Reading snatched a 3-3 draw with Fulham with a late Hal Robson-Kanu effort
Last Updated: October 30, 2012 11:39am
Hal Robson-Kanu stabs home through the crowd to snatch a draw
Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu struck a late leveller to grab struggling Reading a dramatic 3-3 draw with Fulham at the Madejski Stadium.
Best of the Match
- Goal of the Match - Mikele Leigertwood's first Premier League goal in seven years was something special. He collected the ball from a Jobi McAnuff layoff and fired the ball into the top right-hand corner from 20 yards. A lot of competition from Berbatov and Ruiz, but Leigertwood shades it.
- Man of the Match - Jobi McAnuff was at the heart of everything that Reading created, and the Royals' captain's delivery was the best of any player on the pitch. Add an assist for Leigertwood's goal and you have a very satisfactory afternoon's work.
- Miss of the Match - Pavel Pogrebnyak's headed chance after six minutes looked easier after every replay. From three yards out he somehow managed to head wide with the goal gaping.
- Oddball of the Match - Chris Baird went wild when he put Fulham in the lead, but in doing so he managed to slip on the advertising hoardings and injure his ankle. He went off shortly after.
- Stat of the Match - Reading have now dropped points in four Premier League matches when ahead. They led at Chelsea and lost, and have drawn with Newcastle, Swansea and Fulham after holding the lead.
Fulham seemed sure to take the points with a minute left courtesy of Dimitar Berbatov's expert finish, but Robson-Kanu bundled home at the death to ensure a draw.
Brian McDermott's hosts - without a Premier League win this season - were bright early on and would have led but for Pavel Pogrebnyak heading wastefully wide from three yards out.
At the other end, Berbatov began to drop slightly deeper to link up play, and the Bulgarian had flown a warning shot over from 25 yards by the time he teed up for Mahamadou Diarra to do the same.
In the event, it was Mikele Leigertwood who found the net first - the midfielder striding onto Jobi McAnuff's lay-off and flying a sweet drive into the top corner from 20 yards.
Damien Duff wasted an inviting chance to equalise just before the break when he sent Kieran Richardson's cut-back wide of goal, and Jason Roberts nearly punished his folly early in the second period when his effort was smothered by Mark Schwarzer.
But on the hour, substitute Bryan Ruiz announced himself with a stunning 20-yard strike that gave Alex McCarthy no chance - and Fulham continued to look the more threatening as Berbatov dragged into the side-netting.
Home fans fell silent with 13 minutes left when Chris Baird nodded home John Arne Riise's corner from close-range - but three goals in the final five minutes meant proceedings were far from over.
Garath McCleary, also on as a substitute, benefited from Roberts' miscontrol to convert from eight yards with an assured finish, only for the Cottagers to surge ahead again when Berbatov bent home beautifully in the 88th minute.But with the clock ticking into injury time, Nicky Shorey whipped a free-kick to the far post and as the visiting defence struggled to hack the ball clear, Robson-Kanu popped up to force home from two yards and bag a morale-boosting point.
|1||1st Half Goals||0|
|8||Shots on Target||6|
|5||Shots off Target||8|
|28.7||1st Half Poss.||71.3|
|35.8||2nd Half Poss.||64.2|
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|10||West Ham United||38||46|
|20||Queens Park Rangers||38||25|
Reading v Fulham
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