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Goals from Dominic Solanke and Jamal Lowe secure a big three points!!

85'

Not a lot to report at the minute

Reading are holding a lot of possession at the moment, but not testing the Cherries backline greatly. We've dropped into a very solid line and Lerma is playing slightly deeper alongside Pearson.

The fans behind the goal sing 'we're top of the league'.

Solanke does manage to get a shot off as we win the ball back in the final third, but his driven shot from the edge of the box goes over.

82'

Jamal Lowe impressing

The substitute is working hard defensively and offensively, winning some big tackles in our back third.

He's doing really well!

78'

Reading trying to get back into it

The hosts are trying their way back into the game but haven't created any chances of note just yet.

Chris Mepham does well not to get beaten by Dele-Bashiru and the Cherries defend a corner really well.

71'

Billing forces a save!

The Dane has been relentless with his work rate in this second half and he finds himself in space at the edge of box and decides its worth a go.

He fires it low and it proves awkward for Southwood, he gets his palms to it but it squirms away from him. Unfortunately for the Cherries, it rolls wide of the post.

70'

A final change

Chris Mepham is the final change for the Cherries, replacing Jordan Zemura, who picked up a knock in the first half and has played through it. 

67'

THE TRAVELLING FANS

It's hard to express just how brilliant the travelling support is tonight. They're making so much noise behind Mark Travers' and get a hand of recognition from Scott Parker in his dugout.

63'

COOL AS YOU LIKE!

58'

GOAL - LOWE!

WHAT AN IMPACT!

Just three minutes after coming on, Jamal Lowe has doubled our lead!

Billing does exceptionally well to chase down Drinkwater and nick the ball, spraying it to Lowe on the left.

He stands up the defender before coolly passing the ball into the far corner, Southwood with no chance. 

55'

Second change for the Cherries

Jamal Lowe comes on for Scott Parker's side, replacing Jaidon Anthony.

He almost makes an immediate impact too, racing on to Billing's clever flick and sending a low ball into the box for Solanke to race onto. HIs shot was blocked though.

53'

Unbelievable defending by Lloyd Kelly!

That's sensational, Lloyd Kelly.

A deep cross drops kindly to Puscas as the back post and as he looks set to apply the finish, Kelly comes from nowhere and flings himself in-front of the ball to divert it over the bar.

The resulting corner is played short but the eventual cross results in an offside flag.

50'

Quiet start to this second half

Both teams sounding each out in this first few minutes of this second period.

Christie found himself in a decent position when Anthony received a throw from Zemura and lifted it over the left-back into his path, but his cross was collected by Southwood.

Other than that, no chances to note as of yet.

46'

Back underway!

Reading get this second half started.

Let's go, lads!

HT

First change for the Cherries

Ben Pearson comes on for Gavin Kilkenny at the break.

Kilkenny is on a yellow card and Pearson's more physical presence might benefit the Cherries in this game.

HT

Second half to resume shortly

Reading have made their way back to the pitch ahead of kick-off, while Gary Cahill has made an early return to the grass to do some drills with lead physical performance coach Charlie Moore.

He picked up a knock in that first-half but looks like he's moving well, and picked up an assist for Solanke's goal.

There will be one change though...

HT

CELEBRATIONS!

That's 11 league goals for the season for Dominic Solanke, as he nods home.

He was born in Reading so I'm sure that's a goal that will resonate with him and his family.

HT

HALF-TIME

45'

Three minutes added on

43'

GOAL - SOLANKE!

WE HAVE THE LEAD!

That's a corner right off the training ground!

Anthony clips a cross towards the back post, Cahill has peeled away from his marker and heads the ball back into the middle.

Solanke is there to nod home from close range and to put us ahead!

41'

Tantalising cross from Christie

The Cherries have got into good areas twice in good succession.

Anthony finds Billing with a good reverse pass and the Dane tries to pick out a teammate in the middle, when he'd have been forgiven for shooting himself.

Soon after, Christie receives the ball on the right and arches a good cross towards the back stick but unfortunately it bounces between the Cherries men.

37'

Yellow card for Anthony

A second man in the book for the Cherries as Jaidon Anthony picks up a yellow for a foul on the right touch-line.

The Cherries deal with the delivery well, Kilkenny hacking it clear.

35'

Yellow card for Kilkenny

The Irish midfielder loses the ball in midfield and tries desperately to win it back, but fouls the Reading man in the process and picks up the Cherries' first yellow card.

31'

Christie fires over

Gary Cahill breaks out from the back and drives into midfield, finding Solanke with a good pass.

He flicks it into Billing who strokes it out to Christie on the right.

He attacks the box and tries to find the far corner, but puts it high over the bar.

Christie would have perhaps been better finding Stacey on the overlap, but it's a good sign of positivity from the Cherries who have been much better in the last 10 minutes.

Cahill has picked up an injury making that drive forward, but looks like he'll continue. 

26'

Better from the Cherries

After a slow start, the Cherries are starting to come into the game a bit more.

We've started to slow the tempo down to allow us to dictate the game a bit more, showing more patience when we get it in midfield areas.

Reading look very compact but the overlaps and underlaps in wide areas look like they could create opportunities if we can overload certain areas. 

20'

Cahill heads over!

Much better from the Cherries!

Christie's cross-field pass is brought down by Anthony, who finds Zemura making the overlap.

He tries to drill it into the path of Solanke in the middle but it's send behind for a corner.

Billing receives it short from the corner, laying it off to Anthony to cross into the middle. He finds the head of Cahill, who glances it on, but it lands on the roof of the net. 

17'

Puscas volleys wide!

It's all Reading at the moment as John Swift sends a clever ball into the box from the right, using a rabona to get it into the middle.

