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Pavel Pogrebnyak

Two late goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak took Reading into the top six and left Doncaster in relegation danger.

The hosts deservedly led through James Coppinger's first-half shot as they looked to end a five-game winless run.

But a penalty from Adam Le Fondre after he had been tripped by Paul Quinn sparked a Reading fightback.

Pogrebnyak headed home and in stoppage time struck on the break to mean Doncaster might need a last-day win at Leicester to stay up.

Rovers defied their recent form to make a positive start and went in front when former Reading loanee Billy Sharp picked out Coppinger to steer the ball home.

Coppinger then crossed for Sharp to force Reading keeper Alex McCarthy into a near-post save.

Reading did not muster a single first-half effort on target but improved after the break as they looked to keep their promotion hopes alive.

And they equalised when Le Fondre converted his 15th goal of the season from the spot.

Le Fondre then wasted a chance to put Reading in front but with time running out Pogrebnyak struck.

The Russian striker nodded home his 12th goal of the season from a far-post Jake Taylor cross and then made the points safe as Doncaster pressed for a late leveller.

Alex Pearce's pass released Pogrebnyak to finish from close range, meaning a win in their final game of the season at home to promoted Burnley will guarantee Nigel Adkins' men a play-off place.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"We weren't at our best in the first half but we had words during the interval and the response from the players was fantastic.

"There's a hunger and a passion about this side and it's in our own hands whether we are in the play-offs or not.

"We've got Burnley at home in the last match and that won't be easy but I'm expecting a full house and we will be going all out to win the game.

"We knew we had to win to keep our season alive and the players have gone out and done that."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov:

"We were all gutted in the dressing room afterwards but we will get it out of our systems before we go again in the final match at Leicester.

"Now it's all down to the last match against my old club, who won't be doing us any favours. But I'm still confident we can avoid going down.

"There was drama at this club on the last game last season when we went up by winning at Brentford and there can be drama again at Leicester.

"Whatever happens, we'll go there and give it all we've got because we want to stay in this division - and we can't rely on other results going our way."

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 17TamasSubstituted forMcCombeat 89'minutes
  • 31Stevens
  • 4FurmanSubstituted forWellensat 69'minutes
  • 2Quinn
  • 20Méité
  • 26Coppinger
  • 18Keegan
  • 10SharpSubstituted forRobinsonat 86'minutes
  • 9Brown
  • 11Cotterill

Substitutes

  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 16McCombe
  • 19Wellens
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 22Robinson
  • 30Peterson

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 8Leigertwood
  • 15Morrison
  • 5Pearce
  • 12McClearyBooked at 80minsSubstituted forHectorat 90+2'minutes
  • 16AkpanSubstituted forTaylorat 76'minutes
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forGorkssat 90'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 17Gorkss
  • 22Blackman
  • 24Cummings
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Hector
  • 36Ugwu
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
10,212

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamReading
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home3
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Reading 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Reading 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Reading 3. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Pearce following a fast break.

  4. Post update

    Enda Stevens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Michael Hector replaces Garath McCleary.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Kaspars Gorkss replaces Adam Le Fondre.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Jamie McCombe replaces Gabriel Tamas.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Doncaster Rovers 1, Reading 2. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Taylor with a cross.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson replaces Billy Sharp.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers).

  14. Post update

    Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match (Reading).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Jake Taylor replaces Hope Akpan.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester45309682433999
2Burnley452614570353592
3Derby452591183513284
4QPR4522111257421577
5Reading4519131368541470
6Wigan4420101457441370
7Brighton4518151253391469
8Blackburn451716126659767
9Bournemouth451812156765266
10Ipswich451714145853565
11Nottm Forest451617126662465
12Middlesbrough451516145849961
13Watford4415151472571560
14Bolton451416155758-158
15Leeds45168215866-856
16Sheff Wed451314186263-153
17Huddersfield451311215464-1050
18Blackpool451113213863-2546
19Charlton441112213560-2545
20Millwall451015204574-2945
21Doncaster451111233969-3044
22Birmingham441110235671-1543
23Barnsley45912244274-3239
24Yeovil45813244371-2837
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