Saturday 5 March 2016, 3:00pm at Madejski Stadium, Reading
Reading
Reading
2
Robson-Kanu (pen) 24', 41'
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Dembele 8'; McCormack (pen) 52'

24' Penalty

Hal Robson-Kanu

41' Goal

Hal Robson-Kanu
Assist by Ola John

45' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Garath McCleary
Off:Hal Robson-Kanu

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Deniss Rakels
Off:Stephen Quinn

8' Goal

Moussa Dembele
Assist by Michael Madl

52' Penalty

Ross McCormack

21' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Ross McCormack Card was given for a foul

72' Yellow Card

Ryan Tunnicliffe Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Jazz Richards

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Tunnicliffe
Off:Jamie O'Hara

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Ryan Fredericks

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott Parker
Off:Tom Cairney

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Moussa Dembélé and Ross McCormack were on target as Fulham earned a point in a frantic draw at Reading.

Moussa Dembélé and Ross McCormack were on target as Fulham earned a point in a frantic draw at Reading.

Dembélé capped a fine personal week when he put the Whites in front in the eighth minute, turning home after Michael Madl had headed a McCormack corner into his path.

But Reading turned the game on its head before half-time with two goals from Hal Robson-Kanu. His first came from the penalty spot in the 24th minute after he’d been sent tumbling by a silly challenge from Fernando Amorebieta who pushed the Welshman in the back.

Four minutes before the break, Fulham failed to clear their lines and Robson-Kanu headed in Ola John’s cross to put the Royals in front.

But Fulham won a penalty of their own shortly after the restart when Ryan Fredericks was sent to the floor by Jake Cooper after beating him for pace. McCormack stroked in the spot-kick to make it 2-2 and that was the way it stayed.

Slaviša Jokanović made four changes to the side that lost to Middlesbrough last time out and also switched to a 4-2-3-1 formation. Jazz Richards came in at right-back as part of a back four alongside Michael Madl, Amorebieta, who had served a one-match ban, and Luke Garbutt. Jamie O’Hara sat in front of the defence alongside Chris Baird. Fredericks was named on the right flank, with Tom Cairney in the middle and McCormack on the left. Dembélé, Football League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards on Thursday, returned to take the lone frontman role. Dan Burn, Ryan Tunnicliffe and Scott Parker were the players to make way from the Boro defeat, while Richard Stearman was banned following his red card. John, brother of former Fulham man Collins, was named in Reading’s starting XI.

On a patchy Madejski Stadium pitch, Fulham started on the front foot and McCormack saw a shot charged down in the first minute. McCormack was then played in down the left by Cairney in the seventh minute but his cross was cut out by a sliding Anton Ferdinand. From the resulting corner, Fulham went in front. McCormack’s delivery was met at the far post by Madl and nodded back into the danger zone where Dembélé’s half-volley from five yards squirmed past Ali Al Habsi.

An Oliver Norwood corner caused a scramble in the Fulham box in the 19th minute. It was eventually cleared and suddenly McCormack broke against Cooper but was eventually crowded out. Fulham kept the ball and Cairney’s shot was fumbled by Al Habsi with Madl appearing to be clipped as he went to gobble up the rebound. The referee waved on and Fredericks ended a Royals counter with a foul on John and was booked for his troubles.

A penalty was given in the 23rd minute – and it went the way of Reading. Robson-Kanu was going nowhere when Amorebieta needlessly barged him in the back and left the referee with little option. Robson-Kanu picked himself up and sent Andrew Lonergan the wrong way from the spot to haul the hosts level.

Al Habsi flapped at a McCormack corner in the 32nd minute and Cairney let fly with a fierce drive from outside the box that was blocked by a Reading man. McCormack went for goal from distance two minutes later after Dembélé won a free-kick. His effort from 35 yards was spilled by Al Habsi but then gathered at the second attempt.

Reading took the lead in the 41st minute. Cairney failed to clear his lines and John skipped past Madl before clipping the ball across goal for Robson-Kanu to nod home from close range. Fulham appeals for offside fell on deaf ears.

Quinn fired over from 20 yards a minute later after Amorebieta’s clearance had gone to a Reading man before a first half that had begun so promisingly came to an end.

Two-goal Robson-Kanu was substituted at the break with an injury, but Reading should have increased their lead within the opening 60 seconds of the second half as Yann Kermorgant bundled his way through but fired wide with just Lonergan to beat.

And Fulham were handed the chance to equalise soon after. Fredericks burst into the area and was chopped down by Cooper with referee Simon Hooper awarding a penalty. McCormack took the spot-kick and stroked it home for his 19th goal of the season.

Stephen Quinn had his head in his hands in the 58th minute as his angled drive was deflected wide by a sliding Madl, before an unmarked John headed over when the corner came in.

McCormack went into the book in the 64th minute for a foul on Kermorgant, before Fulham made their first change, Tunnicliffe replacing O’Hara.

Lonergan kept Fulham level in the 69th minute, saving well from John, with Richards reacting quickly to get to the rebound ahead of Kermorgant. Tunnicliffe was shown a yellow card for a swipe at Michael Hector and John then crossed for Kermorgant who nodded wide from close range.

Fredericks made way for Alexander Kačaniklić in the 73rd minute, before Reading claims for another penalty were thankfully denied when substitute Deniss Rakels fell with Madl in close attendance. Fulham made their final change with nine minutes left as Parker came on for Cairney.

