MATCH REPORT: 2009/2010 Season

24 February 2010: FA Cup Round 5 Replay
Reading: Kebe (9 mins), Howard (90 mins), Sigurdsson (95 mins).
West Brom: Koren (6 mins, 47 mins).
Half Time: 1-1. Full Time: 2-2.
Attendance: 13,985

Pos Team P Pts GD
19 Ipswich 31 36 -8
20 READING 31 35 -14
21 Sheff Wed 32 34 -14
Reading: Federici, Mills (Pearce, 72), Griffin, Ingimarsson, Bertrand, McAnuff, Tabb (Henry, 119), Howard, Kebe, Sigurdsson, Church (Robson-Kanu, 103). Subs not used: Rasiak, Hamer, Matejovsky, Gunnarsson.
West Brom: Carson, Tamas, Zuiverloon, Mattock, Meite, Dorrans (Morrison, 70), Koren, Mulumbu, Moore (Cech, 78), Bednar (Wood, 39), Cox. Subs not used: Kiely, Brunt, Slory, Olsson.
Reading: Ingimarsson, Kebe, Tabb. Sent Off: McAnuff (After final whistle).
West Brom: Cech.
Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire).
Reading reached the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1927 after a dramatic extra time victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Reading's third FA Cup victory of the season over higher ranked opposition set up a home tie against Aston Villa on Sunday 7 March. It was a night full of drama as Reading progressed thanks to a spectacular extra time winner from Sigurdsson after securing extra time deep in injury time thanks to a Howard goal at the death. The game got off to a lively start with both sides scoring in the opening ten minutes. The home side took the lead only to see Jimmy Kebe level the match three minutes later on nine minutes.

After the break a terrible mistake from Reading goalkeeper Federici looked to be sending West Brom in the next round, only for Kebe to set up Howard on 92 minutes to keep Reading in the competition. Sigurdsson's long range effort was the goal of the game and sparked massive celebrations in the away end. Those celebrations continued at the final whistle but the home stewards did their best to sour the mood by holding the Reading players back. In the resulting confrontation McAnuff was shown the red card by the referee and some idiotic stewarding nearly caused the situtation to spiral out of control. It wasn't clear why McAnuff was shown red so there must be a chance to appeal. Meanwhile you would hope the FA get involved and some West Brom stewards are shown the door by their club. Reading's victory sees another set of fixture re-arrangements and the Royals now have a run of five straight home fixtures that will determine their season.

That was plucked out of the hat wasn't it. Who could really see us equalising so late into injury time. Then again it seems to be familiar. WBA came out of the traps straight away and it could have been a hell of a torturous away game if we didn't finally allow them to ease up to our pace. We were getting hammered ineffectively with the pretty passing but even WBA were making very silly mistakes which raised the droll cheer. Thank christ the team settled and scored that equaliser so close to their initial strike otherwise it could very well have been another story. The first half then settled down into nothing much happening but I was happy / relieved to be going into the second half at 1-1. We almost hit them straight back again at 2-1 when Siggy hit the crossbar which was one of those heartstopping moments when the Reading support were willing the ball to go in. Both home and away support were exiting the ground when it looked like we would rue that missed opportunity, WBA support chanting Que Sera Sera, us glowering and taunting and then Howard stepped up to the plate. Sheer pandemonium ensured where a number of us ended up with cuts and bruises due to leeping around like loons, i think even Floyd was enjoying himself last night. :wink: Funny seeing the Reading support suddenly going back to their seats. The match had it all, showing both our weaknesses and the teams tenactity to not give up. To say that was on a par with the Liverpool result is an understatement, but it was all the more sweeter. No doubt there will be a review of the pandemonium ofter the final whistle and hopefully McAnuff's red card will be recinded.

One of the greatest nights in 40 years as a Reading fan. Chances galore, injury time equaliser, superb winner, pandemonium on and off the pitch at the final whistle. Some genuine cup magic for Reading this year, arguably for the first time in a lifestime. Just a magnificent result and magnificent effort, if not always matched by a magnificent performance. Top, top stuff.

So glad I went it's two in the morning and I won't sleep to night am still buzzin it's nights like tonight that make being a Reading fan worthwhile. Just fantastic performance apart from Feds howler we were brilliant. What went on at the end was just pathetic their stewards seamed hell bent on stopping the players from celebrating with us at the end. If that had been Millwall or Cardiff they would have had a riot on there hands all caused by there own heavy handed aproach, what did they think was going to happen the players would fight with their own fans after a famous cup win? A memorable night and history 83 years of hurt just one game from Wembley.
Jackson Corner

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Reading reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup for the first time in 83 years last night but their dramatic fifth-round replay victory over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns was marred by ugly scenes after the final whistle. Jobi McAnuff, the Reading winger, appeared to punch Youssouf Mulumbu, the West Brom midfield player, and was sent off. As McAnuff's protesting team-mates surrounded Lee Mason, the referee, dozens of stewards ran on to the pitch. The stewards appeared to jostle the Reading players and further manhandled them as they attempted to make their way over to the Smethwick End to celebrate with their fans. Mason confirmed that McAnuff had been dismissed for violent conduct. "It was just a mess," Brian McDermott, the Reading manager, said. "There were a lot of stewards on the pitch and coming towards us. I said to them, 'Can you just walk away from us. If you do, you will not have a problem.' I don't know why they didn't." ... All of which soured a topsy-turvy duel between the promotion chasers in the Coca-Cola Championship, West Brom, and the battlers against relegation, Reading. It was, though, the former who seemed to have booked a meeting with Aston Villa, their West Midlands rivals. They led 2-1 deep into stoppage time until an error from Gianni Zuiverloon allowed Jimmy Kebe to cross the ball for Brian Howard to jab home and force the extra period. Gylfi Sigurdsson, the 20-year-old Icelander, curled a delightful 25-yard effort over Scott Carson to secure the tie against Villa at the Madejski Stadium a week on Sunday.
The Times

Gylfi Sigurdsson's extra-time cracker completed a dramatic comeback which put Reading into the FA Cup quarter-finals at the expense of West Brom. Sigurdsson curled in superbly from 25 yards to win it and there was a melee at the end, with Jobi McAnuff sent off. The red card was brandished after the final whistle, with players, stewards and officials all involved as McAnuff was shown red by referee Lee Mason for violent conduct. It was a humdinger of an FA Cup tie with so many twists and turns and was a pity only 13,985 turned up at The Hawthorns to watch. The victory means the Royals, who are 17 places below West Brom in the Championship, will host Aston Villa in their first FA Cup quarter-final for 83 years on Sunday 7 March.
Reading boss Brian McDermott: "I'm proud of all the players. It was a great night, a fantastic Cup tie. You talk about the FA Cup losing its shine but you saw what that meant to two sets of players and supporters. It was a fantastic night for everybody in a Reading shirt."

BBC Sport