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It may be FA Cup semi-final weekend, but there's still plenty of Premier League action to enjoy with five 3pm kick-offs on Saturday afternoon: Arsenal vs Norwich City, Aston Villa vs Fulham, Everton vs Queens Park Rangers, Reading vs Liverpool and Southampton vs West Ham United.

Join Adam Shergold for all the goals as they go in from 2pm.

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2.02pm LIVERPOOL team news versus Reading – Brendan Rodgers has made one change from last weekend's goalless draw with West Ham United, with Daniel Sturridge coming in for Stewart Downing.

Liverpool: Reina, Enrique, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Sturridge, Suarez, Coutinho
Substitutes: Jones, Assaidi, Downing, Coates, Suso, Shelvey, Skrtel

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READING team news vs Liverpool
Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Morrison, Mariappa, Kelly, Karacan, Guthrie, McAnuff, Hunt, McCleary, Pogrebnyak
Substitutes: Taylor, Harte, Pearce, Carrico, Le Fondre, Blackman

2pm Hello and welcome to Sportsmail's coverage of this afternoon's five Barclays Premier League matches.

The FA Cup semi-finals may take centre stage this weekend, but there's still plenty at stake in the top flight, particularly in the relegation battle.

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Manchester United 1 Reading 0 – Match report

Manchester United 1 Reading 0: Rooney grabs winner against managerless Royals

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19:21 GMT, 16 March 2013

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19:37 GMT, 16 March 2013

Wayne Rooney's 16th goal of the season was enough to propel Manchester United 15 points clear with just nine games remaining in the Barclays Premier League title race.

Rooney's deflected first-half effort saw off a dogged Reading outfit, who worked hard but lacked the class to fashion an equaliser.

The Royals now look certainties for relegation, sliding seven points adrift of safety with one game fewer than United to save themselves, their decision to axe Brian McDermott akin to shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.

Jumping for joy: Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring for Manchester United against Reading

Jumping for joy: Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring for Manchester United against Reading

MATCH FACTS

Man Utd: De Gea, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner, Welbeck, Giggs, Anderson (Kagawa 85), Young (Carrick 74), Rooney, van Persie.

Subs Not Used: Lindegaard, Evans, Valencia, Hernandez, Powell.

Goals: Rooney 21.

Reading: Taylor, Kelly (Morrison 88), Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Robson-Kanu (Le Fondre 70), McCleary, Hunt (Blackman 70).

Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Gunter, Harte, Akpan.

Booked: Hunt, Kelly.

Att: 75,605

Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).

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Thirteen points will do it for Sir Alex Ferguson's men to clinch a record 20th championship – and given one of their remaining games is against nearest challengers Manchester City, they might not even need that.

Yet taking maximum advantage of City's defeat at 10-man Everton earlier in the day was not the biggest talking point.

For that revolved around Rio Ferdinand, who rolled back the years to turn in another marvellous performance, which included claiming the assist for Rooney's winner.

The will he-won't he debate over Ferdinand's international return may not be answered for certain until Monday night, when Hodgson's squad are due to report at St George's Park.

However, there can be no doubt why Hodgson has been willing to go back on all those previous indications that he had 'moved on' from the 34-year-old.

Quite apart from the vast experience that would make Ferdinand such an unflappable presence in that vital World Cup qualifier in Montenegro on March 26, the former West Ham man also possesses an assurity in possession that few Premier League defenders of any nationality, let alone English, can match.

They all count: Rooney's shot took a deflection off Reading defender Alex Pearce before nestling in the net

They all count: Rooney's shot took a deflection off Reading defender Alex Pearce before nestling in the net

He created United's first chance for a
start with an elegant crossfield pass to Ashley Young, which the winger
controlled on the edge of the area before drilling a cross-shot just
beyond Robin van Persie, and more importantly, the far post.

Ferdinand's next incursion was the crucial one.

Nipping in to intercept Garath McCleary's poor pass, Ferdinand advanced into the open space and nipped round a static Mikele Leigertwood before feeding Rooney just to his left.

No joy: Robin van Persie tries his luck with a free kick but United failed to build on their slim advantage

No joy: Robin van Persie tries his luck with a free kick but United failed to build on their slim advantage

The striker took aim and once his
shot flicked off Alex Pearce, former Manchester City goalkeeper Stuart
Taylor had no chance of keeping it out.

Ferdinand's part was acknowledged by
the Stretford End though, along with a non-too-subtle hint that he
should reject the chance to extend his 81-cap international career.

Either side of Rooney's goal, Danny Welbeck went close on a couple of occasions and Robin van Persie tried his luck from 20 yards.

Battle: Rio Ferdinand vies for the ball with Noel Hunt as United edge to victory at Old Trafford

Battle: Rio Ferdinand vies for the ball with Noel Hunt as United edge to victory at Old Trafford

These are not the most productive of times for the Dutchman though, who has now scored once in his last 10 games.

After being thrust into the spotlight
following McDermott's controversial dismissal earlier in the week,
Eamonn Dolan became the 15th manager, including caretakers, to face the
Red Devils in their first Premier League game in charge.

Most have lost. And whilst Dolan was
not quite accepting of his fate, he seemed to have settled on a policy
of damage limitation despite Reading's position becoming even more
perilous due to earlier triumphs for Southampton and Aston Villa.

My ball: Nemanja Vidic and Noel Hunt battle during United's victory which takes them 15 points clear

My ball: Nemanja Vidic and Noel Hunt battle during United's victory which takes them 15 points clear

Only once did the visitors truly
threaten before the break, when Hal Robson-Kanu let fly with a shot
David de Gea would not have reached if it had been on target.

They should have had a chance to
equalise immediately after it though when Nemanja Vidic shoved Adrian
Mariappa over inside the box. Reading appealed for what TV replays
showed to be a clear foul but referee Lee Mason was unmoved.

United failed to profit from their good fortune, with Welbeck and Young going close either side of a wild effort from Van Persie that flew out from a throw-in.

