• English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • St James' Park
  • Attendance: 49,411
  • Cabaye, 35
  • Le Fondre, 71
  • Le Fondre, 77

live commentary


93 mins: Jimmy Kébé shown a yellow card

92 mins: Gabriel Obertan hits a shot straight at Adam Federici as time ticks down

91 mins:Newcastle are trying to throw everything forward but Reading are standing firm

90 mins:There will be four minutes added time to be played

87 mins: James Perch knocks down a cross and Papiss Demba Cissé hits his shot over the bar

85 mins: Gael Bigirimana flahes a dangerous ball into the area that Adam Federici does well to punch clear

84 mins:The home side are really struggling and the Newcastle crown are restless as the fluency of earlier in the game has gone

82 mins:Newcastle are shell-shocked by the Reading turnaround but the visitors have really stepped things up with Jimmy Kébé a constant thorn and Adam Le Fondre a revelation

80 mins: Vurnon Anita replaced by Gabriel Obertan

79 mins: Mathieu Debuchy given a yellow card

77 mins:GOAL. Newcastle 1-2 READING, a second goal for Adam Le Fondre. A Jimmy Kébé cross is missed by Hope Akpan and Le Fondre curls it into the net

75 mins:The fans are not happy with Yohan Cabaye being replaced as he has been the Newcastle dangerman all game

74 mins: Yohan Cabaye replaced by Gael Bigirimana

71 mins:GOAL. Newcastle 1-1 READING, a goal for Adam Le Fondre. Jimmy Kébé put a cross in from the right and the substitute diverts it into the net

70 mins: Adam Le Fondre brought on for Danny Guthrie

68 mins:The game has turned scrappy with both sides failing to hold onto possession for periods

67 mins: Stephen Kelly given a yellow card

65 mins: Danny Guthrie shown a yellow card

63 mins: Sylvain Marveaux replaced by James Perch

62 mins: Hope Akpan on for Garath McCleary

60 mins: Good play between Danny Guthrie and Jimmy Kébé gets the ball to Pavel Pogrebnyak, who hits a shot that flies wide of the target

57 mins: Danny Guthrie hits a long-range free kick over the home bar

55 mins:A yellow card for Michael Williamson

54 mins: Yohan Cabaye hits a shot wide of the target after good set up from Papiss Demba Cissé

52 mins: Shola Ameobi tries with an optimistic long-range curling effort that sails wide - there were team-mates in better positions

49 mins:Reading have come out fighting at the start of the second half and have put a number of dangerous balls into the box

47 mins: Ian Harte whips a dangerous ball into the Newcastle box and it hits Mikele Leigertwood before going wide of the post

45 mins:Reading get the second half underway


45 mins:One minute of added time to be played

43 mins:Reading have responded well to going behind as the home side look to ease off heading into half-time

40 mins:Newcastle have dominated the first half and Reading really need to get more support up to Pavel Pogrebnyak as they have struggled going forward

38 mins: Good play between Stephen Kelly and Jimmy Kébé down Reading's right but there's no-one in the box when the ball comes in

35 mins:GOAL. NEWCASTLE 1-0 Reading, a goal from Yohan Cabaye. He hit a curled free kick from the edge of the area into the top corner.

30 mins:Another great save from Adam Federici. Mathieu Debuchy on the right slides the ball across and it is met by Papiss Demba Cissé, who sees it saved at point-blank range by the Reading keeper

28 mins: Yohan Cabaye with another free kick that sees a Papiss Demba Cissé volley smartly saved by Adam Federici

27 mins: Garath McCleary gets free down the left and hits the ball into the box that Pavel Pogrebnyak diverts wide of the goal

25 mins: Yohan Cabaye with a free kick that sees Shola Ameobi and Fabricio Coloccini free in space - but the flag is up for offside

23 mins:It remains all Newcastle and Reading are showing very little going forward

21 mins: Adrian Mariappa with a short backpass and Adam Federici has to be at his best to get there ahead of an onrushing Papiss Demba Cissé

18 mins:Newcastle continue to dominate the game but cannot continue missing chances

16 mins: Yohan Cabaye puts a cross towards Papiss Demba Cissé and his header is saved excellently by Adam Federici

