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17 November 2012
• Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 24184
A. Le Fondre 51', 79'
S. Naismith 10'
And that concludes events at the Madejski Stadium, but stay with Goal.com for LIVE updates from Norwich's clash with Manchester United!
So that result sees Reading finally register in the 'win' column for the season, and after Aston Villa's dissection at the hands of Manchester City, the Royals move out of the bottom three. A great day for Brian McDermott, but not for David Moyes, who sees his side overtaken by West Brom in the top four.
Here's a final update from John Stammers at the Madejski Stadium: "Well, well, well, I suspect David Moyes will not be a happy man after that. His Everton side were far the better team in the first half, and did indeed take the lead through Steven Naismith, however after having two pretty convincing penalty shouts turned down they went into the break just the one goal ahead. Then, in a strange second half of football, their fight just seemed to fade as Adam Le Fondre handed Reading their first win of the season with two goals - a superb header and a penalty, which was given. Whether it was deserved or not, I'm not so sure."
FULL TIME: Reading 2-1 Everton
90' + 2'
Barely a minute to play now, and despite their best efforts Everton can't make the most of a corner. Reading are closing in on the victory...
Yellow Card Noel Hunt
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the Madejski.
Jason Roberts, at 34 years of age, is still working in the channels tirelessly for Reading. Can the hosts hold on?
Tabb tries his luck from 20 yards with a volley on his weaker right foot, but the ball fizzes wide. Reading are closing in on a big three points now.
Meanwhile, Le Fondre has come off for Noel Hunt, while Bryan Oviedo and Apostolos Velios have replaced Steven Naismith and Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Adam Le Fondre
More on that penalty from John Stammers: "I don't know how they have done it, but Reading are ahead at the Madejski. Adam Le Fondre is bundled to the ground by Seamus Coleman, with the referee subsequently pointing to the spot. The forward takes the kick himself and sends Tim Howard the wrong way, handing the Royals the lead."
Yellow Card Marouane Fellaini
Penalty Goal Adam Le Fondre
GOAL!!! LE FONDRE GIVES READING THE LEAD!!! Reading could well be on their way to a first Premier League win of the season now.
PENALTY TO READING! Le Fondre attempts to control a cross from the right-hand side, but is bundled over from behind by Coleman. It's a clumsy one to give away and Martin Atkinson has no doubt. Le Fondre to take...
Wonderful tackle by Coleman! Reading break after Baines' second corner and Roberts finds Le Fondre, but the right-back gets across to intercept with a sliding challenge. Superb defending.
Corner for Everton, as Baines' attempted delivery is blocked. The former Wigan man fails to beat the first man, but he gets another chance as the ball flies out of play again.
Fellaini - who has had a quiet game by his standards despite providing Naismith for the opener - makes a crucial header at the back post from yet another Shorey free-kick.
Another chance for Everton and it falls for Hitzlsperger, who with all his quality should really force Federici into a save from 18 yards, but flashes across goal.
Reading go close and it's Le Fondre again. This time the 25-year-old finds space just outside the penalty area central to the goal, but his curling effort drifts wide.
Great chance for Reading! Hitzlsperger has his pocket picked deep in his own half by Roberts. The veteran passes to Le Fondre, but his partner in attack makes it far too easy for Howard to save with a low shot.
Hitzlsperger has a brilliant chance to give Everton the lead once more, but his left-footed drive is blocked well by Morrison. Open game now, this one.
Two excellent tackles in the space of seconds from both sides! Fellaini and Pienaar combined to launch an attack, but Jelavic was denied by a vital stop from Morrison. Reading then counter, but Jagielka races across to deny Le Fondre after a brilliant turn.
Set piece for Reading this time as Robson-Kanu suckers Jagielka into a foul. Shorey's whipped delivery from the left swings onto the head of Le Fondre, but the striker can't test Howard.
Reading are playing with renewed belief now, but they've conceded a corner after Coleman's burst forward. Hitzlsperger takes it from the right, but Jagielka heads over.
Everton immediately come back and after good work from Hitzlsperger and Pienaar, Morrison is forced into a crucial intervention to deny Jelavic the chance to connect with a Baines cross from the left wing.
