Saturday 27 October 2012, 3:00pm at Madejski Stadium, Reading
Barclays Premier League
Reading
Reading
3
Leigertwood 26'; McCleary 85'; Robson-Kanu 90'
Fulham FC
Fulham
3
Ruiz 61'; Baird 77'; Berbatov 88'
An injury-time strike by Hal Robson-Kanu saw Fulham forced to settle for a draw in a thrilling contest at Reading on Saturday.

26' Goal

Mikele Leigertwood
Assist by Jobi McAnuff

85' Goal

Garath McCleary
Assist by Jason Roberts

90' Goal

Hal Robson-Kanu

76' Yellow Card

Shaun Cummings Card was given for a foul

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Garath McCleary
Off:Jay Tabb

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hal Robson-Kanu
Off:Jimmy Kébé

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adam Le Fondre
Off:Pavel Pogrebnyak

61' Goal

Bryan Ruiz
Assist by Damien Duff

77' Goal

Chris Baird
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

88' Goal

Dimitar Berbatov
Assist by Steve Sidwell

74' Yellow Card

Chris Baird Card was given for a foul

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Bryan Ruiz
Off:Hugo Rodallega

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Damien Duff

80' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Steve Sidwell
Off:Chris Baird

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An injury-time strike by Hal Robson-Kanu meant Fulham were forced to settle for a draw in a thrilling contest at Reading on Saturday.

Dimitar Berbatov’s late effort looked set to give Fulham the points, but substitute Robson-Kanu bundled home the equaliser in the dying seconds to ensure a share of the spoils at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading had led 1-0 at the break through Mikele Leigertwood’s screamer, but second-half goals from Bryan Ruiz (61) and Chris Baird (77) put Fulham in front, only for Garath McCleary to make it 2-2 with five minutes left.

Berbatov (88) then put Fulham back into the lead with a curling strike and that looked set to give the Whites the points. But again Reading came from behind to draw level in the last few seconds of the game through Robson-Kanu.

Martin Jol made two changes from the side that had beaten Aston Villa last time out, with Mahamadou Diarra and Damien Duff replacing Steve Sidwell and Mladen Petrić respectively. Hugo Rodallega started in attack, with Berbatov deployed in a deeper role in front of the midfield four. Ruiz returned to the substitutes’ bench after injury, but there was no place in the matchday squad for Alexander Kačaniklić. Former Fulham loan men Pavel Pogrebnyak and Nicky Shorey started for Reading.

And it was the ex-Whites pair who created the first opening of the game in the eighth minute. After Sascha Riether had half-cleared a Jason Roberts cross, Shorey picked up the loose ball and his clipped centre was nodded inches wide of the far post by Pogrebnyak from five yards out.

Fulham, for their part, were playing some neat, passing football. Inevitably, the main focus of their attack was Berbatov and it was the Bulgarian who had the Whites’ first effort on 16 minutes, but his long-range strike flew over the target. Diarra then let fly on 26 minutes, with his drive from distance going well over the bar after Duff’s corner had only been cleared as far as the Mali international.

Two minutes later, Reading were in front. Jobi McAnuff cut in from the left and played the ball across to the onrushing Leigertwood, who smashed a right-footed shot into the top left-hand corner of Mark Schwarzer’s goal from 25 yards out. It was a fine strike, but Fulham will have been disappointed not to have picked up the late run of the Reading man free.

Fulham’s best chance of the opening half came in the 37th minute. Duff wriggled into space on the right and floated a cross into the box. It was inch-perfect for Rodallega but the Colombian sent his header straight at Alex McCarthy from the edge of the six-yard box.

With two minutes of the half remaining, Duff met a Kieran Richardson cross but saw his shot go wide of the near post and proceedings then came to a close from an opening 45 minutes in which Fulham had failed to really get into gear.

Reading made the early running in the second half and Pogrebnyak couldn’t make proper contact with a Jimmy Kebe cross after Schwarzer had failed to get fingertips on the delivery. Schwarzer then had to be alert to save at the feet of Roberts after the striker had bundled his way into the box.

Jol responded to Reading’s early second-half dominance by replacing Rodallega with Ruiz on 58 minutes, a move which saw Berbatov pushed further upfield. The switch made almost immediate dividends with Ruiz hauling Fulham level with an absolute belter on 61. The Costa Rican collected Duff’s pass on the edge of the area and hit a superb left-footed drive past a stranded McCarthy to claim his first goal of the season.

Fulham had the bit between their teeth now. McCarthy did well to deal with a dangerous Riether cross, before Berbatov twisted and turned but fired into the side-netting. Jol made his second change on 68 minutes, replacing Duff with Ashkan Dejagah.

Against the run of play, Reading fashioned a chance through Kebe, whose curler from just outside the box was saved by Schwarzer, with the Australian gratefully pouncing on the loose ball.

At the other end, Baird saw an effort before deflected just wide. But from the resulting corner in the 77th minute, the Fulham man met Ruiz’s near-post delivery to flick his header past McCarthy for his second goal in as many weeks. The Northern Irishman injured himself in the process as he slipped upon landing and was substituted for Sidwell.

Fulham, however, couldn’t hold onto their lead and with five minutes to go, the Royals were level when McAnuff’s cross was slotted home from close range by substitute McCleary.

The action wasn’t over though. Sidwell fed Berbatov just inside the box and the striker curled a superb shot past McCarthy and into the far corner.

