• English Barclays Premier League
  • 2 February 2013, 3:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 23,829
  • Kébé, 7
  • Kébé, 85
  • Gardner, pen 29

live commentary

93 mins:FULL-TIME READING 2-1 SUNDERLAND JIMMY KEBE'S double earn Reading a valuable win, in a scrappy game against Sunderland who were poor throughout.

92 mins:Late pressure for Sunderland at the minute as they keep Reading into their own area.

90 mins:Into injury time now at the Madjeski.

89 mins:Sunderland win a corner, after a decent challenge by Kelly.

87 mins:Sunderland trying to respond here, but McClean is denied by a great challenge.

85 mins:GOAL READING 2-1 SUNDERLAND JIMMY KEBE gets in his second of the game as he turns in a Ian Harte free-kick, poor defending by Sunderland though.

83 mins:Great save from Federici, as he denies Danny Graham a debut goal.

82 mins:Cross put in by Johnson, and Graham gets a header in, which is blocked for a corner.

80 mins:Good chance for Sunderland there, but N'Diaye is wasteful once again, shooting wide from ten yards out.

78 mins:Danny Graham is coming on for his debut, replacing Sessegnon.

77 mins:Sunderland may be happy with the point at the minute, as they have been very poor in attack.

75 mins:Off the bar, Mariappa's header strkies the woodwork, though it took a touch off Mignolet and should have been a corner.

74 mins:Le Fondre wins a corner for the home side.

72 mins:Still no real chances here, though Danny Rose has just put in a delightful ball, though no-one can get on the end of it.

70 mins:Dangerous ball into the box from Sunderland, which Federici flaps at, though no-one is unable to get on the end of it.

68 mins:The game is still scrappy, with both sides struggling to create any chances.

66 mins:Super sub Adam Le Fondre enters the fray, replacing Garath McCleary.

64 mins:James McClean is coming on for David Vaughan as Martin O'Neill makes his second change.

62 mins:Still the tackles are flying in, as Kelly clatters into Rose.

60 mins:Ian Harte strikes the resultant free-kick straight into the wall.

58 mins:Reading win a free-kick in a dangerous position.

56 mins:Great chance for Reading, as Pearce heads over after Harte's shot was kept out by Mignolet

54 mins:Decent ball in from Harte just evades the Reading attack, the home side trying to exert some pressure.

52 mins:Chance for Steven Fletcher, but his shot is poor and trickles through to Adam Federici.

50 mins:Second- half has stared like the first really, still very scrappy.

48 mins:The away side have made the brighter start to the second half here.

46 mins:Reading kick the second half off, with the away side making a change at half-time, Danny Rose coming on for Seb Larsson.

45 mins:HALF-TIME READING 1-1 SUNDERLAND scrappy first half at the Madjeski, with Jimmy Kebe scoring with the first shot of the game, left-footed into the top corner, Sunderland equalise from the penalty spot through Gardner, after a clumsy tackle from Pavel Pogrebnyak.

44 mins:Both sides content to go in level at the interval.

42 mins:Reading after a penalty there, as McAnuff feels he was fouled by O'Shea, but ref Lee Mason gives the foul the other way.

40 mins:Great save from Mignolet, who denies Pogrebnyak.

38 mins:Important challenge from Alex Pearce there as Sunderland looked dangerous then.

36 mins:The home side are enjoying a good spell here, with Ian harte cutting in from the left and shooting wide right-footed.

34 mins:Jimmy Kebe, who seems to be the main attacking force for Reading today, again tries his luck from distance, though it is high, wide and handsome of Mignolet's goal.

32 mins:Game staring to open up a bit now.

30 mins:Good response by Reading as Jimmy Kebe lets fly from distance and is just wide.

28 mins:GOAL READING 1-1 SUNDERLAND CRAIG GARDNER rifles the penalty past Federici and into the right hand side of the net.

27 mins:The away side are starting to exert some pressure here as they force a corner, and Progrebynak commits a foul in the area and Sunderland have a penalty!

25 mins:Adam Federici is called into action as Alfred N'Diaye shoots from outside the area, before he then saves the follow-up from Larsson, who wants a penalty.

23 mins:Sunderland coming into this now as N'Diaye gets in a decent ball into the box.

21 mins:Chance for Reading from the resulting free-kick as a volley by centre back Pearce is supposedly blocked by N'Diaye.

19 mins:Craig Gardner is booked for Sunderland as he hauls down Garath McCleary.

17 mins:Good ball in from McAnuff from the left wing, which causes the Sunderland defence some problems.

15 mins:Not a lot of passing going on at the minute, both teams guilty of going direct to both their front-men.

13 mins:Sunderland try to hit the home side on the break, but Seb Larsson is unable to get onto a ball played to him.

