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Reading   5 - 2   Middlesbrough

Reading 5 - 2 Middlesbrough

Reading 5 - 2 Middlesbrough

Ian Harte and Shane Long both scored twice as Reading beat Middlesbrough.

Hal Robson-Kanu converted Jimmy Kebe's cross and before Leroy Lita equalised from close range.

Harte scored his first from a free-kick, netted his second from another dead ball situation before he set up Long to tap in.

Long all but sealed victory after bursting through on goal and sliding home before Lita scored from the spot after he was fouled by Matt Mills.

Jason Steele kept the score down when he somehow managed to tip Noel Hunt's close-range volley round the post.

Kebe could have scored but he fired wide after rounding keeper Steele.

Victory moves the FA Cup quarter-finalists to 10th and they are now unbeaten in the league to six matches.

Boro remain only three points above the drop-zone.


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Saturday, 5 March 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Reading 5-2 Middlesbrough FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Robson-Kanu 14
  • Harte 35
  • Harte 48
  • Long 53
  • Long 68
  • Lita 29
  • Lita (pen) 72

Reading

  • 41 McCarthy
  • 05 Mills
  • 15 Khizanishvili
  • 23 Harte
  • 06 Gunnarsson
  • 07 Tabb
  • 08 Leigertwood yellow card
  • 14 Kebe (Antonio 82)
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 09 Long (Church 69)
  • 10 Hunt (Manset 86)

Substitutes

  • 31 Andersen,
  • 28 Morrison,
  • 04 Karacan,
  • 17 Antonio,
  • 20 Howard,
  • 18 Church,
  • 45 Manset

Middlesbrough

  • 30 Steele (Ripley 40)
  • 23 Grounds
  • 27 Bennett
  • 29 McMahon
  • 32 Emnes
  • 05 Zemmama (Boyd 46)
  • 10 Bailey yellow card
  • 17 Robson (Williams 60)
  • 26 Taylor
  • 15 Lita
  • 24 Hines

Substitutes

  • 39 Ripley,
  • 03 Haas,
  • 25 Williams,
  • 19 Halliday,
  • 33 Smallwood,
  • 09 Boyd,
  • 11 Kink
Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 18,568
READING
MIDDLESBROUGH

