Alex Pearce and Noel Hunt scored late on to grab a dramatic victory for Reading at Portman Road.

Daryl Murphy headed Ipswich in front after meeting Grant Leadbitter's cross but Kaspars Gorkss levelled in the 76th minute with a header of his own.

Three minutes later Ipswich regained the lead thanks to Josh Carson's effort, which deflected off Gorkss.

But Pearce's header and Hunt's low strike in stoppage time sealed three points for the visitors.

Reading have scored only one goal before half-time this season, so it was no surprise that this remained goalless until the 56th minute.

But it was the home side who took the lead through Murphy.

Richard Wright made his first appearance in two years for Ipswich after he re-signed for a third spell at the club earlier in the week, but he was unable to keep out Gorkss's header.

Ipswich must have thought their luck was in when Carson put them back in front thanks to a stroke of fortune, but Pearce and Hunt struck in stoppage time to leave the hosts just a point above the relegation zone.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Ipswich

  • 01 Wright
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 04 Ingimarsson
  • 07 Edwards
  • 25 Collins
  • 06 Leadbitter (Wabara - 87' )
  • 09 E'-Thomas (Martin - 73' )
  • 15 Andrews
  • 22 Carson
  • 10 Chopra (Bullard - 80' )
  • 27 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 12 Lee-Barrett
  • 26 Wabara
  • 11 Martin
  • 21 Bullard
  • 14 Scotland

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 23 Harte
  • 24 Cummings
  • 04 Karacan (Robson-Kanu - 72' )
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 14 Kebe
  • 10 Hunt
  • 18 Church (Le Fondre - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Andersen
  • 07 Tabb
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 22 Manset
Ref: Ilderton
Att: 17,154

Match Stats

Shots

10 10

On target

7 7

Corners

3 12

Fouls

3 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:55 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:39

The ball is swung over by Carlos Edwards, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +2:58

Assist on the goal came from Adam Le Fondre.

90:00 +2:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Noel Hunt - Ipswich 2 - 3 Reading Noel Hunt scores a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Ipswich 2-3 Reading.

90:00 +2:46

The ball is crossed by Adam Le Fondre,

90:00 +1:25

Jobi McAnuff challenges Jimmy Bullard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Cresswell takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:17

Assist by Ian Harte.

90:00 +0:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Pearce - Ipswich 2 - 2 Reading Alex Pearce finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Ipswich 2-2 Reading.

89:43

Ian Harte takes the outswinging corner,

89:23

The ball is delivered by Adam Le Fondre, Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Blocked by Ivar Ingimarsson.

86:22 Substitution

Substitution Reece Wabara is brought on as a substitute for Grant Leadbitter.

82:35

Shot from 20 yards by Lee Martin. Adam Federici makes a save.

81:32

Adam Le Fondre takes a shot. Ivar Ingimarsson gets a block in.

80:08

The ball is delivered by Ian Harte, clearance made by Carlos Edwards.

79:45 Substitution

Substitution Jimmy Bullard is brought on as a substitute for Michael Chopra.

78:59

Corner taken by Ian Harte from the left by-line, Grant Leadbitter makes a clearance.

78:11

Assist by Daryl Murphy.

78:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Carson - Ipswich 2 - 1 Reading Josh Carson scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Ipswich 2-1 Reading.

77:11

Michael Chopra fouled by Kaspars Gorkss, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Keith Andrews.

76:21

Lee Martin takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce.

75:34

Assist by Ian Harte.

75:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Kaspars Gorkss - Ipswich 1 - 1 Reading Kaspars Gorkss finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Ipswich 1-1 Reading.

74:39

Unfair challenge on Shaun Cummings by Aaron Cresswell results in a free kick. Ian Harte crosses the ball,

73:24

Foul by Shaun Cummings on Lee Martin, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Collins.

72:46 Substitution

Substitution Lee Martin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

72:31

A cross is delivered by Josh Carson.

72:07

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jobi McAnuff, Carlos Edwards manages to make a clearance.

72:01

Noel Hunt delivers the ball, save by Richard Wright.

71:23 Substitution

Substitution (Reading) makes a substitution, with Hal Robson-Kanu coming on for Jem Karacan.

70:59 Substitution

Substitution Adam Le Fondre on for Simon Church.