Blow: Ashley Young's evening was cut short by injury but United held on to beat Reading at Old Trafford

Blow: Ashley Young's evening was cut short by injury but United held on to beat Reading at Old Trafford

Van Persie's loss of form seems to
have crept up unnoticed. His free-scoring ways earlier in the season are
a mere memory now, with Taylor repelling a well-struck free-kick to
keep the former Arsenal man out.

Whilst Rooney did fire over from long-range, the hosts gave Reading enough hope to believe an equaliser was possible.

It did not come though. And as certain as it appears United will end the season champions, Reading looked destined the finish it in the Championship.

In charge: Careataker manager Eamonn Dolan watched his Reading side suffer a narrow defeat

In charge: Careataker manager Eamonn Dolan watched his Reading side suffer a narrow defeat

Manchester United 2 Reading 1: match report – Javier Hernandez and Nani score

Manchester United 2 Reading 1: Clinical Nani and Hernandez see off brave Royals

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21:56 GMT, 18 February 2013

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Manchester United were made to sweat after Jobi McAnuff scored a late Reading goal after the hosts had gone two goals up.

After relentless pressure, Sir Alex Ferguson's men finally scored on 69 minutes when Nani struck from an Antonio Valencia pass.

Javier Hernandez scored United's second just three minutes after the opener, but McAnuff coolly slotted past David de Gea to make things interesting for the final ten minutes.

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Near post: Javier Hernandez nodded the ball past Adam Federici to put the Reds 2-0 up

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

Breached: Nani finally opened the scoring for Manchester United at Old Trafford

MATCH FACTS

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones (Nani 42), Smalling, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Anderson (Carrick 84), Young (Van Persie 64), Cleverley, Hernandez, Welbeck

Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Kagawa

Goals: Nani 69, Hernandez 72

Reading: Federici, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly, Karacan, Leigertwood (Guthrie 63), McAnuff, Le Fondre, Hunt, McCleary (Robson-Kanu 70)

Subs not used: Andersen, Gunter, Pearce, Daniel Carrico, Pogrebnyak

Goal: McAnuff 81

Referee: Andre Marriner

More to follow…

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Wheeling away: Nani came off the bench for Phil Jones in the first half

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

Fist pump: Sir Alex Ferguson gestures to the home crowd as he makes his way out after half-time

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Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

Chase: Danny Guthrie attempts to keep pace with Manchester United's Anderson

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Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

Blow: Phil Jones was taken off in the first half through injury

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Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

Words of wisdom: Ferguson (left) talks to fourth official Phil Dowd as the pair leave at half-time

Sunderland 3 Reading 0 match report: James McClean, Steven Fletcher, Stephane Sessegnon score

Sunderland 3 Reading 0: McClean, Fletcher and Sessegnon ease pressure on O'Neill

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Sunderland leapt out of the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three and eased any pressure on manager Martin O’Neill with their third win of the season.

Early goals from James McClean and top scorer Steven Fletcher and a late strike from Stephane Sessegnon secured a valuable win which took them within a point of local rivals Newcastle.

Just as O’Neill predicted, Sunderland comfortably won their game in hand to move a point clear of third-from-bottom Wigan and into 15th place.

Early strike: James McClean hit Sunderland's opener with a stunning effort

Early strike: James McClean hit Sunderland's opener with a stunning effort to ease the gloom surrounding the Stadium of Light

Letting fly: McClean lashes in the opener with a crisp left-foot effrot

Letting fly: McClean lashes in the opener with a crisp left-foot effrot

Match facts

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Johnson (Bardsley 46, (Bramble 75)), Rose (Vaughan 69), Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs not used: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon.

Booked: Fletcher, Rose.

Goals: McClean 3, Fletcher 28, Sessegnon 90.

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, McCleary (Samuel 72), Tabb, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs not used: Taylor, Gunter, Gorkss, Harte, Gunnarsson, Obita.

Booked: Mariappa.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

Attendance: 37,723.

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Sunderland owner Ellis Short appeared
in the press room before the game to give as good as a vote of
confidence. O’Neill, he assured his critics, is not under pressure.

But a victory against second-from-bottom Reading was the reassurance the supporters needed.
Within three minutes, when McClean lashed home his first league goal of
the season, fans were singing the name of O’Neill again.

It was the performance O’Neill needed and his players delivered.

The three shots they had in the first
six minutes were as many as they were managing in entire games shortly
after this fixture was postponed following an unexpected deluge of rain
in August.

McClean settled nerves, silenced the
discontented and set Sunderland on their way to their most valuable
victory in the year and a week that O’Neill has been in charge when the
Irish winger powered a low, left-foot shot into the Reading net after
the visitors had failed to clear an in-swinging Adam Johnson corner.

On target: Steven Fletcher converts from inside the sixyard box to double Sunderland's advantage

On target: Steven Fletcher converts from inside the sixyard box to double Sunderland's advantage

Wheeling away: Fletcher celebrates his strike after leaving Adam Federici helpless

Wheeling away: Fletcher celebrates his strike after leaving Adam Federici helpless

Sessegnon then tested Adam Federici
with a swirling shot from outside the area which the Reading keeper
clawed to safety.Johnson then drilled a shot into the sidenetting when
Federici had perhaps expect.

Not that everything the 10million
man hit went that close. After 12 minutes he was on the end of a
sweeping five-man move from left to right before he unleashed a shot
which flew out for a throw-in closer to fellow winger McClean than the
goal.

What pressure Martin O'Neill saw his side respond to two consecutive defeats with a vital victory

What pressure Martin O'Neill saw his side respond to two consecutive defeats with a vital victory

Despite Sunderland’s positive start,
and the luxury of the early goal, Reading still presented a threat and
almost equalised in the opening 10 minutes from a cleverly worked
free-kick.

Nicky Shorey, who also fired in a
fierce shot which deflected into Simon Mignolet’s arms, chipped the ball
neatly into a crowded penalty area, where centre back Alex Pearce added
the deft touch which only just bounced the wrong side of the Belgian
keeper’s post.

