Last Updated: 02/03/13 4:54pm
Hitzlsperger tries his luck with a trademark left-footer from 30 yards, but it was off target and Taylor was happy to watch it go wide.
Reading are heading to their third consecutive defeat in the league here, but are still battling for every ball. Full credit to McDermott's men.
So nearly a fourth for Everton as Anichebe streaks away from the Reading defence on the left and beats Taylor with a right-footed shot from an angle, but Harte had read the play and got back to the goalline to clear.
Deserved consolation for Reading as Harte sweeps in a superb ball in from the left for Robson-Kanu to score with a fine header into the top corner.
Standing ovation at Goodison Park as the excellent Steven Pienaar comes off for Thomas Hitzlsperger.
Mirallas denied a second by a smart stop from Taylor after playing a neat one-two with, who else, Pienaar on the edge of the box and then letting a rasping right-footer fly from 20 yards.
But Reading are still not giving in and McAnuff fires another shot goalwards that Mucha once again has to get down sharply to turn around the post. Excellent spirit from Reading.
Yet another chance for Everton as Gibson lets fly from over 25 yards but sees his shot whistle just the wrong side of the post. Victor Anichebe getting ready to come on.
Fine chance for Everton to make it 4-0 as Coleman sweeps in an excellent cross from the right for Jelavic, but it was just about the Croatian, who was also under pressure from Stephen Kelly. Everton are really enjoying themselves now.
Game over. Pienaar was instrumental once again as he picked the ball up deep and threaded Mirallas through on goal in the left channel with a divine pass. The Belgian shaped to curl it into the far corner, but instead hooked it in at the near post.
Massive shout for a penalty for Reading as Sylvain Distin clearly handles Le Fondre's cross, but the referee wasn't interested. In the build-up, Hunt and Heitinga clashed, leaving the Dutchman in a heap on the floor.
Everton are buoyant now and Mirallas has just gone a fraction away from making it 3-0. Collecting the ball inside the box on the left, he worked the ball on to his left foot and flashed a low shot just centimetres wide of the post. Reading are still battling hard but can't live with Everton's quality and look beaten.
Brilliant goal from Pienaar as he collects the ball from Fellaini on the right, runs towards goal, step-overs his way inside of Harte and then lets a rocket of a left-footer into the top corner from 20 yards. Fine strike.
Another chance for Everton now as Darron Gibson crosses from the right for Fellaini, who climbs high but heads over.
Just a quick correction: Jelavic didn't shoot a moment ago; he tried to take it around Taylor but the keeper got a touch which took it off him. The ball then fell to Fellaini, who scuffed a shot that Harte cleared.
But Reading head back up field and win a pair of corners that Heitinga does well to head clear inside the six-yard box both times. Devilish set pieces from Ian Harte. That remains Reading's best chance of a goal.
Great chance for Everton as Mirallas takes a low cross from the right in his stride, earns a yard of space but sees his right-foot shot blocked. Seconds later, Osman produced a brilliant piece of skill to play Jelavic through on goal, but he couldn't get any power in his shot and it was cleared on the line by a Reading defender. Frantic 30 seconds of play there and Reading were very lucky not to go 2-0 down.
Le Fondre makes a nuisance of himself by trying to latch on to a hopeful ball into the box and turning a routine pick-up for Mucha into a dash to get to the ball first. Reading are still playing at a good tempo. Everton are yet to get going into this second half.
Positive start to the second half from Reading, who are showing decent urgency but are still lacking penetration on the deck. Meanwhile, it's just reaching us that Jagielka went off with a deep gash on his ankle and has been taken to hospital for stitches.
Ashley Manhire tweets to say: "Gotta get a second! Been 1-0 up and lost our lead too many time, even in the reverse fixture! I think we'll hold out for 2-1."
Rob Jones e-mails to say: "Everton should definitely carry on attacking sick of seeing the team sit back as soon as they get a lead, against Norwich last week the only reason we lost was because we hardly attacked in the 2nd half. If we are going to play possession football we need to drop Fellaini into a DM position to take control of that space in between the midfield and defence, that teams keep exploiting game after game."
George from Reading e-mails to say: "Everton are playing well although Reading have a very good chance as having a title of the comeback kings."
Good game so far with chances at both ends. Everton deserve to lead, but Reading can go into the second half with confidence of getting an equaliser. What are your thoughts? Does Brian McDermott need to make a change? Should Everton keep attacking and try to get a second? Tweet me @MattSkyCycling or e-mail email@example.com
Fellaini almost bags his second with an outrageous shot from right next to the corner flag. The ball was bouncing and the Belgian let fly with a volley that was heading in, but Taylor was alert and tipped it over the bar, Great effort.
Textbook goal from Everton as Seamus Coleman beats Harte on the right wing and crosses for Fellaini to rise high and steer an accurate header into the far corner.
