Reading 2-1 Everton- Match Report
Report of match 17th November 2012
Reading 2-1 Everton- Match Report.
Le Fondre brace earns Royals maiden win
A second-half brace from Adam Le Fondre gave Reading their first Barclays Premier League win of the season as they beat Everton 2-1 at the Madejski Stadium.
David Moyes' side had lost only one in 20 league games heading into the clash and looked on course to keep their good start to the season on track as Steven Naismith gave them a half-time lead.
But despite dominating the first 45 minutes Everton could not clinch a second goal and a much-improved Reading made them pay as Le Fondre headed an equaliser before firing in a second from the penalty spot as the Royals picked up their maiden league victory in front of a record crowd.
Everton came close to opening the scoring inside two minutes as a Thomas Hitzlsperger corner was not dealt with and Phil Jagielka forced a smart reaction save from Adam Federici.
But the Toffees took the lead after 10 minutes after some woeful defending by Reading's back-line.
A hopeful ball out of defence was not dealt with by Reading on a number of occasions before Kaspars Gorkss' back-header fell straight to Nikica Jelavic.
The Croatia forward looped a cross back into the box which was left by Gorkss and Sean Morrison, with Naismith taking full advantage to slot the visitors in front.
Reading were almost level immediately as Tim Howard rushed out to clear a long ball but was beaten to it by Le Fondre, who could not keep his effort down as the American scrambled back towards his goal.
More poor Reading defending almost led to a second Everton goal in the 20th minute.
Right-back Chris Gunter was caught dallying in possession by Steven Pienaar, who then ran at the Royals defence before firing wide of Federici's right-hand post.
Everton continued to control proceedings without truly creating any clear-cut chances in their search for a second goal.
They continued to turn the screw and Hitzlsperger, making his full Premier League debut for the Blues, hit one of his trademark rockets from outside the box that stung the palms of Federici.
The Australia international then denied Leon Osman his fourth goal of the season as he blocked the new England international's close-range effort.
Morrison went some way to redeeming his error-strewn first-half when he blocked a Jelavic effort that seemed destined for the back of the net, although the ball appeared to strike the 21-year-old on the arm with referee Martin Atkinson waving away Everton's penalty appeals.
As half-time approached Everton continued to be frustrated in their quest to find a killer second goal, as captain Jagielka saw his flicked header cleared off the line by Jay Tabb.
Reading came out for the second half much more positively and forced two corners in the opening four minutes.
Le Fondre's equaliser came courtesy of a free-kick from Nicky Shorey after Hitzlsperger had caught Tabb on the left side of the Everton box and the former Rotherham striker was picked out superbly to head Reading level with 51 minutes on the clock.
It was Everton's turn to start looking shaky at the back as Hal Robson-Kanu stole the ball from Seamus Coleman before being upended by Jagielka.
Shorey again picked out Le Fondre with the resulting set-piece but this time the 25-year-old could not keep his header down.
The visitors still looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Hitzlsperger should have done better when he was found by Pienaar but the German looked to fire across goal rather than test Federici.
But it was Reading who continued to press and Le Fondre should have put Brian McDermott's side ahead when he was played through by Jason Roberts before scuffing his effort tamely at Howard.
Everton seemed to come back to life with 25 minutes remaining as the game opened up with both sides looking for a winner.
Hitzlsperger saw a snap volley fly just wide before a Reading counter-attack was scuppered thanks to a superb last-ditch challenge from Coleman.
Reading were then awarded a penalty by Atkinson as Coleman bundled into the back of Le Fondre, who brushed himself off to send Howard the wrong way and put the hosts ahead with a little over 10 minutes remaining.
Their lead was nearly wiped out instantly, however, as Marouane Fellaini headed Leighton Baines' corner against the post, with the loose ball falling straight to Federici.
