Tuesday 24 January 2017, 8:00pm at Madejski Stadium, Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Reading
Reading
1
Beerens 49'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

49' Goal

Roy Beerens

32' Yellow Card

Paul McShane Card was given for a foul

68' Yellow Card

Garath McCleary Card was given for a foul

49' Missed Penalty

John Swift

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tiago Ilori
Off:Tyler Blackett

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Evans
Off:Roy Beerens

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yann Kermorgant
Off:Liam Kelly

72' Yellow Card

Chris Martin Card was given for a foul

90' Missed Penalty

Chris Martin

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Lucas Piazon
Off:Michael Madl

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Sessegnon
Off:Scott Malone

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Scott Parker
Off:Kevin McDonald

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A tale of two penalties as Fulham fall to a 1-0 defeat against Reading on Tuesday night at the Madejski Stadium.

Fulham were unable to take advantage of a game in hand and gain ground on the play-off spots following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Reading on Tuesday night.

A second half Roy Beerens strike on the follow up from a John Swift penalty miss was enough to see the Royals run out victors.

Slaviša Jokanović made one change from the side that drew with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday lunchtime, bringing in Michael Madl to play alongside Tomáš Kalas and Tim Ream in a back three. With the change Ryan Fredericks and Scott Malone were granted more advanced roles as attacking wingbacks.

After a stop-start opening to the encounter the first sight on goal for the Whites came in the 13th minute. After some neat work down the left flank, a Malone cross was cleared directly into the path of Madl. Encouraged by the travelling away fans the Austrian attempted an audacious left-footed drive that was smothered by Ali Al-Habsi in the Reading net.

With confidence progressively increasing in the Fulham ranks the Royals had their first effort on target in the 20th minute when Paul McShane directed a firm header on target. Kevin McDonald was alert to the danger and hooked clear.

However, it was David Button who was called into action moments later when John Swift connected first time with a Beerens low cross from the left touchline. Button was positioned perfectly and parried the effort past the post to safety.

On the half-hour mark Reading skipper McShane picked up the first booking of the match with a robust challenge on Tom Cairney. The Reading skipper fortunate not to be shown the yellow two minutes earlier with a rash tackle on Sone Aluko.

After brief pause Cairney featured in a fine Fulham move, featuring some of the free-flowing attacking play that has been a staple of the Whites displays of late. Aluko and Malone linked up effectively down the left before a searching cross in the direction of the Fulham captain was poked clear by a retreating Joey Van Den Berg.

Fulham continued to probe and looked to pen the hosts in their own half and a minute later Stefan Johansen, a relentless force in the centre of midfield won possession just inside the Reading half and took aim from distance. The Norwegian could not keep his effort down and the strike sailed over the bar.

With the clock running down in the first half, Beerens was involved in two positive moves for the Royals. First, picking out Swift with a pinpoint cross that the midfielder headed straight at Button. Then deep into stoppage time the Dutch playmaker created some space on the edge of the box before whipping a fizzing drive on target that Button was once again equal to.

Jokanović made one change at the intermission, replacing Madl with midfielder Lucas Piazon and reverting a more familiar 4-2-3-1 formation.

However, it was the hosts who took the lead in somewhat muddied circumstances in the fourth minute of the second half. Two hopeful crosses were cleared by the Fulham defenders but when another aimless cross was hoiked lifted into the box Ream and Liam Moore collided looking to gain purchase on the 50/50 ball.  

The referee pointed to the spot, leaving the travelling faithful perplexed behind the goal. Swift stepped up confidently and had his shot saved by Button. The keeper guessed correctly to his left and managed a firm punch on the drive. However, Beerens was quickest to react to the loose ball in the box and latched on to it with a right-footed shot that flew into the roof of the net.

A spell of pressure ensued for Reading, buoyed by the early goal they thrived on the increased space across the park with Fulham committing more bodies forward in attempt to work their way back into the clash.  

Swift coming close to making amends for his earlier penalty miss was denied by a superb recovery tackle by Kalas after cutting in from the right side of the box. In the 57th minute Gareth McCleary came close to doubling the lead with a venomous strike from outside the box that crashed against the bar.

As the balance of power shifted in favour of the home side, Piazon had his first time effort blocked from the centre of the penalty area before Fredericks was on hand twice to utilise his electric speed down the right wing. On both occasions his tireless work resulting in chances for Aluko and in both instances the Reading defenders were quick to remove the danger with fine blocks.

With time running out Fulham made two changes, replacing Scott Malone with Ryan Sessegnon. And it was in the 90th minute when the Whites got their just rewards for their tireless battling.  

A neat passage featuring some short passes outside the box ended with Piazon surging into the area before being carelessly shoved in the back from Moore. The referee awarded the penalty and provided Fulham with a guilt edge chance to take something from the encounter.

After missing a penalty two three days ago at Loftus Road Chris Martin went for power over placement and blasted his effort on target, only to see it parried up into the air by Al-Habsi and scrambled clear before the obligatory mobbing by his teammates for the goalkeeper.

