Saturday 17 January 2015, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Kacaniklic 55'; Ruiz 90'+3
Reading
Reading
1
Pogrebnyak 63'

55' Goal

Alexander Kacaniklic
Assist by Scott Parker

90'+3 Goal

Bryan Ruiz
Assist by Cauley Woodrow

33' Yellow Card

Nikolay Bodurov Card was given for a handball

52' Yellow Card

Alexander Kacaniklic Card was given for a foul

74' Yellow Card

Ryan Tunnicliffe

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cauley Woodrow
Off:Hugo Rodallega

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

63' Goal

Pavel Pogrebnyak
Assist by Oliver Norwood

64' Yellow Card

Simon Cox

67' Yellow Card

Pavel Pogrebnyak

77' Yellow Card

Garath McCleary

90'+1 Yellow Card

Chris Gunter Card was given for a foul

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nick Blackman
Off:Simon Cox

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jamie Mackie
Off:Pavel Pogrebnyak

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Bryan Ruiz’s injury time header earned Fulham victory against Reading at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

Bryan Ruiz’s injury time header earned Fulham victory against Reading at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon.

The Costa Rican stepped off the bench to net the decisive goal after former Whites striker Pavel Pogrebnyak had cancelled out Alexander Kačaniklić’s opener.

Hugo Rodallega had the best chance of a slow first half when he hit the post, before Kačaniklić fired Fulham in front after the restart.

Pogrebnyak’s header from a corner looked to have earned the Royals a point until Ruiz was on hand at the death to nod in from close range as he connected with fellow substitute Cauley Woodrow’s headed pass across the face.

Kit Symons made three changes to the side that advanced in the FA Cup on Tuesday, with Ryan Tunnicliffe, Kačaniklić and Rodallega all given starting berths, taking the places of Sean Kavanagh, Moussa Dembélé and Woodrow. The latter two took their places among the substitutes, but Kavanagh missed out altogether having suffered a cut knee against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Reading threatened first on five minutes when Alex Pearce rose to make a powerful connection with Oliver Norwood’s corner from the right, but his header was cleared from near the line by Kostas Stafylidis.

Seconds later it was Fulham on the front foot, and Rodallega really should have put his side in front but could only fire wide from inside the box after being neatly found by some clever Ross McCormack play.

It was an even opening to the match and the Royals were next to try their luck when Hal Robson-Kanu turned well in the box and fired in an effort on the spin after 16 minutes which missed the far top corner by a yard.

Positive play by Kačaniklić on 23 minutes saw him make space for a cross and his cutback found Rodallega whose shot was quickly closed down by Michael Hector.

Nikolay Bodurov was given the first yellow card of the afternoon just after the half hour mark when he handled as he tried to get on the end of a McCormack free-kick.

Reading were dominating the shot count in the game, although the majority were pot shots from distance, with Norwood the latest to have a go on 36 minutes, but his powerful strike was never going to hit the target.

The visitors were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position just wide of the area on 42 minutes when Jack Grimmer took down Jordan Obita. The Reading left-back wanted a penalty but the infringement clearly took place a yard outside of the box.  The subsequent set-piece was bent straight into the arms of Marcus Bettinelli.

The Whites then went incredibly close to the opener at the other end. Shaun Hutchinson headed McCormack’s corner towards goal, drawing a good save from Adam Federici, with Rodallega’s instinctive follow up cracking against the post.

The home crowd was incensed seven minutes after the restart when Kačaniklić was booked for a foul on Pogrebnyak. Not because it wasn’t a foul, but because it was the Swede’s first infringement, whereas the former Whites striker had committed a string of offences that had gone unpunished.

But the Fulham man was laughing soon after when he put his side in front. A sublime Scott Parker pass found his run into the box and he kept his composure to poke his finish between the legs of Federici.

That goal gave the Whites a real boost and Kačaniklić was inches away from connecting with Rodallega’s cross moments later as they pushed for a second goal.

It almost arrived on the hour mark when McCormack stepped up to a free-kick 25 yards from goal. His curling strike seemed in all the way but just dropped wide of the near post.

Reading then went as close as they’d gone all game to a goal when Simon Cox showed some nimble footwork in the box before drilling in a low effort that Bettinelli smothered well.

But the equaliser did arrive on 63 minutes when Pogrebnyak stooped to power home a header from a Norwood corner.

The Russian was then finally booked four minutes later for another rough foul, this time on Parker. Sarcastic applause from the home crowd greeted the referee’s decision.

Reading had the ball in the net a moment later when Cox bundled in, but he was promptly flagged offside.

Symons made his first change of the game on 73 minutes as Rodallega made way for Tuesday’s two-goal hero Woodrow.

Tunnicliffe was then booked a minute later for preventing Reading from taking a free-kick quickly, before Garath McCleary followed him into the book for kicking Bettinelli as he went to release a drop kick up field.

Since their goal the visitors had become the stronger of the two sides and Symons looked to add a new dimension to his team with the introduction of Ruiz in place of Kačaniklić.

