• Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss; Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu; Le Fondre and Roberts.
• Everton: Howard, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Coleman; Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Naismith; Jelavic.
• Subs used: Reading; Hunt for Le Fondre (81st minute). Everton; Vellios for Hitzlsperger (82nd minute) and Oviedo for Naismith (80th minute).
• Subs not used: Reading; Taylor, Mariappa, Harte, Cummings, Pogrebnyak and McCleary. Everton; Mucha, Distin, Duffy, Francisco Junior and Kennedy.
Reading’s last Premier League win came four years ago where Reading recorded a 4-0 win on the last day of the season against Derby.
Adam Le Fondre earned struggling Reading their first Premier League win of the season with both goals in a battling comeback victory against Everton where it finished 2-1. Everton had lost only once in the last twenty league games making the win against Everton very special.
Steven Naismith stabbing his side ahead after 10 minutes, before Phil Jagielka’s header was cleared off the line. Reading were really on the back foot throughout the first half with loads of defensive errors. Everton could and should have been two or three goals up at half time and they were left to regret their poor finishing when Adam Le Fondre headed home after an excellent Nicky Shorey free kick just six minutes after the break. Everton were then denied what looked a stone wall penalty when Sean Morrison handled Jelavic’s shot from the edge of the box. Reading and Adam Le Fondre then won the match when Le Fondre was bundled over by Coleman on the 79th minute and Le Fondre stepped up and slotted home the resulting penalty sending Howard the wrong way.
This was a huge result for Reading who now move from 2nd bottom to one place outside of the dreaded relegation zone. The first half, Reading were very poor especially at the back with numerous poor clearances and lacklustre defending on the whole. The second half was a completely different story, Reading came out after the break with the face of a different team, Reading look a real attacking threat and the defending was top notch especially Morrison who won numerous header winnings and some great last ditch defending.
Views of the press:
Dan O’Hagan, MOTD commentator:
“This is just what Reading required to kick-start their season. They may have rode their luck but the Royals showed the Premier League they are not short of belief as they came from behind to beat an Everton side that started the day fourth in the table.”
Written by Andrew Wearing