FT: Southampton 1 Reading 3

LAST WORD - Whitley from Chicago writes: "Simply put, I glance at the division table and cannot believe my eyes. First-choice central midfielders sidelined by injury at Brighton and again today -- another piece of the puzzle that is this amazing season that is a testament to the managerial acumen of Brian McDermott. From across one third of a continent and an ocean besides, what a privilege it is to call myself a fan of Reading FC. Next year at Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and Anfield!"

FULL TIME. Reading win to take a massive step back to the top flight. Thanks for your views tonight, stay with us for reaction.

90 (+3)
GOAL - LE FONDRE!!!!! Le Fondre wins it for Reading. Federici punts the goal kick forward, Hammond heads the ball, as does Hunt and Fonte's attempted back header is latched onto by the Reading striker who rounds Davis and slots home from close range on the right!!!

90 (+2)
Lambert heads down a cross from the right towards Sharp in the box but it just runs out for a goal kick at the far post.

Four minutes of added time are announced.

90
Butterfield crosses from 25 yards on the right but Pearce heads away in the box. Butterfield crosses in again from a similar position and Sharp goes down after backing into Cummings and the ref rightly gives a Reading goal kick.

89
Reading take the free-kick short and feed the ball to Hunt but he mis-kicks and it runs out for a Saints throw in 15 yards out from their right byline.

88
De Ridder crosses from 10 yeards on the right but Gorkss heads away in the box before Guly is booked for a hands ball and it is a Reading free-kick just inside the Saints half.

86
Reading win a free-kick midway in their half on the right. Federici punts the ball forward but it goes out for a Saints throw in near their own right byline.

85
Guly tries an effort from 22 yards in front of goal but it lacks power and Federici dives down well to his left to save.

84
De Ridder makes a great run into the right side of the box before shooting from eight yards but Federici saves with his chest and Reading break up field but Davis clears a cross from the right ahead of Le Fondre in the box.

83
De Ridder again chases a long ball into the right corner but Harte shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

82
De Ridder tries to get onto a cross field ball but it just goes out for a Reading throw in 20 yards from their byline.

81
Saints come again and Butterfield's cross from 20 yards on the right is put out by Cummings for a corner on the left. Saints take but the Royals scramble it away.

80
Saints press and keep possession before Butterfield's cross from 22 yards on the right is header away by Pearce.

79
De Ridder puts in a dangerous cross from five yards on the right but Harte heads away in the box.

78
McAnuff's shot from 20 yards is deflected out for a corner on the left. Kebe hits it into the box but it misses everyone and goes out for a goal kick on the far side.

78
Roberts is replaced by Afobe.

Daniel says: "My prediction, for the Southampton-Reading result, has gotta be a 2-1 win for Reading as they have the more stronger players and also an amazing striker that has already scored a goal in the game tonight."

67
Guly is on for Hammond.

76
Lambert backheals from the right corner to De Ridder who runs into the right side of the box before teeing up Butterfield but his shot from 15 yards is straight at Federici.

75
Fox takes the corner but Pearce heads away at the far post for a Saints throw in five yards on the left.

74
De Ridder wins a corner on the right.

72
GOAL - LE FONDRE!!!!!! Le Fondre puts Reading back in front. Kebe crosses from 12 yards on the right and Le Fondre blasts into the roof of the net from the penalty spot!!!!! My 2-1 prediction looks on!!!!

71
McAnuff wins a free-kick 30 yards to the left of goal. Reading take it short but McAnuff blasts well over.

69
Reading take the throw in but Saints win the ball and keep possession before Butterfield's cross from 25 yards on the right is headed over by Lallana to the left of the box.

68
Fox takes the corner deep but Pearce heads away at the far post. Reading break up field and Roberts tries to run into the Southampton box but De Ridder tracks back and puts it out for a throw in 20 yards on the left.

67
Lallana feeds the ball to De Ridder to the right of the box. He tries an effort but it is charged down by Harte for a corner on the right.

65
Butterfield crosses from 22 yards on the right but Pearce heads partially clear before Lallana is tackled by Cummings on the right of the box and Reading clear.

64
Le Fondre is on for Tabb for Reading.

62
Gorkss and Lambert tussle for the ball near the halfway line and the ref gives it Reading's way. They take it short but Hunt's pass 35 yards out on the right is misplaced and goes out for a throw in.

61
Lambert plays a one-two with Sharp before shooting from 22 yards in front of goal but his low effort goes wide of Federici's right post.

60
Hooiveld concedes a throw in 20 yards out on the right. Reading take and Mullins crosses into the box but Davis catches.

