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  • English FA Cup
  • 26 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 14,715
ReadingReadingvSheff UtdSheff Utd
4
  • Hunt, 6
  • Leigertwood, 40
  • Hunt, 50
  • McCleary, 54
0

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Match ends, Reading 4, Sheffield United 0.

90+3 mins:Second Half ends, Reading 4, Sheffield United 0.

90 mins:Foul by Sean Morrison (Reading).

90 mins:Elliot Whitehouse (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

87 mins:Foul by Jem Karacan (Reading).

87 mins:Nick Blackman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

87 mins:Foul by Elliot Whitehouse (Sheffield United).

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

85 mins:Foul by Dave Kitson (Sheffield United).

85 mins:Jem Karacan (Reading) wins a free kick.

84 mins:Substitution, Reading. Danny Guthrie replaces Mikele Leigertwood.

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

84 mins:Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

82 mins:Corner, Reading.

81 mins:Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nick Blackman with a cross.

76 mins:Substitution, Sheffield United. Neill Collins replaces Darryl Westlake.

72 mins:Attempt missed. Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

72 mins:Corner, Reading.

72 mins:Attempt blocked. Noel Hunt (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71 mins:Foul by Darryl Westlake (Sheffield United).

71 mins:Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick.

70 mins:Foul by Nick Blackman (Sheffield United).

70 mins:Adrian Mariappa (Reading) wins a free kick.

69 mins:Substitution, Sheffield United. Elliot Whitehouse replaces Kevin McDonald.

69 mins:Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

68 mins:Foul by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

68 mins:Nick Blackman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

68 mins:Attempt blocked. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65 mins:Offside, Sheffield United. Nick Blackman tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.

65 mins:Attempt saved. Noel Hunt (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

62 mins:Attempt saved. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Nick Blackman.

61 mins:Corner, Sheffield United.

61 mins:Attempt saved. Kevin McDonald (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

60 mins:Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Flynn replaces Chris Porter.

60 mins:Offside, Sheffield United. Chris Porter tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

60 mins:Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).

60 mins:Kevin McDonald (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

58 mins:Foul by Danny Higginbotham (Sheffield United).

58 mins:Stephen Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick.

54 mins:Goal! Reading 4, Sheffield United 0. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

53 mins:Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

53 mins:Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

50 mins:Goal! Reading 3, Sheffield United 0. Noel Hunt (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

49 mins:Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

49 mins:Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick.

48 mins:Hand ball by Kevin McDonald (Sheffield United).

47 mins:Attempt saved. Noel Hunt (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved.

46 mins:Corner, Sheffield United.

Second Half begins Reading 2, Sheffield United 0.

45+3 mins:First Half ends, Reading 2, Sheffield United 0.

45+3 mins:Offside, Reading. Adam Le Fondre tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

45+2 mins:Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

45+2 mins:Jem Karacan (Reading) wins a free kick.

45+2 mins:Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

45+2 mins:Noel Hunt (Reading) wins a free kick.

45+1 mins:Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

45+1 mins:Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) wins a free kick.

45 mins:Foul by Chris Porter (Sheffield United).

45 mins:Adrian Mariappa (Reading) wins a free kick.

44 mins:Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).

44 mins:Dave Kitson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

42 mins:Hand ball by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

42 mins:Foul by Nick Blackman (Sheffield United).

42 mins:Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick.

40 mins:Goal! Reading 2, Sheffield United 0. Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

40 mins:Attempt saved. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

35 mins:Attempt saved. Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

35 mins:Foul by Nicky Shorey (Reading).

35 mins:Nick Blackman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

34 mins:Offside, Sheffield United. Nick Blackman tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.

33 mins:Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Murphy with a cross.

31 mins:Foul by Darryl Westlake (Sheffield United).

31 mins:Noel Hunt (Reading) wins a free kick.

29 mins:Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).

29 mins:Dave Kitson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

29 mins:Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

28 mins:Corner, Sheffield United.

28 mins:Attempt missed. Kevin McDonald (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

27 mins:Corner, Sheffield United.

27 mins:Attempt blocked. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

26 mins:Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Reading).

26 mins:Nick Blackman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

25 mins:Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

25 mins:Nick Blackman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

25 mins:Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).

25 mins:Kevin McDonald (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

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

20 mins:Hand ball by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

19 mins:Hand ball by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

18 mins:Corner, Sheffield United.

18 mins:Foul by Stephen Kelly (Reading).

18 mins:Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

16 mins:Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

16 mins:Noel Hunt (Reading) wins a free kick.

