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That's it! The full-time whistle goes and Sheffield United have claimed a 1-0 win at Reading thanks to Brian Howard's goal.
Henderson should have won the match after being clean through on goal, but he's blasted his effort over. A lack of composure there by the ex-Royal.
Noel Hunt gets his head on Little's cross, but his floated effort drifts just wide of Kenny's far post.
Just three minutes of play left in normal time, although home fans can expect to see around four minute of injury time added due to Ward's knock.
It's all Reading at the moment. The visitors are happy defending in numbers. Can The Royals snatch that all-important leveller?
Halford's well-struck effort is deflected wide for a corner. That would have been rough justice on Reading had that floated in.
An excellent chance for United to clinch the match. Beattie gets in behind Bikey, but his tame effort is blocked by Hahnemann. The substitute has not brought a lot of quality onto the field of play.
Reading are pushing forward in number at the moment, but the visitors are defending stoutly and looking dangerous on the break.
A good break by United results in Beattie thrashing a poor shot that goes out for a throw-in. Dreadful effort.
As things stand this result will take Sheffield United second in the table ahead of Birmingham City.
United made a complete hash of the resulting free-kick allowing Reading to break, but they failed to capitalise on the blunder. Kilgallon looks to have picked up a knock for the visitors.
Armstrong is booked for hauling down Beattie. He was protesting his innocence, but it looks an obviously decision there for the ref.
Reading are pushing more numbers forward now in search of an equaliser. United are being plenty of space to push into, but which way will this game go?
The referee is just urging Kenny to get on with things. The Blades' keeper is now taking as much time as he can before taking goal kicks.
Nearly an instant equaliser for Reading. Kitson's first-time left-footed shot is tipped over by Kenny. Fine save by United's keeper. Kitson is looking dangerous at the moment and Reading's likeliest avenue for a goal.
Kilgallon's header back across goal striker the crossbar, but Howard was well-placed to slide the ball home into the far corner of the net. What a crucial goal that could prove to be.
So close for Reading! Kebe finally plays in a decent cross and Kitson is unlucky to see his header crash off the crossbar. Nearly the opening goal of the game.
Kebe skips past Naysmith, but when presented with an opportunity to play a dangerous ball into the box he simply lashes the ball behind for a goal kick.
O'Toole connects with Halford's long throw from the right, but he fails to make clean contact with the ball, meaning his effort fails to test Hahnemann.
Kilgallon bundles Kitson over in the penalty area, but the striker just was not strong enough in the challenge. Good defending there from the ex-Leeds man.
Reading wanted a penalty there for Naysmith's apparent handball, but nothing was given despite their appeals. It would have been tough on the Blades if that had been given, although Naysmith should not have raised his arm like that.
Reading get the second half underway. They are playing from right to left as I'm watching the match.
The half-time whistle goes and it remains goalless. The news on Cisse is that he is conscious. He's being taken to the local hospital as a precautionary measure.
Some neat work by Bikey creates a shooting chance on his left foot, but he blazes the shot over when well-placed to test Kenny from just inside the visitors' penalty area. Sadly Reading's best chance have fallen to their defenders.
Naughton's floated ball into the box looked to be handled by Bikey, but the referee had already blown for a foul by a Blades player.
Seven minutes of first half stoppage time will be played, mainly due to Cisse's injury. Again, let's hope he's okay and it's nothing serious.
Doyle's left-footed shot is deflected and easily gathered by Kenny. There is sure to be plenty of injury time played here in the first half.
It looks doubtful whether Cisse will be able to continue. There's just a break in play at the moment.
Cisse is still down. It looks like he is receiving treatment for a neck injury. Lets hope he's okay to continue.
Cisse is down after being caught by Henderson. Both players jumped and challenge for the ball and it looks like Cisse may just have landed awkwardly.
Half a chance for Duberry, who was up for a corner, but his attempted left-footed effort is poor and well off target. The ball just fell to the wrong person then.
Sheffield United are unbeaten in their last 14 matches away from home in the Championship. An impressive record.
Kelly's attempted cross is sliced out of play. The youngster's distribution has not quite been up to scratch today. Maybe a touch of nerves or something.
Howard is booked for a challenge on Armstrong. It's his tenth yellow card of the season and now misses two games for The Blades.
Sheffield United have gone ten meetings without a win against Reading so they are due. The Royals were also the first team to win at Bramall Lane earlier this season.
Kilgallon hooks the ball behind for a corner with Kitson lurking dangerously in the middle. Good defending there, but the resulting set-piece came to nothing anyway.
Having seen it again it looks a good decision from the referee's assistant. Halford was in an offside position when he slotted home into the back of the net.
The visitors have the ball in the back of the net, but Halford's close-range strike is nullified by the offside flag. I'd have to see that again, but it looked close.
Matejovsky's tame effort is blocked after he is picked out by Hunt. Reading are just starting to assert themselves on the contest now.
Kitson flicks on a left-wing cross, but some good defending from United prevents Kebe latching onto the ball at the back post.
The Blades are just on top at the moment, but write off Reading's ability and quality at your peril, despite their poor run of form on home soil.
Halford lashes his right-footed volley wide after being picked out by Henderson. A good move there by the visitors. Sadly for them it did not result in the opening goal of the game.
The chances have dried up somewhat after a lively start. Birmingham will be hoping this game ends goalless.
Kitson is away down the left wing channel, although Paddy Kenny is not required to make a save as the striker's left-footed effort bounces wide of his far post.
The Blades have made a positive start, but The Royals win a free-kick after Stephen Hunt is bundled over inside his own penalty area.
The teams are in the tunnel. It should be a cracker here at The Madejski. If you have any talking points or predictions for today's match feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheffield United will move into second with a win at Reading, while Steve Coppell knows his side will move level on points with The Blades with success on Good Friday.
With Wolves crushing Southampton earlier on Good Friday it seems neither Reading or Sheffield United will be able to challenge for top spot, but the second automatic promotion place is still very much up for grabs.
If you fancy a flutter on the Madejski clash these are the latest match result odds: Reading 11/10 Draw 9/4 Sheffield United 5/2.
Reading: Hahnemann, Kelly, Bikey, Duberry, Armstrong, Kebe, Matejovsky, Cisse, Stephen Hunt, Doyle, Kitson. Subs: Federici, Noel Hunt, Long, Tabb, Little.
Sheff Utd: Kenny, Halford, Morgan, Kilgallon, Naysmith, O'Toole, Montgomery, Howard, Naughton, Henderson, Ward. Subs: Cotterill, Lupoli, Hendrie, Beattie, Bromby.