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Reading   1 - 0   Burnley

Reading's Gylfi Sigurdsson
Sigurdsson had been a doubt for the match due to a foot injury

By Marc Vesty

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a late winner as Championship Reading beat Burnley to secure a second Premier League scalp and a place in the FA Cup fifth round.

Reading, who beat Liverpool in the third round, were the better side for much of the contest, but saw Grzegorz Rasiak spurn three early chances.

Goalkeeper Adam Federici held off Burnley with two fine saves from Kevin McDonald and David Edgar's header.

And on 87 minutes, Sigurdsson met Andy Griffin's cross to seal victory.

With both sides facing relegation battles in their respective leagues, confidence was in short supply in a dire first half at the Madejski Stadium.

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Only Darlington among England's top four divisions have scored fewer goals at home than Reading this season and the Royals' problems were perfectly summed up by Rasiak, who failed to hit the target with any of his three early chances.

Burnley, though, created even less in the first half and new manager Brian Laws will have been worried by his side's display, especially coming on the back of a 3-0 defeat by Manchester United in his first game in charge.

The game finally sprung into life after half-time when Reading's Simon Church fired in a fierce left-foot volley which Brian Jensen did well to turn around the left post.

Premier League Burnley finally showed some attacking endeavour and were only thwarted by two top-class saves from Federici.

McDonald forced the Australian into a full-stretch save as his low shot from 20 yards looked to be creeping into the bottom corner and Reading's keeper excelled again by clawing away Edgar's header.

Jensen tipped over a header from Matt Mills and captain Ivar Ingimarsson blazed an effort wide as the hosts pressed.

And in front of a disappointing crowd of 12,910, Reading were eventually rewarded for their persistence with just three minutes to go.

Griffin's deep ball found its way through to Sigurdsson, whose first touch took him around the defender and to the edge of the six-yard box and his second touch rolled the ball past Jensen and into the bottom corner.


Reading caretaker manager Brian McDermott: "Gylfi had a couple of other chances before he scored, but his finish for the goal was from the top drawer.

"That is what he has in his locker. We were waiting for him to grow while he was in the Academy. He came over here when he was about 13.

"He is getting bigger and has a real aura around him, especially since he scored that goal against Liverpool, but he is a real down-to-earth lad."

Burnley manager Brian Laws: "We desperately wanted to get through to the next round, and we did not play as well as we are capable of.

"We created a few good chances, with some quality saves from their keeper which kept Reading in the game.

"We knew that if we did not take our chances, we were going to come under some pressure and the disappointing thing is that we were only three minutes from getting our first clean sheet in quite a while."

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Saturday, 23 January 2010

The FA Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Reading 1-0 Burnley FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Sigurdsson 87

    Reading

    • 01 Federici
    • 05 Mills yellow card
    • 16 Ingimarsson yellow card
    • 24 Bertrand
    • 40 Griffin
    • 06 Gunnarsson (Kebe 75)
    • 11 McAnuff
    • 20 Karacan
    • 25 Sigurdsson
    • 18 Church (Long 64)
    • 23 Rasiak (Thorvaldsson 83)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Hamer,
    • 26 Pearce,
    • 04 Cisse,
    • 14 Kebe,
    • 34 Howard,
    • 09 Long,
    • 36 Thorvaldsson