Assist Nicky Shorey
Goal Adam Le Fondre
GOAL!!! Reading equalise through Le Fondre! Hitzlsperger gives away a free-kick for a foul on Jay Tabb, and Shorey's delivery finds the striker who beats Howard from six yards. 1-1!
Reading have a corner as Steven Pienaar gets himself in a bit of a tangle attempting to clear. Leigertwood is underneath it but as was the case in the first half, the midfielder misses the target.
Heitinga is receiving treatment after a clash with Roberts, so Everton are currently down to 10 men as play goes on.
"Back the boys and make some noise!" urges the Madejski Stadium announcer as we get started again for the second half.
An update at the interval now from John Stammers at the Madejski Stadium: "Given all their domination, and the fact that they have had two good cases for penalties turned down, David Moyes may feel slightly disappointed that his side only lead by one goal. Steven Naismith, who has been a live wire all half, handed them the opener after 10 minutes following some non-existent defending from Reading. Nikica Jelavic, Steven Pienaar and Phil Jagielka have all gone close since then, with Kaspars Gorkss and Sean Morrison both lucky to not concede penalties, but at 1-0 the hosts are still in this tie if they can lift their performance level after the break."
And that's half time, and Everton lead 1-0 against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, but it could have been more.
Corner to Everton in the final moments of the half as Gorkss is forced to head behind, but Federici deals with it and launches a counter. Roberts tries to create an opening, but can't find Le Fondre with his cross.
And of course, after saying that, Reading go close. Shorey's corner finds Leigertwood, but the midfielder heads high and wide.
Everton are really starting to dominate now. Another Baines corner is flicked towards goal by Jagielka, but Jay Tabb clears off the line. Reading will be lucky to get to the interval just one goal down.
Everton should surely have a penalty! Baines' cross is punched into Jelavic's path by Federici, but the striker's drilled effort is blocked by Morrison's outstretched arm, though Martin Atkinson - who is just yards away - says no!
OOH! It should be 2-0 to Everton, but Federici saves from Osman. Reading again failed to convincingly clear a ball forward and Naismith found the midfielder, but his effort after a decent run into the box is kept out.
Thomas 'The Hammer' Hitzlsperger has let his first rasping shot fly, but it's straight at Federici, who parries to Jelavic, but the Croatian is offside.
Here's more from John Stammers at the Madejski Stadium: "Kaspars Gorkss is booked for a very poorly timed sliding tackle on Seamus Coleman, who is still down receiving treatment. The Reading defender, in truth, is lucky to still be on the pitch, taking into account the possible penalty incident earlier in the game."
Yellow Card Kaspars Gorkss
The third yellow card of the half goes to Gorkss, who was late in an attempt to beat Seamus Coleman to a loose ball on the right-hand side. Free-kick to Everton.
Reading try to test Everton with another long, high ball towards the penalty area, but the visitors' back four are equal to it. It's still a fairly balanced game, but Everton look far more dangerous going forward.
Yellow Card Seamus Coleman
Oh dear. A yellow card as soft as they come for Seamus Coleman, who let his frustrations at running out of play get the better of him and kicked the ball away.
Corner for Reading. More trickery from Robson-Kanu, but his cross is blocked. Shorey's corner is cleared and falls to McAnuff, but his effort is fluffed wide from 25 yards.
Yellow Card Jason Roberts
Roberts is the first man into Martin Atkinson's book. Leighton Baines broke out of defence after a Royals attack collapsed, and the striker is yellow carded for pulling the left-back over.
Chance for Everton. Chris Gunter was robbed by Steven Pienaar in the Reading half. The midfielder brought the ball forward as the defence backed off, but the South African blasted wide when he perhaps should have done better.
Naismith was right on the edge of the penalty area there, but was very much inside. The referee and his assistants have got that one wrong.
Everton feel they should have been awarded a penalty, and they're probably right. John Heitinga found Jelavic, who backheeled nicely for Naismith. The former Rangers man was brought down in the box by Kaspars Gorkss, but Martin Atkinson waves away appeals. Replays suggest Gorkss got nothing on the ball there.