With time running out the Whites continued to fight for the point but to no avail and the referee blew his whistle to bring an end to a frustrating night.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 24 January 2017
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 16,012

Referee: Steve Martin

Reading

Line-up: Al Habsi; Gunter, McShane, Moore, van den Berg, Blackett (Ilori 69'); Williams, Liam Kelly (Kermorgant 85'), Swift; Beerens (Evans 85'), McCleary

Unused substitutes: Jaakkola, Mendes, Samuel, Meite

Manager: Jaap Stam

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Madl (Lucas Piazon 45'), Kalas, Ream; Fredericks, McDonald (Parker 83'), Johansen, Malone (Ryan Sessegnon 68'); Cairney, Sone Aluko; Martin

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Odoi, Sigurdsson, Matt Smith

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 60
2 Newcastle United 27 58
3 Reading 27 49
4 Huddersfield Town 27 49
5 Leeds United 27 48
6 Sheffield Wednesday 27 45
7 Derby County 27 43
8 Barnsley 27 41
9 Fulham 27 40
10 Norwich City 27 40
11 Preston North End 27 40
12 Birmingham City 27 37
13 Aston Villa 27 36
14 Ipswich Town 27 34
15 Brentford 27 33
16 Cardiff City 27 33
17 Queens Park Rangers 27 33
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 32
19 Nottingham Forest 27 30
20 Bristol City 27 27
21 Wigan Athletic 27 25
22 Burton Albion 27 25
23 Blackburn Rovers 27 25
24 Rotherham United 27 16
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
17
14
Shots On Target
7
2
Passing Accuracy
73%
76%
Fouls
10
12
Corners
5
5
Offsides
7
3
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Reading (5-3-2)
  • 26Ali Al Habsi
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 5Paul McShane
  • 16Liam Moore
  • 4Joey van den Berg
  • 24Tyler Blackett
  • 23Danny Williams
  • 38Liam Kelly
  • 8John Swift
  • 7Roy Beerens
  • 12Garath McCleary
Substitutes
  • 31Anssi Jaakkola
  • 20Tiago Ilori
  • 6George Evans
  • 9Joseph Mendes
  • 14Dominic Samuel
  • 18Yann Kermorgant
  • 19Yakou Meite
Manager
  • Jaap Stam
Fulham (3-4-2-1)
  • 27David Button
  • 15Michael Madl
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 14Stefan Johansen
  • 3Scott Malone
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 25Chris Martin
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 17Ragnar Sigurdsson
  • 30Ryan Sessegnon
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 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 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Reading 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 90'+5' Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+4' Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
  • 90'+3' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).
  • 90'+2' Hand ball by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul McShane.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tim Ream.
  • 90' Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 90' Penalty saved! Chris Martin (Fulham) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 89' Penalty Fulham. Lucas Piazon draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 89' Penalty conceded by Liam Moore (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 85' Substitution, Reading. Yann Kermorgant replaces Liam Kelly.
  • 85' Substitution, Reading. George Evans replaces Roy Beerens.
  • 84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul McShane.
  • 83' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 83' Foul by Liam Kelly (Reading).
  • 83' Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Kevin McDonald.
  • 81' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Joey van den Berg.
  • 80' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 80' Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 80' Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kelly.
  • 79' Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Moore.
  • 79' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 79' John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 73' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 72' Chris Martin (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 72' Delay in match Liam Moore (Reading) because of an injury.
  • 71' Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).
  • 71' Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
  • 70' Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Moore.
  • 69' Substitution, Reading. Tiago Ilori replaces Tyler Blackett.
  • 68' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon replaces Scott Malone.
  • 68' Garath McCleary (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 68' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).
  • 67' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 65' Attempt blocked. Sone Aluko (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 64' Attempt blocked. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 63' Offside, Reading. Liam Kelly tries a through ball, but John Swift is caught offside.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Roy Beerens with a cross following a corner.
  • 61' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 61' Attempt blocked. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Garath McCleary.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tyler Blackett.
  • 57' Garath McCleary (Reading) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Liam Kelly.
  • 57' Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Martin.
  • 53' Offside, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.
  • 52' Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross following a corner.
  • 52' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. John Swift (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kelly.
  • 51' Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.
  • 49' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 0. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal following a set piece situation.
  • 49' Penalty saved! John Swift (Reading) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 48' Penalty conceded by Tim Ream (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 48' Penalty Reading. Liam Moore draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 47' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 47' Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • Second Half begins Reading 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Michael Madl.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Reading 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' Offside, Reading. Garath McCleary tries a through ball, but John Swift is caught offside.
  • 45'+1' Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+1' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 44' Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 44' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 44' Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Button.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Williams.
  • 41' Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Roy Beerens with a cross.
  • 40' Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Foul by Chris Martin (Fulham).
  • 39' Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Swift.
  • 37' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 34' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 32' Paul McShane (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 32' Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).
  • 32' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 31' Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).
  • 31' Scott Malone (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Offside, Reading. John Swift tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.
  • 26' Offside, Reading. John Swift tries a through ball, but Roy Beerens is caught offside.
  • 26' Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Roy Beerens.
  • 25' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefan Johansen.
  • 24' Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).
  • 24' Tim Ream (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 21' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross.
  • 20' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 19' Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Foul by Sone Aluko (Fulham).
  • 18' Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 17' Offside, Fulham. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Sone Aluko is caught offside.
  • 16' Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.
  • 15' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul McShane.
  • 15' Attempt blocked. Chris Martin (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.
  • 13' Offside, Reading. Chris Gunter tries a through ball, but Roy Beerens is caught offside.
  • 13' Attempt saved. Michael Madl (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 12' Foul by Liam Kelly (Reading).
  • 12' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 7' Offside, Fulham. Stefan Johansen tries a through ball, but Chris Martin is caught offside.
  • 7' Offside, Reading. Paul McShane tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.
  • 6' Offside, Reading. Liam Moore tries a through ball, but Roy Beerens is caught offside.
  • 4' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 3' Delay in match Michael Madl (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 2' Chris Martin (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 2' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.