Called into action: Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet darts across his goal to pull off an acrobatic save

Called into action: Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet darts across his goal to pull off an acrobatic save

That would have made Sunderland fans
anxious but, within minutes, they were almost celebrating a second goal
as Sessegnon drove a shot wide after another good passing move from the
home side.

They did get the second in the 28th
minute from Steven Fletcher, although it was a move that perhaps summed
up Sunderland’s season. Home supporters groaned twice during their
side’s long build-up from their own half, when players nearly lost
possession. Sessegnon, Jack Colback and Danny Rose were all urged to
shoot, only to keep the ball as they searched for the right opening.

Hands free: Stephane Sessegnon is under pressure from Reading's Mikele Leigertwood

Hands free: Stephane Sessegnon is under pressure from Reading's Mikele Leigertwood

Their patience paid off when Rose
delivered a teasing cross into the path of Fletcher and the Scotland
striker, with his back to goal, deceived Federici and Adrian Mariappa
with a wonderful flicked effort to score his seventh goal of the season.

Fletcher almost added to his tally
two minutes before half-time when he emerged from the melee at a Johnson
corner to head just over.

Long jump: reading's Adam Le Fondre hurdles Adam Johnson

Long jump: reading's Adam Le Fondre hurdles Adam Johnson

The presence of Sunderland’s top
scorer was a welcome boost for O’Neill and his side. Fletcher passed a
fitness test after missing the weekend defeat by Chelsea with an ankle
injury. O’Neill also dropped Phil Bardsley, restoring Craig Gardner at
right back, and kept Jack Colback and Seb Larsson in the middle. That
pair had arguably their most effective games of the season.

Reading fought hard after half-time and Mignolet made one fine from a Shorey free-kick.

Plenty to ponder: Reading boss Brian McDermott saw his side sink to their ninth defeat of the campaign

Plenty to ponder: Reading boss Brian McDermott saw his side sink to their ninth defeat of the campaign

The loss of Johnson at half-time
affected the home team but Sessegnon topped off the night in added time
with his third goal of the season racing on to Carlos Cuellar’s punt,
skipping past Federici and tapping into an empty net.

Sealing the deal: Sessegnon rounds Federici to complete the scoring

Sealing the deal: Sessegnon rounds Federici to complete the scoring

Reading Manchester United match report

Reading 3 Manchester United 4: The 34 minutes of madness! Fergie's men march three points clear with rollercoaster victory

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Wayne Rooney answered the goalscoring rallying cry of his manager as Manchester United twice came from behind to beat Reading and move three points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Sir Alex Ferguson said he wanted to see his striker find the back of the net more often and Rooney responded with two strikes in a thrilling match at the Madejski Stadium, where all seven goals came in a 34-minute spell in the first half.

Hal Robson-Kanu gave Reading an early lead before United hit back with Anderson levelling and Rooney putting them ahead from the spot.

Reading stunned the visitors with two quick-fire goals to regain the lead as Adam Le Fondre and Sean Morrison capitalised on lapses in United's defence to both score with close-range headers.

But another effort from Rooney and a neat finish from Robin van Persie saw United take the spoils.

The second half was less entertaining but both sides still created decent chances on a day where neither team's defending was deserving of praise.

1-0: Reading's Hal Robson-Kanu (centre right) put the home side a goal up after eight minutes

1-0: Reading's Hal Robson-Kanu (centre right) put the home side a goal up after eight minutes

1-1: Anderson equalised for Manchester United shortly afterwards

1-1: Anderson equalised for Manchester United shortly afterwards

1-2: Wayne Rooney found the bottom corner with a penalty to give United the lead after Jonny Evans had been fouled

1-2: Wayne Rooney found the bottom corner with a penalty to give United the lead after Jonny Evans had been fouled

Match facts

Reading: Federici, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison, Cummings, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Tabb, Robson-Kanu (Hunt 83), Le Fondre, Roberts (Pogrebnyak 69)

Subs not used: Taylor, Pearce, Harte, Guthrie, McCleary

Scorers: Robson-Kanu 8, Le Fondre 19, Morrison 23

Booking: Tabb

Manchester United: Lindegaard, Rafael (Smalling 31), Evra, Ferdinand, Evans, Anderson (Jones 45), Carrick, Young, Fletcher, Rooney, Van Persie (Welbeck)

Subs not used: De Gea, Giggs, Cleverley, Hernandez

Scorers: Anderson 13, Rooney 16 (pen), 30, Van Persie 34

Booking: Rafael

Referee: Mark Halsey

Attendance: 24,095

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The home side went ahead in the
seventh minute after Jonny Evans could only head Jobi McAnuff's cross
into the path of Robson-Kanu, who volleyed past Anders Lindegaard.

United found themselves in the familiar position of chasing a game and soon showed their ruthlessness when coming from behind.

Anderson picked out Ashley Young wide
on the left and the Brazil international continued his run before Young
picked him out and he lashed United level.

Just nine minutes after falling behind the visitors were ahead after Jay Tabb bundled into the back of Evans.

Reading were level just three minutes
later as United fan Le Fondre wriggled free of Evans in the area to head
home a Nicky Shorey corner.

Brian McDermott's side have shown
great resolve this season and took advantage of further poor defending
from United to re-take the lead.

Moments after Rio Ferdinand had headed
away a cross ta the back post, Morrison beat Evans to a corner and
powered a close-range header past Lindegaard.

With title rivals Manchester City
being held at home to Everton earlier in the day, United knew a win was
vital ahead of the Manchester derby next weekend and they were soon back
on top.

A sublime piece of skill from Young
freed Patrice Evra down the left and his low cross was tucked away by
Rooney to make it 3-3 with only half an hour gone.

