FT: Reading 0 Brighton 0

90+3
That's it, it's all over. 0-0 but how much of an impact did the two first half dismissals have?

90+2
Reading look most likely but Brighton really defending well and looking dangerous on the counter.

90+1
We will have three minutes of added time. Will we get a winner?

89
Robson-Kanu wastes at the other end.

89
Buckley wins a throw deep inside the Reading half. It's taken quickly but Buckley can't connect on the cross.

87
Bridge with a throw for Brighton and he takes it short. The ball makes it's way to Le Fondre in the box and then Blackman but it glides wide.

86
Karacan off Blackman on.

85
Ward with a great chance. Reading make a real mess of clearing the ball and when it breaks to the defender he fires wide.

84
Crofts the latest name to be taken.

84
Upson drives forward with the ball and feeds Crofts but Williams is tracking back well.

83
Calderon reduces the crowd to tears of laughter after a foul throw. He should know how to take one shouldn't he?

82
Robson-Kanu with a great delivery but Brighton manage to scoop it away.

81
lua Lua off Buckley on for Brighton.

80
Guthrie shouts at his defenders. Lua Lua wasn't closed down and blazes over.

79
Robson-Kanu wins a corner at the other end and when the ball falls to Pearce he adjusts well but it's straight at the 'keeper.

78
Chance of the game. Excellent move down the left by Brighton and when the ball fell to Barnes in the six yard box McCarthy somehow kept it out.

77
Robson-Kanu found himself in a wide position this time but there wasn't any support in the box.

76
Wayne Bridge, for once, can't pick a man out and the ball drifts out of play. The side who can remain composed in the final third will win this.

74
Karacan with time but his ball is easy for Kuszczak.

73
Both sides looking tom play on the counter but it's really energy sapping for the players out there. especially when down to ten men each.

72
Calderon this time manages to head Bridge's cross away.

71
Brighton have a half chance from a free kick which falls to Calderon but he volleys over.

70
Guthrie for a late challenge on Lua Lua.

70
Reading win another throw. Gunter takes but it's pretty easy for Brighton to clear.

68
Bridge then delivers his third superb cross of the half but Williams heads over. Should have done better.

67
Barnes gives away a free kick and Reading have chance to get some shape back. It's 10 v 10 remember out there.

66
Robson-Kanu drives towards the Brighton penalty area and Lua Lua concedes a corner.

65
Brighton with another slow build up but Andrews has a shot when allowed time but it goes wide.

64
Brighton's turn to have a go now it seems. Ward attacking well with Lua Lua down the left. Barnes finds space but has to settle for a corner.

62
Reading clear for now but Brighton have a throw. Lua Lua then gives away a free kick.

62
Calderon then has a go from 25 yards and McCarthy tips wide for a corner.

61
Barnes with a super volley but what a ball by Crofts. Barnes started the move a few passes earlier.

60
Barnes on for Lopez.

59
Pearce strides forward this time. Bridge helps out and sets Karacan up but he fires over.

58
End to end now. Williams is caught in possession though for Reading and Brighton have a throw.

57
Free header for Calderon but he doesn't time it well and it goes over the bar.

57
Lua Lua opens play up well again and wins his side a corner.

57
Robson-Kanu then fouls Caskey and Brighton have a moment to regroup.

55
Brighton having a go down the left with Lua Lua. Lopez creates space with a beautiful touch but his shot is wide.

54
Upson makes a rare error and slices the ball out of play. Reading throw.

53
Bridge again with an excellent ball in. Reading have Brighton pinned back. Gunter then swings a cross in but Le Fondre can't quite make any contact on it.

52
Crofts wins a throw deep inside the Reading half. Calderon offers support as well.

51
Gunter finds time out wide but he over hits his cross.

50
Robson-Kanu and Williams really helping Le Fondre out whenever possible now.

49
Guthrie from the right floats one in but the ball comes back to him and he runs it out of play.

48
bridge does really well down the left and when the ball is eventually cleared, Karacan sees his attempt tipped over.

