsson:Reading 6 - 0 Peterborough Gylfi Sigurdsson scores a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Reading 6-0 Peterborough.
75:19 The ball is sent over by James Henry,
72:56 Corner taken by James Henry.
72:50 The ball is sent over by James Henry, clearance made by Ryan Bennett.
70:36 Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Craig Morgan makes a clearance.
68:27 Direct free kick taken by Brian Howard.
68:27 Substitution Brynjar Gunnarsson comes on in place of Zurab Khizanishvili.
68:27 Ryan Bennett is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
66:52 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard, clearance made by Craig Morgan.
66:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Griffiths on James Henry. James Henry restarts play with the free kick.
65:26 Andy Griffin crosses the ball, Joe Lewis makes a save.
64:39 Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bennett. Joe Lewis restarts play with the free kick.
64:03 Danny Mills gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Pearce. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
63:35 Jimmy Kebe produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
61:43 Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
61:43 Substitution Jobi McAnuff goes off and James Henry comes on.
61:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Mills on Gylfi Sigurdsson.
61:16 Unfair challenge on Josh Simpson by Jobi McAnuff results in a free kick. Tommy Rowe restarts play with the free kick.
59:36 Effort on goal by Brian Howard from 30 yards. Save made by Joe Lewis.
58:24 The assist for the goal came from Gylfi Sigurdsson.
58:24 GOAL - Shane Long:Reading 5 - 0 Peterborough Shane Long finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Reading 5-0 Peterborough.
57:16 Shane Long challenges Scott Griffiths unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Lewis restarts play with the free kick.
56:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Charlie Lee. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
55:55 Foul by Charlie Lee on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brian Howard.
55:28 Danny Mills is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.
54:31 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, clearance made by Craig Morgan.
52:56 Ryan Bertrand has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
52:21 Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Charlie Lee manages to make a clearance.
51:47 Corner taken by Brian Howard, clearance by Scott Griffiths.
50:38 Shot by Jobi McAnuff from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
49:28 Inswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Mark Little manages to make a clearance.
48:34 Shot by Lee Frecklington from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
45:16 Brian Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Simpson. Tommy Rowe restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
45:00+2:31 The half-time whistle blows.
45:00+1:29 Tommy Rowe has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
45:00+1:06 Brian Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Rowe. Scott Griffiths restarts play with the free kick.
43:19 Andy Griffin provided the assist for the goal.
43:19 GOAL - Jimmy Kebe:Reading 4 - 0 Peterborough Goal scored by Jimmy Kebe from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 4-0 Peterborough.
40:49 Close range shot by Ryan Bertrand goes wide of the left-hand upright.
39:21 The official flags Shane Long offside. Joe Lewis restarts play with the free kick.
38:41 Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Joe Lewis makes a save.
37:45 Effort from inside the area by Brian Howard misses to the right of the goal.
37:11 The ball is delivered by Jobi McAnuff, Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
35:13 Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ryan Bennett makes a clearance.
34:36 Inswinging corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Alex Pearce takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Mills.
34:15 Foul by Josh Simpson on Ryan Bertrand, free kick awarded. Brian Howard takes the direct free kick.
33:12 Charlie Lee takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Alex Pearce.
32:42 Corner from the right by-line taken by Tommy Rowe, Ryan Bertrand makes a clearance.
31:50 Tommy Rowe has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
29:16 Substitution Gabriel Zakuani leaves the field to be replaced by Josh Simpson.
28:27 Ryan Bertrand provided the assist for the goal.
28:27 GOAL - Jobi McAnuff:Reading 3 - 0 Peterborough Jobi McAnuff scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 3-0 Peterborough.
26:51 The referee blows for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
25:41 Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Joe Lewis makes a save.
23:59 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Craig Morgan.
23:34 The ball is swung over by Brian Howard, save made by Joe Lewis.
22:54 Andy Griffin fouled by Craig Mackail-Smith, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
21:49 Centre by Jobi McAnuff, Joe Lewis makes a save.
19:09 Booking The referee cautions Gylfi Sigurdsson for unsporting behaviour.
18:25 Foul by Danny Mills on Alex Pearce, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
17:53 Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball, Craig Morgan makes a clearance.
15:39 Substitution Danny Mills comes on in place of Exodus Geohaghon.
15:00 The referee gives a free kick against Lee Frecklington for handball. The ball is sent over by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Pearce
produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
13:23 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brian Howard from the right by-line, Gabriel Zakuani manages to make a clearance.
12:00 Jimmy Kebe challenges Scott Griffiths unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Lewis.
11:31 Foul by Lee Frecklington on Gylfi Sigurdsson, free kick awarded. Brian Howard takes the direct free kick.
9:42 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save made by Joe Lewis.
8:31 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
7:19 Short corner worked by Brian Howard.
7:06 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Save by Joe Lewis.
6:05 Foul by Exodus Geohaghon on Jimmy Kebe, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Brian Howard from right wing,
save made by Joe Lewis.
4:34 Jobi McAnuff produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
3:47 The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe.
2:48 Assist on the goal came from Brian Howard.
2:48 GOAL - Alex Pearce:Reading 1 - 0 Peterborough Alex Pearce scores a headed goal from close in. Reading 1-0 Peterborough.
2:24 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Brian Howard,
1:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Howard by Charlie Lee. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gylfi
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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