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Crystal Palace   3 - 3   Reading

Crystal Palace v Reading

Crystal Palace 3-3 Reading

Relegation-battling Crystal Palace let a two-goal lead slip as Reading hauled themselves back to earn a draw.

Darren Ambrose took just 39 seconds to drive in a shot and put the Eagles aheda before Neil Danns added a second.

But Shane Long's penalty hauled the Royals back in the game and, after Ambrose had a spot-kick saved, Jimmy Kebe lashed in a shot to level.

Jermaine Easter restored Palace's lead but they could not hold on as a Noel Hunt header evened things up.

Palace will be left to rue their failure to secure a win having kept eight successive clean sheets at Selhurst Park, although they did extend their unbeaten home run to 10 games.

The home side were certainly given the ideal start by Ambrose and, during a lively opening, a lob from Danns was scooped out from under the crossbar by keeper Alex McCarthy, with the referee deciding it had not crossed the goal-line.

Ambrose volleyed a Steffen Iversen cross wide before the visitors woke up and hit back.

Palace keeper Julian Speroni spilled a looping Jay Tabb effort at the feet of Hunt, who missed the ball with a shot two yards.

It got worse for Reading when Vaughan robbed Ivar Ingimarsson and set up Danns to score before the visitors were handed a way back into the game through Paddy McCarthy's challenge on Long.

The Royals striker picked himself up to thump in a penalty as Speroni conceded his first goal in more than 13 hours.

At the other end, keeper McCarthy tripped Iversen to concede a penalty before making amends when he saved as Ambrose failed to show the same clinical qualities as Long from 12 yards.

Palace were punished when Long teed up Kebe to haul Reading level, although substitute Easter chipped up and turned in a shot to put three points within reach of the home side.

However, with 17 minutes remaining, Hunt met Jobi McAnuff's cross with a far-post header as both sides had to be satisfied with a point apiece.

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Saturday, 26 February 2011

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Home Team Score Away Team Time
Crystal Palace 3-3 Reading FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Ambrose 1
  • Danns 25
  • Easter 68
  • Long (pen) 30
  • Kebe 49
  • Hunt 73

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Clyne
  • 03 Wright
  • 05 McCarthy yellow card
  • 29 Moxey
  • 31 Gardner
  • 07 Ambrose
  • 08 Danns (Zaha 85)
  • 34 Dikgacoi
  • 09 Iversen (Scannell 70)
  • 20 Vaughan (Easter 63)

Substitutes

  • 13 Price,
  • 04 Davis,
  • 10 Garvan,
  • 14 Scannell,
  • 16 Zaha,
  • 19 Easter,
  • 32 Counago

Reading

  • 41 McCarthy yellow card
  • 05 Mills
  • 16 Ingimarsson (Khizanishvili 68)
  • 23 Harte
  • 24 Cummings (Karacan 83)
  • 07 Tabb
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 14 Kebe
  • 09 Long
  • 10 Hunt

Substitutes

  • 31 Andersen,
  • 15 Khizanishvili,
  • 04 Karacan,
  • 17 Antonio,
  • 19 Robson-Kanu,
  • 20 Howard,
  • 18 Church
Ref: BatesAtt: 13,845
CRYSTAL PALACE
READING

