FT: Reading 1 Stoke 1

FULL TIME. Reading battle back to earn a point at the Madejski. I got the right scoreline, just not the first goalscorer! Thanks for your views today, stay with us for reaction.

90 (+5)
Delap takes the throw in and the ref blows for full time.

90 (+5)
Gorkss wins a free-kick off Shawcross 40 yards out in front of goal. Shawcross is booked. Harte takes short but McAnuff is tackled by Wilkinson in the left corner and it is a Stoke throw in.

90 (+4)
Alf tries to tries to get onto a long ball into the right corner but it just goes out.

90 (+3)
Begovic is booked for time wasting as he takes an age to take the goal kick.

90 (+2)
Harte takes the free-kick to the right of goal and it is just over the bar.

90 (+1)
Guthrie wins a free-kick off Shawcross 20 yards out in front of goal.

90
Five minutes of added time are announced.

90
PEN GOAL - ALF!!! ALF equalises with a low effort just under the diving Begovic to his left!!!

89
McCleary plays a one-two with ALF and is brought down by Whitehead in the box. He rightly wins a penalty and Whitehead is also sent off.

88
Stoke win a throw in midway in their half on the right. Delap takes but Reading win the ball.

87
Hunt tries to get onto a long ball but fouls Huth on the edge of the box. He is not happy with the decision!

86
Palacios is on for Whelan.

85
Guthrie tries to cross to Gunter into the left corner but the ball goes out for a goal kick.

84
Reading take the throw in and Guthrie's cross into the box from the right goes harmlessly out for a goal kick.

83
McCleary does well to control a cross and then cross into the box from the right edge of the box and Shawcross puts it out for a throw in 20 yards out on the right.

82
Reading break forward and Hunt wins a throw in 25 yards out on the left. They take and Gorkss crosses into the box but it is just over hit and over the bar.

82
Walters wins a free-kick off Harte 35 yards out on the right. Stoke take but Harte clears the danger in the box.

80
Delap is on for Etherington.

80
Reading take the corner but Shawcross is fouled in the box.

79
McAnuff crosses from the right byline and Walters has to put the ball out for a corner on the left.

78
Stoke come again and win a corner on the right. Etherington takes but Reading scramble the ball away.

78
Walters plays Jerome into the box from the right but the striker's effort is mis-kicked and Reading clear.

77
Hunt is on for Pog.

77
Walters and Crouch collide going for the same ball and Walters needs treatment but is okay to carry on.

76
Walters tries to get into the right side of the box but Leigertwood tackles.

75
Jerome is on for Kightly for Stoke.

74
Reading break forward and McCleary tries to release ALF into the right corner but the ball just goes out.

73
Begovic punts the free-kick forward and Kightly crosses from the right into the box but Pearce clears.

73
Leigertwood is booked for a challenge on Whelan. It is a Stoke free-kick midway in their half.

71
Harte takes the corner deep and Pearce heads back across goal from the byline and Pog heads at goal from six yards but it is straight at Begovic who gathers.

70
McCleary feeds the ball to Pog to the right of the area, whose shot is deflected out by Huth for a corner on the right.

68
Stoke break forward and Etherington wins a corner on the left. They take but Guthrie eventually clears.

67
Kightly tries an effort from the edge of the box in front of goal but Reading charge his shot down. Reading break forward and McCleary crosses from 25 yards on the right into the box but ALF can not control the ball and Stoke clear.

67
McCleary is on for R-K in the first change of the game.

65
R-K crosses from 30 yards on the right towards ALF but his flicked header from 15 yards at the near post is well wide.

64
Pog tries to get onto a long ball and goes down trying to run between Huth and Shawcross into the box. The crowd appeal for a penalty but the ref rightly waves play on.

63
Walters crosses from 15 yards on the right towards Etherington in the centre but he fouls Guthrie for a Reading free-kick ion the edge of the box.

62
R-K wins a throw in 20 yards out on the left off Shawcross. Reading take but Whitehead clears in the box.

61
Harte takes the free-kick but it is straight into the wall and Stoke clear.

60
Pog is felled by Whitehead on the right edge of the box for a Reading free-kick in a dangerous area.

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

Mark Atkinson, a Stoke fan, says: "Will march on and win by three. However this is the banker away most of us big boys will win."

57
Reading win a free-kick 30 yards out on the left. Harte takes but Shawcross heads away at the far post.

56
Walters breaks down the right flank and crosses into the box from 30 yards but it is over hit. Etherington retrieves the ball near the left touchline but his cross into the box is also over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

55
Etherington takes the corner but Gorkss heads away for a throw in ten yards out at the far side. Reading take but R-K's cross into the box is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

54
Wilkinson takes the second throw in and wins a corner on the right.

53
Kightly makes a good run up the right flank and wins a throw in 25 yards out on the right. Wilkinson takes and wins another in the same position.