    Burnley

    Substitutes

    Ref: D'UrsoAtt: 12,910
    READING
    BURNLEY

    Possession

    • Reading 51%
    • Burnley 49%

    Attempts on target

    • Reading 8
    • Burnley 5

    Attempts off target

    • Reading 8
    • Burnley 4

    Corners

    • Reading 9
    • Burnley 5

    Fouls

    • Reading 13
    • Burnley 15
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:28 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+4:00 The ball is swung over by Chris Eagles.
    • 90:00+3:46 Chris Eagles decides to take the corner short.
    • 90:00+2:25 Corner taken short by Jobi McAnuff.
    • 90:00+1:02 Shane Long takes a shot. Save made by Brian Jensen.
    • 90:00+0:31 Free kick awarded for a foul by Wade Elliott on Jimmy Kebe. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Bertrand.
    • 89:20 Tyrone Mears produces a cross, clearance by Ryan Bertrand. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Eagles, clearance by Ivar Ingimarsson.
    • 88:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Griffin on Chris Eagles. Chris Eagles produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Jimmy Kebe gets a block in.
    • 86:48 Assist by Andy Griffin.
    • 86:48 GOAL - Gylfi SigurdssonReading 1 - 0 Burnley Gylfi Sigurdsson grabs a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Burnley.
    • 85:42 Unfair challenge on Kevin McDonald by Jem Karacan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brian Jensen.
    • 85:15 Centre by Shane Long, clearance by Graham Alexander.
    • 84:11 Substitution Robbie Blake on for Joey Gudjonsson.
    • 82:53 Substitution Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson is brought on as a substitute for Grzegorz Rasiak.
    • 82:08 Ryan Bertrand takes a shot. Blocked by Tyrone Mears. Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Bertrand, save by Brian Jensen.
    • 81:16 Ivar Ingimarsson takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 80:06 Jobi McAnuff sends in a cross, Joey Gudjonsson manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ryan Bertrand from the right by-line, David Edgar manages to make a clearance. Ryan Bertrand takes the inswinging corner, Michael Duff manages to make a clearance.
    • 80:00 Jimmy Kebe delivers the ball.
    • 79:01 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Eagles on Jem Karacan. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Ryan Bertrand, save by Brian Jensen.
    • 77:53 Unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Kevin McDonald results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Matthew Mills takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Gylfi Sigurdsson to the near post, save made by Brian Jensen.
    • 77:15 The ball is swung over by Grzegorz Rasiak, clearance made by Joey Gudjonsson.
    • 76:45 Foul by David Edgar on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Andy Griffin from right wing.
    • 74:46 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles, David Edgar takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici. Close range shot by Martin Paterson clears the bar.
    • 74:34 Kevin McDonald takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
    • 74:01 Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Jimmy Kebe coming on for Brynjar Gunnarsson.
    • 72:07 The ball is delivered by Grzegorz Rasiak.
    • 71:23 The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:32 The ball is delivered by Ryan Bertrand, Header from close in by Gylfi Sigurdsson misses to the right of the target.
    • 69:55 Booking Ivar Ingimarsson is shown a yellow card.
    • 68:24 Unfair challenge on Chris McCann by Shane Long results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Edgar.
    • 68:13 The ball is delivered by Kevin McDonald, Andy Griffin makes a clearance.
    • 68:08 The ball is swung over by Chris Eagles, clearance made by Matthew Mills.
    • 67:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Paterson by Brynjar Gunnarsson. Graham Alexander takes the free kick.
    • 63:07 Substitution Shane Long comes on in place of Simon Church.
    • 62:00 Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, clearance by Michael Duff.
    • 61:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brynjar Gunnarsson on Graham Alexander. Michael Duff takes the free kick.
    • 60:42 The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Eagles. Ivar Ingimarsson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 59:07 Matthew Mills fouled by Martin Paterson, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Mills takes the free kick.
    • 58:13 Corner taken by Chris Eagles.
    • 57:58 Joey Gudjonsson takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.
    • 56:26 Brynjar Gunnarsson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Joey Gudjonsson from the free kick, Jobi McAnuff gets a block in.
    • 54:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tyrone Mears by Gylfi Sigurdsson. Brian Jensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 53:26 Graham Alexander produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 51:46 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Bertrand, clearance made by Graham Alexander.
    • 51:13 Ivar Ingimarsson fouled by Martin Paterson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 49:11 Chris McCann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Church. Gylfi Sigurdsson shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 47:38 Simon Church takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen. Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Matthew Mills has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
    • 47:16 The referee blows for offside against Wade Elliott. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
    • 45:40 Tyrone Mears produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • 45:01 Substitution Martin Paterson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Thompson.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:17 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+1:51 Kevin McDonald fouled by Brynjar Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Duff restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:59 Foul by Simon Church on Chris McCann, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Graham Alexander.
    • 44:47 Effort on goal by Chris Eagles from inside the box misses to the right of the target.
    • 43:33 Kevin McDonald delivers the ball.
    • 40:07 The assistant referee signals for offside against Grzegorz Rasiak. Brian Jensen takes the free kick.
    • 39:05 Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
    • 39:05 Booking Chris Eagles receives a yellow card.
    • 38:55 Chris Eagles challenges Andy Griffin unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 37:48 Andy Griffin takes the free kick.
    • 37:48 Booking Chris McCann receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 37:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris McCann on Jobi McAnuff.
    • 31:07 Grzegorz Rasiak takes a shot. Save by Brian Jensen.
    • 30:03 Chris Eagles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Griffin. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 28:31 Chris Eagles restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:31 Booking Matthew Mills receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 28:21 Unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Matthew Mills results in a free kick.
    • 25:31 Gylfi Sigurdsson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 22:53 Steven Thompson challenges Matthew Mills unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Mills.
    • 22:11 The ball is swung over by Jobi McAnuff.
    • 21:00 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Brian Jensen makes a save.
    • 18:57 Kevin McDonald challenges Ryan Bertrand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.
    • 18:27 Corner taken by Chris Eagles from the right by-line, Matthew Mills manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:44 Unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Brynjar Gunnarsson results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Graham Alexander, clearance by Matthew Mills.
    • 15:35 A cross is delivered by Kevin McDonald.
    • 14:34 Corner taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson from the left by-line, Steven Thompson makes a clearance.
    • 14:14 Gylfi Sigurdsson takes a shot. Michael Duff gets a block in.
    • 12:06 Grzegorz Rasiak produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 11:43 Joey Gudjonsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Direct free kick taken by Gylfi Sigurdsson.
    • 9:41 Unfair challenge on Joey Gudjonsson by Andy Griffin results in a free kick. David Edgar takes the direct free kick.
    • 9:07 Header from deep inside the area by Grzegorz Rasiak goes over the bar.
    • 7:07 Ryan Bertrand fouled by Steven Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
    • 6:39 The ball is sent over by Ryan Bertrand, save by Brian Jensen.
    • 6:28 Graham Alexander crosses the ball, blocked by Matthew Mills.
    • 5:30 Graham Alexander takes the free kick.
    • 4:45 A cross is delivered by Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ivar Ingimarsson produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 4:21 Wade Elliott concedes a free kick for a foul on Jobi McAnuff. Andy Griffin takes the direct free kick.
    • 3:33 Unfair challenge on Graham Alexander by Grzegorz Rasiak results in a free kick. Michael Duff restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:03 Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson on Chris Eagles, free kick awarded. Chris Eagles crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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