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Reading 4-1 Doncaster Rovers

Reading striker Adam Le Fondre
Adam Le Fondre

Garath McCleary and Pavel Pogrebnyak scored late goals as Reading secured a comprehensive victory over Doncaster.

Danny Guthrie drove the Royals in front before Theo Robinson equalised from close range.

Adam Le Fondre flicked in from McCleary's pass to restore Reading's advantage before the break.

Rob Jones went off injured after Doncaster had used all of their substitutes and McCleary and Pogrebnyak sealed the win for Nigel Adkins' side.

Guthrie put the home side ahead after 10 minutes when he found the top corner for his third goal in four games.

Robinson, brought off the bench after only 22 minutes by manager Paul Dickov, pulled the visitors level when he turned in following Adam Federici's save from Mark Duffy's free-kick.

Le Fondre put Reading ahead once again when he finished from McCleary's ball for his fifth of the campaign.

After Doncaster lost captain Jones to what looked like an arm injury, McCleary found the net after good work from Hal Robson-Kanu and Pogrebnyak added a fourth from McCleary's pass in the seventh minute of stoppage time.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"I'm so pleased for Pavel, it was an absolutely super finish. He's been working so hard at the training ground. It's all been down to him and he's now reaping the rewards.

"We never allowed Doncaster to play the ball around but some players then stopped what they had been doing successfully.

"Four goals, three points and the fans will have gone home happy."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"I fancied us to win the game at 2-1 down but playing with 10 men made it very difficult.

"Reading took full advantage of the situation and picked us off.

"I still feel a bit aggrieved and disappointed about the scoreline. Although it was 4-1, I thought we competed well."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 18Bridge
  • 6BairdBooked at 69mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 15Morrison
  • 12McCleary
  • 20GuthrieSubstituted forAkpanat 83'minutes
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 62'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 37ObitaSubstituted forMcAnuffat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 11McAnuff
  • 16Akpan
  • 17Gorkss
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
  • 41Taylor

Doncaster

  • 1Turnbull
  • 2Quinn
  • 32Wabara
  • 18Keegan
  • 14Khumalo
  • 5Jones
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forBennettat 72'minutes
  • 4FurmanSubstituted forRobinsonat 23'minutes
  • 9BrownSubstituted forPaynterat 64'minutes
  • 19WellensBooked at 85mins
  • 7Duffy

Substitutes

  • 8Paynter
  • 11Cotterill
  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 22Robinson
  • 23Bennett
Referee:
Andy D'Urso
Attendance:
17,697

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 4, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 4, Doncaster Rovers 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Reading 4, Doncaster Rovers 1. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top left corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

  5. Post update

    Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Adam Federici.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

  10. Post update

    Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

  12. Post update

    Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

  14. Booking

    Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

  17. Post update

    Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Hope Akpan replaces Danny Guthrie.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Sean Morrison (Reading).