59
The teams are cancelling each other out in the middle at present.

57
McAnuff releases Roberts into the left corner. He does well to keep the ball in play before crossing into the centre but Fox clears on the far side.

56
De Ridder presses again but Pearce tackles on the edge of his area in front of goal.

54
De Ridder crosses twice from the right but both times the Royals clear before Fox's shot from 25 yards on the right is blocked for a Saints throw in in their own half.

53
Chaplow is replaced by De Ridder.

52
Fox puts an in-swinging corner from the right into the box but it misses everyone and goes out for a goal kick at the far side.

52
Chaplow hits a powerful effort from eight yards on the right and forces Federici to concede a corner at his near post.

Chris says: "shades of early April last season: Saints down early at home and then.... a rousing come-back to take the win and seal promotion!!"

50
Lallana crosses from 20 yards on the left but Gorkss heads away in the box.

Louis says: "Reading to score again through Jason Roberts. Reading have kept up with WHU then pounced. They have kept up with southampton the pounced. They have kept up so well. Come on Reading."

49
Roberts tries to get onto a long ball into the left side of the box and goes down as Davis comes out for the ball but the ref points for a goal kick.

Tom says: "Southampton fan here. Saints deserve to be winning this game. We're looking very dangerous and Reading have been hard pushed this whole game. Reading looking dangerous on the break but I believe we can win this! Come on the Saints!!!"

48
GOAL - LAMBERT!!!! Lambert equalises for Saints. Sharp heads a cross from the left down for his strike partner and he slots home into the bottom of the goal from eight yards on the left, with the ball taking a slight deflection off Gorkss.

47
Roberts tries to get onto a throughball by McAnuff but is given offside 25 yards out on the right.

46
Reading re-start the game. No changes at half time.

Fancy a bet? Sky Sports now go 4/1 for a Saints win, 2/1 for the draw and 8/11 for a Reading victory. My 2-1 Reading prediction is still on. What are your views? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best when I get back with my brew!

HALF TIME. Reading go in a goal in front. Stay with us for the second period.

45 (+2)
Hammond crosses into the box from 30 yards on the right but Cummings heads away in the box.

45 (+1)
Butterfield crosses from 25 yards on the right but it is too close to Federici who gathers.

Two minutes of added time are announced.

45
Fox crosses from 20 yards on the left but Lambert heads over from six yards at the far post after the ball was slightly too high for him.

44
Chaplow's cross from 25 yards on the right is directed on goal by Lallana from 12 yards in the box but Federici is there to gather.

43
Hunt tries to get onto an over-the-top ball on the left off McAnuff but is given offside.

42
Harte puts the free-kick into the box but Davis collects.

41
Roberts wins a free-kick 18 yards on the left off Fonte.

40
Saints press but Chaplow mis-kicks a volley to the right side of the box before he gives away a handball.

Alvon says: "1-0. We're top of the league, We're top of the league. Hello we're Reading, We're top of the league." Indeed you are - for now!

38
Lallana wins a free-kick off Tabb on the halfway line. Fox punts the ball forward but McAnuff clears the box.

37
Hammond tries to release Chaplow into the right side of the box but Federici comes out and claims the ball. Chaplow runs into him and gets booked.

35
Lambert wins a free-kick 40 yards out to the left. Fox takes but Federici comes and catches the ball in his box.

34
McAnuff wins a throw in 12 yards out on the left. Harte takes and Roberts wrestles for the ball with Butterfield in the right corner before the ball goes out for a goal kick.

33
Cork wins a free-kick on the halfway line to the left. He takes and Saints keep possession before Sharp tries to get onto a long ball in the box but Federici gathers.

32
Hunt whips a great cross from 20 yards on the left into Kebe at the far post but it is just too high and goes out for a goal kick.

30
Lambert floats a cross from 20 yards on the left into the box and Sharp goes down under a challenge from Gorkss and appeals for a penalty but the ref waves play on.

29
Cork tries an effort from 30 yards out in front of goal but his shot goes way wide.

28
Roberts and Hooiveld tussle for the ball on the edge of the Saints' box and the Reading striker appeals for a foul but the ref waves play on.

27
Cork heads wide from ten yards in the centre of the box after a cross from Chaplow on the right.

25
Lallana wins a corner on the left. He takes and Hooiveld gets clear from his marker but heads way wide from eight yards in acres of space.