48
Karacan seeing plenty of the ball early on. Robson-Kanu making his presence felt as well.

47
Real opportunity for one of the sides to win the game.

47
Guthrie cutting in from the right and he slices it high and wide.

46
Robson-Kanu straight away from kick off has a go and Karacan forces a corner.

Drenthe off Robson-Kanu on. Kelly off Bridge on. Double sub for Reading.

Garcia, Brighton manager: "The ref had a better view than me on the red card. Now we have to play ten v ten."

The teams are back out and we are almost ready to start the second half.

Will be interesting to see how both sides approach the game in the second half.

45+3
The whistle goes and it's all square at the break but both sides are down to 10 men. Should make for an open second half.

45+3
Greer heads towards goal but it's saved. Big chance for Brighton. McCarthy did well to keep it out.

45+1
We will have three minutes of added time.

45+1
Calderon this time for a foul on Karacan.

45
Le Fondre chasing a long ball but Brighton play it round him easily.

44
Andrews and Calderon try to get Brighton forward down the right but the ball ends up with Ward in the left back spot.

43
Both sides look like they need half time in order to regroup.

42
Brighton still sticking to their passing game. Certainly more space on the pitch now. Caskey tries his luck but it flashes wide.

41
Williams and Kelly make a mess of Guthrie's ball and Brighton will be relieved to win a throw.

40
10 men each.

39
Straight red for Ulloa who raised his foot on Pearce.

38
Guthrie battles well and Reading have a free kick.

37
Nigel Adkins barking instructions to his side. He'll be happy to go in at the break 0-0.

36
Reading win a free kick and the crowd cheer like they have just scored a goal. They feel the sending off was harsh.

35
Ulloa linking well with midfield but the cross is just long for him and Reading survive. Drenthe in the meantime gives away a free kick.

33
Lua Lua then arrives late. The crowd want a red card but it's only a yellow.

31
Pogrebnyak sent off. Second bookable offence for what the referee will claim was a dive.

31
Ulloa with a backwards header which lacks power and goes wide.

Drenthe is cautioned for persistent offending. Dissent we think. As is Pearce. Three in the book in total for Reading so far.

30
Drenthe on the left this time but Brighton are doubling up well and clear.

29
Reading break through Guthrie but it's easy for Brighton who then decide to give possession back to Reading.

28
Two quick corners for Brighton. The latest taken short to Andrews but his cross is long.

27
Lopez again with the diagonal ball for Brighton but it's well defended this time by Reading. Brighton on top now.

26
Brighton try a short corner but Caskey wastes it.

26
Brighton corner. Lopez with the run and he plays it wide to Lua Lua who strikes but it's deflected.

25
Super effort by Crofts, enjoying his second spell at the club.

24
Crofts heads just wide. What an effort. Lopez with the ball and Crofts stoops and heads into the side netting.

23
McCarthy makes a mess of the delivery and it's a corner for Brighton. Lopez delivers and Reading clear eventually.

22
Pogrebnyak fouls Lua Lua and Brighton have a free kick.

22
Kuszczak exchanging passes with two or three defenders before sending the ball long.

21
Pogrebnyak backs in and Reading get a free kick on halfway.

20
Ward and Drenthe collide and Brighton have the ball with Kuszczak.

19
Ulloa does well and Brighton have a free kick in a dangerous position. Lopez floats it forward but the whistle goes for a foul on a Reading player in the box.

18
Calderon recovers well and secures his side a goal kick.

18
Reading appear happy to let Brighton have it in deep areas. Not much service for Ulloa and Lua Lua thus far.

16
Drenthe has a go from a tricky angle but Kuszczak claims easily.

15
Kelly looks for the ball over the top to Drenthe and the former Real Madrid man wins another free kick in another dangerous area.

15
Brighton certainly seeing more of the ball now. Haven't quite managed to create any opening yet though.

13
Ulloa this time wins a free kick for Brighton deep inside his own half. Game a little scrappy.

13
Good pressing by Reading again and Greer is forced into a clearance.

12
Drenthe fouls Ward and Brighton have a free kick.

11
Calderon with space on the right and Brighton again keep the ball by going backwards.

10
Pogrebnyak holds the ball up well and lays it off to Drenthe but his attempt at goal is tame.

9
Reading trying to push Brighton back as far as possible. Drenthe makes a run again but Williams' pass is long and goes out of play.

