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December 29, 2012 11:00 PM SGT
Madejski Stadium — Reading, Berkshire
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 24183‎
 
Top of the Match
Alex Pearce
Alex Pearce
Reading
Adam Federici
Adam Federici
Reading
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James Collins
James Collins
West Ham United
James Tomkins
James Tomkins
West Ham United

Reading 1-0 West Ham: Early Pogrebnyak strike enough for priceless win

A costly error by Hammers' defender James Collins allowed the hosts to open the scoring inside five minutes, and they were made to pay for the mistake as the Royals held firm

By John Stammers at the Madejski Stadium

Pavel Pogrebnyak
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Reading recorded three vital points in their search to escape a Premier League relegation scrap by beating West Ham at the Madejski Stadium.

James Collins' scuffed pass back allowed Pavel Pogrebnyak to give the hosts the lead early on, but the game failed to take off for the remainder of the first period. Things were much the same after the break, with the Hammers unable to find an answer and the home side holding on.

Both sides were unchanged from their respecting Boxing Day clashes, Pogrebnyak continuing as the lone striker for Reading while Carton Cole was available for the visitors after the red card received against Everton was rescinded. The Hammers also welcomed Ricardo Vaz Te back with a place on the bench.

Just five minutes into the game Hammers' defender Collins was caught red-faced when he tried to simply knock the ball back to Jussi Jaaskelainen. However, he ended up assisting Royals' forward Pogrebnyak with a terrible error, his back-pass hitting his other foot before playing the Russian in for a simple finish.

The Hammers managed to get a bit of a foothold in the game thereafter and conjured up a decent chance when Kevin Nolan crossed from the left, Winston Reid's header denied only by a fantastic reflex save by Adam Federici.

However, the clash then became very scrappy with niggling fouls and mis-placed passes taking over and, in part due to the quality of Reading's defending, there were no other real chances of note before the break.

The second half began much like the first ended, with neither side able to cut through the other's defence. Cole had a half-chance for the visitors but but his header flew over, while the lively Matthew Jarvis had a strike blocked by Alex Pearce.

With the Hammers looking slightly the better side, and almost pulling one back through substitute Jack Collison, the Royals then nearly doubled their lead through Jem Karacan, the midfielder slamming an effort against the crossbar before Jimmy Kebe's follow up went wide.

Despite some minor pressure late on, and Vaz Te missing an open goal with a free header from all of six yards, McDermott's men proceeded to hold on to the vital win that will give them a much-needed boost in the race for survival.


Reading

1
Adam Federici
Goalkeeper
4.00
2
Chris Gunter
Defender
2.50
26
Alex Pearce
Defender
61′
4.00
3
Adrian Mariappa
Defender
3.00
23
Ian Harte
Defender
79′
3.00
20
Jem Karacan
Midfielder
3.00
8
Mikele Leigertwood
Midfielder
2.50
11
Jobi McAnuff
Midfielder
2.50
14
Jimmy Kebe
Midfielder
76′
4.00
35
Danny Guthrie
Midfielder
66′
3.50
29
3.50

West Ham United

2.50
22
3.50
2
2.50
5
2.50
17
Joey O'Brien
Midfielder
1.50
19
3.50
4
Kevin Nolan
Midfielder
81′
3.00
7
Matthew Jarvis
Midfielder
2.50
14
Matthew Taylor
Midfielder
55′
3.00
16
Mark Noble
Midfielder
15′ 80′
2.50
26
Gary O'Neil
Midfielder
67′
2.50
9

Substitutes

12
Stuart Taylor
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
 - 
24
 - 
16
Jay Tabb
Midfielder
 - 
19
 - 
9
 - 
10
Noel Hunt
Striker
66′
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
30
 - 
20
Guy Demel
Defender
 - 
42
3.50
-
Jack Collison
Midfielder
55′
 - 
23
Alou Diarra
Midfielder
 - 
10
2.00
12

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