However, the hosts levelled when Darius Charles cut inside and curled home.
After chances for both sides to take the lead, Shane Long converted Jobi McAnuff's cross to finally end Stevenage's brave resistance.
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Saturday, 29 January 2011
The FA Cup
03?Laird yellow card
04?Charles (Odubade 81)
18?Bridges (Sinclair 52)
17?Winn (Long 83)
19?Robson-Kanu (Antonio 75)
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+5:07 The referee ends the match.
90:00+4:09 Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte.
90:00+3:48 Michail Antonio takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.
90:00+2:22 Jobi McAnuff decides to take a short corner.
90:00+1:33 Effort from just outside the box by Jem Karacan goes over the bar.
88:10 Effort on goal by Jobi McAnuff from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
87:47 Stacy Long takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
86:15 The assist for the goal came from Jobi McAnuff.
86:15 GOAL - Shane Long:Stevenage 1 - 2 Reading Shane Long grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-2 Reading.
84:47 Ian Harte takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Michael Bostwick.
83:49 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ian Harte.
83:14 Jem Karacan takes a shot. Lawrie Wilson gets a block in.
82:39 Substitution Stacy Long comes on in place of Peter Winn.
82:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Lawrie Wilson. Mikele Leigertwood restarts play with the free kick.
Correction - 80:46 Substitution Yemi Odubade is brought on as a substitute for Darius Charles.
80:46 Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Yemi Odubade coming on for Darius Charles.
78:28 Effort from the edge of the box by Darius Charles goes wide of the left-hand post.
75:54 Peter Winn takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Shane Long.
74:28 Corner taken left-footed by Peter Winn to the near post, Shane Long makes a clearance.
74:01 Substitution Hal Robson-Kanu leaves the field to be replaced by Michail Antonio.
71:36 GOAL - Darius Charles:Stevenage 1 - 1 Reading A goal is scored by Darius Charles from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-1 Reading.
67:42 Chris Beardsley produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
67:11 Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.
66:30 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Robert Sinclair manages to make a clearance.
56:07 Effort on goal by Ian Harte from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
54:18 Andy Griffin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darius Charles. Scott Laird restarts play with the free kick.
52:53 Peter Winn has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
52:43 The referee blows for offside against Shane Long. Free kick taken by Chris Day.
52:20 Simon Church is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Day.
51:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Winn on Matt Mills. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
51:34 Substitution Robert Sinclair comes on in place of David Bridges.
48:10 Effort on goal by Simon Church from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
46:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Beardsley on Matt Mills. Direct free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
45:55 Unfair challenge on Andy Griffin by Peter Winn results in a free kick. Jem Karacan takes the direct free kick.
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:00+2:09 The ref blows to signal half-time.
45:00+1:51 Shane Long takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.
43:15 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Winn. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
40:56 Jon Ashton challenges Simon Church unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte has a direct shot on goal from the free
37:18 The official flags Ivar Ingimarsson offside. Chris Day takes the free kick.
36:49 Short corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the right by-line.
36:28 Ian Harte takes a short corner.
35:50 Ian Harte takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Lawrie Wilson.
35:10 Scott Laird produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
26:18 Foul by Mark Roberts on Jobi McAnuff, free kick awarded. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left
22:15 GOAL - Mikele Leigertwood:Stevenage 0 - 1 Reading Mikele Leigertwood scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 0-1 Reading.
18:09 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Peter Winn from the left by-line.
17:26 The offside flag is raised against Simon Church. Chris Day takes the free kick.
16:26 Jobi McAnuff decides to take a short corner.
13:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Winn on Matt Mills. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
11:33 Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte to the near post, Michael Bostwick manages to make a clearance.
11:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan by Scott Laird. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.
11:15 Booking Booking for Scott Laird for unsporting behaviour.
10:26 Short corner taken by Jobi McAnuff.
10:02 Hal Robson-Kanu fouled by Ronnie Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
9:42 Michael Bostwick takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.
4:34 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ian Harte, Foul by Shane Long on David Bridges, free kick awarded. Chris Day restarts
play with the free kick.
1:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lawrie Wilson on Ian Harte. Free kick taken by Adam Federici. Shane Long fouled by Jon Ashton,
the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte from left channel.
0:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Beardsley. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
0:00 The match gets underway.
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Source: BBC Sport
Source: BBC Sport