70:38

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jobi McAnuff.

70:00

Corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte, save made by Richard Wright.

68:51

Ivar Ingimarsson fouled by Simon Church, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Wright takes the direct free kick.

68:33

The ball is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, Aaron Cresswell gets a block in.

65:42

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Ian Harte makes a clearance.

65:35

The ball is swung over by Josh Carson, clearance made by Shaun Cummings.

63:17

Aaron Cresswell fouled by Mikele Leigertwood, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Wright restarts play with the free kick.

62:40

Mikele Leigertwood takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Keith Andrews.

58:51

The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Chopra. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Federici.

57:18

The ball is sent over by Jobi McAnuff, Grant Leadbitter makes a clearance.

56:45

Keith Andrews is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.

55:14

The assist for the goal came from Grant Leadbitter.

55:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Daryl Murphy - Ipswich 1 - 0 Reading Daryl Murphy finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Ipswich 1-0 Reading.

54:32

Jem Karacan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Josh Carson. Grant Leadbitter crosses the ball,

53:02

Drilled right-footed shot by Keith Andrews. Save by Adam Federici.

52:01

The referee penalises Kaspars Gorkss for handball. Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.

50:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daryl Murphy on Shaun Cummings. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

50:40

Ian Harte sends in a cross, Richard Wright makes a save.

49:09

Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff.

48:59

The ball is crossed by Simon Church, Grant Leadbitter gets a block in.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:20

Centre by Ian Harte, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.

42:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Cresswell by Jimmy Kebe. Richard Wright restarts play with the free kick.

41:55

Shaun Cummings crosses the ball, Simon Church takes a shot. Save by Richard Wright.

38:49

The ball is swung over by Aaron Cresswell, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.

38:27

The ball is swung over by Michael Chopra, clearance by Mikele Leigertwood.

37:52

Ian Harte produces a drilled left-footed shot from 35 yards that went over the crossbar.

37:31

A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe, clearance by Josh Carson.

35:20

Simon Church is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ivar Ingimarsson.

34:04

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Richard Wright.

33:41

Shaun Cummings fouled by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, the ref awards a free kick. Shaun Cummings takes the direct free kick.

33:04

Michael Chopra produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area and strikes the post.

30:27

Shot from just outside the box by Aaron Cresswell goes over the bar.

30:08

Corner from the left by-line taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.

29:51

Keith Andrews takes a shot. Blocked by Jem Karacan.

28:53

Shaun Cummings delivers the ball, Noel Hunt has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

25:33

The referee penalises Josh Carson for handball. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

23:54

Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas makes a clearance.

23:46

A cross is delivered by Noel Hunt, Grant Leadbitter makes a clearance.

22:06

The ball is sent over by Carlos Edwards, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.

20:57

Corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, Close range shot by Ian Harte goes wide of the right-hand upright.

20:49

The ball is delivered by Ian Harte, clearance made by Danny Collins.

13:28

Corner taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Alex Pearce manages to make a clearance.

13:14

Daryl Murphy takes a shot. Kaspars Gorkss gets a block in.

12:18

Michael Chopra delivers the ball.

11:24

Effort from inside the area by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas misses to the left of the goal.

10:10

Inswinging corner taken by Ian Harte from the right by-line, Kaspars Gorkss concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Wright. Direct free kick taken by Richard Wright.

10:01

Jimmy Kebe produces a cross, Daryl Murphy makes a clearance.

9:40

Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, clearance by Ivar Ingimarsson.

9:32

Centre by Jobi McAnuff, clearance made by Ivar Ingimarsson.

7:58

The offside flag is raised against Daryl Murphy. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.

7:08

Josh Carson delivers the ball, clearance by Kaspars Gorkss.

6:40

Centre by Jimmy Kebe.

6:15

Noel Hunt crosses the ball, blocked by Aaron Cresswell.

5:50

Corner from the right by-line taken by Mikele Leigertwood, save made by Richard Wright.

5:09

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, clearance by Daryl Murphy.

5:05

A cross is delivered by Noel Hunt, clearance by Ivar Ingimarsson.

3:38

Jobi McAnuff delivers the ball.

3:20

The ball is swung over by Josh Carson, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.

2:09

Centre by Jimmy Kebe.

0:46

Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball, clearance made by Josh Carson.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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