Another injury worry for Reading now as Hunt goes down under a heavy challenge. He's back on his feet but is moving very gingerly.
Great chance for Reading now as Everton fail to clear a free-kick into the box, allowing Alex Pearce to volley at goal, but he was leaning back and the effort cleared the crossbar.
Now it's all Everton again, pinning Reading back into their own third and bombing balls into the box. But then Mirallas picks the ball up deep and let's fly with a 25-yard right-footer that Taylor did well to palm to safety.
Another fantastic chance for Everton as a long ball from the back beats the Reading defence and plays Jelavic through on goal, but the Croatian's first touch took him slightly wide and he then saw his low shot saved by the legs of Taylor.
Everton have really gone off the boil here - lacking urgency, failing to string passes together ... but wait ... as I write Leighton Baines reaches the left byline and cuts back to Pienaar, who shoots goalwards, but sees his effort blocked by Adrian Mariappa.
Much better from Reading now after being under the cosh in the opening stages. They're now the equal of the hosts in this match and, as I write, are enjoying a sustained spell of possession in the Everton half, without creating any clear chances.
Bit of a correction: Le Fondre's shot hit the top of the post. It's a measure of how hard the effort was that it was difficult to tell. Everton seemed to lose concentration after Reading made their Kebe/Robson-Kanu change just before the corner.
Reading hit the bar! The visitors won a corner and, after a scramble, Adam Le Fondre smacked a thunderbolt of a shot against the woodwork. Great effort, but Everton were caught sleeping there.
Kebe isn't going to return after all. The signal has just been made from the physio to the bench, and Hal Robson-Kanu is the man who comes on.
Terrific chance for Reading as Noel Hunt nods down a free-kick into the box into the path of Kebe, but the winger opted to try and take it around Mucha rather than shoot first time. To make matters worse, Kebe then looked to pull his groin and might have to come off here. Oh no wait, he's back on his feet and should be OK.
Mirallas has just burned down the right wing once again - until Jobi McAnuff stuck a leg out and sent him flying, that is. No yellow card for the Reading winger, though.
Another chance for Reading as Ian Harte whips a 25-yard free-kick goalwards, but Jan Mucha moved his feet well and was right behind it. Good game so far. Plenty of attacking intent.
Reading venture forward for the first time through Jimmy Kebe, but the Mali winger opted to shoot from 20 yards and his effort rolled harmlessly wide.
More Everton pressure as Seamus Coleman and Mirallas raid down the right, with the Belgian's cross being desperately cleared out of play. Jelavic then got his head to the resulting corner, but it wasn't powerful enough to trouble Stuart Taylor.
Ban news for Everton, though, as Phil Jagielka picks up an early knock and has to be replaced by Johnny Heitinga.
Another fine chance for Everton as Kevin Mirallas crosses from the right to the back post, where Steven Pienaar plays a neat one-two with Jelavic but has the ball hooked off his foot by Stephen Kelly just as he was about to pull the trigger. Flying start from Everton.
Great early chance for Everton as Leon Osman sweeps a right-foot cross into the box from the left for Nikica Jelavic, but the Croatian's header is badly off target.
The teams are out and we're now just a few moments away from kick-off. This is your last chance to grab a brew....
Ten minutes till kick-off at Goodison Park and the players have just headed back into the dressing rooms for final team talks.
Speaking of Adam Le Fondre, the ex-Rotherham striker has bagged five Premier League goals in 2013. Only Gareth Bale, Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku have more (six each).
Everton's record against Reading is actually not that great, having won only two of their five Barclays Premier League encounters with the Royals. David Moyes' side have also won just one of their last six (D3 L2), but have tasted defeat at home just once in 13 home games this season (W6 D6).
Everton fans will no doubt be licking their lips at the prospect of home goals this afternoon given that Reading are the only side in the Premier League to concede in each of their away games this season. However, beware Adam Le Fondre at the other end. One of his three braces this season came in the reverse fixture.
Reading: Taylor, Kelly, Pearce, Mariappa, Harte, McAnuff, Akpan, Leigertwood, Kebe, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs: Henly, Gunter, Morrison, McCleary, Karacan, Robson-Kanu, Blackman.
Everton: Mucha, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Distin, Mirallas, Pienaar, Gibson, Osman, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Springthorpe, Heitinga, Neville, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Anichebe.
Team news is just starting to filtering in. I can tell you there's no Tim Howard for Everton, so Jan Mucha will make his Premier League debut in goal. In the opposing goal, Stuart Taylor will make his first Premier League appearance in five years in place of Adam Federici, who was injured in training yesterday.
Welcome along to our live text coverage of Everton v Reading at Goodison Park. I'm Matt Westby and will be taking you through all the build-up and then the game itself. If you want to have your say, tweet me @MattSkyCycling or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to publish what you have to say - as long as it's family-friendly, of course. Hope you enjoy the game.