51
Whitehead hits a great crossfield ball from the left to Crouch at the far post who heads across the face of goal but Walters cannot control the ball at the other post and Gorkss clears.

49
Guthrie crosses into the box from 30 yards on the right and Shawcross heads out for a throw in 20 yards out on the left. Reading take and keep possession before ALF's cross from the left towards the far post goes out for a goal kick.

48
Reading break forward and R-K crosses into the box from 20 yards on the left but Begovic collects on his line at his far post.

47
Walters tries to cross into the box from 25 yards out on the right and wins a throw in from a similar position. Wilkinson takes but Reading clear.

46
Stoke re-start the game. No changes at the break.

What are your views / predictions for the second period? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best when i return with my brew!

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 7/1 for a Reading win, 5/2 for the draw and 4/9 for a Stoke victory. My 1-1 draw prediction is still on, although Kightly got the first goal, not Pogrebnyak. For a Sky Bet full market, click here or access through the score centre.

HALF TIME. Stoke go in a goal to the good after Federici's howler. Stay with us for the second period.

45 (+3)
Reading win a throw in 15 yards out on the right off Huth. They take and Guthrie crosses into the box from the left but ALF heads wide from six yards in the centre.

45 (+2)
Pog wins a free-kick off Shawcross 30 yards out in front of goal. Guthrie takes but Begovic is quickly off his line to gather.

45 (+1)
Etherington outs the free-kick into the box and there is a scramble for the ball at the near post, with it going out for a goal kick. Huth crashes into the post going for the ball but is okay to continue.

Three minutes of added time.

45
Crouch finds Walters who tries to turn Gorkss 22 yards out to the left of the box and is brought down for a Stoke free-kick. Gorkss is booked.

44
Pog tries to get onto a long ball to the left off the box but Shawcross has to put it out for a throw in ten yards out. Reading take but Wilkinson clears.

43
Huth wins a free-kick off R-K midway in the Stoke half on the right. Begovic punts the ball forward but Gorkss clears on the edge of his box.

41
Stoke take the free-kick short before Kightly crosses in from 20 yards on the right. Pearce heads out of the box before Whitehead blasts well over from 25 yards out in the centre.

41
Pog catches Huth near the halfway line and it is a Stoke free-kick.

40
McAnuff wins a throw in 30 yards out on the right off Huth. Reading take and feed the ball to ALF on the left side of the box who crosses in from ten yards but Begovic collects.

39
Stoke break forward but Etherington is given offside in the left corner.

38
ALF latches onto a ball on the edge of the box to the right of goal before trying a low effort but it goes wide of the far post.

36
Stoke win a free-kick midway in their half on the right. Begovic punts the ball forward and it is flicked onto Walters to the right of the box who turns and shoots from a tight angle but this time Federici gets his body behind the ball and catches.

34
Crouch flicks on a long ball into the box for Walters on the left but he is just given offside.

34
GOAL - KIGHTLY!!! Kightly latches onto a loose ball in the box. He scuffs his shot into the ground from 12 yards but Federici lets the ball through his arms at his post. Awful howler!

32
Walters takes a pass on his chest before turning and volleying from 28 yards in front of goal but it is straight at Federici who gathers.

31
Kightly takes the free-kick and Walters creates a yard of space for himself by running to the near post before aiming a glancing header towards goal from eight yards but it is just wide of the far post. Unlucky.

30
Walters releases Kightly down the right flank and Gorkss has to put the ball out for a Stoke throw in 22 yards out on the right. They take and win a free-kick 15 yards out on the right touch-line.

29
Wilkinson punts a long ball forward for Walters to chase into the right corner but it is just too hard and goes out for a goal kick.

28
Harte takes the free-kick but Crouch heads away in the box.

27
Pog wins a free-kick off Shawcross just inside the Stoke half. Reading take and R-K wins a free-kick off Wilkinson 25 yards out on the left touchline.

26
Guthrie takes the corner and Gorkss heads towards goal from 15 yards at the near post but it goes wide.

25
McAnuff runs down the right flank and crosses into the box and Shawcross heads out for a corner on the right.

24
Etherington gets to the left byline but ALF has tracked back and shepherds the ball out for a goal kick.

23
Harte takes the free-kick but Shawcross clears the ball under pressure in the box.

22
R-K is caught by Wilkinson for a Reading free-kick 25 yards out on the left touch-line.

21
Begovic is receiving treatment on the pitch after he took a knock coming for the Pearce free-kick. Sorensen is warming up but it looks like he can continue for now.

20
Stoke take the throw in, break forward and feed the ball to Walters to the left off the box who tries an effort from 22 yards but his curling effort goes wide and over the far post.