2-2: Adam Le Fondre (centre) scores a header to restore parity once again

2-2: Adam Le Fondre (centre) scores a header to restore parity once again

3-2: Reading then took the lead with another header through Sean Morrison

3-2: Reading then took the lead with another header through Sean Morrison

3-3: Wayne Rooney levelled things again with a close-range finish from Patrice Evra's cut back

3-3: Wayne Rooney levelled things again with a close-range finish from Patrice Evra's cut back

3-4: Ten minutes before half-time, Robin Van Persie raced through to score what proved to be the winner

3-4: Ten minutes before half-time, Robin Van Persie raced through to score what proved to be the winner

Ferguson decided to make a tactical
substitution and replaced Rafael, who had been cautioned moments
earlier, with the more powerful Chris Smalling, although the Brazilian
did not take kindly to being hauled off.

Just four minutes after Rooney's effort United took the lead yet again.

Michael Carrick's through-ball was
deflected into the path of Van Persie by a clever Rooney touch and the
Dutchman slotted past Federici with his weaker right foot.

United were denied a fifth goal before
half-time as Van Persie pounced on a smart Federici save and directed
an effort goalwards. Adrian Mariappa was in the right place to clear but
it appeared the whole of the ball had crossed the line before the
former Watford man hacked it away.

Disallowed: Van Persie then had this clear goal chalked off

Disallowed: Van Persie then had this clear goal chalked off

Facetime: Adam Federici keeps out Chris Smalling with his head

Facetime: Adam Federici keeps out Chris Smalling with his head

Aerial combat: Michael Carrick and Pavel Pogrebnyak challenge for the ball in the air

Aerial combat: Michael Carrick and Pavel Pogrebnyak challenge for the ball in the air

The second half started much calmer but it was the home side who were pressing forward.

Lindegaard fumbled a simple catch from
a Shorey corner before Halsey waved away Reading appeals for a penalty
after Evra won the ball in a challenge with Mariappa.

Van Persie wasted a good chance to put
United two clear when he shot wide after being picked out by Phil
Jones, although the ball into the ex-Arsenal striker was slightly behind
him.

The 29-year-old missed an even better
opportunity moments later as he robbed the ball off a dallying Federici
but could not hit the empty net from a relatively tight angle.

McDermott introduced Pavel Pogrebnyak for the tiring Jason Roberts as his side went in search of an equaliser.

Smalling found himself in space on the
right flank with just three minutes left on the clock but he could only
blaze an uncontrolled effort into the United fans behind Federici's
goal.

Reading pushed on in stoppage time and
a Morrison header was tipped over by Lindegaard with the same player
heading wide from the resulting corner as United just held on.

Put a sock in it! Patrice Evra expresses his delight at the final whistle

Put a sock in it! Patrice Evra expresses his delight at the final whistle

Aston Villa 1 Reading 0 – match report: Christian Benteke strikes late

Aston Villa 1 Reading 0: Who needs Bent when you've got Benteke Big Belgian saves the day for Lambert

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02:08 GMT, 28 November 2012

Paul Lambert’s gamble on youth looked brave when he decided upon his Premier League strategy at the start of the season.

For 80 minutes, as Aston Villa made heavy weather of escaping the relegation zone, his decision looked increasingly desperate.

The former Norwich City boss stamped his credentials on the club within days of arriving in the post vacated by Alex McLeish. They were again evident as he once more omitted Darren Bent from his matchday squad.

Magic moment: Christian Benteke scored the only goal of the game with a late header

Magic moment: Christian Benteke scored the only goal of the game with a late header

Rise and fall: Benteke leaps above the defender to break the deadlock

Rise and fall: Benteke leaps above the defender to break the deadlock

MATCH FACTS

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Baker, Clark, Stevens (Lichaj 24), Holman (Ireland 67), Westwood, Bannan, Weimann (Albrighton 68), Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Subs not used: Given, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Albrighton, Delph, Bowery, Lichaj.

Booked: Clark.

Goal: Benteke 80.

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Morrison, Mariappa, Shorey, Robson-Kanu (McCleary 83), Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts (Hunt 79), Le Fondre.

Subs not used: Taylor, Pearce, Pogrebnyak, McCleary, Harte, Gunnarsson.

Att: 28,692.

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

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But with 10 minutes to play of an
encounter with Reading that had only added to the air of general
frustration inside Villa Park, salvation was to hand.

It came in the shape of striker
Christian Benteke, an 8million signing from Genk on deadline day who is
rapidly proving to be one of the finds of the season.

He has the raw power of a young Emile
Heskey and his fifth goal of the campaign was one the former England
forward would have been proud of.

Ashley Westwood swung a corner to the
far post and the Belgium international out-jumped his marker, Sean
Morrison, to head home a goal that may prove priceless in the eventual
outcome of Lambert’s inaugural season.

In fairness to the Villa manager, his
side had looked by far the likelier of the two to find the net. The
noise which greeted Benteke’s winner was a mixture of relief and
elation.

And possibly nowhere more so was the
victory warmly received than on the home bench. Lambert swapped dug-outs
during the summer to be closer to Villa’s core support in the Holte
End.

Although he has made the right noises
so far, those which were coming back at him were the voices of a
supporter-base that was growing increasingly tired of platitudes. After
all, this was just Villa’s third home league victory in 13 months.
Unsurprisingly then, Lambert hailed match-winner Benteke.

‘He’s been fantastic for this club,
and for the national team,’ he said. ‘He’s growing up. For his age, he’s
a strong lad with very good ability. He always seems to get a chance,
whether it’s a header or a shot. He’s becoming a real fans’ favourite.’

Weimann wonders how he missed

Bannan and Tabb scrap for the ball

Blunder: Andreas Weimann (left) missed a great chance, while Barry Bannan and Jay Tabb fight for the ball

Take that: Villa's Nathan Baker (right) dives in on Jason Roberts

Take that: Villa's Nathan Baker (right) dives in on Jason Roberts

One person who is nowhere near the description of being a manager’s favourite, however, is Bent.

Despite the fact that Villa had not
scored in four of their last eight games and were struggling in front of
goal, Lambert believed untried signing Jordan Bowery carried more of a
goal threat than Bent.

