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Matchday live: Reading v AFC Bournemouth
Updated 5:47pm Saturday 7th December 2013 in Sport
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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.
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.
Ian Wadley's match report from today's victory at Reading can be found here.
Post-victory huddle. #readingfc 1 #afcb 2 FT http://t.co/z9tCGQV2Zs— @amitchellecho 07 December 2013
A goal a minute from time pegs back Bournemouth Poppies.
Poppies 1 Lymington Town 2 FT
Standing ovation ringing out from the away end, richly deserved.
Wimborne Town 2 Fleet Town 1 FT
Bashley 0 Poole Town 3 FT
What a win!
Reading 1 Cherries 2.
MacDonald has replaced O'Kanefor Cherries in stoppage time.
Four minutes were held up by fourth official.
Flurry of Reading pressure before Cherries win free-kick.
Three minutes of added time played...
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.
READING 1 CHERRIES 2
Adam Le Fondre.
A lone voice from the home support under the press box just barked 'Pitiful!' at Reading.
Shaun MacDonald being prepared to come on.
Lee Camp (Cherries) 88 minutes.
Reading look a spent force...
O'Kane, Arter, Pugh, tackled by Le Fondre, Arter follows up but rising shot clears the crossbar from 20+ yards.
Cherries in control.
Royston Drenthe (Reading) 84 minutes.
Grabban on the offensive for #afcb http://t.co/jRNfUXmAw6— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Bashley 0 Poole Town 3 (Michael Charles)
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.
Daniels' cross-shot deflected towards goal, parried by McCarthy, Fraser's headed rebound wayward.
Surman blocks a far post header from Alex Pearce that looked to be on target from Reading corner.
2,338 Cherries fans.
"Just one more... Electric atmosphere here! http://t.co/V2SvtHCfI4— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Cherries substitution: Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie on 76 minutes.
Bournemouth Poppies 1 (Luke Ingram) Lymington Town 1
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.
Cherries toying with Reading now... Grabban starts move with Surman and very nearly stretches to make it three.
Pugh makes a run of it #afcb http://t.co/0dKSGBpQnU— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Okane takes on reading for #afcb http://t.co/BKauh4c9Du— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Daniels for #afcb http://t.co/7WR4OKPZGW— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Grabban breaks down left and sees his shot blocked by Shaun Cummings.
Gorkss steams through Grabban, Daniels lays off for Ritchie to drive free kick into McCarthy's arms.
65th minute change for Reading: Royston Drenthe on for McCleary.
Grabban lays off for Arter to thread an outrageous pass for Pugh whose shot across goal fizzes just wide of the far post.
Some lovely keep ball from Cherries...
Non-league updates: Wimborne Town 2 (Aidan Sainsbury) Fleet Town 0
Bashley 0 Poole Town 2 (Dan Cann)
From resultant corner, inswinger from Ritchie just evades Elphick and Pugh for the killer third.
58 minutes on the clock.
Brilliant exchange down the right involving Francis, Ritchie and Surman ends with Grabban's shot being deflected over. Delicious move.
Pogrebnyak has made a difference. Very strong and difficult to deal with.
Reading's Chris Gunter was booked in the first half so we're told.
Andrew Surman (Cherries) 53 mins.
Foul on McCleary.
Pressure beginning to build on Cherries.
Corner Reading. McCleary shot charged down, Obita's follow up goes out for a throw.
Two non-league updates:
Bournemouth Poppies 0 Lymington Town 1
Wimborne Town 1 (Mark Gamble) Fleet Town 0
Strong start to second half by Cherries. All of a sudden more brisk and confident on the ball.
Half-time change for Reading: Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.
Last update in the rugby: Bournemouth 12 Southend 20 in National Two South.
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
Grabban celebrates #afcb http://t.co/ahoFq52OA0— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Marc pugh is on fire today #afcb http://t.co/30pI5YD3MH— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Goal celebrations for #afcb http://t.co/2vGL3HjOmw— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Incredible scenes, Grabban nets one for #afcb http://t.co/Fbtgbdg55U— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
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...
Reading 0 Cherries 2.
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.
READING 0 CHERRIES 2
Matt Ritchie 41 minutes.
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.
READING 0 CHERRIES 1
Danny Guthrie (Reading) 36 minutes.
Not his first late tackle on Eunan O'Kane.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Precise tackle by Cook to halt Sharp's mazy run. Perfectly timed on the edge of the box.
Wayward shot as McCleary tries his luck from distance. High and wide.
Reading's sixth corner of the afternoon on 18 minutes sees Cherries concede a seventh.
Obita popping up everywhere for Reading, Sharp looks, well, sharp but no massive scares since Surman cleared off the line early on.
Steve Cook (Cherries) 16 minutes.
Chopped down McCleary in full flow. Fair decision.
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.
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.
Corner Reading five minutes in, first real bit of action...
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.
Putting on a good crowd, #afcb at Madejski. http://t.co/idrpDlX0fp— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Cracking noise from away end #afcb http://t.co/b9H3H3e7GF— @amitchellecho 07 December 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
And here are Reading’s home results in the league this season:
Ipswich Town W2-1
Brighton D 0-0
Leeds United W 1-0
Birmingham City W2-0
Doncaster Rovers W4-1
Charlton Athletic W1-0
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
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.
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.
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.
Cherrybear at Madejski #afcb http://t.co/vtNCywMZO6— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Will the cherries end their recent spree of bad luck #afcb at reading http://t.co/XtU8yLptdE— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Flahavan is first on the pitch this afternoon for #afcb http://t.co/1nyRBhoYYM— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Cherries fans turn out at Reading this afternoon #afcb http://t.co/tgzdlux948— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
#afcb fans in for a good game at #readingfc http://t.co/r6fONzNaAj— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
@afcbournemouth #afcb fans arrive at Readings Madejski stadium. http://t.co/LaKZ3hK1gF— @EchoJon 07 December 2013
Okay folks, we'll get the blog started with a couple of fan shots from Echo photographer Jon Beal...
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