14 mins:Foul by Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United).

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

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

12 mins:Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

12 mins:Noel Hunt (Reading) wins a free kick.

10 mins:Attempt missed. Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

9 mins:Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Reading).

9 mins:Dave Kitson (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

9 mins:Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

9 mins:Anthony McMahon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick.

8 mins:Offside, Sheffield United. Nick Blackman tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.

6 mins:Goal! Reading 1, Sheffield United 0. Noel Hunt (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a cross.

4 mins:Corner, Reading.

2 mins:Offside, Sheffield United. Dave Kitson tries a through ball, but Dave Kitson is caught offside.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English FA Cup
  • 26 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Madejski Stadium
  • Attendance: 14,715
ReadingReadingvSheff UtdSheff Utd
4
  • Hunt, 6
  • Leigertwood, 40
  • Hunt, 50
  • McCleary, 54
0

match report

Noel Hunt scored twice as Reading cruised through to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 4-0 victory over Sheffield United at the Madejski Stadium.

The Premier League side took just six minutes to break the deadlock with Hunt heading home at the near post following Hal Robson-Kanu's ball in from the left and they doubled their advantage through former Blade Mikele Leigertwood in the 40th minute.

Republic of Ireland international Hunt extended their advantage over the League One club early in the second period with a scruffy finish, before Garath McCleary completed the rout in the 54th minute, cutting inside and curling a shot into the far corner of the net.

The opening goal came early on as Robson-Kanu found space on the left flank and whipped in a curling cross which Hunt headed in from eight yards before he embarked upon a celebratory backflip.

Adam Le Fondre, rewarded with a start following his match-winning brace at Newcastle last weekend, burst past three players but George Long came to gather before Hunt could add a second.

United started to briefly come back into the match. The impressive Nick Blackman skipped past his marker and fired a low ball across a packed penalty box, but Adrian Mariappa turned the ball behind.

Reading boss Brian McDermott remained on the edge of his technical area, clearly worried his team had lost the initiative. United's Chris Porter flicked a header just wide of Adam Federici's goal just after the half hour and the Australian did well to save Jamie Murphy's low drive moments later.

Any hopes United had of levelling before the break were dashed in the 40th minute when McCleary found Leigertwood lurking 25 yards out and he unleashed a powerful drive which Long had no chance of stopping.

Reading continued to dominate after the break. Nicky Shorey split the Blades defence with a well-weighted pass, but Long came out to smother before Hunt could shoot.

The seemingly inevitable third goal for the home side came moments later when McCleary cut in from the right and squared to Hunt, whose scuffed shot dribbled past the wrong-footed Long. Reading's fans started chanting "Que sera", clearly convinced the game was over.

And the final nail in the visitors' coffin came after 54 minutes thanks to a great bit of skill from McCleary. The former Nottingham Forest man picked up Le Fondre's pass, and embarrassed his marker with a slalom run into the box before beating Long at his far post.

United almost pulled back a consolation goal on the hour through Kevin McDonald, who saw his drilled shot tipped wide by Federici. The Australian was beaten moments later but, luckily for the Royals, Stephen Kelly was on hand to clear Blackman's shot off the line.

A section of the away support started making their way to the exits. Had they stayed they would have seen Ryan Flynn miss a glorious chance to pull one back, the substitute somehow putting a free header wide from eight yards following a pinpoint cross from Blackman.

team line-up

1Adam Federici
3Nicky Shorey
27Stephen Kelly
15Sean Morrison
6Adrian Mariappa
19Hal Robson-Kanu
4Jem Karacan
8Mikele Leigertwood84
12Garath McCleary
10Noel Hunt
9Adam Le Fondre

substitutes

24Shaun Cummings
11Jobi McAnuff
18Simon Church
14Jimmy Kébé
5Alex Pearce
41Stuart Taylor
20Danny Guthrie84

referee

Chris Foy

team line-up

25George Long
4Danny Higginbotham
29Anthony McMahon
5Harry Maguire
2Darryl Westlake76
11Kevin McDonald69
8Michael Doyle
10Nick Blackman
14Dave Kitson
23Jamie Murphy
9Chris Porter60

substitutes

24Joe Ironside
35Danny Coyne
15Neill Collins76
17Richard Cresswell
27Elliot Whitehouse69
36Diego De Girolamo
7Ryan Flynn60

referee

Chris Foy

match stats

possession %5643
shots on target73
shots off target25
corners35
tackles won00
offsides35