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Reading 3-0 Fulham

Glenn Murray
Glenn Murray scored 30 Championship goals for Crystal Palace in 2012/13

Glenn Murray scored two goals on his debut as Reading comfortably beat 10-man Fulham to pile more pressure on manager Felix Magath.

The striker, on loan from Crystal Palace, headed in Jordan Obita's cross before Fulham debutant Matt Smith was sent off for a lunge on Hope Akpan.

Murray doubled the lead when he nodded home Obita's corner from close range.

Substitute Nick Blackman sealed the win late on to leave Magath's men with a fifth loss in six league games.

The Cottagers have now slipped to the bottom of the Championship and sections of the travelling support made their feelings clear with calls for the German to be sacked at the end of the match.

Any hopes of Fulham claiming their first league win of the season were rendered almost impossible inside the first 20 minutes at the Madejski Stadium as they found themselves a goal and a man down before having the chance to settle into the game.

Felix Magath's difficult start to life at Fulham
Since joining The Cottagers on 14 February, Magath has only won four of his 20 games in charge

Fulham began brightly, with Ross McCormack volleying over from close range, but Murray showed the form which had seen him top the Championship scoring charts with 30 goals for Palace in 2012-13 as he netted with a diving header on the quarter-hour mark.

Three minutes later, it got worse for Fulham as former Leeds striker Smith went in late and high on Akpan and referee Mike Jones issued the red card immediately.

Fulham responded well as Tim Hoogland was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Chris Gunter and Adam Federici pulled off a fine save from Chris David's shot.

However, the home side made their extra man count after the break as Jake Taylor's powerful shot was kept out by Gabor Kiraly, before Murray headed in Obita's precise set-piece.

Kiraly, another man on his debut, kept the score down with a string of classy saves before Blackman rounded him and slid home five minutes from time.

The final whistle sparked some angry scenes among the 2,745 Fulham fans who had made the trip along the M4 motorway, with chants of "you're getting sacked in the morning" followed by cries of "Felix out".

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 15Hector
  • 5Pearce
  • 11Obita
  • 6Norwood
  • 16AkpanSubstituted forEdwardsat 80'minutes
  • 19MackieSubstituted forBlackmanat 78'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 25Taylor
  • 20MurraySubstituted forPogrebnyakat 67'minutes
  • 10Cox

Substitutes

  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 17Edwards
  • 22Blackman
  • 28Kuhl
  • 31Andersen
  • 32Long
  • 35Cooper

Fulham

  • 1Kiraly
  • 33Burn
  • 6Bodurov
  • 32KavanaghBooked at 74mins
  • 15VoserBooked at 42minsSubstituted forZveroticat 55'minutes
  • 28HyndmanBooked at 25minsSubstituted forChristensenat 45'minutes
  • 8Parker
  • 2Hoogland
  • 44McCormack
  • 9SmithBooked at 18mins
  • 30DavidSubstituted forRobertsat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Stafylidis
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 20Rodallega
  • 21Christensen
  • 40Bettinelli
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
18,790

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 3, Fulham 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 3, Fulham 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

  4. Post update

    Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

  6. Post update

    Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

  8. Post update

    Patrick Roberts (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

  10. Post update

    Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Booking

    Nick Blackman (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 3, Fulham 0. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Nick Blackman tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Edwards (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dan Burn.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Cox.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Ryan Edwards replaces Hope Akpan.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Jamie Mackie.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Chris David.