Cox was the next man to have his name taken by the referee on 84 minutes for a nasty challenge on Stafylidis.

The Reading striker then made way, along with Pogrebnyak, for Jamie Mackie and Nick Blackman.

A good passing move on 87 minutes ended with Seko Fofana letting fly from distance, but his left footer took a deflection and sailed over the bar.

As five minutes of added time were announced, Chris Gunter was booked for a cynical foul as he pulled back Parker. It was very frustrating from the Whites’ point of view as our Captain was in the midst of a promising counter attack.

Reading could have won it moments later when Blackman found space in the box but couldn’t get a toe on the ball into him, and it proved to be a crucial miss.

Fulham went straight down the other end with McCormack who stood a great cross up to the far post where Woodrow did brilliantly to win his header. He sent the ball back across goal where Ruiz was lurking to cushion the ball into the net.

That was in the third minute of stoppage time, leaving Reading with no time to launch a response as Fulham moved above them in the Sky Bet Championship table.

 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 17 January 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 17,831

Referee: Mark Brown

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker; Tunnicliffe, Fofana; Kacaniklic (Ruiz 78'); Rodallega (Woodrow 73'), McCormack

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Burn, Roberts, George Williams, Dembele

Manager: Kit Symons

Reading

Line-up: Federici; Gunter, Pearce, Hector, Obita; McCleary, Williams, Norwood, Robson-Kanu; Cox (Blackman 84'), Pogrebnyak (Mackie 84')

Unused substitutes: Andersen, Stephen Kelly, Cooper, Guthrie, Karacan

Manager: Steve Clarke

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 26 51
2 Ipswich Town 26 50
3 Derby County 26 48
4 Middlesbrough 26 47
5 Brentford 26 46
6 Watford 26 44
7 Norwich City 26 43
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 26 34
13 Cardiff City 26 34
14 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
15 Fulham 26 31
16 Charlton Athletic 26 31
17 Huddersfield Town 26 31
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 26 26
20 Leeds United 26 26
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 26 21
24 Blackpool 26 17
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
10
21
Shots On Target
3
6
Passing Accuracy
73%
75%
Fouls
10
19
Corners
5
12
Offsides
0
1
Bookings
3
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27George Williams
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Reading (4-4-2)
  • 1Adam Federici
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 5Alex Pearce
  • 15Michael Hector
  • 11Jordan Obita
  • 12Garath McCleary
  • 23Daniel Williams
  • 6Oliver Norwood
  • 9Hal Robson-Kanu
  • 10Simon Cox
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 31Mikkel Andersen
  • 3Stephen Kelly
  • 35Jake Cooper
  • 8Danny Guthrie
  • 21Jem Karacan
  • 19Jamie Mackie
  • 22Nick Blackman
Manager
  • Steve Clarke
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, Fulham 2, Reading 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Reading 1.
  • 90'+4' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).
  • 90'+3' Goal! Fulham 2, Reading 1. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cauley Woodrow with a headed pass.
  • 90'+1' Chris Gunter (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+1' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).
  • 89' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 89' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Obita.
  • 87' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. Seko Fofana (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 85' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 85' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
  • 84' Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Simon Cox.
  • 84' Substitution, Reading. Jamie Mackie replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.
  • 84' Simon Cox (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 83' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 83' Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).
  • 82' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).
  • 80' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.
  • 79' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 79' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 77' Garath McCleary (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
  • 77' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 77' Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).
  • 77' Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.
  • 77' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 75' Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.
  • 74' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 74' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 74' Simon Cox (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood following a corner.
  • 72' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Seko Fofana.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Gunter.
  • 71' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Seko Fofana.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 71' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 70' Offside, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.
  • 70' Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 67' Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
  • 67' Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).
  • 66' Attempt missed. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 66' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 66' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).
  • 64' Seko Fofana (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 64' Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).
  • 63' Goal! Fulham 1, Reading 1. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.
  • 63' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 62' Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Garath McCleary.
  • 61' Attempt saved. Alex Pearce (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.
  • 61' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 58' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 58' Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).
  • 57' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 56' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 56' Alex Pearce (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Goal! Fulham 1, Reading 0. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker with a through ball.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 52' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 52' Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).
  • 52' Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 49' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).
  • 48' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 48' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Reading 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Reading 0.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 45'+1' Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box following a corner.
  • 45' Attempt saved. Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.
  • 45' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Daniel Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
  • 41' Foul by Jack Grimmer (Fulham).
  • 41' Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 40' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).
  • 38' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 38' Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 37' Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
  • 36' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Simon Cox.
  • 33' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
  • 33' Hand ball by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 32' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 32' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).
  • 31' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 30' Jack Grimmer (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).
  • 28' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 27' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 27' Oliver Norwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
  • 26' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 26' Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
  • 25' Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.
  • 23' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 21' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Hector.
  • 20' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 20' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).
  • 19' Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Cox.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 11' Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.
  • 10' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 7' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 7' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).
  • 6' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 5' Attempt blocked. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.
  • 4' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.