‘I have no problem with his attitude
in training, none whatsoever,’ said Villa’s boss, ‘I watch him train
every day. I live and die by my decisions. I’ve picked a team to win,
not to lose.’ Asked what Bent needed to do to force his way back into
his thinking, Lambert replied: ‘Train well and play well.’

Lambert named a Villa team that
contained eight players aged 23 or under in a contest that for all the
world could be labelled a six-pointer. It was the youngest average age
of a Villa side in the Premier League era.

Attrition: Enda Stevens (right) vies for the ball with Reading forward Adam Le Fondre

Attrition: Enda Stevens (right) vies for the ball with Reading forward Adam Le Fondre

Struggle: Reading's Shaun Cummings and Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor battle for the ball

Struggle: Reading's Shaun Cummings and Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor battle for the ball

They were on top for long periods. It
will be of little relevance to Lambert that had Bent been on the pitch,
the contest may have been decided far earlier.

As it was, Andreas Weimann blazed over
the best chance of the first-half. Ciaran Clark was off-target with two
near-post headers and Benteke shot tamely into Adam Federici’s arms
when well-placed.

Referee Lee Probert failed to award a
spot-kick after Adrian Mariappa’s clumsy challenge on Weimann as the
Austria forward was making his way away from goal. At the other end,
Brad Guzan had blocked from Hal Robson-Kanu during the early skirmishes.

What is this Brian McDermott looks on as the teams churned out a dull game

What is this Brian McDermott looks on as the teams churned out a dull game

Until Jason Roberts twisted and turned
his way into the area only for Guzan to block a much simpler shot with
his legs, that was about as good as it got for the visitors.

The travelling support pleaded with
manager Brian McDermott to make a change. ‘It was a good idea, making a
sub,’ he said wryly afterwards. But Noel Hunt’s introduction had little
effect. Of far more relevance was the statistic that Reading have now
conceded 16 times in the last half-hour this season. It’s a trend that
could prove costly.

‘It was not a six-pointer,’ said
McDermott. ‘It’s a game of football. Villa have 13 points, they want
more than that. We have nine and we want more than that.’

But for Benteke, Reading would have.

Is that the time Paul Lambert checks his watch

Is that the time Paul Lambert checks his watch

Salvation: Benteke's goal was the highlight of the match

Salvation: Benteke's goal was the highlight of the match

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Roberto Matrinez backing for Jordi Gomez

Martinez wants critics to cut hat-trick hero Gomez some slack

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UPDATED:

18:55 GMT, 24 November 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez hopes Jordi Gomez has answered his critics among the Latics fans after his hat-trick earned a much-needed three points against Reading.

The Spaniard was making only his third start of the season in the Barclays Premier League and was jeered early in the game for a few poor touches.

Eat that: Jordi Gomez left his critics eating humble pie with a hat-trick

Eat that: Jordi Gomez left his critics eating humble pie with a hat-trick

Match facts

WIGAN: Al Habsi, Boyce, Ramis (Lopez 48), Figueroa, Stam, McCarthy, Jones (McArthur 82), Beausejour, Gomez, Kone, Maloney (Si Santo 45). Subs not used: Pollitt, McManaman, Boselli, Fyvie.

Goals: Gomez 58, 68, 90+2

Booked: McCarthy, Jones

READING: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb (McCleary 72), McAnuff, Le Fondre, Roberts (Pogrebnyak 83). Subs not used: Taylor, Mariappa, Hunt, Harte, Cummings.

Goals: Morrison 35, Al Habsi 80 (og)

Referee: Howard Webb

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But he responded superbly with goals
in the 58th and 68th minutes to turn things around after Sean Morrison
had given Reading a 35th-minute lead.

The Royals looked to have snatched a
point with a major stroke of luck in the 80th minute when Wigan keeper
Ali Al Habsi dropped a wet and spinning ball against the bar that then
rebounded against him and went in.

But Gomez had the last word two
minutes into injury time to earn Wigan a 3-2 win that lifted them five
points clear of the relegation zone.

The midfielder is only the third
Latics player to score a Premier League hat-trick after Marcus Bent and
Henri Camara, and Martinez believes he has been treated unfairly by some
of the Wigan fans.

'The role Jordi had to play today was
as unfair as you're going to get,' said the Latics boss. 'Because he
missed the first two or three passes, all of a sudden the crowd let him
know.

Diving in: Shaun Maloney (right) challenges Reading's Jobi McAnuff

Diving in: Shaun Maloney (right) challenges Reading's Jobi McAnuff

'I've seen it so many times and it's
very difficult to compose yourself, and it would have been all too easy
for him to hide and look away from the challenge. But that's not Jordi
at all. Nobody deserved a hat-trick more today than him.

'It's not just the three goals, he always shows for the ball, he had another two great opportunities.


Heading for Reading: Morrison (top right) powers home the opening goal

Heading for Reading: Morrison (top right) powers home the opening goal

'The crowd were too vocal against
him and I hope that today they realise that the only thing Jordi does is
give his life for Wigan Athletic and to win football games. I hope we
all realise that and he gets a bit of warmth the next time he's on the
pitch.'

In contrast, Al Habsi has been a huge
hit since joining Wigan from Bolton in the summer of 2010 and he had
made a brilliant flying save from Adam Le Fondre's header moments before
his howler.

Rising high: Morrison (centre) gives Ali Al Habsi no chance

Rising high: Morrison (centre) gives Ali Al Habsi no chance

Going down: David Jones (top) clatters into Reading's Jay Tabb

Going down: David Jones (top) clatters into Reading's Jay Tabb

Martinez was more than happy to
forgive his keeper, saying: 'Goalkeepers are exposed to that, they're
the last men, and it's just Ali doesn't do that, which is why you're so
surprised.

'Minutes before he had the save of
the game. Internally as a team you should be there to help your
team-mate when he makes a bit of an error, which happens, it's a game of
errors and you need to be able to overcome whatever situation comes
your way.

'Today we showed that type of performance. In the first half we had a little bit of the feeling of something to lose.

