Saturday 13 September 2014, 3:00pm at Madejski Stadium, Reading
Reading
Reading
3
Murray 15', 54'; Blackman 85'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Fulham were defeated as Glenn Murray scored either side of Matt Smith's sending off, and Nick Blackman hit a third.

15' Goal

Glenn Murray
Assist by Jordan Obita

54' Goal

Glenn Murray
Assist by Jordan Obita

85' Goal

Nick Blackman

86' Yellow Card

Nick Blackman Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pavel Pogrebnyak
Off:Glenn Murray

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nick Blackman
Off:Jamie Mackie

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Edwards
Off:Hope Akpan

18' Red Card

Matt Smith

25' Yellow Card

Emerson Hyndman Card was given for a foul

42' Yellow Card

Kay Voser Card was given for a foul

74' Yellow Card

Sean Kavanagh Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lasse Vigen Christensen
Off:Emerson Hyndman

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Elsad Zverotic
Off:Kay Voser

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:Chris David

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Fulham were defeated after playing the majority of the match with ten men as Glenn Murray scored either side of Matt Smith’s sending off, and Nick Blackman hit a third.

Smith’s Fulham debut was cut short on 18 minutes, after a mistimed tackle on Royals midfielder Hope Akpan resulted in a red card, three minutes after Murray had put the hosts in front.

After a spirited first-half effort by the Whites, with Chris David and Tim Hoogland almost forcing an equaliser, Murray extended the lead on 54 minutes, again heading past the Whites debut goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, before Blackman wrapped it up late on.

The Whites had enjoyed some early possession. Tim Hoogland released Chris David but he lost his footing on the edge of the penalty area after a firm challenge from Chris Gunter, with the goal in the Dutchman’s sights.

David almost turned creator after a neat exchange with Ross McCormack on ten minutes, but Alex Pearce snuffed out the danger. Soon after the Whites’ first near-miss arrived, when David’s free-kick was flicked on by Smith and McCormack’s swivelling shot flew over.

The hosts had barely troubled the Whites goal until Jordan Obita found room to cross from the left. The delivery was pin-point and Murray’s leaping header powered past Kiraly.

The task was made even harder three minutes later when Akpan was felled by Smith’s late tackle, and referee Mr Jones did not hesitate to reveal his red card.

Parker made an attempt to lead the fight-back, playing a smart one-two with David, but his 25-yard strike was too high to trouble keeper Adam Federici.

With McCormack ploughing a loan furrow up top, the Scotsman was relying on support from midfield, and Hoogland’s lung-bursting run almost provided an equaliser from McCormack’s weighted pass. Pearce’s last-ditch recovery tackle came to Reading’s rescue.

The Whites continued to show good spirit, with David’s rasping left-footer finger-tipped wide by Federici and Hoogland almost beating the Australian keeper to 50-50 ball.

But Reading kept searching for a second; Murray’s inviting cross was slid wide at the far post by Jamie Mackie, and both Murray and Gunter blazed wide from good positions.

Lasse Vigen Christensen replaced Emerson Hyndman at the break, but the Royals came out just as strong as they finished the first half. Sean Kavanagh made an important block to deny Akpan and Kiraly made a reaction stop to thwart Jake Taylor’s effort.

Kiraly made an even better save on 53 minutes, as Murray’s half-volley seemed destined for the top corner, but for the Hungarian’s full-stretch intervention.

Niko Bodurov made a superb goal-line saving header to clear for a corner, but the second goal finally arrived as Murray headed in Obita’s set-piece on 55 minutes.

Bodurov showed his aerial prowess at the other end, heading narrowly wide from David’s free-kick, but the Royals began use their extra player to overrun the Whites.

Oliver Norwood, who was controlling the tempo of the game, drove a shot off target, Obita hammered a shot over and ex-Whites player, on a substitute, Pavel Pogrebnyak headed at goal, with Kiraly juggling the bar onto the crossbar.

The other Whites substitutes, Elsad Zverotić and Patrick Roberts, provided fresh legs, with one Roberts dribble past three defenders exciting the 2,800-strong travelling support.

But, with the Whites tiring, Reading were able to controlled the closing stages. Then Blackman raced clear, riding the challenge of Kiraly, and squeezed in a third to wrap up the game.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 13 September 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 18,790

Referee: Mike Jones

Reading

Line-up: Federici; Gunter, Hector, Pearce, Obita; Mackie (Blackman 78'), Norwood, Akpan (Edwards 80'), Taylor; Cox, Murray (Pogrebnyak 67')

Unused substitutes: Andersen, Long, Cooper, Kuhl

Manager: Nigel Adkins

Fulham

Line-up: Kiraly; Voser (Zverotic 57'), Bodurov, Burn, Kavanagh; Hoogland, Parker, Hyndman (Christensen 45'); David (Roberts 78'), Smith, McCormack

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Stafylidis, Hutchinson, Rodallega