Despite their early goal, Everton are far from in control of the early stages. It's a very open game and Reading can at least be encouraged by the chances they've created, even if the defending for the opener left much to be desired.
Reading attack again, this time through Hal Robson-Kanu who crosses in low from the left-hand side, but Jason Roberts can't get a shot away after initially controlling well.
Reading nearly respond immediately. The ball is played forward through the middle, Tim Howard rushes out to clear but doesn't get there as Le Fondre controls, but can't convert from outside the penalty area into an open net. A difficult chance to finish off.
Assist Marouane Fellaini
Goal Steven Naismith
GOAL!!! Steven Naismith opens the scoring, but what was going on with the Reading defence?! After the Royals fail to clear, Nikica Jelavic loops a pass into the air to Fellaini, who chests the ball down before Naismith nips in to poke home from close range. Far too easy!
Free-kick for Everton now, as Baines gets on the ball on the left hand side but goes down under pressure from Mikele Leigertwood. The set piece finds England international Leon Osman, but his shot is comfortable for Federici.
Everton attack again, this time through Steven Pienaar, but Sean Morrison clears under pressure from Marouane Fellaini.
And now Reading have a corner, as Jobi McAnuff's cross from the right hand side cannons off Baines. Adam Le Fondre rises to meet it but can only glance it wide from six yards.
Very good early chances for Everton! Leighton Baines' wicked delivery falls to Phil Jagielka, but his stabbed effort is saved by Adam Federici, before the left-back crosses back into the box, only for an unmarked Nikica Jelavic to volley over from close range.
Reading press early on, but a long ball from John Heitinga is headed behind softly for an Everton corner.
The game kicks off!
One final update from John Stammers prior to kick-off, then: "David Moyes has his Three Lions, Leon Osman, Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, back from their England exerts in Sweden, where they suffered a defeat mainly at the hands of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Though Jason Roberts isn't quite as classy as the PSG striker he can still be very dangerous, and if we witness a goal half as good as his fourth in Stockholm, I'll be happy."
They're out on the pitch at the Madejski Stadium. We're just moments away from kick-off now. Match official Martin Atkinson is ready to get the game started.
John Stammers again: "Andy Williams' 'The Impossible Dream' rings out around the Madejski Stadium as the atmosphere builds; Reading boss Brian McDermott will be hoping, however, that getting their first win of the season does not turn out to be 'unreachable'." Puns galore.
Here's more from John Stammers: "If history is to repeat itself, we're in for a low-scoring affair here at the Madejski, unfortunately, with the last three meetings between Reading and Everton ending 1-0. However, the Toffees have already broken one tradition by starting strongly in the Premier League, while the hosts are in dreadful form as they look to try and escape from the bottom three."
Meanwhile, Reading have only lost one league game at the Madejski Stadium this season, but Brian McDermott is yet to see his side win at home or away this season so far. Could today finally be the day? It will be tough, with the Toffees flying, having lost just once in 11 league outings.
So, a first start for Thomas Hitzlsperger, who joined Everton on a short-term contract after training with the club. The former Germany international provides another goal threat for David Moyes, who has Marouane Fellaini on six league goals, while Nikica Jelavic has scored five.
"Everton boss David Moyes also makes a couple of replacements from their last clash, a 2-1 win at home to Sunderland. Kevin Mirallas misses out with a hamstring injury, while Phil Neville is also out of the squad, meaning Thomas Hitzlsperger and Steven Naismith, who passed a late fitness test, are brought in."
Here's more on those teams from our man John Stammers at the Madejski Stadium: "Brian McDermott makes two changes from the Reading line-up that drew 0-0 with Norwich in their last Premier League fixture - Hal Robson-Kanu and Adam Le Fondre coming in for Garath McCleary and Noel Hunt, with both players dropping to the bench."
Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines; Pienaar, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Naismith; Fellaini; Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Duffy, Vellios, Junior, Kennedy.
Reading: Federici; Gunter, Gorkss, Morrison, Shorey; McAnuff, Tabb, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu; Le Fondre, Roberts. Subs: Taylor, Mariappa, Cummings, Harte, McCleary, Hunt, Pogrebnyak.
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