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February 2, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
Madejski Stadium — Reading, Berkshire
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 23829‎
 
7′ Jimmy Kebe
Craig Gardner 29′ (PG)
85′ Jimmy Kebe
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Reading 2-1 Sunderland

Two goals from winger Jimmy Kebe earned the Royals a valuable win at the Madejski Stadium which pulls them further away from the Premier League relegation mire

By Rhys Turrell at the Madejski Stadium

  • Adam Federici
    2
    0
    3.00

    Adam Federici

    Faultless for the penalty which was dispatched right into the corner of his net. Was strong in the air, and dominated his box well.

  • Alex Pearce
    2
    0
    2.50

    Alex Pearce

    The big Royals defender was useful in both boxes with his aerial presence key in defence, and menacing in attack.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    3
    0
    3.00

    Adrian Mariappa

    Slotted in well next to Pearce, and some of his diagonal balls out to Reading's speedy wingers caused a few problems for the Sunderland defence.

  •  Ian Harte
    2
    0
    4.00

    Ian Harte

    He might be getting on a bit now, but the Irishman still has an awesome left foot, with the ability to put the ball anywhere he wants. His free kicks and corners were a constant menace for the visitors.

  • Stephen Kelly
    1
    0
    3.00

    Stephen Kelly

    Was a lot more quiet than Harte on the other side, but he showed his composure throughout in dealing with the lively Sessegnon.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    1
    0
    2.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    Offered his customary solid defensive skills in a deep-lying midfield role, and linked the play well for the Royals as they built attacks.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    1
    0
    4.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Reading's standout man was their captain. His close control and direct dribbling caused all manner of problems for Sunderland, and his assist for Kebe's goal was perfectly weighted.

  • Garath McCleary
    2
    0
    2.50

    Garath McCleary

    Linked up well with McAnuff and Akpan, and their interchanging of positions caused Sunderland a few problems. His touch sometimes let him down, and he was occasionally naive in possession.

  • Jimmy Kebe
    1
    0
    4.00

    Jimmy Kebe Top of the Match

    Took his goal with real class, as he controlled with his right to bypass a defender before slamming his shot home with his left. Doubled his personal tally with a wonderful late header, climbing above everyone to meet Ian Harte's wonderful free kick.

  • Hope Akpan
    1
    0
    2.50

    Hope Akpan

    The ex-Crawley man was a powerful presence in midfield, but was largely quiet in attack.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    1
    0
    3.50

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Led the line well for Reading throughout, using all his years of experience and his sizeable frame to hold off defenders and retain possession. Replaced with 20 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Adam Le Fondre
    1
    0
    2.50

    Adam Le Fondre

    Came on to much acclaim and fanfare, but was very quiet in the half an hour he played. Admittedly, limited service was a contributing factor.

  • Nick Blackman
    2
    0
    3.00

    Nick Blackman

    Looked lively as he made his debut, and almost marked his first appearance for the Royals with a goal, only to see Mignolet flick his goal-bound header onto the crossbar.

  • Simon Mignolet
    3
    1
    2.50

    Simon Mignolet

    Forced into making one good save from Pogrebnyak midway through the first half, but could do nothing about Kebe's goal.

  • John O'Shea
    1
    1
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    The Black Cats skipper led well from the back with his partnership with Titus Bramble proving to be rock-solid for most of the game.

  • Titus Bramble
    0
    2
    2.50

    Titus Bramble

    Booked for a late and clumsy foul on Pogrebnyak in the opening period, but was solid throughout.

  • Alfred N'diaye
    2
    1
    3.00

    Alfred N'diaye

    The powerful midfielder drove forward well with the ball for most of the game, with his power and strength adding real steel to the Sunderland midfield.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    0
    3
    2.00

    Sebastian Larsson Flop of the Match

    His shot inside the area midway through the first half was beaten away by Federici, and that was the sum of his attacking threat for most of the game. Replaced at half-time.

  • Craig Gardner
    0
    2
    2.50

    Craig Gardner

    The set piece specialist slammed home a first-half penalty with real aplomb, but otherwise offered little attacking threat from his right-back berth.

  • Jack Colback
    0
    2
    2.00

    Jack Colback

    Started the game at left-back, and was partly at fault for Kebe's goal as he reacted too slowly to McAnuff's cut back. Moved to central midfield in the second half.

  • David Vaughan
    0
    2
    2.00

    David Vaughan

    Was quiet in a defensive midfield position, offering very little in attack. Provided a good shield for the back four throughout, however. Replaced after an hour.

  • Adam Johnson
    0
    2
    2.50

    Adam Johnson

    Anonymous for most of the first half, but he improved in the second. His final ball was not worthy of an England international, however.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    1
    1
    3.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    One of few standout players for Sunderland in the first half, his movement across the forward line caused problems throughout.

  • Steven Fletcher
    1
    0
    3.00

    Steven Fletcher

    The Spearhead to the Black Cats' attack started slowly, with his touch particularly poor, but he improved and began to test Reading's central defenders as the game wore on.

Substitutions

  • Danny Rose
    2
    0
    3.00

    Danny Rose

    Replaced Larsson at half-time and slotted in well at left-back, dealing competently with the pace of Kebe.

  • James McClean
    1
    1
    2.50

    James McClean

    Came on for Vaughan, and immediately offered a more attacking threat down Sunderland's wings, but his end product left a lot to be desired.

  • Danny Graham
    1
    1
    2.50

    Danny Graham

    Came on for the final ten minutes, but didn't have enough time to make much impact.

Results
 
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