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  • English FA Cup
  • 5 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Broadfield Stadium
  • Attendance: 5,880
CrawleyCrawleyvReadingReading
1
  • Adams, 1
3
  • Le Fondre, 13
  • Hunt, 44
  • Le Fondre, pen 49

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Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Reading 3.

90+4 mins:Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Reading 3.

90+4 mins:Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90+2 mins:Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

90+2 mins:Offside, Reading. Noel Hunt tries a through ball, but Noel Hunt is caught offside.

90+1 mins:Attempt saved. Noel Hunt (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

90+1 mins:Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

89 mins:Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

89 mins:Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick.

89 mins:Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

88 mins:Attempt saved. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Matthew Sadler.

87 mins:Corner, Crawley Town.

86 mins:Corner, Reading.

85 mins:Substitution, Reading. Chris Gunter replaces Garath McCleary.

82 mins:Substitution, Crawley Town. John Akinde replaces David Hunt.

82 mins:Corner, Crawley Town.

82 mins:Attempt saved. Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

81 mins:Corner, Crawley Town.

78 mins:Corner, Crawley Town.

76 mins:Offside, Reading. Adam Le Fondre tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

75 mins:Offside, Reading. Adam Le Fondre tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

74 mins:Foul by Danny Guthrie (Reading).

74 mins:Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick.

74 mins:Corner, Crawley Town.

73 mins:Attempt saved. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

73 mins:Sean Morrison (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69 mins:Attempt missed. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

68 mins:Substitution, Crawley Town. Lateef Elford-Alliyu replaces Michael Jones.

66 mins:Corner, Reading.

63 mins:Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60 mins:Corner, Reading.

59 mins:Substitution, Reading. Danny Guthrie replaces Jem Karacan.

58 mins:Corner, Crawley Town.

55 mins:Corner, Reading.

52 mins:Offside, Reading. Adam Le Fondre tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

49 mins:Goal! Crawley Town 1, Reading 3. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

48 mins:Penalty conceded by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

48 mins:Penalty Reading. Noel Hunt draws a foul in the penalty area.

47 mins:Attempt missed. Jem Karacan (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

46 mins:Attempt saved. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved. Assisted by Ian Harte.

46 mins:Corner, Reading.

Second Half begins Crawley Town 1, Reading 2.

45+1 mins:First Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Reading 2.

44 mins:Goal! Crawley Town 1, Reading 2. Noel Hunt (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

42 mins:Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

42 mins:Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) wins a free kick.

42 mins:Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

41 mins:Foul by Sean Morrison (Reading).

41 mins:Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) wins a free kick.

40 mins:Attempt saved. Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved.

37 mins:Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

35 mins:Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

35 mins:Hope Akpan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick.

35 mins:Attempt blocked. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

33 mins:Attempt saved. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

30 mins:Attempt saved. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

27 mins:Attempt missed. Noel Hunt (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

27 mins:Offside, Reading. Noel Hunt tries a through ball, but Noel Hunt is caught offside.

25 mins:Corner, Reading.

25 mins:Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

22 mins:Attempt missed. Jem Karacan (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

21 mins:Hand ball by Billy Clarke (Crawley Town).

14 mins:Attempt saved. Noel Hunt (Reading) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved.

13 mins:Goal! Crawley Town 1, Reading 1. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

12 mins:Corner, Reading.

11 mins:Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

11 mins:Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick.

10 mins:Corner, Crawley Town.

10 mins:Attempt saved. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Matthew Sadler.

10 mins:Corner, Crawley Town.

9 mins:Corner, Crawley Town.

7 mins:Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

5 mins:Attempt blocked. Billy Clarke (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

2 mins:Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

2 mins:Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick.

1 mins:Goal! Crawley Town 1, Reading 0. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English FA Cup
  • 5 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Broadfield Stadium
  • Attendance: 5,880
CrawleyCrawleyvReadingReading
1
  • Adams, 1
3
  • Le Fondre, 13
  • Hunt, 44
  • Le Fondre, pen 49

match report

Reading overcame an early scare to book a place in the FA Cup fourth round as Adam Le Fondre scored a goal in each half in a 3-1 win at Crawley Town.

League One side Crawley enjoyed a dream start when taking the lead inside the first minute through Nicky Adams, but Le Fondre equalised for Reading on 13 minutes.

The Premier League strugglers edged ahead a minute before half-time through Noel Hunt and Le Fondre made certain of his team's progression with the third goal early in the second half.

After a busy Christmas programme, Reading manager Brian McDermott made seven changes and for 44 minutes it looked like a gamble he might lose as Crawley, buoyed by the early lead, looked more hungry, more organised and they exploited the visitors' vulnerable defence without being able to add to Adams' stunning opener.

Supporters were still taking their seats when Ian Harte, captaining Reading for the first time, was robbed of possession by Adams, who cut in from the right and beat goalkeeper Adam Federici with a 25-yard strike into the top corner.

Billy Clarke saw his shot headed clear by defender Alex Pearce after working space in the Reading box and Adams tried another long-range effort, which this time flew wide.

Federici produced an acrobatic save from Joe Walsh's header before Reading, having weathered a storm for the opening 13 minutes, capitalised from their first real period of pressure.

After a succession of corners, Garath McCleary stooped to meet Harte's cross with a cushioned header back to Le Fondre, who directed a first-time shot low past Crawley goalkeeper Paul Jones.

Crawley continued to ask questions of the flimsy Reading defence, with Federici pressed into action to deny Simpson after another Harte mistake and then Clarke from close range.

But Reading snatched the half-time lead. McCleary's pace and trickery as he ran into the box left Crawley full-back David Hunt on his backside and Hunt turned the cross past Jones.

Reading looked far more composed when they emerged for the second half, with Jem Karacan glancing a header wide before Hunt went down under a challenge from Walsh. Referee Anthony Taylor awarded the penalty, despite the Crawley protestations, and Le Fondre drilled his shot into the roof of the net.

The match was effectively over as a contest at that point as Reading's superior quality began to tell and they bossed the second half, although Le Fondre could not fashion a hat-trick.

team line-up

1Paul Jones
4Mark Connolly
3Matthew Sadler
13David Hunt82
12Joe Walsh
11Josh Simpson
7Billy Clarke
16Nicky Adams
6Hope Akpan
21Michael Jones68
9Gary Alexander

substitutes

19Nathan Byrne
8Sergio Torres
20Lateef Elford-Alliyu68
15Dannie Bulman
25Michel Kuipers
18Shaun Cooper
17John Akinde82

referee

Anthony Taylor

team line-up

1Adam Federici
23Ian Harte
5Alex Pearce
15Sean Morrison
24Shaun Cummings
16Jay Tabb
4Jem Karacan59
19Hal Robson-Kanu
12Garath McCleary85
9Adam Le Fondre
10Noel Hunt

substitutes

41Stuart Taylor
2Chris Gunter85
3Nicky Shorey
18Simon Church
6Adrian Mariappa
20Danny Guthrie59
36Gozie Ugwu

referee

Anthony Taylor

match stats

possession %5247
shots on target86
shots off target74
corners97
tackles won00
offsides05