But again Fulham couldn’t hold on and when the Whites conceded a free-kick on the edge of the area, Robson-Kanu was quickest to react to Shorey’s delivery and prod home the equaliser.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 27 October 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 24,093

Referee: Michael Jones

Reading

Line-up: McCarthy; Cummings, Mariappa, Gorkss, Shorey; Kébé (Robson-Kanu 80'), Leigertwood, Tabb (McCleary 69'), McAnuff; Roberts, Pogrebnyak (Le Fondre 80')

Unused substitutes: Federici, Gunter, Pearce, Hunt

Manager: Brian McDermott

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff (Dejagah 67'), Baird (Sidwell 80'), Diarra, Richardson; Rodallega (Ruiz 58'), Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Karagounis, Petric

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 8 22
2 Manchester United 8 18
3 Manchester City 8 18
4 Arsenal 9 15
5 Everton 8 15
6 Fulham 9 14
7 Tottenham Hotspur 8 14
8 West Bromwich Albion 8 14
9 West Ham United 9 14
10 Swansea City 8 11
11 Newcastle United 8 10
12 Stoke City 9 9
13 Liverpool 8 9
14 Sunderland 8 9
15 Wigan Athletic 9 8
16 Norwich City 9 7
17 Aston Villa 9 6
18 Reading 8 4
19 Southampton 8 4
20 Queens Park Rangers 9 3
Goals
3
3
Total Shots
15
19
Shots On Target
8
6
Passing Accuracy
69%
85%
Fouls
6
17
Corners
6
8
Offsides
1
0
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Reading (4-4-2)
  • 21Alex McCarthy
  • 24Shaun Cummings
  • 6Adrian Mariappa
  • 17Kaspars Gorkss
  • 3Nicky Shorey
  • 14Jimmy Kébé
  • 8Mikele Leigertwood
  • 16Jay Tabb
  • 11Jobi McAnuff
  • 33Jason Roberts
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 1Adam Federici
  • 2Chris Gunter
  • 5Alex Pearce
  • 12Garath McCleary
  • 19Hal Robson-Kanu
  • 9Adam Le Fondre
  • 10Noel Hunt
Manager
  • Brian McDermott
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 10Mladen Petric
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
Manager
  • Martin Jol
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 3.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Reading 3, Fulham 3.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nicky Shorey with a cross following a corner.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 90'+3' Attempt saved. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 90'+3' Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Shaun Cummings.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 90'+2' Jason Roberts (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90' Goal! Reading 3, Fulham 3. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.
  • 90' Attempt missed. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Nicky Shorey with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 89' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 89' Adrian Mariappa (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 89' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 89' Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 88' Goal! Reading 2, Fulham 3. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.
  • 87' Attempt saved. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mikele Leigertwood.
  • 86' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 86' Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 85' Goal! Reading 2, Fulham 2. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jason Roberts.
  • 80' Substitution, Reading. Adam Le Fondre replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.
  • 80' Substitution, Fulham. Steve Sidwell replaces Chris Baird because of an injury.
  • 79' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 79' Delay in match Chris Baird (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 78' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 78' Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 78' Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Jimmy Kébé.
  • 77' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 2. Chris Baird (Fulham) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a cross following a corner.
  • 77' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Chris Baird (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 76' Shaun Cummings (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 76' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 76' Foul by Shaun Cummings (Reading).
  • 75' Attempt saved. Jimmy Kébé (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 74' Chris Baird (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 74' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 74' Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 71' Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Adrian Mariappa.
  • 70' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 70' Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Jay Tabb.
  • 69' Attempt missed. Aaron Hughes (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah with a cross following a corner.
  • 68' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.
  • 68' Attempt missed. Sascha Riether (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 68' Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).
  • 67' Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Damien Duff.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • 65' Attempt saved. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 63' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.
  • 61' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 1. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • 58' Substitution, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 56' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
  • 56' Attempt saved. Jason Roberts (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mikele Leigertwood.
  • 56' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 56' Jay Tabb (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 49' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jason Roberts.
  • 49' Attempt blocked. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 48' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 48' Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).
  • 46' Foul by Aaron Hughes (Fulham).
  • 46' Jason Roberts (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • Second Half begins Reading 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Reading 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Damien Duff (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.
  • 42' Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).
  • 42' Jay Tabb (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 41' Attempt missed. Chris Baird (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 37' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 37' Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).
  • 36' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross.
  • 35' Attempt missed. Jay Tabb (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jimmy Kébé with a cross.
  • 34' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
  • 33' Attempt missed. Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 33' Attempt blocked. Sascha Riether (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 31' Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.
  • 30' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 30' Jason Roberts (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 29' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 29' Adrian Mariappa (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Offside, Reading. Jimmy Kébé tries a through ball, but Jason Roberts is caught offside.
  • 26' Goal! Reading 1, Fulham 0. Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.
  • 25' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 25' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).
  • 23' Attempt missed. Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
  • 23' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.
  • 23' Attempt blocked. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross.
  • 23' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jimmy Kébé.
  • 22' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieran Richardson with a cross.
  • 20' Hand ball by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 20' Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).
  • 20' Shaun Cummings (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 16' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 16' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 16' Jimmy Kébé (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 15' Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).
  • 15' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 11' Corner, Reading. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
  • 11' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 11' Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Attempt missed. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nicky Shorey.
  • 6' Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nicky Shorey with a cross.
  • 6' Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Roberts.
  • 5' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Nicky Shorey.
  • 3' Attempt blocked. Chris Baird (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Arne Riise.
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.
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