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Premier League

  • 9 March 2013
  • • 20:30
  • • Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire
  • Referee: J. Moss
  • • Attendance: 24102

Live Commentary

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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.
  • 90'
    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!
  • 90'
    Four minutes of additional time we hear!
  • 88'
    ... and N'Zogbia sends the ball over with a poor attempt.
  • 87'
    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.
  • 87'
    N'Zogbia and Agbonlahor stand over the free-kick...
  • 86'
    Aston Villa's last away win came at Liverpool before Christmas, this will be a priceless win should they hold on.
  • 86'
    Hal Robson-Kanu send the ball just wide of the left hand post with a neat effort from the edge of the box.
  • 85'
    Yellow Card Ashley Westwood
    Yellow card for Villa's Ashley Westwood
  • 84'
    Six minutes of normal time remaining, Reading really need to start pushing everyone forward.
  • 82'
    Charles N'Zogbia skies a shot well over in the box after some great play by Christian Benteke who has been superb this afternoon.
  • 81'
    SubstitutionMikele Leigertwood Danny Guthrie
    Reading Substitute: Mikele Leigertwood OFF Danny Guthrie ON
  • 80'
    SubstitutionNathan Baker Joseph Bennett
    Aston Villa Substitute: Nathan Baker OFF Joe Bennett ON
  • 78'
    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.
  • 75'
    Gabby Agbonlahor inches away from making it 3-1 and game over, but still the scores remain 2-1.
  • 74'
    Another shot on target from Reading, but another easy save for Brad Guzan.
  • 73'
    Reading really need to push forward for a goal if they are to mount a come back.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionBarry Bannan Charles N'Zogbia
    Aston Villa substitute: Barry Bannan OFF Charles N'Zogbia ON
  • 68'
    McAnuff finds Nick Blackman unmarked at the far post who heads right into Brad Guzan's arms.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Christian Benteke
    Christian Benteke receives a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Stephen Kelly.
  • 65'
    Golden opportunity for Reading to equalise. Hal Robson-Kanu fires wides from six yards with only the 'keeper to beat.
  • 63'
    Reading 43% - 57% Aston Villa - Possession just over the hour mark
  • 62'
    This season Reading have let 20 points slip from winning positions, this the second worst in the Premier League behind Southampton.
  • 61'
    Aston Villa seem to be taking control of the game. Keeping hold of the ball and dictating the tempo.
  • 60'
    Nick Blackman gets a little over excited after coming on and kicks his standing leg instead of the ball.
  • 56'
    SubstitutionNoel Hunt Nick Blackman
    Further to the disallowed goal and the booking, Noel Hunt is replaced by Nick Blackman.
  • 55'
    SubstitutionHope Akpan Garath McCleary
    Gareth McCleary enters the field in place of Hope Akpan.
  • 55'
    Yellow Card Noel Hunt
    Noel Hunt booked for his protests.
  • 53'
    Disallowed goal for Reading! Noel Hunt offside as the ball was played in - Great decision from the linesman.
  • 52'
    Aston Villa's Sylla fires inches over the bar from the edge of the area, that would've been some goal!
  • 51'
    Following this game, Reading have away trips to Manchester United and Arsenal - as said previously, this is a must win.
  • 48'
    Fantastic tackle from Reading's Alex Pearce on Villa's Andreas Weimann as he looks to pull the trigger!
  • 46'
    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.
  • 45'
    Goal Gabriel Agbonlahor
    GOAL! Reading 1-2 Aston Villa - Gabby Agbonlahor!
  • 45'
    Agbonlahor's fourth goal of the season
  • 45'
    Barry Bannan strikes the post and Agbonlahor is there to rifle the ball into the top corner!
  • 44'
    Reading with 10 men behind the ball and making it hard for Villa to break down
  • 42'
    A chance for Villa's Barry Bannan is scuffed wide on his weaker foot.
  • 40'
    The game has again dropped in pace, which will suit both sides after a frantic 10 minutes or so.
  • 37'
    Certainly more goals to come in this game, defending is of the lowest quality.
  • 33'
    Assist Andreas Weimann
  • 33'
    Goal Christian Benteke
    GOAL! Reading 1-1 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke
  • 33'
    Straight from the kick off Aston Villa attack and with a lucky deflection equalises!
  • 32'
    Own Goal Nathan Baker
    GOAL! Reading 1-0 Aston Villa - Nathan Baker own goal
  • 32'
    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.
  • 30'
    Another Reading attack comes to nothing after some great build up play
  • 26'
    Lazy defending from Reading allows Weimann time in the box who scuffs the ball past the right hand post.
  • 23'
    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.
  • 21'
    Aston Villa appeal for a penalty as Benteke has his shirt tugged by Reading's Alex Pearce. Referee waves it away.
  • 21'
    Aston Villa are finding it hard to break down a solid Reading back four.
  • 19'
    Hal Robson-Kanu with a chance for Reading but sends it just past the post.
  • 18'
    Free kick to Villa is wasted as it's knocked too long. Again, game has slowed down and is very scrappy.
  • 17'
    Some sloppy passing from both teams at present, no chances.
  • 12'
    Again Benteke inches away from making contact for a certain goal. The game has picked up again and it's end-to-end stuff!
  • 11'
    Chance! Aston Villa's Benteke smashes the ball against the Reading bar! Remains 0-0.
  • 10'
    Yellow Card Matthew Lowton
    First card of the game goes to Aston Villa's Matthew Lowton for a poor challenge, Free-kick for Reading.
  • 6'
    Aston Villa have now settled and the game has calmed down after a lively start
  • 2'
    Reading with yet another attack, Reading corner. Lively start at the Madjeski!
  • 1'
    Chance! Adam Le Fondre header, easily saved by Villa's Brad Guzan.
  • 1'
    We are off! Reading vs Aston Villa underway!
  • Good afternoon and welcome to'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.