As it happened Reading vs Stoke City: Late Powell header saves Stoke at the Madjeski (1-1)
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17:11a year ago
Thank you for joining me for today's game. I've been Dave Crowther-Green and you can follow me on Twitter @Dave_CGr.

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16:57a year ago

FULL-TIME

That's full-time and Stoke have salvaged a point here at the Madjeski through Nick Powell's injury-time header.

Can't help but think the hosts will feel hard done to here.

16:54a year ago

GOAL!

90+1' STOKE LEVEL!

What a big goal that could be! Sorensen's corner is headed down into the path of Powell who then heads it over the line.

16:52a year ago

Added time

90' Four minutes added on.
16:51a year ago
90' Powell tries his luck from range but fires way over the bar.
16:44a year ago

Subs

83' Double change for Reading.

Meite and Ejaria are replaced by McCleary and Adam.

Lee Gregory is on for Martins Indi for Stoke.
16:43a year ago
82' Meite breaks away down the left, but his cross is too early and is cleared by the Stoke defence.
16:38a year ago
76' McClean tries a dipping effort from a free-kick and sends it just over the bar.

The Potters have looked much better since he came on.

16:35a year ago

Subs

73' Changes for both sides here.

Rinomhota replaces Olise for the hosts whereas Smith is on for Collins for Stoke.

16:32a year ago

CHANCE!

70' Close for Campbell! Clucas finds the forward on the edge of the area and his shot is deflected out for a corner.
16:28a year ago

Stoke sub

67' Another change for Stoke as Sam Vokes replaces Tom Ince.
16:24a year ago

Yellow card

62' McClean is booked for a late tackle on Swift. 
16:19a year ago
58' Collins connects with Sorensen's corner but heads straight at Rafael.
16:17a year ago

OFF THE BAR!

The hosts just inches away from a second! John Swift steps up and curls his effort against the crossbar.
16:16a year ago
54' Clumsy challenge from Martins Indi sees another free-kick awarded, this time just on the edge of the box.
16:14a year ago
53' Late challenge from Sorensen on Meite sees Reading awarded a free-kick.
16:10a year ago
48' Almost an instant impact from McClean as he fizzes a cross into the area, but it's just cleared by the Reading defence.
16:07a year ago

Back underway

We're back underway for the second half here at the Madjeski.

Two changes for Stoke at the break as Danny Batth and James McClean replace Ryan Shawcross and Jordan Thompson.

15:50a year ago

HALF-TIME

The half-time whistle goes and it's the hosts who are in front at the break thanks to Lucas Joao's seventh-minute strike.

 

15:47a year ago
45' Three minutes added on.
15:46a year ago
44' Short break in play as Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross is currently down in his own area. 
15:41a year ago

Reading Injury

37' An enforced substitution see goalscorer Joao replaced by George Puscas.

Unfortunate for the striker who had marked his first appearance since New Year's Day with the game's opening goal.

15:34a year ago
32' Ince works his way into the area and goes down. He looks for a penalty but referee Michael Salisbury waves play on.
15:32a year ago

Royals ahead

Goalscorer Lucas Joao celebrates with Yakou Meite after putting Reading in front. 

15:30a year ago

SAVE!

27' Olise shoots from range but Butland produces a great save to his right and puts it out for a corner. 
15:25a year ago
23' Midway point in this first half and the visitors are starting to see more of the ball.  

Lucas Joao's goal in the seventh minute currently separates the two sides.

15:19a year ago
18' Another chance for Stoke as Powell's cross is deflected towards Sorensen but he can't connect and it's cleared.
15:18a year ago
16' The Royals' defence fail to deal with a cross from the left and it falls to Ince but he fires straight at Rafael.
15:09a year ago

GOAL!

7' Reading take the lead!

It's a great run from Meite who finds Joao in the area and the forward strokes the ball into the far corner.

The perfect way to mark his return!
15:06a year ago
4' Sorensen makes a good run and looks to get the ball into the box but directs his cross straight at Rafael.
15:01a year ago

KICK-OFF

We're underway at the Madjeski Stadium! (0-0)
14:59a year ago

Teams are out

The two teams emerge from the tunnel ready for today's game.

Kick-off is now just moments away.

14:56a year ago

5 minutes to go

Just five minutes to go until kick-off now at the Madjeski. Both sides looking for three important points in their first game back.
14:16a year ago

First start

Midfielder Lasse Sorensen makes his first Championship start for Stoke this season, having featured regularly for the under-23s.

Nathan Collins and club captain Ryan Shawcross also return to the starting eleven in place of Tommy Smith and Danny Batth.

14:10a year ago

Joao returns

As expected, forward Lucas Joao returns to the Royals' starting eleven for the first time since tearing his hamstring against Fulham on New Year's Day.

Joao has managed five goals following his move from Sheffield Wednesday in August and marked his return by scoring in a 3-1 friendly win over Portsmouth last week.

14:04a year ago

TEAM NEWS

Here's how both sides will be lining up this afternoon:

Reading

Stoke

13:37a year ago

Potters arrive

Just under 90 minutes to go until kick-off and the visitors have arrived at the Madjeski Stadium.
20:34a year ago

Pre-match thoughts: Michael O'Neill

“We’re as prepared as we can be, I think going into the game there’s no doubt my absence has been hiccup but the team have been brilliant in making sure the disruption has been as minimal as possible.

“Whilst our last game was a 5-1 home victory, we are essentially starting again in a nine-game season with a lot at stake.

“The object for us is to get points on the board, but we (also) want to make sure that we finish the season as strongly as possible.”

20:34a year ago

Pre-match thoughts: Mark Bowen

“Normally, you get a chance to build yourself into the season. But you can’t afford that now – you can’t afford to build up slowly.

“From the first game, you have to be at it. Physically and mentally, to meet the demands of it – and try to get that momentum for yourself that gets you through those nine games.”

20:32a year ago

Last time they met

The two teams played out a goalless draw at the bet365 Stadium in their last meeting on December 14.

That result was the third consecutive draw between the two sides since they first met back in the Championship in December 2018.

20:31a year ago

Return to form

Both sides will be eager to regain their pre-postponement form, with the two sat fourth and sixth in the form table respectively in March.

 

Sat eight points behind sixth-placed Preston, Reading are one of a handful of teams who are still hopeful of a potential playoff push.

 

Stoke, however, will be looking for three important points to widen the gap between themselves and the relegation places. 

20:24a year ago

The Championship returns

After three long months, the EFL Championship has finally returned this weekend. 

Hosts Reading return to action sat 14th in the table whereas as visitors Stoke are in 17th, three points above the relegation places.

20:21a year ago

Kick-off Time

The Reading vs Stoke City match will be played at the Madjeski Stadium. The kick-off is scheduled at 15:00 BST.

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