Saturday 12 August 2017, 3:00pm at Madejski Stadium, Reading
Sky Bet Championship
Reading
Reading
1
Liam Kelly 61'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Lucas Piazon 82'

61' Goal

Liam Kelly
Assist by Joseph Mendes

70' Yellow Card

Liam Moore Card was given for a foul

71' Yellow Card

Tiago Ilori

73' Yellow Card

John Swift Card was given for a foul

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joey van den Berg
Off:George Evans

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pelle Clement
Off:Tiago Ilori

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adrian Popa
Off:Modou Barrow

82' Goal

Lucas Piazon

1' Red Card

Tomas Kalas

90'+4 Yellow Card

Aboubakar Kamara Card was given for a foul

5' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Denis Odoi
Off:Neeskens Kebano

50' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Lucas Piazon
Off:Floyd Ayité

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Stefan Johansen

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A fantastic team effort saw 10-man Fulham claim a deserved 1-1 draw at Reading on Saturday afternoon.

A fantastic team effort saw 10-man Fulham claim a deserved 1-1 draw at Reading on Saturday afternoon.

A mere 30 seconds had been played when Tomas Kalas was controversially sent off for a professional foul, but the Whites held firm in the first half.

Liam Kelly opened the scoring after the restart with a well struck finish, and time seemed to be against Fulham as we looked to snatch an equaliser on the break.

But former Madejski Stadium loanee Lucas Piazon came off the bench and punished a defensive error with a classy strike in the 82nd minute to maintain his side’s unbeaten start to the season.

Slaviša Jokanović made one change to the team that drew with Norwich City on the opening day, as Kevin McDonald recovered from injury to take the place of Tom Cairney. The Captain was originally considered fit enough for the bench, but the decision was later made for him to sit out. Sone Aluko took the armband in his absence.

Within half a minute Fulham found themselves down to 10 men. Kalas was caught in possession and lost his footing 20 yards out, with Modou Barrow tripping over his stricken body. A clear goal scoring opportunity, it was not, yet referee Mr Hooper decided to give the Czech Republic international his marching orders.

Neeskens Kebano was the unfortunate man who had to be sacrificed to plug the hole in defence, with Denis Odoi coming on in his place.

The first decent opening arrived in the 12th minute when Chris Gunter cut inside and swung over a cross on his left foot. Joseph Mendes glanced a header towards the far post, which David Button took no chances with and turned behind.

On the half hour mark Kelly looked to take advantage of a mistake at the back, but Button was quick to smother the ball as the midfielder attempted to round him.

But it was the Whites who came closest to breaking the deadlock on 38 minutes. After a marauding run by Odoi eventually came to an end, the ball dropped for Oliver Norwood who smashed a fine first time strike towards goal from 25 yards that Vito Mannone did well to tip over.

In the third minute of stoppage time at the end of the first half Norwood whipped over a wicked free-kick that was nearly nodded into his own net by Paul McShane.

That was the last action of a controversial first half, in which Fulham defended admirably after being harshly reduced inside minute one.

Shortly after the restart Tiago Ilori, who had got away with a number of fouls without receiving a booking in the first period, sent in a powerful strike from distance that was straight down the throat of Button.

The Fulham stopper’s next save was nothing short of spectacular. John Swift finessed a lovely strike into the postage stamp of the goal from the edge of the box, but he didn’t count on Button tipping it over at full stretch.

The Whites were then forced into another change in the 50th minute, as Floyd Ayité limped off to be replaced by Piazon.

An intricate counter attack led by McDonald ended with Ryan Sessegnon and Piazon combining neatly, but the ball wouldn’t quite drop for a black shirt in the area.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Fulham were looking dangerous on the counter, with Aluko next to threaten as he shimmied 25 yards out before skewing a shot wide of the far post.

Reading then made their first switch, as Joey van den Berg came on for George Evans.

The Whites’ brave resolve was broken just after the hour mark when Mendes held the ball up before laying off to Kelly who lashed home emphatically.

