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Reading 2-2 Fulham

Ross McCormack
Fulham striker Ross McCormack has scored his first goal in four matches with his second half penalty against Reading

Ross McCormack scored his 19th goal of the season as Fulham earned a point against Reading.

Moussa Dembele guided in Michael Madl's header to give Fulham the lead but Hal Robson-Kanu levelled from the spot when he was fouled by Fernando Amorebieta.

Just before the break, Reading went in front when Robson-Kanu latched on to Ola John's precise cross to head home.

But Fulham restored parity when Jake Cooper felled Ryan Fredericks and Ross McCormack scored the spot-kick.

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Jokanovic on Reading v Fulham

The result means Fulham move up a place to 19th after Bristol City's defeat by Cardiff, but now lie just five points off the relegation places after Rotherham beat Sheffield Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Reading move up a place to 11th and are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions.

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McDermott on Reading v Fulham

Robson-Kanu made sure he notched three goals in as many matches thanks to his first-half double, but was replaced by Garath McCleary at the break after picking up a knock in the first half.

Reading tried to force a winner towards the end but despite efforts from Stephen Quinn, John, McCleary, Cooper and Yann Kermorgant, there was to be no repeat of their heroics which earned them a last-minute win in their 4-3 victory against Charlton last week.

Reading manager Brian McDermott: "We were unfortunate not to go 3-1 up against Fulham and, had we done that, it was game over. They were hanging in there.

"We were trying to win the game late on but we take the point, we go up the table one more place, we're unbeaten again and that's about the gist of it."

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic: "We opened the game very well but, after they scored their goals, we showed some character to come back to score the equaliser.

"We are suffering in this competition by making mistakes. We need to be more solid and Reading pushed us hard during the last 15 minutes.

"When we created half-chances, we weren't clinical enough in the moment. But if we can't get three points, it's better to get one."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 15Ferdinand
  • 35Cooper
  • 11Obita
  • 6Norwood
  • 8Hector
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forMcClearyat 45'minutes
  • 21QuinnSubstituted forRakelsat 59'minutes
  • 20John
  • 29Kermorgant

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 4Evans
  • 10Rakels
  • 12McCleary
  • 17Piazon
  • 23Williams
  • 31Cox

Fulham

  • 24Lonergan
  • 2RichardsBooked at 90mins
  • 15Madl
  • 45Amorebieta
  • 3Garbutt
  • 7FredericksBooked at 21minsSubstituted forKacaniklicat 73'minutes
  • 22Baird
  • 23O'HaraSubstituted forTunnicliffeat 67'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 44McCormackBooked at 64mins
  • 10CairneySubstituted forParkerat 81'minutes
  • 25Dembele

Substitutes

  • 8Parker
  • 9Smith
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 12Lewis
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 28Hyndman
  • 33Burn
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
17,859

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Fulham 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Fulham 2.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ola John.

Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.

Booking

Jazz Richards (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Jazz Richards (Fulham).

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

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Attempt saved. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Obita.

Attempt saved. Deniss Rakels (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Moussa Dembele.

Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Hector.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Tom Cairney.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Luke Garbutt.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Ryan Fredericks.

Attempt missed. Jake Cooper (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ola John with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Attempt saved. Ola John (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Garath McCleary with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Tunnicliffe replaces Jamie O'Hara.

Offside, Fulham. Jazz Richards tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.

Booking

Ross McCormack (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Deniss Rakels replaces Stephen Quinn.

Attempt missed. Ola John (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Michael Madl.

Attempt blocked. Stephen Quinn (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ola John.

Offside, Reading. Jake Cooper tries a through ball, but Garath McCleary is caught offside.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Madl (Fulham).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley351911554272768
2Middlesbrough34207747202767
3Hull34197848202864
4Brighton351713549341564
5Derby351612747301760
6Sheff Wed351413850361455
7Cardiff35141384738955
8Birmingham34159104032854
9Ipswich34159104240254
10Preston351213103332149
11Reading341111124038244
12QPR351014114142-144
13Wolves351110144349-643
14Brentford35127164855-743
15Nottm Forest341012123231142
16Leeds34914113240-841
17Blackburn34913123332140
18Huddersfield35109164448-439
19Fulham35813145358-537
20Bristol City35910163155-2437
21MK Dons3598183048-1835
22Rotherham3595213959-2032
23Charlton35610193266-3428
24Bolton35413183358-2525
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