Matchday live: Reading v AFC Bournemouth

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  • LIVE SCORE: Reading 1 (Le Fondre 90+1) Cherries 2 (Grabban 37, Ritchie 41).
  • READING: McCarthy, Gunter, Cummings, Gorkss, Pearce, Guthrie, Obita, Williams, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Sharp. Subs: Kelly, McAnuff, Drenthe, Blackman, Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak, Federici (g/k).
  • CHERRIES: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Arter, O’Kane, Surman, Ritchie, Grabban, Pugh. Subs: Yennaris, MacDonald, Pitman, Rantie, Harte, Fraser, Flahavan (g/k).
  • Two changes for Cherries with Eunan O'Kane replacing Shaun MacDonald in midfield and top scorer Lewis Grabban returning up front.
  • Reading's two leading goalscorers Adam Le Fondre (6) and Pavel Pogrebnyak (5) start on the bench.

5:46pm

Video from the post-match press conference will be online later. 

For now, thanks for tuning in to our coverage. Our next Cherries live blog will be next Saturday when Birmingham City come to Dean Court. 

5:44pm

Ian Wadley's match report from today's victory at Reading can be found here

5:00pm

4:58pm

A goal a minute from time pegs back Bournemouth Poppies. 

Poppies 1 Lymington Town 2 FT 

4:56pm

Standing ovation ringing out from the away end, richly deserved. 

 

4:56pm

Wimborne Town 2 Fleet Town 1 FT

4:55pm

Bashley 0 Poole Town 3 FT

4:55pm

What a win! 

4:55pm

Reading 1 Cherries 2. 

4:54pm

MacDonald has replaced O'Kanefor Cherries in stoppage time. 

4:53pm

Four minutes were held up by fourth official. 

Flurry of Reading pressure before Cherries win free-kick. 

Three minutes of added time played... 

4:53pm

A minute into added time Drenthe waltzes down the right, cuts in far too easily, shot ricochets off Cook but falls to Le Fondre who lashes home. 

4:51pm

READING 1 CHERRIES 2

Adam Le Fondre. 

4:51pm

A lone voice from the home support under the press box just barked 'Pitiful!' at Reading. 

4:50pm

Shaun MacDonald being prepared to come on. 

4:48pm

Lee Camp (Cherries) 88 minutes. 

Timewasting. Harsh. 

4:47pm

Reading look a spent force... 

4:46pm

O'Kane, Arter, Pugh, tackled by Le Fondre, Arter follows up but rising shot clears the crossbar from 20+ yards. 

Cherries in control. 

4:44pm

Royston Drenthe (Reading) 84 minutes. 

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4:42pm

Bashley 0 Poole Town 3 (Michael Charles) 

4:42pm

Cherries change: Pitman on for Grabban. 

Reading replace defender Gorkss with top scorer Adam Le Fondre and go 3-4-3. 

Both on 80 minutes. 

4:40pm

Daniels' cross-shot deflected towards goal, parried by McCarthy, Fraser's headed rebound wayward. 

4:38pm

Surman blocks a far post header from Alex Pearce that looked to be on target from Reading corner. 

4:37pm

Attendance: 20,944.

2,338 Cherries fans. 

4:36pm

4:36pm

Cherries substitution: Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie on 76 minutes. 

 

4:34pm

Bournemouth Poppies 1 (Luke Ingram) Lymington Town 1 

4:33pm

Hairy moment there... Drenthe's cross a fraction away from Sharp in front of goal. 

Then, Cherries break, Grabban works space down the right and drills across goal with Pugh inches from converting at the far post. 

4:31pm

Cherries toying with Reading now... Grabban starts move with Surman and very nearly stretches to make it three. 

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4:28pm

Grabban breaks down left and sees his shot blocked by Shaun Cummings. 

4:28pm

Gorkss steams through Grabban, Daniels lays off for Ritchie to drive free kick into McCarthy's arms. 

4:27pm

65th minute change for Reading: Royston Drenthe on for McCleary. 

4:24pm

Grabban lays off for Arter to thread an outrageous pass for Pugh whose shot across goal fizzes just wide of the far post. 

