Kebe two good for Sunderland

Two goals from Jimmy Kebe gave a resurgent Reading a 2-1 win over Sunderland at the Madejski Stadium.

Last Updated: 02/02/13 at 22:21 Post Comment

Jimmy Kebe: Reading's matchwinner celebrates scoring

Jimmy Kebe: Reading's matchwinner celebrates scoring

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Malian was the star of the show as he opened the scoring after just seven minutes before, more importantly, heading the winner just minutes from time.

Sunderland were second best on the day, but created the better chances - although their equaliser on the half-hour mark was courtesy of a penalty which Craig Gardner fired home.

A late victory over West Brom last month and a brace from Adam Le Fondre in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea in midweek had seen the Royals make a great start to 2013 and, thanks to Kebe, they have now taken 14 points from a possible 21.

Brian McDermott's men took the lead with the first meaningful attack of the game when Jobi McAnuff reached the byline before pulling the ball back for Kebe, who touched the ball past John O'Shea before firing past Simon Mignolet into the top corner.

Adam Federici was not tested in the Reading goal until the 24th minute when Alfred N'Diaye brushed off a couple of challenges before shooting low at the Australian, who could only push the ball into the path of the onrushing Sebastian Larsson but the home keeper was quickly back to his feet to keep out the follow-up.

Sunderland did not have to wait long before being gifted the chance to level which they readily accepted. O'Shea was chasing a clearance on the edge of the box as Pavel Pogrebnyak slid in and brought the former Manchester United man down.

The foul was missed by referee Lee Mason but not by his assistant Simon Beck, who received heavy criticism from Sir Alex Ferguson last month - which has landed the United boss in hot water with the Football Association - and Gardner thumped the resulting penalty past Federici.

Reading almost regained their lead five minutes before the break as Pogrebnyak climbed to head Ian Harte's free-kick towards goal, only for Mignolet to claw the ball to safety.

Despite their side being on top in the game the Reading fans soon started to sing for Le Fondre to be introduced from the bench and McDermott obliged, replacing Garath McCleary with the in-form frontman and then Pogrebnyak with new signing Nick Blackman.

Reading almost went ahead when another set-piece from experienced full-back Harte saw Adrian Mariappa get in front of his man but his header came back off the crossbar thanks to a crucial touch from Mignolet.

Sunderland's debutant Danny Graham was the next player brought on to try to find a winner - but it was N'Diaye who should have given the visitors the lead with just 10 minutes left on the clock, only to fire wildly wide after he had been played in by Adam Johnson down the right flank.

Newcastle fan Graham almost endeared himself to the Sunderland fans just minutes after coming on but his header was tipped over by Federici. The visitors were suddenly looking the most likely to score a dramatic winner but Reading have made it their trademark of late and they struck again with five minutes remaining.

Once again Sunderland's defence could not deal with a Harte free-kick, as the former Republic of Ireland defender thrashed the ball to the back post where Kebe rose to head home and give Reading a massive win.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke was sent letter from South African FA

Sky Sports News HQ has a copy of a letter sent from the South African FA to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.

Real Madrid are confident of landing David de Gea

Real Madrid are growing increasingly confident of signing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.

Agent: Benteke won't sign new Villa deal

Christian Benteke will turn down a new deal from Aston Villa and try force a move out of the club, his agent revealed during a prank phone call.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company