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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 23,495
ReadingReadingvWest BromWest Brom
3
  • Kébé, 82
  • Le Fondre, pen 88
  • Pogrebnyak, 90
2
  • Lukaku, 19
  • Lukaku, 69

live commentary

94 mins:Full time at the Madjeski Stadium as Reading score three times in six minutes to come from two goals down and clinch an invaluable win. West Brom will wonder how they lost this, as Lukaku hit the woodwork as well as scoring twice, though Brian McDermott will be pleased with how his side fought back into the game.

92 mins:West Brom not really threatening an equaliser.

90 mins:Four minutes of injury time to be played, Pogrebnyak was booked for his celebrations for his goal.

88 mins:GOAL- READING 3-2 WEST BROM great comeback from Reading as Pogrebnyak fires past Ben Foster after poor defending from the Baggies.

87 mins:GOAL READING 2-2 WEST BROM LE FONDRE scores from the penalty spot, after Jimmy Kebe was brought down by Jonas Olsson.

86 mins:West Brom having to hold on at the minute as Reading keep throwing crosses into the Baggies box.

84 mins:Reading giving it a really good go now, as Guthrie's curling effort is saved by Foster.

82 mins:GOAL- READING 1-2 WEST BROM JIMMY KEBE pulls one back with a diving header after Le Fondre flicked on a McCleary cross.

81 mins:First change of the day for the Baggies as Graham Dorrans is replaced by Markus Rosenborg.

79 mins:Romelu Lukaku, who is chasing a hattrick sees his shot blocked and put behind for a corner.

77 mins:West Brom threaten a third, though Morrison's right footed shot is weak and goes wide.

75 mins:Chance for Reading to pull one back, firstly Jimmy Kebe has a shot blocked, before Danny Guthrie fires the follow up straight at Foster.

73 mins:West Brom really comfortable here now.

71 mins:GOAL- READING 0-2 WEST BROM seconds after hitting the bar LUKAKU finally gets his secong with a powerful low shot past Federici.

70 mins:Romelu Lukaku hits the woodwork again! this time the crossbar.

68 mins:Great chance for Reading as Adrian Mariappa heads over from four yards after a ball in deflected off Olsson into his path.

66 mins:Another change for Reading as Adam Le Fondre comes on for Jem Karacan.

64 mins:Good defending from Jonas Olsson as he stops Jimmy Kebe's dangerous run.

62 mins:West Brom still look dangerous on the break, with Lukaku and Morrison in particular.

60 mins:Reading still struggling to create, this time its Gunther who wastes his cross by putting it into the arms of Foster.

58 mins:Off the post from Lukaku, as more great play from him and Morrison results in the Belgian heading his cross against the post with Federici beaten.

56 mins:Off the line! Reading almost equalise as Foster flaps at a ball into the box.

54 mins:It wasn't McAnuff who was replaced at half-time, it was the debutant Dnaile Carrico

52 mins:Romelu Lukaku again looks dangerous but the Reading defence do just about enough to keep him out.

50 mins:Reading boss Brian McDermott did make a change at half-time with Garath McClearly replacing McAnuff.

48 mins:West Brom have really started brightly and Lukaku puts the ball in to the net but he's offside.

46 mins:Second half kicks off and West Brom instantly threaten through Lukaku, though his shot is well blocked by Adrian Mariappa.

45 mins:Half time at the Madjeski, with West Brom deservedly ahead, Reading boss Brian McDermott may consider making changes as his side has looked toothless in attack.

45 mins:One minute of injury time to be played.

43 mins:Reading have been poor in attack today, with their set plays in particular disappointing.

41 mins:Billy Jones will have to be careful here, as he again brings down McAnuff, next foul and he may be off.

39 mins:West Brom dealing rather easily with the Reading attack.

37 mins:Good play by Thomas and Ridgewell down the left results in the away side winning a corner, which is well defended by Reading.

35 mins:McAnuff again runs at Billy Jones, who brings him down and is promptly booked by ref Kevin Friend.

33 mins:McAnuff threatens down the left, though Billy Jones sees off the danger.

31 mins:First attempt on goal for the home side, though Jobi McAnuff's header is straight into the arms of Foster.

29 mins:Both sides not really keeping hold of the ball at the minute so the game is a bit scrappy.

27 mins:West Brom content to soak up any Reading pressure and then hit them on the counter attack.

25 mins:Corner from Reading is straight into the hands of Ben Foster.

23 mins:Although they are seeing more of the ball, the home side are wasteful in possession, as the West Brom defence holds firm.

21 mins:Reading look to respond instantly, though are unable to create an opening.

