Last Updated: 02/02/13 4:52pm
GOAL - JIMMY KEBE - Finally Harte gets a free-kick right and at the back post Kebe rises above Gardner to head home from two-yards.
Johnson corner comes in and Graham meets it but Federici tips it over the bar. Johnson swings next one in but Federici punches clear. It again comes for Johnson and he finds Bramble at back post but his header is wide.
First piece of magic from Johnson as he slips in N'Diaye but he fires wide from ten-yards. Very poor.
Reading corner, their sixth. Is taken by Harte. Mariappa rises and hits the bar, and it drops just over. So unlucky. It should have been a corner as it was a great save from Mignolet.
Good break from Fletcher, but he is all alone - he holds it up well and finds N'Diaye - but he then puts his pass straight out of play.
N'Diaye goes down in the box after tug from Kelly - another clumsy challenge but not given - let off for Reading.
McAnuff breaks he looks for run of Le Fondre but Gardner manages to get there and feeds it back to Mignolet to clear.
Nice ball from Gardner finds N'Diaye in the box but it is a corner as Leigertwood is over quickly. Johnson corner and Reading put it behind for another.
Harte free-kick is aimed for Pearce at back post but N'Diaye challenges him and ball misses them both and out for goal-kick.
Harte effort from 35-yards is pushed away by Mignolet - Kebe turns it back into the six-yard box but Pearce can only help it on and wide.
Fletcher wins header and goes after flick-on himself, he gets to it but can only fire it straight at Federici.
First bit of action for Rose, as he defends well against Kebe but gives away corner. Harte corner is cleared by Rose.
Strong from Mikele Leigertwood winning ball in midfield and he plays nice ball down the right but no team-mate reads it and it is wasted.
Good work from Sessegnon as he ghosts by Mariappa, who blocks him - free-kick. Johnson free-kick is poor and hits the first man.
Harte swings in corner, McCleary flicks on at near post but it flys though the area. It comes for Akpan and he volleys cross in the box and Pogrebnyak's header is high and wide.
Sessegnon drives into the box and he gets his shot away and Federici makes and excellent stop and pushes it away.
Reading not happy as McAnuff breaks into the box and goes down under Vaughan challenge - but nothing is given.
Great save from Mignolet - cross comes in from Harte, Pogrebnyak rises and the Belgian pushes it away.
Fletcher closes down Stephen Kelly's clearance, the Scot feeds Johnson in the left and Kelly is back to put it behind with good block. Larsson takes but Pearce clears well.
Good ball from McAnuff finds McCleary at back post - he heads back across goal and O'Shea removes the danger, it comes for Harte and he unleashes one on his right foot and is wide.
Good work from Sessegnon down the right he feeds Larsson in the box and he wins a corner. Johnson swings it in, Bramble gets his head to it but only flicks it clear.
Harte delivers but again it is not great and Sunderland clear, it comes back out for Kebe - but his cross is poor and Larsson removes the danger.
Good touch from Pogrebnyak into path of Kebe, and he goes for goal from 30-yards but it is well over the bar.
Warning for Larsson from Mr Mason - as the Swede continues to protest about the penalty he feels he should have been awarded.
N'Diaye wriggles free on the edge of the box and Adam Federici makes a decent stop but he can only push it into the path of Seb Larsson - who gets his shot away, which is saved by the Australian - but the Sunderland man wants a penalty after being caught late by Harte.
Good work from N'Diaye on the right, he looks for Fletcher but Pearce heads away - but better from Sunderland.
Gardner almost sells Bramble short with Pogrebnyak lurking, but he shows good composure with nice Cruyff-turn on the edge of his own box.
Sessegnon leads break for Sunderland, ball comes for over-lapping Colback, he puts it into the box but Reading clear with Adrian Mariappa looking solid.
Good work from N'Diaye who puts off Alex Pearce at back post as Harte curled his free-kick towards the central defender. First corner of the match but Mignolet claims it well.
Reading dominating at the moment - Sunderland have not got going. Gardner and Colback struggling at full-back.
Lovely play by Hope Akpan, he feeds McAnuff centrally - but he can't take control well enough and David Vaughan intercepts and clears.
McCleary wins the challenge on the left flank but he tires a volley from all of 35-yards but it is pretty poor and indeed goes out for a throw-in.
Garath McCleary fouled by Stephane Sessegnon about 40-yards out close to the touchline - Harte will again put this in - but N'Diaye scrambles it away.
More good work from Kebe, gets a bit of space close to the corner flag and puts cross in but Bramble just gets it away - the African is causing Colback all sorts of issues.
Johnson plays the ball infield for N'Diaye and he goes for goal from 30-yards but it is a woeful effort and trickles wide.
Sunderland fans still feeling confident - like John Hannah - who mailed me. '3-2 I reckon, just dunno which way!! Hopefully the way of the mackems.'
GOAL - JIMMY KEBE - Great goal from Kebe, ball into the box from McAnuff and he takes the ball past John O'Shea and fires into top corner.
Great work from Jimmy Kebe, easily gets past Jack Colback but cross is into six-yard box and it is easy for Simon Mignolet to claim.
Reading:Federici; Kelly, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce; Akpan, Leigertwood, McAnuff (c); McCleary, Kebe; Pogrebnyak. Subs: Taylor, Shorey, Morrison, Karacan, Guthrie, Blackman, Le Fondre
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Colback, Bramble, O'Shea (c); N'Diaye, Vaughan, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Mangane, Rose, Bardsley, McClean, Wickham, Graham
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