Puscas is there and tries to fire into the far corner but puts it just wide. Half the ground thought that was going to find the inside corner!

16'

Laurent goes close!

Josh Laurent, who was just booked, wins the ball in the Cherries half and drives to the edge of the box.

He ignores Puscas to his left and tries to guide his effort into the far corner, using the outside of his foot to do so.

Travers watches it fly wide!

14'

A battling start

12'

Reading on top

The early stages have probably belonged to the home side, who have made a front-foot start.

They're using the wide players particularly well to try and pen the Cherries back and it's largely worked.

There have been a few occasions where the Cherries have won the ball back and counter attacked quickly, this time as Zemura nips in and drives inwards.

He's absolutely wiped out by Josh Laurent, who picks up the first yellow card of the game. 

7'

First chance for Reading

The home side have started brightly and think they've created a first opportunity, as Ejaria's ball is fired across towards Puscas in the box.

Kelly gets a vital touch to make it harder for the forward and he side-foots wide, although the offside flag spares his blushes.

Ejaria looks a menace on the left as he picks the ball up from a cross-field pass moments later and tries to beat Jack Stacey, the full-back eventually diverting it behind for a corner, which the Cherries clear.

3'

Reading have first corner

The first chance to get the ball into the box comes for Reading, who win a corner on the right.

However, the opportunity is wasted as they try to play it short towards the near post and instead just pass it straight to Dominic Solanke, who leads a charge forward and wins a throw-in.

1'

Underway!

The Cherries get this game underway and wow... almost the perfect start!

Immediately from kick-off, a clever ball is aimed forward and Jaidon Anthony has darted beyond the back-line.

He can't get control of the awkward bounce and it goes through to Luke Southwood in the Reading net, but a good area for the winger to find himself in. 

19:56

HERE THEY COME!

The Cherries make their way to the pitch, led out by Lloyd Kelly.

It's a rapturous applause from the travelling supporters behind the goal! 

19:55

Showing our support

Our full Remembrance Day tributes will be at our home game with Swansea City next weekend, but the gaffer is donning the poppy for tonight's fixture!

19:51

10 MINUTES AWAY

Kick-off is getting closer and closer here!

We've got a fantastic away attendance to our right, the Cherries fans in tremendous noise.

We're also being serenaded by the sound of a troupe of bagpipe players, presumably for Reading's Remembrance Day tributes.

At least Ryan Christie will feel right at home.

19:45

Back out for the warm-ups!

Things we love to see!

Lewis Cook's not played a senior game since suffering an ACL injury in the game against Preston North End on March 6th.

He's finally back out warming up ahead of a first-team fixture!

19:28

Super Ryan Christie

This is a man in form!

Ryan Christie has got six assists in his last six matches, the most assists for the Cherries this season.

Can we add to his total tonight?

19:08

"Defensively we've looked strong"

Mark Travers joined Sky Sports before the game to discuss our recent run of form away from home, in which we've kept a club record six consecutive clean sheets.

That means we've not conceded on the road for nine hours and 42 minutes!

The shot-stopper said: "It's been a great start to the season, it's only a start though.

"Defensively we've looked strong and hopefully we can keep it going tonight."

19:00

TEAM NEWS

Here we go!

The Cherries name an unchanged starting line-up for the third consecutive game.

On the bench, Lewis Cook is included for the first time since the trip to Preston North End in March.

Junior Stanislas is the man to come out as he picked up a hamstring injury in training.

18:53

TEAM NEWS EXPECTED AT 7PM

We're expecting to find out our line-up in just a few minutes for tonight's game.

One thing we did notice as the side took a look at the pitch just a few moments ago was Lewis Cook was in the travelling party.

Scott Parker revealed the midfielder was ready for action as he looks to make his return from an ACL injury that has kept him out since March.

Could he find himself on the bench tonight? We'll find out shortly.

18:45

Good evening!

Hello and welcome to the Select Car Leasing Stadium where we take on Reading for an 8pm kick-off this evening! 

We're looking forward to talking you through the evening, with team news, pre-match stats and all the action coming up! 

So stay where you are and don't move a muscle...   

Other games that day

  • Derby County1
    Blackburn Rovers2
    FT
  • Sheffield United0
    Blackpool1
    FT
  • Swansea City3
    Peterborough United0
    FT
  • Hull City0
    Coventry City1
    FT
  • Huddersfield Town1
    Millwall0
    FT
  • Bristol City2
    Barnsley1
    FT
  • Stoke City3
    Cardiff City3
    FT
  • Preston North End2
    Luton Town0
    FT
  • Middlesbrough0
    Birmingham City2
    FT
  • Fulham3
    West Bromwich Albion0
    FT

As it stood

PL GD Pts
2 Fulham 15 +22 32
3 West Bromwich Albion 15 +11 28
4 Coventry City 15 +4 27
5 Huddersfield Town 15 +2 24
6 Blackpool 15 0 24
7 Blackburn Rovers 15 +7 23
8 Queens Park Rangers 15 +3 22
9 Stoke City 15 +1 22
10 Luton Town 15 +3 21
11 Middlesbrough 15 +2 21
12 Millwall 15 -1 21
13 Swansea City 15 +1 20
14 Birmingham City 15 -3 19
15 Bristol City 15 -4 19
16 Reading 15 -6 19
17 Sheffield United 15 -2 18
18 Nottingham Forest 15 -2 18
19 Preston North End 15 -2 18
20 Peterborough United 15 -14 14
21 Cardiff City 15 -14 12
22 Hull City 15 -12 9
23 Barnsley 15 -12 8
24 Derby County 15 -2 5

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