 

4:22pm

Some lovely keep ball from Cherries... 

4:20pm

Non-league updates: Wimborne Town 2 (Aidan Sainsbury) Fleet Town 0

Bashley 0 Poole Town 2 (Dan Cann) 

4:19pm

From resultant corner, inswinger from Ritchie just evades Elphick and Pugh for the killer third. 

58 minutes on the clock. 

4:19pm

Brilliant exchange down the right involving Francis, Ritchie and Surman ends with Grabban's shot being deflected over. Delicious move. 

4:17pm

Pogrebnyak has made a difference. Very strong and difficult to deal with. 

4:16pm

Reading's Chris Gunter was booked in the first half so we're told. 

4:16pm

Andrew Surman (Cherries) 53 mins. 

Foul on McCleary. 

4:15pm

Pressure beginning to build on Cherries. 

Corner Reading. McCleary shot charged down, Obita's follow up goes out for a throw. 

4:09pm

Two non-league updates:

Bournemouth Poppies 0 Lymington Town 1

Wimborne Town 1 (Mark Gamble) Fleet Town 0

4:08pm

Strong start to second half by Cherries. All of a sudden more brisk and confident on the ball. 

4:06pm

Half-time change for Reading: Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces Hal Robson-Kanu. 

4:06pm

Back underway. 

4:01pm

Last update in the rugby: Bournemouth 12 Southend 20 in National Two South. 

4:00pm

Non-league half-times:

Southern Premier: Bashley 0 Poole Town 1 (Whisken)

Southern South & West: Wimborne Town 0 Fleet Town 0

Wessex Premier: Bournemouth Poppies 0 Lymington Town 0

Romsey Town 0 Christchurch 0 

 

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3:53pm

Perfect away display so far, soak up the pressure, defend well, hit them hard when on the front foot. 

Reading booed off at half-time. 

Pics coming up and the non-league latests... 

3:52pm

Reading 0 Cherries 2. 

3:45pm

Well-worked move with Pugh down the left rolling in the ball to Ritchie who initially struggled to get it out of his feet on the edge of the box, just left of centre.

However, after Reading failed to close down Ritchie, he hit a low shot which found the bottom right corner of McCarthy's net. 

3:43pm

READING 0 CHERRIES 2

Matt Ritchie 41 minutes. 

3:42pm

Deep free-kick from Daniels almost bundled home by a combination of Cook and Elphick at the far post. 

McCarthy scrambles away but Grabban is on hand to rifle into the net. 

3:40pm

READING 0 CHERRIES 1

Lewis Grabban! 

3:40pm

Danny Guthrie (Reading) 36 minutes. 

Not his first late tackle on Eunan O'Kane. 

3:39pm

Reading's approach play is tidy but largely ineffective so far. Cherries solid but you get the feeling they won't get away with being on the back foot all afternoon. 

3:37pm

Tommy Elphick gets away with an uncertain clearance under pressure from Billy Sharp. 

Grabban tests his luck from 25 yards at the other end. Well over. 

3:32pm

Cherries making more headway. Pugh finds Grabban to tee up Daniels but poor touch allows Reading to snuff out danger. 

Hosts then break through McCleary whose cross just fails to find the on-rushing Obita. 

3:28pm

Surman drove towards box but bounced off Kaspars Gorkss. 

Appeals fell on deaf ears, Arter lucky not to get booked for his protestations. 

Arter is one booking away from a suspension. 

3:26pm

Drving run from O'Kane finds Pugh who cuts inside an wins a free-kick.

Francis took it, comfortably caught at the far post by Alex McCarthy. 

Hosts possibly getting a bit frustrated. 

3:23pm

Precise tackle by Cook to halt Sharp's mazy run. Perfectly timed on the edge of the box. 

3:22pm

Wayward shot as McCleary tries his luck from distance. High and wide. 

 

3:20pm

Reading's sixth corner of the afternoon on 18 minutes sees Cherries concede a seventh. 

3:19pm

Obita popping up everywhere for Reading, Sharp looks, well, sharp but no massive scares since Surman cleared off the line early on. 

3:18pm

Steve Cook (Cherries) 16 minutes. 

