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Summary

  1. Williams wins it for Reading from the penalty spot in injury time
  2. McCleary puts the Royals ahead with controversial first-half penalty
  3. Pitman levelled with another controversial spot-kick
  4. Victory moves Reading to third in the Championship

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By Phil Shepka

All times stated are UK

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FT: Reading 2-1 Ipswich

Garath McCleary of Reading scores from the penalty spot
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Thanks for following our live text as Reading beat Ipswich in a match defined by penalties, however dubious or not you think they may be.

Tomorrow we'll be back with live text covering the whole of the EFL so be sure not to miss that.

Until then, goodnight.

'What every kid dreams of'

FT: Reading 2-1 Ipswich

Reading match-winner Danny Williams told Sky Sports: "It was pressure (to take the penalty) but I think that's what every kid dreams of, in these games in the last minute. 

"Going into the top three is a massive boost but I don't think we should get carried away. Last season we were second when we beat Middlesbrough."

Sweet Caroline plays across the tannoy again.... They love it at the Mad Stad.

FULL-TIME

Reading 2-1 Ipswich

What a way to end the game. A late penalty to Reading in the first half, and a very late one again in the second to win it.

The big talking point after this match will be shirt holding for sure. But players cannot say they haven't been warned.

FT: Reading 2-1 Ipswich. Three ridiculous penalties, would love to hear ref's explanation of them. #bbcefl

GOAL (Williams)

Reading 2-1 Ipswich

Danny Williams sends Bartosz Bialkowski the wrong way and Reading are moving up to third in the table.

Reading's Danny Williams scores the winner
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PENALTY (Reading)

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Another penalty!

Jonas Knudsen is not looking at the ball and instead is holding onto Joey van Den Berg at that corner and the referee points to the spot for a third time in this match.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

The referee books Reading's Joey van den Berg and Ipswich's Christophe Berra for getting close to each other in the box.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Corner to Reading. Late drama anyone?

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

What was I saying about Cole Skuse's goal record?

He has another pop, this time with his left, but that shot is wayward.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Reading go close late on.

John Swift's free-kick is wonderfully headed down towards goal by Yann Kermorgant but Joey van den Berg can't connect to it and the ball is gathered by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

We have four minutes of injury time...

Fizz gone out of this late on. Probably jinxed it now for a late goal. 1-1 90' #bbcefl

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

John Swift takes the Reading corner aimed towards Yann Kermorgant but his header doesn't drop to a team-mate.

He looks frustrated.

'A share of the spoils would be fitting'

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Tim Dellor

BBC Berkshire sport editor

"I think a draw would be fair. Two dodgy penalty decisions, 1-1, job done."

SUBSTITUTION

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Joey van den Berg of Reading tackles Grant Ward of Ipswich Town
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Grant Ward may have given a penalty away but he has looked bright for Ipswich this evening.

His race is run as he is replaced by Luke Varney.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Cole Skuse of Ipswich Town high tackle on John Swift of Reading
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Cole Skuse, seen here with a high boot, has scored one goal in four years.

But he has a strike from distance that is easily gathered by Ali Al-Habsi.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Jordan Obita is straight in on the action as his cross is a very good one, but fellow sub Stephen Quinn can't get his header on target under pressure from Tommy Smith.

SUBSTITUTION

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Tyler Blackett has been caused some trouble by Grant Ward and he is replaced in the Reading left-back position by Jordan Obita.

Grant Ward of Ipswich Town (right) under pressure from Tyler Blackett of Reading
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Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Freddie Sears plays in another corner but it is punched away by Al Al-Habsi.

At the moment, Ipswich are looking the more likely, but it's so tight I don't want to call it. Thank goodness I'm not a betting man, eh?

'Ipswich can pick the game off'

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Mick Mills

Former Ipswich captain, BBC Radio Suffolk

“We look dangerous from free play and set plays. This is a good opportunity to pick this game off.

"The game has changed now, it's predominately us."

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Another Ipswich corner from which Jonathan Douglas heads towards goal, but it's straight into the hands of the Reading keeper.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Reading's two successive corners come to nothing and Ipswich go on a swift counter attack, but Freddie Sears can't find the right pass.

Eventually Brett Pitman plays the ball into the area into the 'corridor of uncertainty' but Teddy Bishop went down under pressure.

No penalty though.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Substitute John Swift tries a swirling drive from about 25 yards out and Bartosz Bialkowski can only turn it behind.