Mr Hooper finally found his yellow card with 20 minutes remaining, taking Liam Moore’s name after he had scythed down Odoi. He then made up for his empathy earlier in the game by giving Ilori a long overdue booking moments after.

The ball fell fortunately to Swift in the six yard box a minute later, but he was well closed down by Norwood who made a crucial block.

Ilori was on thin ice having made a plethora of dodgy challenges throughout the game, so Royals boss Jaap Stam thought best to replace him with Pelle Clement.

Swift then joined his teammates in the book following a late challenge.

Norwood had been an influential individual at both ends of the pitch against his former side, and his dipping volley drew another save from Mannone in the 75th minute.

It was getting to the point where Fulham needed to start taking risks, and so Aboubakar Kamara was introduced in place of Stefan Johansen.

Throwing caution to the wind paid off in the 82nd minute. Piazon pressed high and intercepted a pass before dinking the ball beyond the last man and slotting coolly past Mannone and into the back of the net.

Reading then brought Adrian Popa on for Barrow.

The referee should have levelled the numbers up with five minutes to play when the already booked Moore cynically clipped Kamara, but he decided a free-kick was punishment enough for the defender.

Kelly cranked back his right leg for a piledriver in the 88th minute, but Norwood came from nowhere to make a fantastic block that sent the ball miles away from danger.

Mr Hooper got five minutes of stoppage time from somewhere, but Fulham went close in the first of them as McDonald’s strike deflected off a Reading arm and behind for a corner.

Kamara was the first Fulham player to have his name taken when he fouled Kelly in the 94th minute, and that ate up a bit more time as the Whites held out for an excellent point.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 12 August 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 17,398

Referee: Simon Hooper

Reading

Line-up: Mannone; Ilori (Clement 73'), McShane, Moore; Gunter, Liam Kelly, Evans (van den Berg 58'), Blackett; Swift; Barrow (Popa 83'), Mendes

Unused substitutes: Jaakkola, Quinn, Rinomhota, Smith

Manager: Jaap Stam

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Ryan Sessegnon; Norwood, McDonald, Johansen (Kamara 76'); Sone Aluko, Floyd Ayité (Lucas Piazon 50'), Kebano (Odoi 5')

