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2 March 2013
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 35244
M. Fellaini 42'
S. Pienaar 59'
K. Mirallas 66'
H. Robson-Kanu 84'
Shots on Target
Even when Moyes switched up the front line with Anichebe leading, the players continued to thrive and create threatening chances. McDermott's men could not handle the tenacity of the hosts and were opened up throughout the match.
Everton manage their first win in four in the Premier League at the expense of Reading who suffer their third defeat in row. David Moyes got his tactics spot on with all the attacking players linking up well along with his defence doing well to stomp out most of the Royal's attacks.
The referee blows for full time to a loud cheer from the home fans!
90' + 1'
Everton pass the ball along the defence and the midfield in an attempt to see out the last few minutes as there looks to be no way back for the visitors this time.
Everton break from Reading's attempt of catching up as Jelavic charges forward, the striker is however unable to take advantage as Reading win the ball on the edge of their box.
Anichebe was very close with an answer back to Reading's goal but his sliding shot is cleared off the line to the delight of Taylor
Assist Ian Harte
Good goal from Reading with a calm finish from Robson-Kanu who meets Harte's sweeping cross with a hard head past Mucha.
The departure of Pienaar is met with a round of applause from the home fans as teh goalscorer makes way for Thomas Hitzlsperger.
McAnuff breaks down the left but he is forced wide and the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
The game drifts into a quiet period as Everton are comfortable and Reading don't seem to be seeking any spectacular comebacks.
Victor Anichebe comes on for Leon Osman as David Moyes varies his attack to give his long-serving man some playing time.
Great chance for Everton to make it 4-0 as Gibson thumps the ball from 25 yards but his shot flys past the outside of the post.
The game must be set now as Mucha does well to handle McAnuff's response to build another Everton approach.
Mirallas hits home Everton's third with a calm and purposeful link up with his Pienaar after taking his through ball to storm forward from the left to curl it into the far corner.
Penalty shout for Reading as Distin handles Le Fondre's cross, but the referee dismissed the call and the visitors have to settle for a corner.
Kevin Mirallas nearly makes it three for Everton as the Belgian strides forward but hits just past the post.
Fantastic strike from Pienaar! The midfielder stormed forward as Ian Harte backed off to allow him to cut in and hit the ball sweetly with his left foot to rocket past Taylor.
Reading head to the other side of the pitch to win a corner but Heitinga heads the ball clear to prevent an equaliser for the visitors.
Amazing series of chances for Everton! Coleman hits another great cross in, which is dealt nervously by Reading as the ball falls to Jelavic but can't get enough on it and a scramble follows as Fellaini also misses but Taylor does juts enough to clear.
Good momentum for Reading, who are showing more urgency but still lack the cutting edge to break through the Everton defence.
We have news from Everton that indicates that Phil Jagielka has been taking to hospital to have stitches on a cut to his ankle
Reading get the game back underway!
The hosts have been linking up well as they put the pressure on the Royals, Baines and Mirallas have storming down the left while Coleman and Gibson have been feeding off each other on the right. Fellaini has been playing some nice short play with Jelavic in the middle to create a strong core for the team.
An attacking first half in Merseyside with both teams eager to break deadlock. Everton were slighlty more effective in their approach and finally found the back of the net through Fellaini who has been at the heart of most of his side's creativity throughout the 45 minutes.
The referee blows the whistle for half time following Everton's wasted corner to the delight of the visiting fans.
Fellaini with a hard hit cross that swerved and dipped towards Taylor's goal but the former Arsenal keeper is alert and just knocks the ball over.
Yellow CardSeamus Coleman
Fellaini with a trademark header, Coleman strides down the right and crosses the ball delightfully for the attacking midfielder to cushion the ball into the visitor's net!
Another worry for McDermott as Noel Hunt is brought down by Fellaini. The striker struggled to get back to his feet and is helped out to the sidelines.
Darron Gibson looks strong in midfield, the former Manchester United man is dictating the game with passes left, right and forward to aid each attack for his team.
Mirallas hoodwinks Kelly to cut in just outside the box and hits the ball sweet with a great attempt and forces a good save from Taylor.
Mariappa clears McAnuff's cross for a throw in as Everton pile on the pressure on the visitors.
Long ball through to Jelavic who hits the ball straight to Taylor, what a chance for the Toffees!
The game has slowed down a notch after a fast start. The opponents are trying to break through with long balls but the defenders are on their top game today.
Pienaar squares the ball for Baines but his cross is hit awkwardly and rolls out for a goal-kick.
Adam Le Fondre shatters the crossbar, Everton are very lucky that they are not 1-0 down as the woodwork is still shaking.
Reading with a corner, allowing for Hal Robson-Kanu to replace the injured Kebe.
Mucha does just enough to stop Kebe's attack but the Reading forward takes a knock and is taken to the side by his physios.
Good defending from Leighton Baines to halt a Reading attack and play it straight to Fellaini for an attack but the midfielder gives it away to Taylor.
Mucha deals with a reading free kick, the replacement keeper looks strong and composed as he catches Ian Harte's shot with ease.
Reading's turn for an attack with Jimmy Kebe attempting a 20-yard effort, which ends up for a goal kick.
Yellow CardAdam Le Fondre
Bad news for Everton, though, as Jagielka picks up an early injury and is taken off for John Heitinga.
Kevin Mirallas with another good early chance for the hosts as he crosses from the right to the back post, where Steven Pienaar who plays it for Jelavic but he snatches at the chance.
Bright start for Everton as Jelavic just mis-timed his header to go wide of the Reading reserve keeper.
The players make their way on to the pitch at Goodison Park.
Everton will be eager to notch 3 points from this game afte only winning one in their last three. Brian McDermott will however vouch for a result after being on the end of two consecutive losses.
Both sides are missing their first choice goalkeepers with Jan Mucha starting for the hosts in place of injured Tim Howard and Stuart Taylor making his first outing since 2010. Both sides will be looking to take advantage of the irregular shot-stoppers.
Reading starting XI: Taylor, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte; McAnuff, Akpan, Leigertwood, Kebe, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs: Henly, Gunter, Morrison, McCleary, Karacan, Robson-Kanu, Blackman.
Everton starting XI: Mucha, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Gibson, Osman, Mirallas, Fellaini, Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs: Springthorpe, Heitinga, Neville, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Anichebe.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Everton and Reading. My name is Sumit Rehal and I'll be taking you through the action from Goodison Park!
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