Reading 3-1 Blackpool

Reading consolidated their promotion bid with a victory that keeps them five points behind leaders Southampton and four clear of third-placed West Ham.

The Royals went ahead when Ian Harte followed up after Jobi McAnuff twice hit the woodwork, doubling their lead when Alex Pearce headed home.

Lomana LuaLua pulled a goal back for Blackpool just before the break with a stunning strike from long range.

But Mikele Leigertwood nodded in Reading's third from a Harte cross.

Brian McDermott's side lost for the first time in 10 matches but were evidently in the mood to get back to winning ways.

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Back to winning ways - McDermott

Noel Hunt had already gone close when Leigertwood chested the ball into the path of McAnuff, the Royals skipper's effort struck both posts and Harte was on hand to slot home.

Pearce then met McAnuff's delicate far-post cross with a superb header back over Matt Gilks and into the far corner.

Blackpool were handed a lifeline when LuaLua collected possession 30 yards from goal before producing a blistering finish to beat Adam Federici.

Kevin Phillips threatened an equaliser with a header before Leigertwood rose unmarked in the area to head home Harte's free-kick.

Reading manager Brian McDermott: "Now I am really looking forward to the visit to West Ham.

"It's a mouth-watering game. Sam Allardyce is a great manager and Wally Downes is a friend of ours.

"Looking back over the last 32 games we have got something like 69 points so that would put us top of the league. At the start of the season it took us six games to get going."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "I am not in a very good mood.

"This time of the year you have got to get all aspects of the game right and they did the main things better than us.

"We were a bunch of statues when they scored their goals, particularly the third one.

"I have had some under-10s defend set-pieces better than that.

"I am confident saying that we won't now get automatic promotion. We can't let goals in like that and be happy."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 23 Harte
  • 24 Cummings
  • 04 Karacan
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 14 Kebe
  • 10 Hunt
  • 51 Afobe (Church - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Andersen
  • 07 Tabb
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 09 Le Fondre
  • 18 Church

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 06 Evatt
  • 15 Baptiste Booked
  • 17 Basham
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 14 Sylvestre (Ince - 64' )
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 09 K Phillips
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher (Dobbie - 64' )
  • 38 LuaLua (M Phillips - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Harris
  • 23 M Phillips
  • 31 Angel
  • 07 Dobbie
  • 36 Ince
Ref: Graham
Att: 20,906

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

4 3

Corners

8 2

Fouls

6 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:07 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +2:23

Mikele Leigertwood challenges Kevin Phillips unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:23

The ball is swung over by Matt Phillips, save by Adam Federici.

90:00 +0:07

Jobi McAnuff decides to take the corner short.

87:49

Jem Karacan has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.

86:42

Stephen Dobbie produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

85:35

Alex Baptiste sends in a cross.

82:49

Mikele Leigertwood challenges Stephen Dobbie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Phillips shoots direct from the free kick.

80:04

The ball is swung over by Ian Harte, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

78:44

Jobi McAnuff is ruled offside. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.

77:59

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

75:03

The referee blows for offside. Adam Federici takes the indirect free kick.

71:03

Noel Hunt produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

68:15 Substitution

Substitution Simon Church is brought on as a substitute for Benik Afobe.

67:14

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Ian Harte from the right by-line.

63:07

Free kick taken by Adam Federici.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Ince replaces Ludovic Sylvestre.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Stephen Dobbie comes on in place of Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

63:07 Substitution

Substitution Matt Phillips replaces Lomana Tresor LuaLua.

63:07

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Phillips.

62:35

Noel Hunt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.

60:26

Jem Karacan challenges Lomana Tresor LuaLua unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

59:04

The assist for the goal came from Ian Harte.

59:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Mikele Leigertwood - Reading 3 - 1 Blackpool Mikele Leigertwood finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Reading 3-1 Blackpool.

58:19

Ludovic Sylvestre challenges Noel Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Harte delivers the ball,

57:44

A cross is delivered by Alex Baptiste, Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.

55:59

Ian Evatt produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

55:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikele Leigertwood on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

54:52

Effort by Noel Hunt from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

52:13

Short corner worked by Ludovic Sylvestre.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +2:00

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kevin Phillips.

43:39

Jimmy Kebe fouled by Stephen Crainey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Cummings.

40:45

Assist on the goal came from Kevin Phillips.

40:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Lomana Tresor LuaLua - Reading 2 - 1 Blackpool Lomana Tresor LuaLua grabs a goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Reading 2-1 Blackpool.

40:45

Kevin Phillips crosses the ball,

39:15

Inswinging corner taken by Jobi McAnuff from the left by-line played to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Alex Pearce misses to the right of the target.

38:27

Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Stephen Crainey results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

34:44

Jobi McAnuff provided the assist for the goal. Noel Hunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Lomana Tresor LuaLua. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the free kick.

34:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Pearce - Reading 2 - 0 Blackpool Alex Pearce finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Reading 2-0 Blackpool.

34:44

Jobi McAnuff produces a cross,

34:14

Short corner worked by Mikele Leigertwood.

33:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Crainey on Jem Karacan. Ian Harte delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

29:23

Jobi McAnuff takes a shot from outside the box that bounces off the post.

29:20

The assist for the goal came from Jobi McAnuff.

29:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Ian Harte - Reading 1 - 0 Blackpool Ian Harte finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Reading 1-0 Blackpool.

28:34

Ian Harte takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

27:06

Free kick crossed left-footed by Ian Harte, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.

27:06 Booking

Booking Alex Baptiste booked for unsporting behaviour.

27:00

Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Alex Baptiste results in a free kick.

25:31

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Pearce. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre from the right by-line, clearance made by Jobi McAnuff.

22:39

The ball is sent over by Jimmy Kebe.

17:45

Kevin Phillips has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

12:12

Foul by Jobi McAnuff on Chris Basham, free kick awarded. Craig Cathcart takes the direct free kick.

10:25

Jimmy Kebe has an effort at goal. Comfortable save by Matthew Gilks.

9:52

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jobi McAnuff, Chris Basham makes a clearance.

6:24

Handball by Benik Afobe. Free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.

4:31

Jimmy Kebe produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

2:35

The ball is sent over by Ian Harte, clearance by Stephen Crainey. Ian Harte takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

1:19

Jimmy Kebe takes a shot. Noel Hunt gets a block in.

0:00

The match begins.

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