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Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Reading

Dominic Samuel
Dominic Samuel (left) made his debut for Reading in their 3-0 Premier League defeat by Sunderland in December 2012

George Evans' winner for Reading in injury time condemned Blackburn to a third consecutive 3-2 league defeat.

Dominic Samuel fired the visitors in front with a shot from inside the box before Danny Graham headed in to level by the break.

Liam Moore restored the visitors' lead when he chested in from close range but Wes Brown nodded home from a corner to make it 2-2 on his Championship debut.

Reading snatched all three points as Evans struck from inside the box.

Garath McCleary went close to giving the visitors the lead when his shot was expertly tipped away by Jason Steele and he was involved again as they went ahead, with his pass finding Samuel whose shot beat the Rovers keeper at his near post.

Marvin Emnes then rattled the bar before Graham headed in the equaliser and he should have claimed a second after the break when he nodded the ball straight at Ali Al-Habsi.

Reading took the lead for a second time when Moore bundled the ball over the line after Liam Kelly's 25-yard attempt had hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced on the line.

Rovers thought they had claimed at least a point when Brown headed Craig Conway's cross past Al-Habsi but Evans stroked home from McCleary's cross deep into time added on as Reading moved back up to third in the table.

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle:

"I felt overall we were the better side. We knew they would have possession, but that being said, we have created eight, I would suggest, gilt-edge chances. I'm talking about ones that should be in the back of the net.

"As well as we played, we have to be clinical at one end and at the other. I know we're decimated with centre-backs missing, but we've got to make sure we don't give up the goals and the softness of them, that we did today.

"It's hard to take, we've given everything, but we have got to tidy up on individual errors."

Reading manager Jaap Stam:

"We deserved the win. We're always looking for a certain way of playing, dominating with possession and creating chances.

"We still tried to control the game, but every time we scored they got back and that gives the opposition confidence. I think after it went 2-2 we regained possession and controlled the game a bit more and went forward as well more.

"In doing that, we're very happy. But I'm honest, and they made it very difficult for us.

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Steele
  • 10Marshall
  • 30Brown
  • 26Lenihan
  • 5Williams
  • 32Conway
  • 6LoweBooked at 66mins
  • 21AkpanSubstituted forNyambeat 86'minutes
  • 19Gallagher
  • 17Emnes
  • 12GrahamBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 7Feeney
  • 8Byrne
  • 9Stokes
  • 24Nyambe
  • 31Bennett
  • 33Raya
  • 34Wharton

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2Gunter
  • 5McShane
  • 16Moore
  • 24Blackett
  • 4van den Berg
  • 6Evans
  • 12McClearyBooked at 36mins
  • 38KellySubstituted forCooperat 90+4'minutes
  • 7Beerens
  • 14SamuelSubstituted forKermorgantat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Cooper
  • 15Harriott
  • 17Wieser
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Meite
  • 30Watson
  • 40Moore
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
10,982

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamReading
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home19
Away13
Shots on Target
Home12
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Reading 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Reading 3.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Lowe tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Liam Kelly.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Reading 3. George Evans (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Garath McCleary.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Wes Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Wes Brown tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ryan Nyambe replaces Hope Akpan.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

Wes Brown (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joey van den Berg (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Liam Kelly (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Gunter.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt saved. Roy Beerens (Reading) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Evans.

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Blackburn Rovers).

Foul by Tyler Blackett (Reading).

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway following a set piece situation.

Foul by Liam Moore (Reading).

Marvin Emnes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Reading 2. Wes Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross.

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

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Reading. Liam Moore tries a through ball, but Liam Kelly is caught offside.

Roy Beerens (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Reading. Liam Kelly tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

Booking

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Liam Kelly (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

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2Brighton22146235142148
3Reading2212463029140
4Huddersfield2212372626039
5Leeds2212282622438
6Sheff Wed2211472623337
7Derby2210662315836
8Birmingham229762729-234
9Fulham2289538281033
10Norwich2210393734333
11Preston229583027332
12Barnsley229493835331
13Aston Villa2161052221128
14Brentford2284102728-128
15Ipswich227782224-228
16Bristol City2283112827127
17Nottm Forest2275103539-426
18Wolves226792830-225
19QPR2165102030-1023
20Cardiff2265112436-1223
21Burton2257102330-722
22Blackburn2255122737-1020
23Wigan2246121827-918
24Rotherham2224162148-2710
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