14 mins: Yohan Cabaye with a 25-yard effort that Adam Federici saves

12 mins: Shola Ameobi on the right aims for Papiss Demba Cissé and Adam Federici grabs it

11 mins: Mikele Leigertwood intercepts and tries to feed in Jimmy Kébé, and Tim Krul does well to stop his cross towards Pavel Pogrebnyak

8 mins:Newcastle continue to enjoy the bulk of the possession with play congested in the middle of the park

6 mins:The home side are on top and dictating play, knocking the ball around in midfield

4 mins: Yohan Cabaye puts a free kick into the box and it ends with Michael Williamson missing his kick at the far post

2 mins:Newcastle start on the attack and Adam Federici gets a few early touches

Newcastle kick off the game

3 mins:Reading: Federici, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, Leigertwood, Guthrie, Kebe, McCleary, McAnuff, Pogrebnyak

2 mins:Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Anita, Cabaye, Ameobi, Marveaux, Gutierrez, Cisse

1 mins:Welcome to the text coverage of Newcastle's Premier League game with Reading at St James' Park.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • St James' Park
  • Attendance: 49,411
  • Cabaye, 35
  • Le Fondre, 71
  • Le Fondre, 77

match report

Adam Le Fondre came off the bench to score twice and give Reading a 2-1 win over Newcastle, their first Premier League away victory since 2008.

Newcastle had looked comfortable at the break after Yohan Cabaye, on his first start since November, had curled home a wonderful free-kick ten minutes before the break, but Le Fondre struck twice in the space of six minutes to earn Reading the points.

If ever there was a must-win game, this was it for Newcastle after a run of just two wins in 13 Premier League games which had seen them slide inexorably towards the scramble for top-flight survival.

Promoted Reading arrived on Tyneside as one of only four sides with a worse record than the Magpies, and they showed glimpses early on and should have gone ahead through Pavel Pogrebnyak as he slid the ball wide.

But it was Adam Federici who kept Reading in the game in the opening 45 minutes after a string of fine saves.

He kept out Papiss Cisse on two occasions with excellent stops, whilst he also saved well from Cabaye before the Frenchman curled home his effort from 22 yards.

The second half saw Reading come out strong, but they could not find a way through and Newcastle looked to have weathered the storm from both the visitors and the conditions as the snow came down.

Then Reading boss Brian McDermott brought on Le Fondre and, within 60 seconds he had levelled. Mikele Leigertwood found Jimmy Kebe with a wonderful cross-field pass, the winger fired the ball into the six-yard box and Le Fondre bundled the ball over the line.

Moments later the home fans were less than happy as Cabaye was brought off, and their mood was somewhat worse minutes later as Reading snatched the lead.

Again Kebe was involved as he nodded the ball down for Hope Akpan, his mis-hit shot fell into Le Fondre's path and he curled the ball into the corner from 12-yards.

Cisse fired wastefully over the top and substitute Gabriel Obertan forced Federici to make a late save in a desperate flurry, but there was no way back for a beleaguered Newcastle.

The win means Reading now move out of the bottom three and to within two points of Newcastle who are firmly in the relegation dog-fight.

team line-up

1Tim Krul
3Davide Santon
26Mathieu Debuchy
6Michael Williamson
2Fabricio Coloccini
22Sylvain Marveaux65
4Yohan Cabaye74
18Jonás Gutiérrez
8Vurnon Anita80
23Shola Ameobi
9Papiss Demba Cissé


21Robert Elliot
30Nile Ranger
14James Perch65
27Steven Taylor
28Sammy Ameobi
25Gabriel Obertan80
20Gael Bigirimana74


Andre Marriner

team line-up

1Adam Federici
23Ian Harte
27Stephen Kelly
6Adrian Mariappa
5Alex Pearce
8Mikele Leigertwood
20Danny Guthrie70
11Jobi McAnuff
14Jimmy Kébé
12Garath McCleary64
7Pavel Pogrebnyak


9Adam Le Fondre70
4Jem Karacan
15Sean Morrison
10Noel Hunt
41Stuart Taylor
2Chris Gunter
28Hope Akpan64


Andre Marriner

match stats

possession %5544
shots on target72
shots off target65
tackles won1012