Adam Le Fondre scored a second hat-trick in as many home games as Reading emphatically defeated managerless Blackpool.

The striker scored twice in a 10-minute spell in the first half, volleying in the opener before nodding in a second.

Pavel Pogrebnyak's angled effort made it 3-0, but Steve Davies's powerful drive gave Blackpool hope.

Le Fondre finished coolly for his third and Hal Robson-Kanu's 20-yard strike completed the win for Reading.

Blackpool bowled over

  • Managerless Blackpool have now lost 10 of their last 12 games

After a blistering start to the season that saw them top the Championship table in September, Blackpool have failed to win a game since November.

That poor run of form resulted in the dismissal of Paul Ince last week and his son Tom, who appears set for a move to the Premier League, was absent from the Blackpool squad at the Madejski stadium.

Reading beat Bolton 7-1 in their last home game, with Le Fondre scoring a hat-trick and the former Rotherham striker was once again in lethal form.

He took just seven minutes to open the scoring when Garath McCleary's cross took a wicked deflection and Le Fondre reacted instinctively to volley in.

Le Fondre continued to cause Blackpool problems and, after shooting wide from another McCleary ball, he scored a second.

Alex Pearce headed Jobi McAnuff's ball across goal and Le Fondre headed in.

Blackpool had offered little, with Davies's ambitious 30-yard effort hitting the side-netting.

McAnuff was denied by goalkeeper Matt Gilks after racing through as Reading continued to press, and a third arrived soon after the break.

Kaspars Gorkss's header found Le Fondre, who in turn released Pogrebnyak and the Russian beat Gilks with a low effort.

Davies rifled in from 30 yards for Blackpool just after the hour but it was only a brief moment of relief as Le Fondre dinked over Gilks to complete his hat-trick.

Substitute Robson-Kanu then fired in from outside the area late on as sixth-place Reading sealed a victory that moves them four points clear of Ipswich.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins:

"Adam's three goals were just exceptional. It was a good team performance all round and there was a good level of consistency.

"A lot of that is down to being able to pick the same team for four matches in a row for the first time since I've been here. So it's no great surprise that we're now becoming more consistent.

"We've had a lot of players injured for a long period of time but we've got a good group of lads who are having a right go for each other. It bodes well for the remainder of the season."

Blackpool caretaker manager Barry Ferguson:

"I don't think you can play, captain and manage. I think it's better for me to take the team from the sidelines.

"I've still yet to find out what my situation is going to be. I don't know at the moment.

"It's a tough job management, in general, but apart from the result tonight, I really enjoyed it."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 37 Obita
  • 16 Akpan
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss (Hector - 85' )
  • 12 McCleary
  • 23 Williams
  • 09 Le Fondre (Robson-Kanu - 74' )
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 11 McAnuff Booked (Blackman - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 10 Drenthe
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 22 Blackman
  • 25 Taylor
  • 35 Hector

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 02 McMahon
  • 03 Robinson
  • 18 Osbourne (Martínez - 45' )
  • 06 Broadfoot
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 17 Basham
  • 04 Perkins
  • 09 Davies
  • 08 Chopra (Tyson - 58' Booked )
  • 23 Eccleston (Halliday - 45' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 07 Tyson
  • 13 Warner
  • 14 Halliday
  • 22 Caton
  • 25 Goodwillie
  • 28 Dodd
  • 31 Martínez
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 16,636

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

8 2

Corners

8 5

Fouls

12 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Reading 5, Blackpool 1.

90:00 +3:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Reading 5, Blackpool 1.

90:00 +2:37

Offside, Reading. Jordan Obita tries a through ball, but Nick Blackman is caught offside.

90:00 +2:23

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

90:00 +2:23

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:46

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

90:00 +1:46

Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:23

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

90:00 +0:23

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:30

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

87:45

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

87:15

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

86:41

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

86:41

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

85:16

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:16

Foul by Nick Blackman (Reading).

84:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Kaspars Gorkss.

81:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 5, Blackpool 1. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

77:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Jobi McAnuff.

77:26

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

77:23

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Pearce.

75:20 Booking

Booking Jobi McAnuff (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:12

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:12

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

74:23

Foul by Ángel (Blackpool).

74:23

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Adam Le Fondre.

72:53

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Andrew Halliday with a cross following a set piece situation.

72:17

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:17

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

70:57

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

70:55

Attempt blocked. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

68:33 Booking

Booking Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:24

Foul by Andrew Halliday (Blackpool).

68:24

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 4, Blackpool 1. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

64:57

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:57

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

64:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 3, Blackpool 1. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Basham.

61:45

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff.

61:28

Attempt saved. Jack Robinson (Blackpool) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner.

61:02

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

59:54

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

58:02 Booking

Booking Nathan Tyson (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:32

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Blackpool).

57:32

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Tyson replaces Michael Chopra.

55:51

Offside, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak tries a through ball, but Adam Le Fondre is caught offside.

53:26

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony McMahon with a cross following a set piece situation.

53:01

Michael Chopra (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:01

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

51:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 3, Blackpool 0. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

49:10

Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:10

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

49:05

Attempt saved. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

45:00

Second Half begins Reading 2, Blackpool 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Ángel replaces Isaiah Osbourne.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Andrew Halliday replaces Nathan Eccleston.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Reading 2, Blackpool 0.

44:44

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:44

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

44:15

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:17

Attempt missed. Hope Akpan (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

41:34

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

40:19

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:19

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

39:06

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

39:06

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

37:44

Delay in match (Reading).

36:34

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

36:29

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

35:49

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

35:26

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

30:00

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:00

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

29:21

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Anthony McMahon.

25:35

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

25:35

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:22

Foul by Hope Akpan (Reading).

23:22

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

22:36

Hand ball by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

22:04

Attempt saved. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

20:56

Hope Akpan (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:56

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

17:54

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:54

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

16:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 2, Blackpool 0. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a headed pass following a corner.

15:58

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Steve Davies.

15:25

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

14:00

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

13:05

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

11:23

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:23

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

9:44

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:44

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

8:14

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Kaspars Gorkss.

7:35

Attempt missed. David Perkins (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Chris Basham.

6:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Reading 1, Blackpool 0. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

6:05

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

5:28

Attempt blocked. Nathan Eccleston (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Chopra with a cross.

2:32

Offside, Blackpool. Craig Cathcart tries a through ball, but Michael Chopra is caught offside.

1:55

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff.

0:46

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:46

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

0:25

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:25

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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