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- ALBION 1 READING 1
- Ten-man Albion earn point
- Gunter gifts Albion the lead (16)
- Greer sent-off (51)
- Drenthe levels (64)
- Kuszczak denies Obita
- Six pages of coverage in The Argus on Monday
Referee Graham was booed off at the end.
Obita fired wide with the final kick as Albion cleared a corner.
Final: Albion 1 Reading 1
Suddenly Albion threatened in added time. Bruno unlocked Reading with a fine pass and Buckley saw his volley saved by McCarthy. The ball looped off the keeper in front of goal but would not fall for March.
March took the corner and hit the outside of the near post.
Bruno was booked for a foul
Andrews was booked for dissent after a foul was given against Bruno but Albion dealt with the free-kick.
Albion were sitting far too deep for their fans' liking.
Reading sent on Taylor for Akpan for the final push while the Seagulls replaced Forster-Caskey with March.
Obita was next in the book for barging over Buckley.
Bruno was caught out to give Reading a great chance to go ahead - but the clean-through McAnuff saw his shot blocked by Kuszczak.
Guthrie then fired a volley inches too high as Reading kept pushing.
Blackman should have done better than shoot straight at Kuszczak when he was found in a lot of space.
Albion were being pushed deeper and deeper.
Yet they carved an opening out of nothing when great work by Ulloa to hold off a defender set up a shooting chance which Buckley dragged wide.
Sensing a win, Reading sent on McCleary for Drenthe and then McAnuff for Blackman.
Reading claimed a penalty as Robson-Kanu pushed the ball past Forster-Caskey and went down but replays proved the Albion man had stood his ground and nothing more.
Robson-Kanu was booked for handball a couple of minutes later
Albion fans had chosen to vent their ire on Drenthe.
But he responded in style with the 64th minute equaliser out of very little.
DRENTHE picked the ball up on the right corner of the box, cut inside and drove a low shot between Kuszczak and his near post.
Albion sent on Buckley for Lingard.
It was clearly going to be a case of backs to the wall for the hosts from now on.
A hint of a chance opened up when Ulloa got on the end of a long ball but he lost his footing as he went to shoot.
Otherwise it was Reading pressure against the massed blue and white ranks.
Le Fondre headed a decent chance over and Blackman curled over.
Albion were reduced to ten men when Greer was penalised for a challenge on Le Fondre. Greer was shown a second yellow and Albion immediately responded by replacing David with centre-back Dunk.
Reading attacked and a low cross fell to Akpan whose shot was blocked in the goalmouth.
Albion have a habit of making slow starts to the seocnd half of games and were almost undone within seconds when Robson-Kanu's terrific cross was only just too high for Le Fondre in front of goal.
Gunter made a couple of dangerous breaks down the right, the second of which led to a shooting chance for Drenthe, who was way too high with his left-foot effort.
Half: Albion 1 Reading 0
Debutant Hector was booked for pulling back David near the corner flag after Reading played themselves into trouble.
The free-kick was eventually cleared to the edge of the box but David scuffed his volley well wide.
Albion cleared a corner won by the lively Drenthe. And, when Guthrie crossed the ball in, Kuszczak rose to catch well.
Greer put Albion in trouble with a loose pass as Albion built an attack. Upson looked favourite to deal with the quick, long ball forward but failed to control and Le Fondre was fouled by the recovering Greer, who was booked.
Albion cleared the free-kick and David sent Lingard breaking clear with a good ball. But Gunter, as last defender, did well to hold Lingard up and the attack eventually fizzled out when Forster-Caskey shot well over.
Lingard looked to have unlocked the defence with a pass inside left-back Obita and into the path of David. But the assistant's flag went up for offside to the audible frustraion of home fans over what must have been a tight call.
Reading reacted quite well to the goal. Obita beat David easily as he cut inside and squared to Robson-Kanu, who shot over from just outside the box.
Bruno and Drenthe were having a good battle. The Albion full-back was spoken to briefly by the referee after bringing him down but Guthrie's subsequent free-kick missed everybody and drifted out for a goal kick.
Albion were starting to pass the ball crisply now - and it was such a move which led to their gift opening goal.
Ulloa, Andrews and David were all involved but, when the latter chipped the ball into the box, there seemed little danger.
McCarthy came out to collect but full-back GUNTER got there first, headed the ball to where he thought his keeper was - and saw it bounce gently into the unguarded net.
Forster-Caskey fired a 25-yard free-kick into the wall afer Lingard had been fouled in a central position.
David Lopez played a one-two with Ulloa and clipped a clever ball into the path of Forster-Caskey breaking into the box.
But the midfielder could not take it down with his first touch and it went through to keeper McCarthy.
Bruno whipped in a dangerous cross at the other end which was cleared for a corner.
But Ince pushed a defender as he looked to get his head to David Lopez's deep delivery from the flag kick.
Bruno overhit his next cross and Ulloa could not get on the end of it as Albion made a rather stuttering start to the game.
Reading had the first attack - and could have gone ahead in only the second minute.
Drenthe, playing wide on the left, seemed to foul Bruno as the full-back gained possession in his own area.
Play was waved on and Drenthe drove in a low cross which cannoned back off the far post and rebounded to Le Fondre, whose shot was blocked.
Albion playing North to South in the first half.
The sun is out, eighth plays seventh and it is starting to feel like the business end of the season.
But we said that last time we were here two weeks ago - and Wigan took all three points that day.
Can the Seagulls reverse that unfortunate result against a rejigged Reading side?
A win or draw takes Reading into the top six.
Albion would need to win by five goals to edge above sixth-placed Wigan today.
But success here would leave them well-placed to challenge the existing play-off teams.
Kick-off is not far away.