19 mins:GOAL- READING 0-1 WEST BROM- LUKAKU scores from six yards, after a quick breakaway from James Morrison.

17 mins:Federici is called into action again and this time it's crucial, as Morrison fires in a shot at goal.

15 mins:Chance for Lukaku as he's played through by James Morrison, but it's saved by Federici, though it wouldn't have counted as he was offside.

13 mins:Reading still having the better of this, though no cklear cut chances from either side yet.

11 mins:More good play from kebe, results in a dangerous cross in, which just evades Pogrebnyak and is cleared by McAuley for a corner.

9 mins:The game is being fought out in midfield at the minute, no surprise really as both sides have gone with five men in there.

7 mins:Lukaku briefly threatens for the away side, before Reading break through the pace of Kebe, though his run comes to nothing.

5 mins:Both sides have made a promising start, with Reading just edging these early stages.

3 mins:Reading force an early corner, which Jimmy Kebe almost gets on the end of.

1 mins:The match gets underway.

Brian McDermott has made seven changes to the Reading side that beat Crawley in the FA Cup a week ago. Daniel Carrico makes his debut following his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, with Chris Gunter, Adrian Mariappa, Jimmy Kebe, Jobi McAnuff, Danny Guthrie and Pavel Pogrebnyak all returning. There are four changes to the West Brom side that drew with QPR in the FA Cup last Saturday. Defender Jonas Olsson, subject of a bid from QPR this week, is back as are goalkeeper Ben Foster, midfielders Graeme Dorrans and Jerome Thomas.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 23,495
ReadingReadingvWest BromWest Brom
3
  • Kébé, 82
  • Le Fondre, pen 88
  • Pogrebnyak, 90
2
  • Lukaku, 19
  • Lukaku, 69

match report

Reading came from 2-0 down to beat West Brom 3-2 at the Madejski Stadium, where Pavel Pogrebnyak bagged the winner.

Brian McDermott's side displayed the qualities they will need to stay in the Premier League in eight frantic minutes to record only their third win of the season and move them off the bottom of the table.

As the game entered the closing stages and with West Brom appearing to have secured all three points, Reading staged the most unlikely of comebacks.

Romelu Lukaku put West Brom 1-0 up in the first half after neat approach play by James Morrison. Reading failed to contain Morrison and it was one of many chances Lukaku was presented with by the Scotsman over the course of the afternoon.

In the second half the on-loan Chelsea frontman doubled West Brom's lead and it was the same combination of players again. Morrison received the ball on halfway and released Lukaku. The striker opted to hit his shot early and it beat Adam Federici at his near post.

Lukaku could have earlier put the game beyond Reading, striking the upright with a header again after tidy play by Morrison, and then hitting the underside of the bar.

At this stage it looked like West Brom might run away with things as they continued to test Federici in the Reading goal.

But substitute Garath McCleary crossed for Jimmy Kebe to head in with eight minutes remaining and then the otherwise impressive Jonas Olsson fouled Kebe and Reading's other substitute Adam Le Fondre stepped up to convert from the spot.

The stage was then set for Reading to transform what looked to be one of their worst performances of the season into their best.

In stoppage time Alex Pearce climbed highest to nod down the Reading free-kick and when it broke to Pogrebnyak on eight yards he made no mistake, flicking the ball over Ben Foster.

It was a fitting reward for the Russian, who worked tirelessly all afternoon but more importantly moved his side back above QPR and off the bottom of the Premier League.

The defeat will be hard for West Brom to take having got so close, but that's three defeats in five on the road for Steve Clarke's men and they remain in seventh place, two points above Liverpool.

team line-up

1Adam Federici
5Alex Pearce
6Adrian Mariappa
23Ian Harte
2Chris Gunter
20Danny Guthrie
14Jimmy Kébé
4Jem Karacan66
11Jobi McAnuff
29Daniel Carrico45
7Pavel Pogrebnyak

substitutes

12Garath McCleary45
15Sean Morrison
24Shaun Cummings
9Adam Le Fondre66
28Hope Akpan
41Stuart Taylor
10Noel Hunt

referee

Kevin Friend

team line-up

1Ben Foster
6Liam Ridgewell
23Gareth McAuley
3Jonas Olsson
28Billy Jones
17Graham Dorrans80
7James Morrison
11Chris Brunt
15George Thorne
14Jerome Thomas
20Romelu Lukaku

substitutes

8Markus Rosenberg80
25Craig Dawson
10Yassine El Ghanassy
36Adil Nabi
13Boaz Myhill
30Gabriel Tamas
4Goran Popov

referee

Kevin Friend

match stats

possession %5742
shots on target73
shots off target07
corners84
tackles won714
offsides22