It takes two to tango: James McCarthy (left) and Jason Roberts try to keep their balance

It takes two to tango: James McCarthy (left) and Jason Roberts try to keep their balance

'We weren't sharp or as effective as
we can be, and to concede from a set-play and allow Ali to have a
mistake, I think it was more our approach and our mentality, and we need
to change that.

'But it was pleasing to see the
players found a reaction and a way to overcome that. To give that win to
the dressing room pleased Ali more than anyone.

'I think it's the time to thank him
for the amount of times he got the team out of difficult situations with
his outstanding performances.'

make mine a double: Jordi Gomez (right) dives to head home Wigan's second

make mine a double: Jordi Gomez (right) dives to head home Wigan's second

To come away with nothing in such
circumstances was a real blow to Reading, who arrived in the north west
on the back of their first Premier League victory of the season against
Everton last weekend.

Boss Brian McDermott was frustrated
they could not see out the game but felt his side should have had a
penalty for a foul by Maynor Figueroa on Jay Tabb when the score was
1-1.

'I thought we deserved a point, and I thought it was the least we were going to get,' said McDermott.

Bald truth: Brian McDermott (left) felt Reading were worth a point against Roberto Martiniez's (right) side

Bald truth: Brian McDermott (left) felt Reading were worth a point against Roberto Martiniez's (right) side

Bald truth: Brian McDermott (left) felt Reading were worth a point against Roberto Martiniez's (right) side

'I think if the referee had given the
penalty on Jay Tabb we would have gone on to win the game. Someone of
Howard Webb's experience and quality, you would have expected him to get
that one right.

'When you're 2-2 in the 92nd minute
and we've got the ball, you've got to make sure you see the game out. If
you have to take a point in this league then take it and move on.

'We have to learn quickly from that.
We've seen out the last couple of games really well but unfortunately we
haven't seen this one out.'

Jordi joy: Gomez (right) celebrates with James McArthur after completing his hat-trick

Jordi joy: Gomez (right) celebrates with James McArthur after completing his hat-trick

Brian McDermott relief as Reading beat Everton

McDermott's relief at Reading's rise from relegation places

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UPDATED:

18:41 GMT, 17 November 2012

Reading boss Brian McDermott believes the club's maiden Barclays Premier League victory of the season is a turning point for the club.

Adam Le Fondre scored twice as McDermott's side came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over high-flying Everton.

Steven Naismith had put Everton ahead but Le Fondre levelled with a second-half header before scoring the winner from the spot after being brought down by Seamus Coleman.

Denied: Everton's Phil Jagielka sees his shot saved by Reading keeper Adam Federici

Denied: Everton's Phil Jagielka sees his shot saved by Reading keeper Adam Federici

Match facts

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, Robson-Kanu, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts, Le Fondre (Hunt 81). Subs Not Used: Stuart Taylor, Mariappa, Pogrebnyak, McCleary, Harte, Cummings.

Booked: Roberts, Gorkss, Hunt.

Goals: Le Fondre 51, 79 pen.

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines, Naismith (Oviedo 80), Osman, Fellaini, Hitzlsperger (Vellios 82), Pienaar, Jelavic. Subs Not Used: Mucha, Distin, Junior, Kennedy, Duffy.

Booked: Coleman,Fellaini.

Goals: Naismith 10.

Att: 24,184

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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McDermott said: 'Everyone was saying
“You haven't won, you haven't won” and that can play on people's minds
and I obviously know that.

'But all you can do is concentrate on
playing the game, enjoying the games and then the results will come
because I know with the group we have got there was never any fear that
they couldn't do it.

'Obviously it is a relief, I'm just so pleased for the players tonight, that has been coming for quite some time.

'Certainly as the manager it (the
winless streak) is not relevant, all that is relevant is the points you
have got on the board.'

The win lifted Reading out of the bottom three, although McDermott felt his side were not at their best until the second half.

'First half we were a little bit too respectful, in the second half I thought we deserved to win,' he said.

'In any sport what you need to do is
stay in the game, I just said (at half-time) that you are right in the
game at 1-0 and if we can raise our tempo and play the way we can it
will give us an opportunity.

Adam Le Fondre (2nd R) celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Reading

Line up: Adam Le Fondre (2nd R) celebrates after scoring the first goal for Reading

Cool head: Le Fondre scores the winner from the penalty spot

Cool head: Le Fondre scores the winner from the penalty spot

'I thought we saw the game out really
well, we have been working on that as well. We have been in the lead on
a number of games in this league but haven't seen them out.'

Everton manager David Moyes refused
to blame referee Martin Atkinson after seeing his side throw away the
lead. Although he had no complaints over the award of the penalty, Moyes
felt his side should have been given at least one themselves.

'I'm not angry with the referee, he should have given a penalty in the first half… but he doesn't give it,' Moyes said.

Tricky: Le Fondre beats Everton keeper Tim Howard to the ball but fails to score

Tricky: Le Fondre beats Everton keeper Tim Howard to the ball but fails to score

Slide rule: Jobi McAnuff of Reading tussles with Leighton Baines of Everton

Slide rule: Jobi McAnuff of Reading tussles with Leighton Baines of Everton

On the run: Jason Roberts of Reading turns Phil Jagielka of Everton

On the run: Jason Roberts of Reading turns Phil Jagielka of Everton

'But I'm more angry with my team because we should have scored and it is up to us to do it.

'We didn't punish them and left the door slightly ajar for them to come in and they did do.

Angry and satisfied: David Moyes Left) was not happy with his side, but Brian McDermott (right) was pleased

Angry and satisfied: David Moyes Left) was not happy with his side, but Brian McDermott (right) was pleased

Angry and satisfied: David Moyes Left) was not happy with his side, but Brian McDermott (right) was pleased

'I think certainly we should have had
one penalty kick, I have got no problem with the Seamus Coleman one, it
is a definite penalty for Reading.'

Le Fondre's equaliser came courtesy
of a free-kick from Nicky Shorey and Moyes pinpointed the conceding of
set-pieces as a factor in Reading's fightback.