Reading then saw the game out in relative comfort to secure what could prove to be a vital three points.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Madejski Stadium Attendance: 24,184|
Le Fondre 51, 79 (pen)
|2 - 1||Everton
|90+1||Corner taken by Leighton Baines, Apostolos Vellios produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.|
|88||Noel Hunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Noel Hunt goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Johnny Heitinga restarts play with the free kick.|
|87||Johnny Heitinga produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.|
|86||The official flags Nikica Jelavic offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.|
|78||Caution for Marouane Fellaini.|
|83||Nicky Shorey takes the outswinging corner, Effort from inside the area by Jay Tabb misses to the right of the target.|
|82||Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Shorey from the right by-line.|
|81||Apostolos Vellios on for Thomas Hitzlsperger.|
|80||Noel Hunt on for Adam Le Fondre.|
|79||Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, Marouane Fellaini has a headed effort at goal from close in that bounces off the post.|
|79||Bryan Oviedo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Naismith.|
|77||Seamus Coleman concedes a Penalty for a foul on Adam Le Fondre. Penalty taken right-footed by Adam Le Fondre and scored. Reading 2-1 Everton.|
|76||Marouane Fellaini produces a cross, clearance by Sean Morrison.|
|76||Hal Robson-Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.|
|75||Jobi McAnuff crosses the ball.|
|73||Long range effort from Hal Robson-Kanu misses to the left of the target.|
|71||Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.|
|71||Corner from the left by-line taken by Leighton Baines, Chris Gunter manages to make a clearance.|
|71||The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, Hal Robson-Kanu manages to make a clearance.|
|70||Hal Robson-Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.|
|67||Seamus Coleman is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Nicky Shorey takes the indirect free kick.|
|66||Corner from the left by-line taken by Leighton Baines, Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Sean Morrison, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.|
|66||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hal Robson-Kanu by Seamus Coleman. Nicky Shorey takes the indirect free kick.|
|64||Effort on goal by Thomas Hitzlsperger from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.|
|64||Adam Le Fondre is caught offside. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.|
|64||The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Adam Federici takes the free kick.|
|63||Shot by Adam Le Fondre from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.|
|62||Jason Roberts concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.|
|61||Effort on goal by Leon Osman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.|
|61||Thomas Hitzlsperger fouled by Mikele Leigertwood, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.|
|61||Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.|
|60||Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a shot. Blocked by Kaspars Gorkss.|
|59||Corner taken by Leighton Baines.|
|59||Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a shot. Sean Morrison gets a block in.|
|57||Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Sean Morrison, free kick awarded. Sean Morrison restarts play with the free kick.|
|56||Phil Jagielka concedes a free kick for a foul on Hal Robson-Kanu. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick, Shot by Adam Le Fondre from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.|
|55||Corner from the right by-line taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Close range header by Phil Jagielka goes over the crossbar.|
|54||The ball is crossed by Jobi McAnuff.|
|53||Leighton Baines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.|
|50||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb by Thomas Hitzlsperger. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Shorey, Adam Le Fondre finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Reading 1-1 Everton.Assist by Nicky Shorey.|
|48||Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Nicky Shorey, Mikele Leigertwood produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.|
|47||Jay Tabb takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Osman.|
|47||Steven Naismith gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Tabb. Adam Federici takes the free kick.|
|45||Corner taken by Nicky Shorey.|
|45+2||The ball is swung over by Jobi McAnuff, Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.|
|45+1||Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.|
|44||Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a short corner.|
|43||Outswinging corner taken by Nicky Shorey, Close range header by Mikele Leigertwood goes over the bar.|
|42||Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.|
|40||Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the right by-line, Sean Morrison makes a clearance.|
|40||Nikica Jelavic takes a shot. Blocked by Sean Morrison.|
|39||The ball is crossed by Jason Roberts, clearance by Phil Jagielka.|
|37||Effort on goal by Jason Roberts from just inside the area clears the bar.|
|36||Corner from the right by-line taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Phil Jagielka goes harmlessly over the crossbar.|
|36||Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.|
|35||Nikica Jelavic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.|
|35||Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.|
|34||The ball is swung over by Hal Robson-Kanu, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.|
|32||Marouane Fellaini challenges Adam Federici unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.|
|32||Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, clearance by Sean Morrison.|
|30||Foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Seamus Coleman, free kick awarded. Kaspars Gorkss receives a caution. Thomas Hitzlsperger crosses the ball in from the free kick.|
|27||Steven Naismith takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a comfortable save.|
|27||The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Jay Tabb.|
|26||Seamus Coleman is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.|
|25||Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicky Shorey.|
|24||Hal Robson-Kanu sends in a cross.|
|23||Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. Jason Roberts goes into the referee's book. Johnny Heitinga takes the free kick.|
|22||Jobi McAnuff produces a cross, save by Tim Howard.|
|22||Leighton Baines concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.|
|20||Steven Pienaar produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|15||Jobi McAnuff concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.|
|13||The ball is swung over by Hal Robson-Kanu, clearance made by Seamus Coleman.|
|12||Nikica Jelavic has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.|
|11||Adam Le Fondre produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.|
|10||Hal Robson-Kanu concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.|
|9||Steven Naismith grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Reading 0-1 Everton.Marouane Fellaini provided the assist for the goal.|
|8||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Hal Robson-Kanu. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.|
|8||Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.|
|7||Mikele Leigertwood challenges Leighton Baines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Leighton Baines.|
|7||Chris Gunter is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger.|
|6||Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Adam Le Fondre, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.|
|5||Centre by Seamus Coleman, Nicky Shorey manages to make a clearance.|
|3||Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Nicky Shorey.|
|3||Jobi McAnuff produces a cross, clearance made by Leighton Baines.|
|2||The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kaspars Gorkss.|
|2||Effort on goal by Nikica Jelavic from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.|
|1||Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.|