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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

Match ends, Reading 3, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 3, Fulham 0.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

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

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

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

Foul by Oliver Norwood (Reading).

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

Foul by Simon Cox (Reading).

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

Booking

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

Goal!

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

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

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

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Dan Burn.

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ryan Edwards replaces Hope Akpan.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Jamie Mackie.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Chris David.

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

Foul by Chris David (Fulham).

Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

Booking

Sean Kavanagh (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jamie Mackie (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sean Kavanagh (Fulham).

Offside, Reading. Michael Hector tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Chris David (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

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

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

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

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces Glenn Murray.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Reading).

Chris David (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Oliver Norwood (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris David (Fulham).

goal

As It Stood

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1Nottm Forest5410113813
2Norwich6411125713
3Wolves641162413
4Watford6402137612
5Charlton6330107312
6Brentford632196311
7Millwall631265110
8Blackburn63121111010
9Reading631288010
10Middlesbrough63038719
11Sheff Wed62315419
12Derby52219548
13Bournemouth622210738
14Ipswich62227618
15Cardiff62228808
16Wigan62139817
17Brighton62138807
18Rotherham621336-37
19Leeds621349-57
20Birmingham6132510-56
21Huddersfield6114715-84
22Bolton6024410-62
23Blackpool601539-61
24Fulham6015313-101
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