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Charlton Athletic 3-4 Reading

Yann Kermorgant
Reading striker Yann Kermorgant scored twice against his former club Charlton

Deniss Rakels' 92nd-minute goal handed Reading victory over Charlton, despite Yaya Sanogo's treble for the Addicks.

Yann Kermorgant put Reading ahead after heading in Ola John's cross but Sanogo levelled after Marco Motta teed him up.

The Royals led again when Hal Robson-Kanu cut back for Kermorgant to curl in, before John slipped home for 3-1.

Sanogo, on loan from Arsenal, then headed his second before tapping in for his hat-trick, only for Rakels to win it for Reading in stoppage time.

Had Charlton held on to draw, they would have lifted themselves off the bottom of the Championship table by virtue of Bolton losing to Burnley.

Jose Riga's side instead remain bottom on goal difference, while Reading move up three places to 12th thanks to Rakels' late heroics.

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A lively opening seven minutes saw Stephen Quinn hit the crossbar for the visitors with a fierce 18-yard drive, before Kermorgant and Sanogo scored their first goals since joining Reading and Charlton respectively.

Kermorgant, who scored 32 goals in 96 appearances for Charlton in a three-year spell with the club, netted twice in a dominant first-half display for the Royals.

The hosts thought they had rescued a valuable point after 84 minutes when Sanogo was on hand to poke in after Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi parried Johann Berg Gudmundsson's shot.

But Rakels latched on to Jordan Obita's free kick to steer the ball past Stephen Henderson in a heartbreaking end for the Addicks.

Charlton Athletic head coach Jose Riga:

"I knew the story of Sanogo and I'm happy for him that he can show his value today. Of course you have to show you can do it for more than one game but I'm happy. I saw immediately during the training sessions the quality he has.

"When you arrive from France early as he did, at 19 to 20, to a big team like Arsenal, it's quite difficult. My discussion with him was he can come here and take what he can from this challenge."

"We had to readjust the side again, like I've had to do all the games since I was here. It's about defending more in an effective way. If it's a lesson for the players, it's a good lesson."

Reading manager Brian McDermott:

"First half we were very good and played some fabulous football. The three goals were top drawer.

"We had a half hour spell where we were all over the place, quite frankly.

"We've had a strong conversation because we want to get better and learn from our mistakes."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 15Fanni
  • 28Johnson
  • 50Teixeira
  • 47MottaSubstituted forHarriottat 77'minutes
  • 22BaSubstituted forBergdichat 45'minutes
  • 12Diarra
  • 2Yun Suk-young
  • 7Berg GudmundssonBooked at 82mins
  • 9Makienok
  • 25SanogoSubstituted forGhoochannejhadat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Harriott
  • 16Ghoochannejhad
  • 19Bergdich
  • 21Fox
  • 30Pope
  • 37Lookman
  • 39Poyet

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 35Cooper
  • 11Obita
  • 6NorwoodSubstituted forWilliamsat 65'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 8Hector
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 21QuinnSubstituted forRakelsat 87'minutes
  • 20JohnSubstituted forMcClearyat 70'minutes
  • 29Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 10Rakels
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 17Piazon
  • 23Williams
  • 31Cox
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
21,506

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away16
Shots on Target
Home11
Away8
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Reading 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Reading 4.

Offside, Reading. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Deniss Rakels is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 3, Reading 4. Deniss Rakels (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross following a set piece situation.

Deniss Rakels (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rod Fanni (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Reza Ghoochannejhad replaces Yaya Sanogo because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Deniss Rakels replaces Stephen Quinn.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Zakarya Bergdich (Charlton Athletic).

Offside, Reading. Garath McCleary tries a through ball, but Jordan Obita is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 3, Reading 3. Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Hector (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Callum Harriott replaces Marco Motta.

Booking

Danny Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Rod Fanni.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Zakarya Bergdich (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Zakarya Bergdich tries a through ball, but Yaya Sanogo is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zakarya Bergdich.

Foul by Michael Hector (Reading).

Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Ola John.

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

Foul by Alou Diarra (Charlton Athletic).

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danny Williams replaces Oliver Norwood.

Attempt saved. Zakarya Bergdich (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Ola John (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Marco Motta (Charlton Athletic).

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marco Motta (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Marco Motta (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

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1Burnley341811553272665
2Hull33197748192964
3Middlesbrough32197644172764
4Brighton331612545341160
5Derby341512745301557
6Sheff Wed341413750351555
7Cardiff34131384538752
8Birmingham33149103932751
9Ipswich33149104140151
10Preston341212103332148
11QPR341014104140144
12Reading331110123836243
13Wolves341110134247-543
14Brentford34127154753-643
15Nottm Forest331012113230242
16Huddersfield34109154446-239
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Blackburn32813113130137
19Bristol City34910153153-2237
20Fulham34812145156-536
21MK Dons3488182848-2032
22Rotherham3485213859-2129
23Bolton34413173256-2425
24Charlton34510193065-3525
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