Ouch: Everton's Steven Naismith feels challenge of Reading's Kaspars Gorkass (right)

Ouch: Everton's Steven Naismith feels challenge of Reading's Kaspars Gorkass (right)

First blood: Steven Naismith handed Everton the lead at Reading

First blood: Steven Naismith handed Everton the lead at Reading

Steven Naismith (R) scores the first goal for Everton

'We gave away a couple of corner
kicks and a free-kick in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, we
encouraged pressure and gave the ball away a couple of times in our own
half,' he said.

'Quite simply we didn't pass the way
we did in the first half and we gave them encouragement. I have got to
give Reading credit, they upped it and tried to do better, which they
did do.'

Moyes felt his side created enough
chances throughout the game, adding: 'We are not scoring the goals; when
we get the opportunities to put the games away we are not taking them.

'The result should have been the other
way but it wasn't and I have to give Brian and his team credit, they
hung on and kept going and that is what you have to do in the Premier
League, you have to get wins maybe when you are not always expecting to
and Reading did that.'

Reading 0 Norwich 0 – match report

Reading 0 Norwich 0: Royals search goes on as Canaries find their feet

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PUBLISHED:

16:52 GMT, 10 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:12 GMT, 10 November 2012

Reading remain in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League
after being held to a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium by Norwich.

The Canaries travelled to Berkshire in good form, having picked up
seven points in their last three league outings, but both teams were
guilty of poor finishing and wasteful possession in a match that lacked
any moment of quality.

Committed: Grant Holt of Norwich battles for the ball

Committed: Grant Holt of Norwich battles for the ball

MATCH FACTS

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, McCleary (Kebe 60), Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts (Le Fondre 78), Hunt (Pogrebnyak 60). Subs Not Used: Stuart Taylor, Mariappa, Robson-Kanu, Cummings.

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 86), Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan,Holt (Morison 85). Subs Not Used: Bunn,Howson, Jackson, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.

Booked: Turner.

Att: 24,080

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

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The game started slowly and, other than a few profligate efforts sprinkled throughout the match, it never had the tempo required to get the home fans fully behind their side's quest for a maiden league victory.

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass had an early run at the Reading defence following a ball-winning tackle by Alexander Tettey, but his shot was deflected into the arms of Adam Federici.

The Australia international was featuring in his first league game since Reading's 4-2 defeat at Chelsea on August 22, but remained untested in the opening exchanges.

The hosts started to get on top after 10 minutes and had a number of set-piece opportunities that ultimately led to nothing.

The first chance of note came after a quarter of an hour when Royals' winger Garath McCleary fired in a long-range effort that was parried away by John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.

Norwich, who have only scored eight goals in the league so far this season, were struggling to provide decent service to lone striker Grant Holt.

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Up and down: Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Bradley Johnson, last weekend's match winner against Stoke, ballooned an
effort high over Federici's crossbar midway through the first half as
the visitors started to come back into the contest.

Snodgrass then missed the best chance of the game as he headed Wes Hoolahan's cross wide.

But it was Reading who almost took the lead after half an hour as
Sebastien Bassong dallied on the ball and was robbed by Jason Roberts on
the touchline.

The experienced striker flashed the ball across goal and Michael Turner managed to turn it behind for a corner.
Neither side could find enough quality to come close to breaking the
deadlock before the interval, with a header over from Reading defender
Kaspars Gorkss and a deflected Steven Whittaker effort for Norwich the
only notable efforts on goal.

Rare sight: Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass has an effort on goal

Rare sight: Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass has an effort on goal

The same lacklustre pattern followed at the start of the second half
with Hoolahan guilty of mistiming an effort from the edge of the Reading
penalty area.

Reading boss Brian McDermott tried to inject fresh impetus into his side
with an hour gone, introducing Jimmy Kebe and Pavel Pogrebnyak from the
bench, with McCleary and Noel Hunt making way.

Norwich were starting to use the ball better in possession but could not create enough in and around the final third.
Hoolahan's cross was too high for skipper Holt and Reading almost took
the lead as they broke up the other end and saw Sean Morrison head Nicky
Shorey's free-kick just wide of Ruddy's right-hand post.

High jump: Reading's Sean Morrison

High jump: Reading's Sean Morrison

With their backs up, the home side enjoyed a spell of meaningful
possession and again came close as captain Jobi McAnuff arrowed a shot
inches over the crossbar before Kebe's cross bounced on top of the
woodwork moments later.

With 20 minutes remaining Holt was presented with the best chance of the
game but he mistimed his jump as he looked to head Javier Garrido's
cross past Federici and the ball looped out of play.

Chris Gunter then mirrored Bassong's first-half error as he lost the
ball to Holt and the Wales full-back was lucky the Canaries could not
make him pay.

Norwich defender Turner was the first man to be booked by referee Chris
Hoy with just over 10 minutes remaining as he cynically slid in on
Roberts after the forward had skipped past him with the ball.

Up for it: Jobi McAnuff of Reading battles with Steven Whittaker of Norwich

Up for it: Jobi McAnuff of Reading battles with Steven Whittaker of Norwich

It was to prove to be Roberts' last involvement as McDermott threw on
Adam Le Fondre in search of a goal that would likely seal the three
points.

With the game opening up in the closing stages, both teams found
themselves with chances as Snodgrass failed to make enough contact to a
header when well-placed in the Reading box.

Anthony Pilkington was the next player guilty of poor finishing as he
latched on to Holt's clever flick before firing high and wide from 25
yards, and Holt then forced a simple save out of Federici with a tame
header.

The last 10 minutes were similar to the rest of the game, with both sets
of players working hard but ultimately coming up short in the search
for a winning goal.

QPR 1 Reading 1: Match report

QPR 1 Reading 1: Cisse saves Rangers from defeat… but Hughes still looking for first win

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16:00 GMT, 4 November 2012

QPR and Reading both remain without a win in the Barclays Premier League this season after cancelling each other out at Loftus Road.

