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9 March 2013
• Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
Referee: J. Moss
• Attendance: 24102
N. Baker 32' (own goal)
C. Benteke 33'
G. Agbonlahor 45'
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FULL TIME: Reading 1-2 Aston Villa - A valuable win for Aston Villa who move out of the bottom three. As for Reading they remain second from bottom and have Arsenal and Manchester United away up next.
90' + 2'
Ninety seconds left and Villa have the ball in Reading's half, it looks all but game over...
90' + 1'
Reading free-kick just inside the Villa half is lofted into the box. Tangled legs between Nick Blackman and N'Zogbia result in desperate penalty appeals - Referee waves them away.
Confirmed, there is four minutes of added time - Reading need to think quick. Aston Villa are four minutes away from moving out of the relegation zone!
Four minutes of additional time we hear!
... and N'Zogbia sends the ball over with a poor attempt.
Yellow Card Jobi McAnuff
Jobi McAnuff gives away a silly free-kick on the edge of his own box, also receives a booking in the process.
N'Zogbia and Agbonlahor stand over the free-kick...
Aston Villa's last away win came at Liverpool before Christmas, this will be a priceless win should they hold on.
Hal Robson-Kanu send the ball just wide of the left hand post with a neat effort from the edge of the box.
Yellow Card Ashley Westwood
Yellow card for Villa's Ashley Westwood
Six minutes of normal time remaining, Reading really need to start pushing everyone forward.
Charles N'Zogbia skies a shot well over in the box after some great play by Christian Benteke who has been superb this afternoon.
Reading Substitute: Mikele Leigertwood OFF Danny Guthrie ON
Aston Villa Substitute: Nathan Baker OFF Joe Bennett ON
Great play down the right hand side from Jobi McAnuff who has been Reading's stand out player by far, but cross is easily dealt with by Brad Guzan.
Gabby Agbonlahor inches away from making it 3-1 and game over, but still the scores remain 2-1.
Another shot on target from Reading, but another easy save for Brad Guzan.
Reading really need to push forward for a goal if they are to mount a come back.
Aston Villa substitute: Barry Bannan OFF Charles N'Zogbia ON
McAnuff finds Nick Blackman unmarked at the far post who heads right into Brad Guzan's arms.
Yellow Card Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke receives a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Stephen Kelly.
Golden opportunity for Reading to equalise. Hal Robson-Kanu fires wides from six yards with only the 'keeper to beat.
Reading 43% - 57% Aston Villa - Possession just over the hour mark
This season Reading have let 20 points slip from winning positions, this the second worst in the Premier League behind Southampton.
Aston Villa seem to be taking control of the game. Keeping hold of the ball and dictating the tempo.
Nick Blackman gets a little over excited after coming on and kicks his standing leg instead of the ball.
Further to the disallowed goal and the booking, Noel Hunt is replaced by Nick Blackman.
Gareth McCleary enters the field in place of Hope Akpan.
Yellow Card Noel Hunt
Noel Hunt booked for his protests.
Disallowed goal for Reading! Noel Hunt offside as the ball was played in - Great decision from the linesman.
Aston Villa's Sylla fires inches over the bar from the edge of the area, that would've been some goal!
Following this game, Reading have away trips to Manchester United and Arsenal - as said previously, this is a must win.
Fantastic tackle from Reading's Alex Pearce on Villa's Andreas Weimann as he looks to pull the trigger!
The second half is underway, no changes to either side.
HALF TIME: Reading 1 - 2 Aston Villa - A fast paced game that was almost end-to-end for the entire 45 minutes. For both teams this is a must win so expect more goals.
Goal Gabriel Agbonlahor
GOAL! Reading 1-2 Aston Villa - Gabby Agbonlahor!
Agbonlahor's fourth goal of the season
Barry Bannan strikes the post and Agbonlahor is there to rifle the ball into the top corner!
Reading with 10 men behind the ball and making it hard for Villa to break down
A chance for Villa's Barry Bannan is scuffed wide on his weaker foot.
The game has again dropped in pace, which will suit both sides after a frantic 10 minutes or so.
Certainly more goals to come in this game, defending is of the lowest quality.
Assist Andreas Weimann
Goal Christian Benteke
GOAL! Reading 1-1 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke
Straight from the kick off Aston Villa attack and with a lucky deflection equalises!
Own Goal Nathan Baker
GOAL! Reading 1-0 Aston Villa - Nathan Baker own goal
Fantastic play from Jobi McAnuff on the left hand side and a low cross catches Nathan Baker flat footed who guides it into his own net.
Another Reading attack comes to nothing after some great build up play
Lazy defending from Reading allows Weimann time in the box who scuffs the ball past the right hand post.
Aston Villa free kick easily dealt with by Reading's 'keeper Stuart Taylor - Although clatters Villa's Nathan Baker, he's back on his feet.
Aston Villa appeal for a penalty as Benteke has his shirt tugged by Reading's Alex Pearce. Referee waves it away.
Aston Villa are finding it hard to break down a solid Reading back four.
Hal Robson-Kanu with a chance for Reading but sends it just past the post.
Free kick to Villa is wasted as it's knocked too long. Again, game has slowed down and is very scrappy.
Some sloppy passing from both teams at present, no chances.
Again Benteke inches away from making contact for a certain goal. The game has picked up again and it's end-to-end stuff!
Chance! Aston Villa's Benteke smashes the ball against the Reading bar! Remains 0-0.
Yellow Card Matthew Lowton
First card of the game goes to Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton for a poor challenge, Free-kick for Reading.
Aston Villa have now settled and the game has calmed down after a lively start
Reading with yet another attack, Reading corner. Lively start at the Madjeski!
Chance! Adam Le Fondre header, easily saved by Villa's Brad Guzan.
We are off! Reading vs Aston Villa underway!
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Reading v Aston Villa. It promises to be a real relegation dog fight with this a must win for both sides!
Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Baker, Weimann, Bannan, Westwood, Sylla, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Given, N'Zogbia, Holman, Bowery, Dawkins, Bennett, Carruthers.
Reading: Taylor, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Robson-Kanu, Akpan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs: Henly, Shorey, Karacan, McCleary, Morrison, Guthrie, Blackman.
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