The Ipswich keeper didn't look comfortable as he saved that.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Reading are coming forward by Danny Williams tries a quick one-two but Tommy Smith clears the danger.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

The game has just lost a little bit of its intensity now but both teams don't appear to be settling for a point. Remember, if either win they are guaranteed at least third place in the Championship tonight.

Jaap Stam
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SUBSTITUTION

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Teddy Bishop comes on to replace Kevin Bru for Ipswich in a like-for-like change after Christophe Berra can't make the most of his header from the corner that resulted from Pitman's shot.

First sighting in a very, very long time of Teddy Bishop in an #itfc shirt. What can he bring to this? 1-1 68' #bbcefl

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Ipswich goalscorer Brett Pitman does well to get passed a couple of Reading defenders to fire a low shot which is easily saved by Ali Al-Habsi.

Ipswich celebrate Brett Pitman's goal
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Don't yank his head off...

SUBSTITUTION

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Garath McCleary, who has been influential tonight but recently was on international duty with Jamaica, has been taken off to be replaced by John Swift.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Another decent chance there for Ipswich as Grant Ward gets to the byline but cannot find a team-mate after some great work by Freddie Sears.

Jonas Knudsen's cross-shot is then easily cleared. Ipswich are growing into this and Ward is starting to get the better of Tyler Blackett.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Adam Williams

BBC Sport at Madejski Stadium

"At just gone the hour mark, I didn't think we'd see this sort of response from Ipswich given what went before in the first half.

"Reading looked somewhat rattled after that Pitman penalty, but you sense there's going to be plenty of more opportunities to win this one for either side.

"However, I don't fancy it to finish 11 v 11 either judging on how card-happy referee Jeremy Simpson is."

Garath McCleary has just tried to drift in another free-kick, but again it is cleared easily.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Yann Kermorgant of Reading with Cole Skuse of Ipswich
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So far this has been quite a good contest in my opinion.

Who said that Friday night football was silly?

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Huge chance for Ipswich goes begging.

Tommy Smith has his head in his hands after hooking the ball over from a corner when totally unmarked from six yards out.

He'll but gutted.

SUBSTITUTION

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

First change of the night for Reading as George Evans, on a yellow card, is replaced by Stephen Quinn.

Probably will be the same formation for Jaap Stam's side too.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Excellent ball in from Reading winger Roy Beerens again, but Garath McCleary can't get enough power on his header and it is easily gobbled up by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Interesting this from BBC Berkshire.... I thought Reading were pretty good in the first half!

Nearly 70% possession in that half. But there were few boos in that half from fans, so was it entertaining enough?

Nearly 70% possession in that half. But there were few boos in that half from fans, so was it entertaining enough?

Meanwhile, Ipswich defender Jonas Knudsen is briefly down holding a somewhat sensitive area of the body... Ouch.

GREAT SAVE!

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

A superb piece of football from Ipswich brings out an equally fine save from Ali Al-Habsi.

Kevin Bru plays a ball into Grant Ward, who swivels and shoots all in the same motion, but the Royals keeper gets down low to keep it out.

YELLOW CARD (Chambers)

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Another player in the book as Luke Chambers, having a torrid time at Ipswich right-back, sees yellow for a foul on Yann Kermorgant.

'Referee getting the big decisions wrong'

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Ipswich's Brett Pitman challenged by Tyler Blackett
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“I don’t even think there has been contact, it may be minimal contact. Tyler Blackett at the back post has just brushed the Ipswich striker Brett Pitman and he has gone done in a heap. The referee gives the penalty to make up for the mistake in the first half. The referee, when it comes to the big decision has got them totally, totally wrong."

Ex-Reading player/manager Mick Gooding on BBC Radio Berkshire

GOAL (Pitman)

Reading 1-1 Ipswich

Brett Pitman absolutely smashes the ball home straight down the middle. I love that sort of penalty.

Tyler Blackett was also yellow carded for the infringement. That's the fourth Reading player in the book.

Brett Pitman
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PENALTY (Ipswich)

Reading 1-0 Ipswich

One penalty at the end of the first half and one right at the start of the second. 

Jonas Knudsen is given too much time to cross the ball into the area and Tyler Blackett is the wrong side of Brett Pitman and is adjudged to have fouled the Ipswich striker in the air.

The referee was again in no doubt.

Reading 1-0 Ipswich

Garath McCleary wins a free-kick on the right wing off Jonas Knudsen with some clever hold-up play but the free-kick is totally wasted.

I genuinely have no idea what McCleary was trying to do so won't try to explain it.

Reading 1-0 Ipswich

So what do you make of that first half then?

We're under way in the second and would love to know what you think so far.

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