19
Reading take the free-kick but Stoke hold firm in the box before Shawcross wins a throw in 15 yards out on the right.

19
Guthrie is pushed to the ground after turning Whitehead, who is booked. It is a Reading free-kick 30 yards out in the centre.

17
Kightly gets to the right byline before crossing into the box but Federici easily gathers.

16
Pearce takes the free-kick but Begovic comes off his line and collects the ball at the second attempt.

15
McAnuff wins a free-kick 35 yards out on the right off Wilson.

14
Pearce concedes a throw in 12 yards out on the right. Wilkinson takes but he loses the ball for R-K to clear.

13
Harte takes the corner but Wilson clears at the near post. Reading come again but Harte's long ball into the box from the left is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

12
Guthrie wins a corner on the right off Etherington.

11
Stoke take the throw in 25 yards out on the left but the ball runs through to Federici to clear.

10
Begovic punts the free-kick forward and wins a throw in off Pearce's head.

9
Gunter wins a throw in 15 yards out on the right after a mis-kick from Huth. Reading take but Pog fouls Walters and it is a Stoke free-kick near the left touch-line.

7
ALF gets onto a long ball into the left corner and outmuscles Huth before crossing into the box from ten yards but it is over hit and goes out for a Stoke ball.

6
Harte whips the free-kick into the box but it misses everyone and goes out the far side for a Stoke throw in.

5
Reading take the throw in and Whitehead fouls ALF for a free-kick 20 yards out on the left.

4
McAnuff wins a free-kick 40 yards out on the left. Reading take but Huth tackles Pog on the edge of the box and concedes a throw in 22 yards out on the left.

4
The teams are canceling each other out in the middle of the park at present.

2
Reading break forward and McAnuff hits a dangerous ball into the box from 30 yards out on the left but Begovic collects in the box.

2
Stoke press down the left flank and win a throw in 20 yards out. They take and keep possession before Guthrie intercepts a Crouch pass on the edge of the area and clears.

1
Reading get the game underway.

Philip says: "Hi Steve glad its back. As a potters fan living in spain i rely on your running commentary to keep me in touch. gonna be tough today hoping for a point at least. Think Jerome should have started for his pace up front." Cheers Philip, I agree it will be toughh for you Potters given Reading will come out flying. But Tony Pulis' teams are hard to beat that's why I reckon a 1-1 draw. The players are about to come out onto the pitch, enjoy the game!

One of our regulars Edd Irwin from Durban says: "Well it's finally arrived first Saturday of the new season. Well as a Potters man I must go for a Stoke win by 2-1. I don't know the team Tony's to put out but it will be very competitive I'm sure. Looking forward to your commentary as it's not on our t.v." Cheers Edd, looking forward to the return to action myself, although the Olympics helped pass the time to the start of the season! Enjoy the game!

Sophie says: Support Reading and i really hope they win this match, they have only just got promoted and i think they will do well this season, think it will be 1-0 Reading, Good Luck Boys!:D"

FIRST VIEW - Cian Hughes has been in touch to say: "Heya. tough game... reading got promoted so i think they will have a little bit of trouble but i think they can cope... 2-1 reading."

Teams - Stoke: Begovic, Wilson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilkinson, Etherington, Whitehead, Whelan, Kightly, Crouch, Walters. Subs: Sorensen, Ness, Delap, Palacios, Shotton, Jones, Jerome.

Teams - Reading: Federici, Gunter, Harte, Gorkss, Pearce, Guthrie, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak. Subs: McCarthy, Cummings, Mariappa, Tabb, McCleary, Church, Hunt

Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 13/10 for a Reading win, 12/5 for the draw and 2/1 for a Stoke victory. I'm going for a 1-1 draw with Pogrebnyak to score first which pays a handsome 30/1! For a Sky Bet full market, click here or access through the score centre.

Team news - Pavel Pogrebnyak, Danny Guthrie and Chris Gunter all make their Reading debuts today alongside the Championship-winning heroes. Stoke's big summer capture, Michael Kightly, also makes his debut, while Robert Huth has been passed fit to start after spending most of last week in hospital with viral meningitis.

Welcome to the Madejski Stadium where Reading begin life back in the Premier League by hosting Stoke. Can Brian McDermott's side make their return to the top flight a winning one, or will Tony Pulis' men spoil the home party? Send your views / predictions to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best throughout the afternoon.

Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham  
15:00
A Villa v Southampton  
Cardiff v Stoke City  
Newcastle v Swansea  
West Ham v C Palace  
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland  
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool  
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal  
16:10
Everton v Man Utd  
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom  
Saturday, 26 April 2014
12:45
Southampton v Everton  
15:00
Fulham v Hull City  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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