The visitors began the brighter and took the lead in the 16th minute, former QPR defender Kaspars Gorkss volleying in after Rangers were all at sea defending a corner.

The hosts were booed off at half-time but ramped up the pressure at the start of the second half and equalised in the 66th minute through Djibril Cisse.

Leveller: Djibril Cisse scored a crucial equaliser for QPR just after the hour mark

Leveller: Djibril Cisse scored a crucial equaliser for QPR just after the hour mark

One up: Kaspars Gorkss (centre) wheels away after firing his side into the lead after 16 minutes

One up: Kaspars Gorkss (centre) wheels away after firing his side into the lead after 16 minutes

MATCH FACTS

QPR: Julio Cesar, Traore (Onuoha 84), Ferdinand, Nelsen, Bosingwa, Diakite, Taarabt, Granero, Cisse, Mackie (Zamora 81), Hoilett

Subs not used: Green, Hill, Derry, Wright-Phillips, Faurlin

Goal: Cisse 66

Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Shorey, Morrison, Gorkss, Leigertwood, McAnuff (Robson-Kanu 79), Tabb, Hunt, McCleary (Kebe 62), Roberts (Le Fondre 88)

Subs not used: Federici, Pearce, Cummings, Pogrebnyak

Booked: Hunt, Le Fondre

Goal: Gorkss 16

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 16,797

And QPR would have won it but for a
brilliant save from Alex McCarthy to deny Adel Taarabt, the second
stunning stop of the afternoon from the Reading keeper.

The result did little to help either
team, with Rangers remaining five points from safety – although they did
climb off the bottom for 24 hours at least – and Reading only a point
ahead.

Brian McDermott's side were looking to
bounce back from their remarkable Capital One Cup defeat by Arsenal in
midweek, where they led 4-0 only to lose 7-5 after extra-time.

There was no hangover as they began
with much more urgency than the home side and Jobi McAnuff's dangerous
cross had be to cleared from in front of the near post by Anton
Ferdinand, before Noel Hunt saw his shot deflected just wide.

Cisse was back in the QPR side and had
dyed his hair blue for the occasion, and the Frenchman had Rangers'
first decent effort in the 12th minute with a shot just over the angle
of post and bar.

Powerless: Julio Cesar was unable to keep the ball out as Gorkss rifled it past the Brazilian goalkeeper

Powerless: Julio Cesar was unable to keep the ball out as Gorkss rifled it past the Brazilian goalkeeper

Hot seat: QPR owner Tony Fernandes sat in Mark Hughes' chair ahead of the game at Loftus Road

Hot seat: QPR owner Tony Fernandes sat in Mark Hughes' chair ahead of the game at Loftus Road

Breakthrough: Cisse slid to knock the ball past the goalkeeper and into the side netting

Breakthrough: Cisse slid to knock the ball past the goalkeeper and into the side netting

Reading possessed much the greater threat, though, and they took a deserved lead in the 16th minute from a Nicky Shorey corner.

Sean Morrison headed against the bar
and Gorkss volleyed in his first Premier League goal, with Julio Cesar
getting a hand to the ball but only helping it into the net.

The Latvian declined to celebrate
against the club he left last summer but QPR will be sick of the sight
of him after Gorkss also netted in Reading's Capital One Cup win earlier
this season.

The home fans began to vent their
frustration and the chances their side were creating were hardly
clear-cut ones, with Cisse screwing a shot wide and Taarabt firing over
and then twice shooting straight at McCarthy.

QPR did go much closer in the 38th minute after Morrison fouled Jamie Mackie on the edge of the box.

Tussle: Jamie Mackie (left) challenges Sean Morrison as the pair fight for possession

Tussle: Jamie Mackie (left) challenges Sean Morrison as the pair fight for possession

Under fire: Mark Hughes has had a slow start to the season with Queens Park Rangers

The boss: Fernandes was at Loftud Road keeping an eye on his club in action

Under fire: Mark Hughes, right, has had a tough start to the season with QPR, as Fernandes was at Loftus Road to watch his team in action

Indeed they would have scored but for a
stunning save from McCarthy, who pushed Esteban Granero's free-kick
onto the bar, with Jose Bosingwa firing the rebound just over.

Three minutes into the second half
Granero was given another chance from virtually the same position when
Jay Tabb felled Samba Diakite, but this time he curled his shot just
wide.

Reading seemed content to sit on their
lead and QPR began to pile on the pressure, with Junior Hoilett and
Cisse both seeing shots blocked, but still the goal would not come.

The hosts' momentum was disrupted by
an injury to Hunt, who caught an elbow in the face from Granero, which
referee Michael Oliver deemed to be accidental.

Seasoned: Jason Roberts looks to dispossess Armand Traore

Seasoned: Jason Roberts looks to dispossess Armand Traore

Jubilant: Cisse looked overjoyed after he made the breakthrough for QPR

Jubilant: Cisse looked overjoyed after he made the breakthrough for QPR

It did not take QPR long to pick up
where they left off, though, and this time they got their reward as
Cisse took one touch to control a cross from Bosingwa and beat Morrison
before finding the bottom corner.

Taarabt then continued his personal
duel with McCarthy but again the keeper was equal to the 25-yard shot,
diving to his right to push it away.

Reading have found holding onto leads
impossible so far this season but they set out to restore their
advantage, with substitute Jimmy Kebe firing just wide after a great run
and Jason Roberts seeing a shot blocked by Ferdinand.

It was QPR who looked more likely to
find a winner, though, and Taarabt thought he had when he was played
clean through by Cisse in the 83rd minute, but McCarthy stuck out a hand
and a foot to divert the shot behind.

The striker had run off to celebrate and held his head in his hands but, great save though it was, he really should have scored.

There was a frenetic five minutes of
injury time featuring scares for both sides and a booking for diving for
Reading substitute Adam Le Fondre, but no more goals.

Why always me Mark Hughes was looking for his first win this season with QPR

Why always me Mark Hughes was looking for his first win this season with QPR