Last Updated: 29/12/12 4:51pm
Not a great match, but a vital win for Reading. West Ham were frustratingly lacklustre, but Brian McDermott will care not one jot. I hope that you have enjoyed the coverage, and give me follow on the Twitter machine @danielstorey85
Noel Hunt does well to earn a free kick, and Reading are doing nothing but keep the ball in the corner now
As Reading break, Nolan brings down Robson-Kanu and gets the seventh booking of the game. Nolan will now be suspended for the game against Norwich
Finally Reading get out of defence and enjoy some possession in the West Ham half, it is ended with a loose challenge by Harte, who is booked
Reading are very much in shutdown mode, all players back to defend and looking to take time over set pieces. Can't really blame them too much
Noble again with the delivery, and Sam Allardyce will be so frustrated. Surely his side practice that all day long?
You can sense the nerves at the Madejski, as West Ham earn a series of free kicks out wide. Brian McDermott is pacing up and down
Again the final ball is not good enough, and Noble wastes a good period of pressure for West Ham with a loose cross. How many times has that happened today?
Reading hit the bar! It's a fantastic effort from Karacan which hits the underside of the bar. From the rebound, Kebe fires over. Much better from the hosts
First real chance of the half for West Ham, and Jack Collison fires low, forcing Federici to save. The Hammers are definitely on top now
Carlton Cole has gone through on Chris Gunter, but the referee lets it go. Cole stood on Gunter, but only he will know if it is intentional
Karacan breaks forward for Reading, but again the final ball is just not quality enpugh to be threatening
Carlton Cole reacts to a challenge, but it's pretty much just handbags. Then Reid goes down under a foul from Pogrebnyak
Chance for Carlton Cole. West ham's best move of the game gives the striker a headed chance, but it's over
In fact, at the start of this half both sides are struggling with their passing. Perhaps the weather isn't helping, but it cannot be the only reason
And that's half time. Join us in fifteen minutes for the second period. So far it's advantage Reading against a lacklustre West Ham
Matt jarvis does well as we go into two minutes of injury time, but Pearce does well to block the cross
The early goal here was a slight false dawn. Good entertainment, but not huge amounts of quality. Still, plenty of effort from both sides
Ironic cheers from Reading fans for gettign a decision from Michael Oliver, but in fairness he has got nothing wrong aside from one corner call, and that went for the home side
A slight lack of quality in the long balls played by Reading in the last few minutes has caused a couple of groans from the crowd, but they should be well pleased with the performance so far
We will have a delay here as Pearce gets treatment. He appears to have clashed heads with the keeper, but may well continue
A collision between goalkeeper Federici and defender Pearce, and the centre back comes off worse. Stays down
O'Neill heads wide for West Ham. They will perhaps feel slightly unlucky to be behind, but the defensive error was punished
Carlton Cole is leading the line on his own, but is effectiv in the role. This time he wins a free kick forty yards from goal
Neat work from West Ham around the edge of the box, but Readign scrap to clear the ball and danger is averted
Matt Jarvis is just starting to get into the game down the left hand side of the field, teasing Chris Gunter
West Ham gain a free kick forty yards out, but Reading finally clear. The Hammers are enjoying a spell of slight pressure
So we have an early goal, and West Ham must deal with a Reading side that very much have their tails up
West Ham finally get on the ball in the Reading half, and Taylor fires well over the bar from a tight angle
Reading win a free kick and are enjoying early pressure. A free kick is awarded in the box to the defending side
So, five minutes until kick off. Reading are desperate for a win, and you feel that must start today. West Ham are looking for a response after a slightly sticky patch, and an improvement on five away goals would be welcome relief
Oh go one then, I'll treat you, one more, this time from Conner Keane - "I reckon that today is the day the royals get another win, 2-1 to reading!"
Our final twitter line before kick off, and it's Carlton Cole fan Peter Shields - "I think Carlton Cole will make the difference today, he's a top striker who is bang in form - 1-3 West Ham". Ballsy stuff.
Ten minutes until kick off here, and the ground is beginning to fill up nicely. Not yet near full, however
A fairly major news announcement for you - It is not currently raining at Reading. I know, I know, unbelievable scenes. I'm sure it will start before too long
I do have one good omen for you. The other time I reported on events at the Madejski it was ding-dong affair against Fulham that ended 3-3. More of the same please
What's that, you want to know what's in my mystic ball? Well I think it'll be a draw and I can't see as many goals as our Twitter communicators. 1-1 for me.
James Chapman has a view from the other side of the fence, but still with goalscoring thoughts: "This will be Reading's day after a nail-biting match. Disappointed ALF hasn't been given a start. 3-2 Reading"
Shane Donnelly on Twitter has other, more hopeful, ideas: "Hoping for a high scoring game but unfortunately can see it being nil all. Hoping big Carlton Cole can snatch one!"
Fair to say the omens aren't great today, and I hope I'm wrong. West Ham have score just five away goals this season, and I worry that both sides will take a draw.
One important thing to note, Carlton Cole starts for the visitors after his red card against Everton was overturned. Sam Allardyce will be happy as he already has Andy Carroll injured and Ricardo Vaz Te only fit enough for the bench
Reading's apparent lack of adventure is perhaps particularly disappointing given their need for wins, but after a clean sheet against Swansea, you can see Brian McDermott's thought process
West Ham have matched this formation with Carlton Cole on his own up front. I must admit I am slightly worried to see just two strikers on the field at the start of the game.
So, Reading elect to go with just one up front, with Adam Le Fondre still left on the bench. have to say I feel for him
The other housekeeping is to ask you to get in touch with me at @danielstorey85 with your thoughts and predictions for the game ahead
West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Tomkins, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, O'Neil, Nolan, Taylor, Jarvis, Cole Subs: Spiegel, Demel, Spence, Diarra, Collison, Vaz Te, Maiga
Reading: Federici; Gunter, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce; Karacan, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Kebe; Guthrie; Pogrebnyak Subs: Taylor, Cummings, Morrison, Tabb, Robson-Kanu, Hunt, Le Fondre