Unused substitutes: Rodák, Djalo, Tayo Edun, Cissé

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Cardiff City 2 6
2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 6
3 Nottingham Forest 2 6
4 Ipswich Town 2 6
5 Hull City 2 4
6 Queens Park Rangers 2 4
7 Leeds United 2 4
8 Preston North End 2 4
9 Bristol City 2 3
10 Sheffield United 1 3
11 Birmingham City 2 3
12 Fulham 2 2
13 Norwich City 1 1
14 Sunderland 1 1
15 Bolton Wanderers 2 1
16 Millwall 2 1
17 Sheffield Wednesday 2 1
18 Derby County 2 1
19 Reading 2 1
20 Aston Villa 2 1
21 Middlesbrough 1 0
22 Brentford 2 0
23 Barnsley 2 0
24 Burton Albion 2 0
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
23
6
Shots On Target
6
3
Passing Accuracy
89%
75%
Fouls
18
7
Corners
9
3
Offsides
2
3
Bookings
3
1
Sending Offs
0
1
Reading (3-4-1-2)
  • 1Vito Mannone
  • 20Tiago Ilori
  • 5Paul McShane
  • 6Liam Moore
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 38Liam Kelly
  • 8George Evans
  • 24Tyler Blackett
  • 10John Swift
  • 17Modou Barrow
  • 9Joseph Mendes
Substitutes
  • 31Anssi Jaakkola
  • 4Joey van den Berg
  • 21Stephen Quinn
  • 22Pelle Clement
  • 25Adrian Popa
  • 42Andy Rinomhota
  • 55Sam Smith
Manager
  • Jaap Stam
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 27David Button
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 24Sone Aluko
  • 11Floyd Ayité
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
Substitutes
  • 42Marek Rodák
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 23Marcelo Djalo
  • 20Lucas Piazon
  • 37Tayo Edun
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
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 1.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Reading 1, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+5' Foul by Adrian Popa (Reading).
  • 90'+5' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+4' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 90'+4' Pelle Clement (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+4' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Joseph Mendes (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pelle Clement.
  • 90'+2' Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 90'+1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Liam Moore.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Piazon.
  • 90' John Swift (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 88' Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joey van den Berg.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. Pelle Clement (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kelly.
  • 85' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 85' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 83' Substitution, Reading. Adrian Popa replaces Modou Barrow.
  • 82' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 1. Lucas Piazon (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 82' Liam Moore (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Stefan Johansen.
  • 74' Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 73' John Swift (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 73' Foul by John Swift (Reading).
  • 73' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Substitution, Reading. Pelle Clement replaces Tiago Ilori.
  • 72' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. John Swift (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.
  • 71' Tiago Ilori (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
  • 71' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
  • 71' Lucas Piazon (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 70' Liam Moore (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 70' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 70' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Attempt blocked. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 69' Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 69' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 67' Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).
  • 67' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Moore.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Joseph Mendes (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tyler Blackett with a cross.
  • 61' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 0. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joseph Mendes.
  • 59' Attempt blocked. Joseph Mendes (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Moore with a headed pass.
  • 59' Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Moore.
  • 58' Substitution, Reading. Joey van den Berg replaces George Evans.
  • 57' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Tim Ream.
  • 57' Attempt blocked. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Kelly.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Sone Aluko (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 55' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 54' Attempt saved. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Joseph Mendes (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross following a corner.
  • 54' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Lucas Piazon.
  • 53' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 50' Attempt missed. Paul McShane (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by John Swift following a corner.
  • 50' Substitution, Fulham. Lucas Piazon replaces Floyd Ayité because of an injury.
  • 50' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 49' Delay in match Floyd Ayité (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 48' Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Button.
  • 48' Attempt saved. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Moore.
  • 48' Attempt saved. Tiago Ilori (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Swift.
  • Second Half begins Reading 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+5' First Half ends, Reading 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul McShane.
  • 45'+3' Hand ball by Liam Kelly (Reading).
  • 45' Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).
  • 45' Oliver Norwood (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 44' Attempt missed. Liam Moore (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.
  • 42' Attempt blocked. Floyd Ayité (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 41' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
  • 41' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Vito Mannone.
  • 38' Attempt saved. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Floyd Ayité.
  • 37' Tiago Ilori (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 37' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 35' Offside, Fulham. David Button tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 32' Offside, Fulham. Sone Aluko tries a through ball, but Stefan Johansen is caught offside.
  • 31' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
  • 31' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Offside, Reading. Liam Moore tries a through ball, but Tyler Blackett is caught offside.
  • 29' Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Button.
  • 29' Attempt saved. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 29' Attempt missed. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 24' Attempt blocked. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.
  • 22' Foul by George Evans (Reading).
  • 22' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).
  • 20' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).
  • 18' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 17' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 15' Delay in match David Button (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 15' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 15' David Button (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 14' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ryan Sessegnon.
  • 13' Attempt missed. Tyler Blackett (Reading) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Liam Kelly with a cross following a corner.
  • 12' Corner, Reading. Conceded by David Button.
  • 12' Attempt saved. Joseph Mendes (Reading) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter with a cross.
  • 8' Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).
  • 8' Denis Odoi (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 6' Foul by Joseph Mendes (Reading).
  • 5' Offside, Fulham. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Floyd Ayité is caught offside.
  • 5' Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 5' Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).
  • 5' Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Neeskens Kebano.
  • 4' Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Gunter.
  • 3' Offside, Reading. John Swift tries a through ball, but Joseph Mendes is caught offside.
  • 1' .
  • 1' Tomas Kalas (Fulham) is shown the red card.
  • 1' Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).
  • 1' Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 1' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 1' Foul by Tiago Ilori (Reading).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.