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April 6, 2013 5:15 PM IST
Madejski Stadium — Reading, Berkshire
Referee:‬ M. Jones‎
Attendance:‬ 24108‎
 
 
 
 
Adam Lallana 72′
Top of the Match
Jay Rodriguez
Jay Rodriguez
Southampton
Artur Boruc
Artur Boruc
Southampton
Flop of the Match
Hope Akpan
Hope Akpan
Reading
Adam Federici
Adam Federici
Reading

Reading 0-2 Southampton: Saints boost survival hopes at expense of old boss Adkins

Strikes either side of the interval from Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana earn Mauricio Pochettino first away win at the club as Royals sink further into the relegation mire

By Josh Clarke

Jay Rodriguez:Southampton,Adrian Mariappa,Jem Karacan:Reading
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Reading remain anchored to the foot of the Premier League table after being defeated 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium by fellow strugglers Southampton.

Jay Rodriguez’s opportunistic strike gave the Saints a first-half lead and Adam Lallana struck after the interval to condemn a dejected-looking Royals side to a home loss.

Adkins was able to recall fit-again Adam Federici for his first home game in charge of Reading, while both managers opted for a change of attacking personnel, with Adam Le Fondre replacing Pavel Pogrebnyak for the hosts and Gaston Ramirez getting the nod ahead of Jason Puncheon for Southampton.

After a cagey start punctuated solely by Sean Morrison’s powerful header over Artur Boruc’s bar, the Saints gradually began to exert their influence, with Ramirez firing over from 20 yards before nearly prising open the home side’s back four with a cute back-heeled pass.

However, a moment of comedy Southampton defending presented Le Fondre with a golden opportunity to put Reading one up, though, after the ball dropped to him just outside the six-yard box, he could only fire wastefully over with his left foot.

That incident proved the catalyst for a flurry of Reading attacks and in quick succession, Hal Robson-Kanu was denied a penalty after going down under a Jos Hooiveld challenge and Boruc smartly kept out Adrian Marippa’s goal-bound header.

The home side were made to rue their inability to capitalise on their pressure, though, as a rogue Saints foray forward ended with Rodriguez chasing down Rickie Lambert’s through pass and bundling past Federici’s soft challenge to put the visitors ahead.

The goal signalled Southampton’s ascendancy and before the interval they twice went close again, as Rodriguez rattled the bar and Ramirez skewed wide after Federici palmed the goalscorer’s one-on-one effort straight into the path of the Uruguayan. 

Southampton periodically threatened to extend their lead after the break yet Steven Davis spurned a fine opportunity after he was unable to match the quality of Lambert’s exquisite through-ball, firing straight at Federici.

As the match seemed destined to run away from Reading, Rodriguez fizzed a ball across the box that narrowly evaded Lambert’s late run into the six-yard area, while Morgan Schneiderlin miscued from a similar scenario from the opposite side.

A crucial Morrison interception thwarted Rodriguez’s attempts to bare down on goal, though the Reading centre-half was unable to prevent Lallana doubling Southampton's lead in the 72nd minute, as the substitute strode on to Rodriguez's to coolly slot past Federici.

An unlikely response from the home side was quick to materialise with the Majedski faithful incredulous that the referee's assistant failed to award Reading a goal after Boruc appeared to cross his own goal-line after collecting Le Fondre's flicked header. 

Davis was again denied by Morrison and Guly do Prado missed a prime chance to make it 3-0 in injury time as the home side's status as a Premier League outfit took another step toward extinction.



Reading

1
Adam Federici
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
Chris Gunter
Defender
3.00
3
Adrian Mariappa
Defender
2.50
15
Sean Morrison
Defender
2.50
2
Stephen Kelly
Defender
2.50
20
Jem Karacan
Midfielder
2.00
11
Jobi McAnuff
Midfielder
2.00
19
2.50
35
Danny Guthrie
Midfielder
62′
2.50
39
Hope Akpan
Midfielder
46′ 47′
2.00
9
3.00

Southampton

3.00
31
Artur Boruc
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
2.50
3
3.00
26
3.00
23
Luke Shaw
Defender
3.00
4
2.50
8
Steven Davis
Midfielder
89′
2.00
10
G. Ramírez
Midfielder
63′
2.50
18
Jack Cork
Midfielder
3.00
7
3.50
9

Substitutes

21
Alex McCarthy
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
Alex Pearce
Defender
 - 
23
Ian Harte
Defender
 - 
8
2.50
12
2.50
29
 - 
10
Noel Hunt
Striker
74′
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
1
Kelvin Davis
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
 - 
13
Daniel Fox
Defender
 - 
16
3.00
20
Adam Lallana
Midfielder
63′ 72′
 - 
21
 - 
13
Jason Puncheon
Midfielder

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18 6
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Striker
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15 2
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Striker
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15 0