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Britannia Stadium (ATT 26,737) 9th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Oliver

Stoke City Stoke City vs Reading Reading

Stoke City 2

R Huth (67)
C Jerome (81)

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Reading 1

A Mariappa (83)

Premier League: Stoke City earn first victory of year at home to Reading

Last Updated: 10/02/13 8:49am

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Stoke recorded their first victory of the year thanks to a hard-earned 2-1 success against plucky Reading at the Britannia Stadium.

Robert Huth headed the hosts ahead before Cameron Jerome doubled the advantage after 81 minutes with a thunderous right-foot finish.

However, the Royals pulled one back just two minutes later thanks to Adrian Mariappa's first goal for the club, but Tony Pulis' men held on for the points despite claims for a penalty by Adam Le Fondre deep in stoppage time.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the match: Matthew Etherington gets the award after providing some exquisite touches and a useful delivery from out wide.
  • Goal of the match: Cameron Jerome's finish to ultimately seal the three points was sublime. The substitute showed a neat touch before thumping his right-foot strike into the far corner.
  • Moment of the match: Was it or wasn't it? Adam Le Fondre went over Ryan Shotton's challenge deep in stoppage time but despite a long lingering look by referee Michael Oliver, nothing was given.
  • Block of the match: Stephen Kelly threw himself at the ball to deny Robert Huth's goalbound effort in the first period.
  • Stat of the match: The Potters won their first match since recording a 3-1 victory against Liverpool on Boxing Day.
  • Talking point: After winning four of their last seven league matches, can Reading pick themselves up for their crunch encounter at home to Wigan in two weeks' time?

Stoke came closest to breaking the deadlock in a first half of few opportunities.

Adam Federici was the busier of the goalkeepers and he was called into action to firstly deny Ryan Shawcross from close range before the Australia international made an expert save to deny Peter Crouch scoring with an acrobatic volley.

Huth then saw his goalbound effort from Matthew Etherington's corner deflected over the crossbar by Stephen Kelly's defensive heroics as Reading held on into the break.

The hosts continued to threaten the visitors' goal in the second half and eventually made the breakthrough after 67 minutes as Huth powered home Glenn Whelan's corner in off the underside of the crossbar.

With nine minutes remaining Pulis' side doubled their advantage as Jerome held off Alex Pearce before lashing his right-foot piledriver into the far corner past a helpless Federici.

However, Reading were not prepared to lie down and they pulled a goal back within two minutes thanks to Mariappa's first goal for the club.

The defender stole a march on Glenn Whelan before sending his header into the back of the net to hand Brian McDermott's team a lifeline, but the Royals - who have scored a host of important late goals in recent weeks in an unbeaten sequence of four league games - could not complete a last-gasp fightback on this occasion.

Le Fondre felt he had been knocked over by Ryan Shotton during the final attack of the match, but referee Michael Oliver remained unmoved. Reading remain 17th in the table, two points clear of the relegation zone, while Stoke stay 10th.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Liverpool 35 80
2 Chelsea 35 75
3 Manchester City 33 71
4 Arsenal 35 70
5 Everton 35 69
6 Tottenham Hotspur 35 63
7 Manchester United 34 57
8 Southampton 35 49
9 Newcastle United 35 46
10 Stoke City 35 44
11 Crystal Palace 35 43
12 West Ham United 35 37
13 Swansea City 35 36
14 Hull City 34 36
15 Aston Villa 34 35
16 West Bromwich Albion 33 33
17 Norwich City 35 32
18 Cardiff City 35 30
19 Fulham 35 30
20 Sunderland 34 29

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