Manager: Felix Magath

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 5 13
2 Norwich City 6 13
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6 13
4 Watford 6 12
5 Charlton Athletic 6 12
6 Brentford 6 11
7 Millwall 6 10
8 Blackburn Rovers 6 10
9 Reading 6 10
10 Middlesbrough 6 9
11 Sheffield Wednesday 6 9
12 Derby County 5 8
13 A.F.C. Bournemouth 6 8
14 Ipswich Town 6 8
15 Cardiff City 6 8
16 Wigan Athletic 6 7
17 Brighton and Hove Albion 6 7
18 Rotherham United 6 7
19 Leeds United 6 7
20 Birmingham City 6 6
21 Huddersfield Town 6 4
22 Bolton Wanderers 6 2
23 Blackpool 6 1
24 Fulham 6 1
Goals
3
0
Total Shots
17
6
Shots On Target
7
1
Passing Accuracy
88%
76%
Fouls
18
9
Corners
5
3
Offsides
6
0
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
0
1
Reading (4-4-2)
  • 1Adam Federici
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 15Michael Hector
  • 5Alex Pearce
  • 11Jordan Obita
  • 19Jamie Mackie
  • 6Oliver Norwood
  • 16Hope Akpan
  • 25Jake Taylor
  • 10Simon Cox
  • 20Glenn Murray
Substitutes
  • 31Mikkel Andersen
  • 32Sean Long
  • 35Jake Cooper
  • 17Ryan Edwards
  • 28Aaron Kuhl
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
  • 22Nick Blackman
Manager
  • Nigel Adkins
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 15Kay Voser
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 30Chris David
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 13Elsad Zverotic
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Felix Magath
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Reading 3, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Reading 3, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).
  • 90'+3' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).
  • 90'+3' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).
  • 89' Patrick Roberts (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 87' Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).
  • 87' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 86' Nick Blackman (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
  • 85' Goal! Reading 3, Fulham 0. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 84' Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Ryan Edwards is caught offside.
  • 83' Attempt blocked. Ryan Edwards (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Obita.
  • 82' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 81' Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Cox.
  • 80' Substitution, Reading. Ryan Edwards replaces Hope Akpan.
  • 78' Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Jamie Mackie.
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Chris David.
  • 75' Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Foul by Chris David (Fulham).
  • 75' Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.
  • 74' Sean Kavanagh (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 74' Jamie Mackie (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 74' Foul by Sean Kavanagh (Fulham).
  • 73' Offside, Reading. Michael Hector tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.
  • 72' Attempt missed. Chris David (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 71' Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).
  • 71' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).
  • 70' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
  • 68' Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 67' Substitution, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces Glenn Murray.
  • 64' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.
  • 63' Foul by Jake Taylor (Reading).
  • 63' Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 63' Oliver Norwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Foul by Chris David (Fulham).
  • 62' Attempt missed. Jordan Obita (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simon Cox.
  • 59' Jake Taylor (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 59' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 57' Attempt missed. Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris David following a set piece situation.
  • 56' Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).
  • 56' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 55' Substitution, Fulham. Elsad Zverotic replaces Kay Voser.
  • 54' Goal! Reading 2, Fulham 0. Glenn Murray (Reading) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a corner.
  • 54' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 53' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tim Hoogland.
  • 53' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gabor Kiraly.
  • 52' Attempt saved. Jake Taylor (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 52' Simon Cox (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 52' Foul by Jake Taylor (Reading).
  • 52' Kay Voser (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Offside, Reading. Michael Hector tries a through ball, but Chris Gunter is caught offside.
  • 50' Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter.
  • 50' Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Cox.
  • 49' Offside, Reading. Michael Hector tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.
  • 49' Attempt blocked. Michael Hector (Reading) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.
  • 47' Offside, Reading. Glenn Murray tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.
  • 46' Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).
  • 46' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • Second Half begins Reading 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Lasse Vigen Christensen replaces Emerson Hyndman.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Reading 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hope Akpan.
  • 42' Kay Voser (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 42' Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 42' Foul by Kay Voser (Fulham).
  • 41' Attempt missed. Chris Gunter (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 40' Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Simon Cox.
  • 37' Attempt saved. Chris David (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tim Hoogland.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 33' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).
  • 33' Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Glenn Murray with a cross.
  • 31' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 30' Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).
  • 30' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 29' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Obita.
  • 25' Emerson Hyndman (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 25' Jake Taylor (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 25' Foul by Emerson Hyndman (Fulham).
  • 22' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris David.
  • 22' Foul by Glenn Murray (Reading).
  • 22' Tim Hoogland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 21' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 19' Delay in match Hope Akpan (Reading) because of an injury.
  • 18' Matt Smith (Fulham) is shown the red card.
  • 18' Foul by Matt Smith (Fulham).
  • 18' Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Foul by Jake Taylor (Reading).
  • 17' Kay Voser (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 16' Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).
  • 16' Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 15' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 0. Glenn Murray (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.
  • 13' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
  • 12' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).
  • 12' Tim Hoogland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 11' Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).
  • 11' Sean Kavanagh (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.
  • 7' Jake Taylor (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 7' Foul by Tim Hoogland (Fulham).
  • 6' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.