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Reading 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Paul McShane celebrates his goal with his Reading team mates
Paul McShane (second left) scored his first league goal for Reading after joining the Royals last summer

Brighton dropped to second place in the Championship table after drawing at Reading, who finished with 10 men.

John Swift's free-kick gave the Royals a second-minute lead but the visitors levelled when Joey van den Berg headed a corner into his own net.

Anthony Knockaert's low drive put the Seagulls ahead straight after the break and Paul McShane made it 2-2 by converting Garath McCleary's pull-back.

Van den Berg was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.

Swift's opener, an inswinging ball which evaded everyone from a wide position on the left, was the first goal Brighton have conceded this season.

McCleary and Yann Kermorgant were constant threats as Jaap Stam's Royals dominated the opening period, with the Frenchman having a shot cleared off the line by Lewis Dunk and dragging another effort wide.

Brighton improved after the break but goalkeeper David Stockdale made a reflex save to tip an overhead kick from Kermorgant behind and keep the scoreline at 2-2.

The visitors could not take advantage when Van den Berg, who had picked up a caution for dissent in the first half, was dismissed by referee Mike Jones with one minute remaining for pulling back Tomer Hemed.

Albion, who finished third last season, remain unbeaten but slipped to second after Huddersfield secured a late win over Barnsley.

Reading manager Jaap Stam: "In terms of energy and creating chances, I think we did very well. We controlled the game in the first half.

"After we came back to 2-2, we tried to go for the third goal. We tried to win the game, which is now in our nature. That's how we want to play.

"My philosophy of playing is that we want to play attractive and attacking football with a lot of possession. And that's what we did today. But we do make mistakes and that's what we need to get out of our system."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "I was especially disappointed with our first-half performance. For the levels that we've been at recently, I don't think we reached those levels in the first half.

"There's no particular reason for that. We've made a couple of changes and perhaps that rhythm wasn't there.

"Periods in the game became very open and I thought Reading did it better than us. At times, they looked more of a goal threat than us."

Line-ups

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 4van den BergBooked at 90mins
  • 5McShane
  • 11Obita
  • 6Evans
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 90mins
  • 12McClearySubstituted forMendesat 87'minutes
  • 8SwiftSubstituted forQuinnat 82'minutes
  • 7BeerensSubstituted forCooperat 90+1'minutes
  • 18KermorgantBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 9Mendes
  • 15Harriott
  • 19Meite
  • 21Quinn
  • 30Watson
  • 31Jaakkola

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 23Rosenior
  • 2Bruno
  • 5DunkBooked at 57mins
  • 3BongBooked at 72mins
  • 11Knockaert
  • 14Sidwell
  • 7Kayal
  • 8SkalakSubstituted forMurphyat 76'minutes
  • 17MurraySubstituted forHemedat 86'minutes
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forNorwoodat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mäenpää
  • 10Hemed
  • 15Murphy
  • 21Norwood
  • 24Ince
  • 30Lua Lua
  • 43White
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
16,781

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

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

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a set piece situation.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Booking

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Danny Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Roy Beerens.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Joey van den Berg (Reading) for a bad foul.

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Joseph Mendes replaces Garath McCleary.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed replaces Glenn Murray.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

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

Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Stephen Quinn replaces John Swift.

Offside, Reading. George Evans tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Jiri Skalak.

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton42208268
3Wolves42207348
4Fulham42206428
5Norwich32105147
6QPR42027526
7Newcastle42026426
8Brentford42024316
9Barnsley42028806
10Bristol City42024406
11Nottm Forest4202810-26
12Aston Villa41214225
13Birmingham412145-15
14Cardiff412145-15
15Derby412112-15
16Wigan41128714
17Burton41129904
18Ipswich31114404
19Leeds411246-24
20Sheff Wed411225-34
21Reading411248-44
22Rotherham411238-54
23Preston410334-13
24Blackburn4013411-71
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