24
Saints break forward but Chaplow's cross from the right side of the box is poor and Gorkss clears.

24
Harte punts the free-kick into the box but Fox clears.

23
Lallana crosses from the left edge of the box but Pearce heads away and Reading break forward and McAnuff wins a free-kick near the halfway line off Chaplow.

22
Chaplow crosses from 15 yards on the right but Reading clear their box.

20
Reading win a free-kick just inside their half on the left. They punt it forward but Kebe cannot keep the ball in in the right side of the box and it rolls out for a goal kick.

19
GOAL - ROBERTS!!!!!! After soaking up the pressure, Kebe crosses from eight yards on the right and his inswinging ball is meet by Roberts in the centre who heads into the top of the net from six yards!!

18
Saints continue to press and Chaplow crosses from 22 yards on the right and Lambert heads at goal from six yards to the left of goal and Federici makes a great save to his left to parry the ball away. Fonte then tries an effort from the right edge of the box but it goes wide.

16
Chaplow tries to get around Harte into the right side of the box but the defender stands firm and wins the goal kick.

15
Saints come again and Lallana cuts in from the left flank before shooting at goal from the edge of the box in front of goal but it is straight at Federici who catches above his head.

14
Lallana takes the second corner but the ref blows for an infringment in the box and it is a Reading free-kick.

14
Lallana takes the corner and after pressure Federici has to push the ball out for another corner on the left as Lallana's shot from the left is deflected off Gorkss.

13
Sharp almost gets clear to the left side of the box and Cummings has to put it out for a corner on the left.

12
Harte takes the corner and Pearce heads over from eight yards in front of goal under pressure from Lambert.

11
Reading win a throw in just inside the Saints half. Cummings takes and Hunt tries to get onto a long ball into the right side of the box and wins a corner on the right off Hooiveld.

9
Lallana tries to get around Cummings to the left byline but the ball goes out for a goal kick.

8
Chaplow crosses from 25 yards on the right but Harte clears for a throw in 20 yards out on the left. Saints take but the Royals win a throw in in a similar position.

7
Reading come again and Hunt tries to get past Hooiveld to the right of the box and goes down and appeals for a penalty but the ref waves play on.

6
Lallana crosses from the left to Lambert on the edge of the box in front of goal but Pearce tackles. Reading break up field but Roberts is tackled by Hooiveld on the edge of the box.

5
Harte punts the free-kick towards the box but Kebe clears before Hunt is given offside.

4
Roberts wins a free-kick off Fonte 30 yards out on the left.

2
Roberts win a throw in 22 yards out on the left. Reading take and keep possession before Roberts' pass on the left is intercepted. Saints break forward and Sharp releases Lambert into the right sid eof the area but his shot from a tight angle from six yards is parried away by Federici and Reading clear.

1
Roberts tries to latch onto a throughball but is given offside 30 yards out on the right.

1
Saints get the game underway.

Savid says: "I'm going for a 1-0 Southampton win, Rickie Lambert to score an early goal. Reading's run has to come to an end, and I feel it might just be tonight." Cheers, enjoy the game!

Nick says: "i'm a west ham fan and my view on this game has a 1-1 draw written all over it. reading and southampton are definatley going up in the automatics." It's never over till it's over mate!

My view - I think Reading will win here as well, they are on a real run and will edge this 2-1 which pays a handsome 10/1 with Sky Bet! What are your views / predictions? E-mail me to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

FIRST VIEW - Charlie says: "I'm going for Reading to win their fifth consecutive match tonight, I think they will be the new league leaders, I think it will finish 1-3, I think Southampton will struggle against the Royals and slip to defeat, Hayden Mullins to score first."

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 5/4 for a Southampton win, 23/10 for the draw and 11/5 for a Reading victory. What are your views / predictions for tonight's game? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

Team news - Saints are unchanged from the win at Crystal Palace, while Tabb comes in for Cywka for the Royals from the victory at Brighton.

Referee: M. Dean (Wirral)

Teams - Reading: Federici, Cummings, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte, McAnuff, Mullins, Tabb, Kebe, Hunt, Roberts. Subs: McCarthy, Church, Le Fondre, Gunnarsson, Afobe.

Team news - Saints: Davis, Butterfield, Fonte, Hooiveld, Fox, Chaplow, Hammond, Cork, Lallana, Sharp, Lambert. Subs: Richardson, Harding, Martin, De Ridder, Guly.

Welcome to St Mary's where Southampton host Reading in a top-of-the-table Championship clash. I saw the 3-3 draw between West Ham and Birmingham on Monday and I'm looking forward to another exciting game here. What are your views / predictions for tonight's match? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the evening.

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