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Reading (0) 1 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

NPower Championship 2011-12

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Referee: Jock Waugh

Manager: Brian McDermott

Madejski Stadium 15:00

Attendance: 18,737

Manager: Paul Jewell

Match Number: 3436

Goals

Home
 Alex Pearce (64)
Away
 

Substitutions

Home
Adam LeFondreNoel Hunt (62)
Jimmy KebeHal Robson-Kanu (85)
Jem KaracanJay Tabb (89)

Cards

Home
 
Away
 Ibrahima Sonko (49)

Teams

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Adam Federici

Andy Griffin

Alex Pearce

Kaspars Gorkss

Shaun Cummings

Jem Karacan

Mikele Leigertwood

Jobi McAnuff

Jimmy Kebe

Adam LeFondre

Simon Church

Substitutes

Home

Mikkel Andersen

Ian Harte

Jay Tabb

Hal Robson-Kanu

Noel Hunt

Match Report

ALEX PEARCE UP FOUR ROYALS CHARGE

ALEX PEARCE headed Reading to their fourth straight Championship win as The Royals strengthened their play-off credentials.

The defender rose to nod in Jobi McAnuff’s free-kick just after the hour to make it 12 points from 12 for Brian ­McDermott’s side, who are now cemented in fifth place in the table.

A delighted McDermott said: “That was a terrific performance – not vintage but the attitude, desire and will to win was there.

“We didn’t play well but we have real heart.”

Ipswich bossed the early exchanges with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas’s rising shot grazing the bar, before Aaron Cresswell let fly from 30 yards with a drive which home keeper Adam Federici was relieved to see flash wide.

Reading’s first-half attacks invariably ended at the edge of the area, where former Royals favourite Ibrahima Sonko was in dominant form for the visitors.

As Reading continued to struggle to work their way into decent shooting positions, McDermott sent on Noel Hunt for Adam Le Fondre.

And within a couple of minutes the Royals boss saw his side take the lead.

Lee Bowyer’s handball enabled McAnuff to swing in a free-kick from the right and Pearce rose to beat Arran Lee-Barrett with a close range header.

The 64th-minute goal lifted The Royals and it took a double save from Lee-Barrett to prevent Simon Church extending the lead from Jimmy Kebe’s cross.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell said: “We were the better team in the first half and I felt we deserved something out of the game.

“It was ­disappointing to concede like we did.”

Peter White (Daily Star)

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