8
Drenthe takes the set piece but it goes out for a goal kick to Brighton.

7
Karacan wide to Drenthe and Lua Lua gives away a foul.

6
Upson with a great defensive header. Guthrie wins possession back and Reading look to build again.

5
Le Fondre then latched onto a long ball but it's cleared by Brighton well. Good start to the game.

4
Le Fondre tracks his man but gives away a free kick in a dangerous area. Lopez takes but Pearce heads away well.

4
Brighton happy to play keep ball around halfway but Reading are snapping into tackles.

3
Drenthe attacks Ward but he runs out of pitch. Goal kick for Brighton.

2
First touch of the ball for Guthrie but Le Fondre can't get on the end of a long ball forward.

2
Pogrebnyak gives away a free kick and Brighton get us going again.

1
Brighton in all yellow playing the ball around from deep. Ward re starts play with a throw.

1
Brighton it is who get us started, and away we go...

Garcia looks very calm on the Brighton bench. Will he be happy after 90 minutes of action?

Some fascinating talent on show here today. Former Real Madrid man Drenthe really stands out.

No guarantees in this league but I would be very surprised if we didn't see some goals this afternoon.

Chris Green has been in touch: "I am really looking forward to this game - both of these teams are big contenders for promotion, so it will be hard to separate them if they both perform well. I wouldn't like to predict the final score for this clash, but if I had to, I would say a 3-1 win for Reading."

Really looking forward to this one. It's as tight as ever in the Championship and a win for either side this afternoon could kick start their season.

If you would like to get involved this afternoon send an email to tom.mcdermott@bskyb.com and I will try and get as many comments on as possible.

Brighton have picked up seven points out of nine since losing their first two league games under Oscar Garcia. The Seagulls have scored in every game so far this season, but both their league defeats came in matches in which they had taken the lead.

Reading are seeking a seventh successive Championship victory over Brighton. The Royals have scored 15 goals and conceded three in winning the last six against the Seagulls.

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Brighton subs: Brezovan, El-Abd, Chicksen, Ince, Agustien, Buckley, Barnes.

Reading subs: Federici, Bridge, Gorkss, Akpan, Robson-Kanu, McAnuff, Blackman.

Brighton starting XI: Kuszczak; Calderon, Greer (c), Upson, Ward; Crofts, Andrews, Forster-Caskey; David, LuaLua, Ulloa.

Reading starting XI: McCarthy, Gunter, Kelly, Pearce, Morrison (C), Karacan, Guthrie, Williams, Drenthe, Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak.

Team news to follow...

Welcome to live commentary of Reading v Brighton in the Sky Bet Championship from the Madejski Stadium.

This games kicks off at 1315 ...

Championship Fixtures

Wednesday, 17 September 2014
19:45
Blackburn v Derby
N Forest v Fulham
Saturday, 20 September 2014
12:15
Watford v Bournemth  
15:00
Brighton v Blackpool  
Derby v Cardiff  
Fulham v Blackburn  
Leeds v Huddersfld  
M'boro v Brentford  
Millwall v N Forest  
Norwich v Birmingham  
Rotherham v Charlton  
Sheff Wed v Reading  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Norwich 7 10 16
2 Watford 7 7 15
3 N Forest 6 8 14
4 Wolves 7 4 14
5 Charlton 7 3 13
6 Reading 7 1 13
7 Sheff Wed 7 3 12
8 M'boro 7 2 12
9 Ipswich 7 3 11
10 Brentford 7 0 11
11 Blackburn 6 0 10
12 Millwall 7 0 10
13 Leeds 7 -3 10
14 Derby 6 4 9
15 Bournemth 7 1 8
16 Wigan 7 1 8
17 Cardiff 7 -1 8
18 Brighton 7 -2 7
19 Rotherham 7 -4 7
20 Birmingham 7 -7 6
21 Bolton 7 -5 5
22 Huddersfld 7 -8 5
23 Blackpool 7 -7 1
24 Fulham 6 -10 1

Updated Tue, 16 Sep 2014

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