Chopped down McCleary in full flow. Fair decision. 

3:18pm

Garath McCleary earns a fourth corner for Reading in the opening 15 minutes which comes to nothing. 

Cherries holding their own but yet to make any impression on the game. 

3:10pm

Reading's Billy Sharp has a header cleared off the line by Andrew Surman at the far post. 

Sharp rises to second corner and glances wide.

Sharp goes down holding his face. 

Now back on the pitch with visiting fans keen to remind him of his Southampton connections. 

3:07pm

Corner Reading five minutes in, first real bit of action... 

3:05pm

Midfield shape for Cherries, looks like O'Kane playing in the deep role behind a central two of Arter and Surman, Pugh on the left, Ritchie on the right. 

3:02pm

We're off! 

3:01pm

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2:56pm

We're five minutes from kick-off, flag bearing children are on the pitch... Settle in for 90 minutes of action brought to you live by the Daily Echo.

C'mon Cherries! 

2:55pm

Atmosphere building nicely. Visiting fans in good number and good voice. 

When Ian Harte's name was announced among the Cherries substitutes the home crowd gave generous applause, very similar to the reception he received at Leeds. 

2:52pm

Fifth-placed Royals are unbeaten in four matches but line up with their top two goalscorers Adam Le Fondre (6) and Pavel Pogrebnyak (5) on the bench.

Simon Francis, who has played every minute of every match for Cherries this season, continues his run this afternoon with his 100th appearance. 

2:49pm

Reading has not been a happy hunting ground for Cherries who have not secured a victory on their past nine visits.

The closest Cherries came to breaking that duck was on the final day of the season in 2001. 

Wade Elliott’s brace and Jermain Defoe’s last goal in the red and black put Sean O’Driscoll’s side – who lined up with Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall at centre-half – 3-1 up at the Madejski before goals from Darren Caskey and Nicky Forster restored parity.

2:46pm

And here are Reading’s home results in the league this season:

Ipswich Town W2-1
Watford D3-3
Brighton D 0-0
Leeds United W 1-0
Birmingham City W2-0
Doncaster Rovers W4-1
Millwall D1-1
QPR D1-1
Charlton Athletic W1-0

2:45pm

Here are Cherries’ past seven league results:

Nottingham Forest A D1-1
Leicester City A L1-2
Bolton Wanderers H L0-2
Burnley A D1-1
Derby County H L0-1
Brighton H D1-1
QPR A L0-3

2:44pm

That run, mitigated by a tough run of fixtures, has seen Eddie Howe’s team drop into the bottom six but Cherries remain four points clear of the relegation zone at the start of play. 

2:44pm

Cherries will attempt to halt a run of seven matches without a win but face a stern test against a Reading side unbeaten in nine Championship fixtures at the Madejski Stadium this season. 

2:43pm

Right, back to the action...

Interesting to see how Cherries approach things in midfield with O'Kane back in for MacDonald who played in front of the back four at QPR on Tuesday. 

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2:30pm

Okay folks, we'll get the blog started with a couple of fan shots from Echo photographer Jon Beal... 

Are you in there? 

12:16pm

We will have team news and live updates from 2.30pm. Join us then for all the facts, stats and action. 

Comments (3)

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1:07pm Sat 7 Dec 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Good luck today. If my psychic powers have worked whilst I was helping my son with house move from Lower Early Thursday and Friday than we should win!!!!!! Come on you reds
Good luck today. If my psychic powers have worked whilst I was helping my son with house move from Lower Early Thursday and Friday than we should win!!!!!! Come on you reds nonnogeppetto

4:14pm Sat 7 Dec 13

easthoweafcb. says...

2 v0 up at h/t what bets lefondre on and the other striker at start of 2nd? Cpme bournemouth stay solid and three points will be ours!
2 v0 up at h/t what bets lefondre on and the other striker at start of 2nd? Cpme bournemouth stay solid and three points will be ours! easthoweafcb.

4:56pm Sat 7 Dec 13

nonnogeppetto says...

My psychic power did the business!!!! Come on the reds what a great win
My psychic power did the business!!!! Come on the reds what a great win nonnogeppetto

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