11 mins:Still rather scrappy here, with the goal the only chance of the match so far.

9 mins:N'Diaye tries his luck from 35 yards, but it goes well wide.

7 mins:GOAL READING 1-0 SUNDERLAND JIMMY KEBE fires the Royals into the lead, slamming the ball into the top corner, left-footed with the first chance of the game.

5 mins:Both sides struggling to get a foothold in the game so far.

3 mins:Bit of a scrappy opening here, with both sides guilty of committing fouls.

1 mins:Sunderland get the game underway and Steven Fletcher is fouled by Jobi McAnuff after 20 seconds and the Reading man is booked.

Reading make two changes to the side that came from two down to draw with Chelsea in midweek, though surprisingly two-goal Adam Le Fondre isn't one of them, he remains on the bench. Hope Akpan and Garath McCleary are the men that come in. Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill doesn't give a full debut to Ł5million signing Danny Graham, he is on the bench as Sunderland are unchanged from last time out.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 2 February 2013, 3:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 23,829
  • Kébé, 7
  • Kébé, 85
  • Gardner, pen 29

match report

Two goals from Jimmy Kebe gave a resurgent Reading a 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Madejski Stadium.

The Malian was the star of the show as he opened the scoring after just seven minutes before, more importantly, heading the winner just minutes from time.

Sunderland were second best on the day, but created the better chances - although their equaliser on the half-hour mark was courtesy of a penalty which Craig Gardner fired home.

A late victory over West Brom last month and a brace from Adam Le Fondre in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea in midweek had seen the Royals make a great start to 2013 and, thanks to Kebe, they have now taken 14 points from a possible 21.

Brian McDermott's men took the lead with the first meaningful attack of the game when Jobi McAnuff reached the byline before pulling the ball back for Kebe, who touched the ball past John O'Shea before firing past Simon Mignolet into the top corner.

Adam Federici was not tested in the Reading goal until the 24th minute when Alfred N'Diaye brushed off a couple of challenges before shooting low at the Australian, who could only push the ball into the path of the onrushing Sebastian Larsson but the home keeper was quickly back to his feet to keep out the follow-up.

Sunderland did not have to wait long before being gifted the chance to level which they readily accepted. O'Shea was chasing a clearance on the edge of the box as Pavel Pogrebnyak slid in and brought the former Manchester United man down.

The foul was missed by referee Lee Mason but not by his assistant Simon Beck, who received heavy criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson last month - which has landed the United boss in hot water with the Football Association - and Gardner thumped the resulting penalty past Federici.

Reading almost regained their lead five minutes before the break as Pogrebnyak climbed to head Ian Harte's free-kick towards goal, only for Mignolet to claw the ball to safety.

Despite their side being on top in the game the Reading fans soon started to sing for Le Fondre to be introduced from the bench and McDermott obliged, replacing Garath McCleary with the in-form frontman and then Pogrebnyak with new signing Nick Blackman.

Reading almost went ahead when another set-piece from experienced full-back Harte saw Adrian Mariappa get in front of his man but his header came back off the crossbar thanks to a crucial touch from Mignolet.

Sunderland's debutant Danny Graham was the next player brought on to try to find a winner - but it was N'Diaye who should have given the visitors the lead with just 10 minutes left on the clock, only to fire wildly wide after he had been played in by Adam Johnson down the right flank.

Newcastle fan Graham almost endeared himself to the Sunderland fans just minutes after coming on but his header was tipped over by Federici. The visitors were suddenly looking the most likely to score a dramatic winner but Reading have made it their trademark of late and they struck again with five minutes remaining.

Once again Sunderland's defence could not deal with a Harte free-kick, as the former Republic of Ireland defender thrashed the ball to the back post where Kebe rose to head home and give Reading a massive win.

team line-up

1Adam Federici
6Adrian Mariappa
5Alex Pearce
23Ian Harte
27Stephen Kelly
28Hope Akpan
14Jimmy Kébé
11Jobi McAnuff
8Mikele Leigertwood
12Garath McCleary65
7Pavel Pogrebnyak72


30Nick Blackman72
4Jem Karacan
3Nicky Shorey
20Danny Guthrie
41Stuart Taylor
15Sean Morrison
9Adam Le Fondre65


Lee Mason

team line-up

22Simon Mignolet
8Craig Gardner
19Titus Bramble
14Jack Colback
16John O'Shea
15David Vaughan62
21Adam Johnson
7Sebastian Larsson45
28Stéphane Sessegnon80
4Alfred N'Diaye
26Steven Fletcher


3Danny Rose45
9Danny Graham80
18Kader Mangane
23James McClean62
10Connor Wickham
2Phillip Bardsley
20Keiren Westwood


Lee Mason

match stats

possession %4851
shots on target36
shots off target74
tackles won1120