Possession

  • Crystal Palace 47%
  • Reading 53%

Attempts on target

  • Crystal Palace 3
  • Reading 4

Attempts off target

  • Crystal Palace 2
  • Reading 8

Corners

  • Crystal Palace 4
  • Reading 8

Fouls

  • Crystal Palace 8
  • Reading 3
  • Final Result
  • 94:15 The referee ends the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:08 The ball is delivered by Ian Harte, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Sean Scannell. Kagisho Dikgacoi restarts play with the free kick.
  • 87:30 Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Headed chance falls to Jobi McAnuff, save by Julian Speroni.
  • Correction - 86:24 Centre by Jay Tabb.
  • 86:24 The ball is delivered by Jay Tabb.
  • 85:37 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jermaine Easter. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.
  • 84:39 Effort from deep inside the area by Jimmy Kebe misses to the left of the goal.
  • 84:39 Substitution Wilfried Zaha is brought on as a substitute for Neil Danns.
  • 83:55 Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball, Dean Moxey makes a clearance.
  • 83:34 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance.
  • 82:36 Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from 18 yards. Patrick McCarthy gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff to the near post, clearance made by David Wright.
  • 82:36 Substitution Jem Karacan comes on in place of Shaun Cummings.
  • 79:07 Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball.
  • 78:44 Jermaine Easter takes a shot.
  • 78:33 The ball is sent over by Jobi McAnuff, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
  • 77:55 The ball is swung over by Ian Harte. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff, Sean Scannell manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:01 Noel Hunt sends in a cross.
  • 73:41 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, clearance made by Zurab Khizanishvili.
  • 72:29 Jobi McAnuff provided the assist for the goal.
  • 72:29 GOAL - Noel HuntCrystal Palace 3 - 3 Reading Noel Hunt finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 3-3 Reading.
  • 72:10 Shaun Cummings crosses the ball, save made by Julian Speroni.
  • 70:53 A cross is delivered by Noel Hunt.
  • 69:27 Dean Moxey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Ian Harte crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 69:27 Substitution Steffen Iversen leaves the field to be replaced by Sean Scannell.
  • 67:59 Substitution Zurab Khizanishvili on for Ivar Ingimarsson.
  • 67:07 Assist by Dean Moxey.
  • 67:07 GOAL - Jermaine EasterCrystal Palace 3 - 2 Reading Jermaine Easter fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 3-2 Reading.
  • 65:22 Darren Ambrose takes the inswinging corner, Unfair challenge on Ivar Ingimarsson by Anthony Gardner results in a free kick. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.
  • 64:37 Darren Ambrose crosses the ball, Ian Harte gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line, clearance by Shane Long.
  • 63:58 Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. David Wright gets a block in.
  • 63:03 Steffen Iversen is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Matt Mills restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:22 Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Shaun Cummings from the free kick.
  • 62:22 Substitution Jermaine Easter on for James Vaughan.
  • 58:11 Shaun Cummings sends in a cross.
  • 57:12 The referee blows for offside against James Vaughan. Alex McCarthy takes the indirect free kick.
  • 55:53 Shaun Cummings delivers the ball.
  • 55:46 Centre by Jimmy Kebe, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:24 Matt Mills gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steffen Iversen. Free kick crossed by Darren Ambrose, clearance by Mikele Leigertwood.
  • 53:27 Corner from left by-line taken by Jobi McAnuff.
  • 52:23 Shaun Cummings produces a cross, clearance made by Nathaniel Clyne.
  • 52:09 Ian Harte crosses the ball, clearance by David Wright.
  • 52:00 Jimmy Kebe sends in a cross, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
  • 51:53 A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, clearance made by Patrick McCarthy.
  • 48:29 Shane Long provided the assist for the goal.
  • 48:29 GOAL - Jimmy KebeCrystal Palace 2 - 2 Reading Jimmy Kebe gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 2-2 Reading.
  • 47:12 Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball.
  • 46:34 The ball is swung over by Jimmy Kebe.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:34 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:32 The ball is crossed by Noel Hunt, Dean Moxey manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Ian Harte, The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff.
  • 44:07 Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:53 The ball is sent over by Jobi McAnuff, clearance made by Kagisho Dikgacoi.
  • 42:11 Mikele Leigertwood has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 40:25 Shane Long has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 35:19 A cross is delivered by James Vaughan, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:42 Darren Ambrose takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Foul by Dean Moxey on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alex McCarthy.
  • 31:50 Mikele Leigertwood sends in a cross, Patrick McCarthy manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:19 Penalty taken by Darren Ambrose is saved by Alex McCarthy. Crystal Palace 2-1 Reading.
  • 30:44 Steffen Iversen fouled by Alex McCarthy, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 30:44 Booking Booking for Alex McCarthy for unsporting behaviour.
  • 29:41 Patrick McCarthy concedes a Penalty for a foul on Shane Long.
  • 29:41 GOAL - Shane LongCrystal Palace 2 - 1 Reading Shane Long scores a penalty. Crystal Palace 2-1 Reading.
  • 27:01 Jobi McAnuff takes a inswinging corner.
  • 24:14 James Vaughan provided the assist for the goal.
  • 24:14 GOAL - Neil DannsCrystal Palace 2 - 0 Reading Neil Danns gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Crystal Palace 2-0 Reading.
  • 23:01 Patrick McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Long. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 23:01 Booking Booking for Patrick McCarthy for unsporting behaviour.
  • 20:32 Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Jimmy Kebe, blocked by Anthony Gardner. Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte, Headed effort on goal by Noel Hunt from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 20:25 Centre by Jimmy Kebe, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
  • 17:01 Centre by Shaun Cummings, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:03 Noel Hunt fouled by Patrick McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Noel Hunt.
  • 15:28 Jobi McAnuff sends in a cross.
  • 11:36 Shot by Jimmy Kebe.
  • 11:08 Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball, David Wright manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:15 Jobi McAnuff takes a shot. Anthony Gardner gets a block in.
  • 5:51 Mikele Leigertwood crosses the ball, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
  • 4:02 Jimmy Kebe fouled by Kagisho Dikgacoi, the ref awards a free kick. Ivar Ingimarsson takes the direct free kick.
  • 3:40 Neil Danns takes a shot.
  • 3:32 Centre by James Vaughan.
  • 0:39 GOAL - Darren AmbroseCrystal Palace 1 - 0 Reading Darren Ambrose grabs a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crystal Palace 1-0 Reading.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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