The impressive John ghosted past Kačaniklić with a minute left but saw his shot saved by the legs of Lonergan at his near post. Richards went into the book in stoppage time for handball and although Reading pressed hard for a late winner, the Whites held on.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 5 March 2016
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 17,859

Referee: Simon Hooper

Reading

Line-up: Al Habsi; Gunter, Ferdinand, Cooper, Obita; Norwood, Hector; Robson-Kanu (McCleary 45'), Quinn (Rakels 59'), John; Kermorgant

Unused substitutes: Bond, Evans, Lucas Piazon, Williams, Cox

Manager: Brian McDermott

Fulham

Line-up: Lonergan; Jazz Richards, Madl, Amorebieta, Garbutt; Baird, O'Hara (Tunnicliffe 67'); Fredericks (Kacaniklic 73'), Cairney (Parker 81'), McCormack; Dembele

Unused substitutes: Lewis, Burn, Hyndman, Matt Smith

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Burnley 35 68
2 Middlesbrough 34 67
3 Hull City 34 64
4 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 64
5 Derby County 35 60
6 Sheffield Wednesday 35 55
7 Cardiff City 35 55
8 Birmingham City 34 54
9 Ipswich Town 34 54
10 Preston North End 35 49
11 Reading 34 44
12 Queens Park Rangers 35 44
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 43
14 Brentford 35 43
15 Nottingham Forest 34 42
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Blackburn Rovers 34 40
18 Huddersfield Town 35 39
19 Fulham 35 37
20 Bristol City 35 37
21 Milton Keynes Dons 35 35
22 Rotherham United 35 32
23 Charlton Athletic 35 28
24 Bolton Wanderers 35 25
Goals
2
2
Total Shots
18
8
Shots On Target
6
4
Passing Accuracy
78%
71%
Fouls
9
12
Corners
7
5
Offsides
3
2
Bookings
0
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Reading (4-2-3-1)
  • 26Ali Al Habsi
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 15Anton Ferdinand
  • 35Jake Cooper
  • 11Jordan Obita
  • 6Oliver Norwood
  • 8Michael Hector
  • 9Hal Robson-Kanu
  • 21Stephen Quinn
  • 20Ola John
  • 29Yann Kermorgant
Substitutes
  • 1Jonathan Bond
  • 4George Evans
  • 12Garath McCleary
  • 17Lucas Piazon
  • 23Danny Williams
  • 10Deniss Rakels
  • 31Simon Cox
Manager
  • Brian McDermott
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 45Fernando Amorebieta
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 22Chris Baird
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 12Joe Lewis
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 9Matt Smith
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
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 2, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Reading 2, Fulham 2.
  • 90'+3' Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ola John.
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 90' Jazz Richards (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90' Hand ball by Jazz Richards (Fulham).
  • 90' Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 89' Attempt saved. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita.
  • 88' Attempt saved. Deniss Rakels (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.
  • 87' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Hector.
  • 81' Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Tom Cairney.
  • 80' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 73' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Ryan Fredericks.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ola John with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 72' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 72' Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 72' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 70' Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.
  • 69' Attempt saved. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.
  • 67' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Tunnicliffe replaces Jamie O'Hara.
  • 66' Offside, Fulham. Jazz Richards tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.
  • 64' Ross McCormack (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 64' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 64' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 62' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).
  • 62' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 62' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.
  • 59' Substitution, Reading. Deniss Rakels replaces Stephen Quinn.
  • 59' Attempt missed. Ola John (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.
  • 58' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Michael Madl.
  • 58' Attempt blocked. Stephen Quinn (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ola John.
  • 56' Offside, Reading. Jake Cooper tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.
  • 56' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).
  • 55' Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).
  • 55' Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Hand ball by Ola John (Reading).
  • 53' Offside, Reading. Ali Al Habsi tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.
  • 52' Goal! Reading 2, Fulham 2. Ross McCormack (Fulham) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
  • 51' Penalty conceded by Jake Cooper (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 51' Penalty Fulham. Ryan Fredericks draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 51' Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.
  • 46' Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • Second Half begins Reading 2, Fulham 1.
  • 45' Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Hal Robson-Kanu because of an injury.
  • 45'+4' First Half ends, Reading 2, Fulham 1.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Obita.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Stephen Quinn (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.
  • 41' Goal! Reading 2, Fulham 1. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ola John.
  • 41' Foul by Luke Garbutt (Fulham).
  • 41' Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 38' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 37' Delay in match Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) because of an injury.
  • 36' Michael Madl (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).
  • 36' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 36' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 34' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 34' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 34' Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).
  • 33' Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 33' Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).
  • 32' Offside, Fulham. Luke Garbutt tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
  • 32' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 32' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jake Cooper.
  • 30' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jazz Richards.
  • 29' Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.
  • 29' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.
  • 24' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 1. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.
  • 24' Penalty conceded by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 24' Penalty Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 22' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Foul by Jake Cooper (Reading).
  • 21' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 21' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 21' Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 21' Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 20' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.
  • 19' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jazz Richards.
  • 15' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 15' Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 13' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 12' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Chris Baird.
  • 12' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 12' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 11' Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).
  • 9' Offside, Reading. Michael Hector tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.
  • 8' Goal! Reading 0, Fulham 1. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michael Madl with a headed pass following a corner.
  • 7' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Anton Ferdinand.
  • 1' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.