Possession

  • Reading 56%
  • Middlesbrough 44%

Attempts on target

  • Reading 13
  • Middlesbrough 3

Attempts off target

  • Reading 4
  • Middlesbrough 2

Corners

  • Reading 11
  • Middlesbrough 1

Fouls

  • Reading 20
  • Middlesbrough 15
  • Final Result
  • 94:21 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:59 Foul by Nicky Bailey on Hal Robson-Kanu, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Hal Robson-Kanu.
  • 90:00+3:34 Foul by Rhys Williams on Jay Tabb, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 90:00+2:22 Foul by Michail Antonio on Tony McMahon, free kick awarded. Connor Ripley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:10 Hal Robson-Kanu fouled by Nicky Bailey, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte, Tony McMahon gets a block in. Corner taken by Ian Harte, Tony McMahon makes a clearance.
  • 88:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathieu Manset on Tony McMahon. Connor Ripley takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:40 Hal Robson-Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Grounds. Connor Ripley takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:00 Simon Church fouled by Jonathan Grounds, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Connor Ripley makes a save.
  • 86:00 Substitution Mathieu Manset joins the action as a substitute, replacing Noel Hunt.
  • 85:25 The offside flag is raised against Simon Church. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.
  • 82:38 Foul by Jay Tabb on Joe Bennett, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Tony McMahon from the free kick, blocked by Noel Hunt.
  • 81:13 Leroy Lita produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 81:13 Substitution Michail Antonio comes on in place of Jimmy Kebe.
  • 79:05 Simon Church takes a shot. Save by Connor Ripley.
  • 77:23 Shot from 18 yards by Simon Church. Seb Hines gets a block in.
  • 76:44 Joe Bennett produces a cross, clearance by Zurab Khizanishvili.
  • 75:20 Handball decision goes against Simon Church. Connor Ripley takes the free kick.
  • 74:52 Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Blocked by Rhys Williams.
  • 73:50 Jimmy Kebe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett. Connor Ripley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 71:48 Matt Mills challenges Leroy Lita unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
  • 71:48 GOAL - Leroy LitaReading 5 - 2 Middlesbrough Penalty scored by Leroy Lita. Reading 5-2 Middlesbrough.
  • 69:44 Jimmy Kebe has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Jonathan Grounds gets a block in.
  • 68:42 Substitution Simon Church is brought on as a substitute for Shane Long.
  • 67:28 Assist by Jay Tabb.
  • 67:28 GOAL - Shane LongReading 5 - 1 Middlesbrough A goal is scored by Shane Long from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 5-1 Middlesbrough.
  • 66:44 The ball is crossed by Jimmy Kebe, Hal Robson-Kanu produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
  • 65:32 Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save made by Connor Ripley.
  • 64:35 Shane Long fouled by Rhys Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Mills takes the free kick.
  • 64:28 Tony McMahon crosses the ball, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:44 The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon, Brynjar Gunnarsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:37 The ball is delivered by Marvin Emnes, Mikele Leigertwood manages to make a clearance.
  • 63:16 Zurab Khizanishvili concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Boyd. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Williams.
  • 62:57 Shot by Kris Boyd from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 61:57 Unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Andrew Taylor takes the direct free kick.
  • 61:31 Tony McMahon delivers the ball, save by Alex McCarthy.
  • 60:10 Effort from inside the area by Hal Robson-Kanu misses to the left of the goal.
  • 59:40 Andrew Taylor fouled by Jimmy Kebe, the ref awards a free kick. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.
  • 59:40 Substitution Rhys Williams comes on in place of Barry Robson.
  • 58:00 Ian Harte takes the outswinging corner, Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Blocked by Seb Hines.
  • 57:43 Barry Robson produces a cross, Matt Mills manages to make a clearance.
  • 56:17 Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Emnes. Free kick taken by Connor Ripley.
  • 54:40 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ian Harte, save made by Connor Ripley.
  • 54:05 Noel Hunt is caught offside. Free kick taken by Connor Ripley.
  • 52:46 The assist for the goal came from Brynjar Gunnarsson.
  • 52:46 GOAL - Shane LongReading 4 - 1 Middlesbrough Shane Long finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Reading 4-1 Middlesbrough.
  • 51:56 Foul by Brynjar Gunnarsson on Joe Bennett, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joe Bennett.
  • 49:35 Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Seb Hines results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance by Seb Hines. Ian Harte takes the inswinging corner, Nicky Bailey manages to make a clearance. Ian Harte delivers a pass corner to short.
  • 49:13 Barry Robson fouled by Jay Tabb, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Bailey takes the free kick.
  • 48:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leroy Lita by Zurab Khizanishvili. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick. The referee blows for offside. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.
  • 47:14 Unfair challenge on Brynjar Gunnarsson by Andrew Taylor results in a free kick.
  • 47:14 GOAL - Ian HarteReading 3 - 1 Middlesbrough Ian Harte gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 3-1 Middlesbrough.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Merouane Zemmama leaves the field to be replaced by Kris Boyd.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:03 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+3:33 The ball is swung over by Brynjar Gunnarsson, Connor Ripley makes a save.
  • 45:00+1:02 The official flags Marvin Emnes offside. Alex McCarthy takes the free kick.
  • 44:31 Centre by Joe Bennett, clearance by Ian Harte.
  • 42:14 Jay Tabb fouled by Nicky Bailey, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:38 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Zurab Khizanishvili.
  • 39:04 Substitution Connor Ripley comes on in place of Jason Steele.
  • 36:13 Noel Hunt has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 34:15 Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Nicky Bailey results in a free kick.
  • 34:15 GOAL - Ian HarteReading 2 - 1 Middlesbrough A goal is scored by Ian Harte from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 2-1 Middlesbrough.
  • 32:52 Booking Nicky Bailey is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 31:33 Centre by Hal Robson-Kanu, clearance made by Joe Bennett.
  • 28:11 GOAL - Leroy LitaReading 1 - 1 Middlesbrough Leroy Lita finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Reading 1-1 Middlesbrough.
  • 27:56 Foul by Noel Hunt on Nicky Bailey, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.
  • 26:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Barry Robson. Barry Robson takes the direct free kick.
  • 26:49 Booking Mikele Leigertwood booked.
  • 24:43 Unfair challenge on Merouane Zemmama by Mikele Leigertwood results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Joe Bennett from left wing.
  • 23:39 Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, save by Alex McCarthy.
  • 20:26 Noel Hunt takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele. Corner from the right by-line taken by Ian Harte, Tony McMahon makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Ian Harte, clearance by Leroy Lita.
  • 18:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Robson on Jimmy Kebe. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:15 Foul by Zurab Khizanishvili on Leroy Lita, free kick awarded. Barry Robson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Alex McCarthy.
  • 16:11 Jonathan Grounds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Noel Hunt. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Joe Bennett. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ian Harte from right wing, clearance by Joe Bennett.
  • 14:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seb Hines by Noel Hunt. Seb Hines takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:18 Assist by Jimmy Kebe.
  • 13:18 GOAL - Hal Robson-KanuReading 1 - 0 Middlesbrough Hal Robson-Kanu finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Reading 1-0 Middlesbrough.
  • 12:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Robson on Shane Long. Ian Harte restarts play with the free kick.
  • 11:14 Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, blocked by Joe Bennett. Corner taken by Ian Harte.
  • 10:49 Mikele Leigertwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Taylor. Free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.
  • 10:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Hal Robson-Kanu. Direct free kick taken by Jason Steele.
  • 9:27 Brynjar Gunnarsson delivers the ball, clearance made by Tony McMahon. Corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line, Leroy Lita manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:10 Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.
  • 7:39 The ball is delivered by Noel Hunt.
  • 7:00 Marvin Emnes concedes a free kick for a foul on Hal Robson-Kanu. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:38 Corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.
  • 5:02 Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele. Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Leroy Lita makes a clearance.
  • 4:15 Tony McMahon challenges Hal Robson-Kanu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 4:07 Hal Robson-Kanu produces a cross, Jonathan Grounds manages to make a clearance.
  • 3:07 The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon, Zurab Khizanishvili manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:41 Hal Robson-Kanu is ruled offside. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 5 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 35 37 70
2 Swansea 35 17 62
3 Cardiff 35 15 61
4 Norwich 35 12 60
5 Nott'm Forest 35 15 59
6 Leeds 35 10 57
7 Burnley 33 11 53
8 Hull 35 4 52
9 Leicester 35 -1 52
10 Reading 35 15 51
11 Portsmouth 35 2 50
12 Watford 34 9 49
13 Millwall 35 6 47
14 Ipswich 34 2 45
15 Bristol City 35 -5 44
16 Barnsley 35 -11 43
17 Doncaster 35 -17 42
18 Derby 35 -5 40
19 Coventry 34 -7 40
20 Middlesbrough 34 -10 37
21 Crystal Palace 35 -22 35
22 Scunthorpe 34 -26 34
23 Sheff Utd 35 -25 29
24 Preston 34 -26 25