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The Madejski Stadium (ATT 15,914) 7th August 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: F Graham

Reading Reading vs Scunthorpe United Scunthrpe

Reading 1

G Sigurdsson (26)


Scunthrpe 2

G Thompson (9)
R Jones (60)

Iron secure Royal upset

Controversial goal helps Scunthorpe to victory at Madjeski

By Razwan Mirza.   Last Updated: 07/08/10 5:42pm

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Jones: Netted winner

Jones: Netted winner

Scunthorpe secured an impressive opening day win against Reading after Garry Thompson's controversial opening goal at the Madjeski Stadium.

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Jonathan Forte's cross was slotted home by Thompson despite the assistant referee raising his flag for offside. However, referee Fred Graham allowed the goal to stand and waved away protests from the home side.

Gylfi Sigurdsson deservedly restored parity with an emphatic strike, but the stubborn visitors stole all three points when defender Rob Jones headed in a towering second-half winner in a thoroughly professional performance from the Championship minnows.


Jimmy Kebe had the first effort with a powerful strike from 20 yards but goalkeeper Joe Murphy was able to let it comfortably clear the crossbar, before Kebe again threatened with a header which drifted wide.

But it was the visitors who opened the scoring in the ninth minute from their first attack in contentious circumstances.

A ball over the top was collected wide on the left by Forte and, despite the linesman raising his flag, he crossed for Thompson to convert from close range after just nine minutes.

The Royals' backline had all but stopped upon seeing the flag, and were left incensed when referee Graham overruled his assistant to award the goal.

Brian McDermott's side responded well to the goal, and were level in the 26th minute through Sigurdsson.

The Icelandic midfielder was one of the players to watch in the Championship last season after scoring an impressive 20 goals, and he showed his prowess again with another clinical finish.

Sigurdsson beat two men 25-yards from goal before smashing a strike beyond Murphy and into the top corner.

Jobi McAnuff then dragged an effort across the face of the goal as Reading surged forward but the sides went in to the break on level terms.


The visitors were keen to see half-time but started the second period well and went ahead through Jones on the hour mark.

Michael O'Connor swung over a corner and 6ft 7in Jones towered over everyone to thump a header past a helpless Adam Federici and into the roof of the net.

Sigurdsson sent a free-kick narrowly over and substitute Simon Church had an effort saved as the Iron held on for all three points.

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1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6