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Published: 21 Apr 2012 14:000 comments

FULL TIME: Reading 2 - 2 Crystal Palace

Welcome to the Madejski Stadium for live coverage of today's Championship clash against Crystal Palace.

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FULL TIME: Reading 2 - 2 Crystal Palace

85 mins. Last Reading change as Brynjar Gunnarsson replaces Mullins.

It could be Gunnarsson's last appearance in a Reading shirt amid rumours he is set to go back to Iceland in the summer.

80 mins. Reading change: Jay Tabb for Leigertwood.

79 mins. McAnuff is inches from putting Reading ahead again with a 20-yard curler that misses the top corner by a whisker.

76 mins. Reading 2 - 2 Crystal Palace.

The visitors have equalised through GLENN MURRAY.

Reading failed to clear their lines from a corner and when Mikele Leigertwood's header fell to Murray the Eagles striker hit a delicious first-time volley across Federici and into the far corner from 15 yards. Great finish.

76 mins. GGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

67 mins. The rain has stopped now and the ball is zipping across the greasy surface.

Just a thought - Reading may well appeal Roberts' red card.

It was the club's first red this season so they are unlikely to see his three-match ban increased for a frivolous appeal.

62 mins. Reading looking comfortable here despite being down to 10 men.

56 mins. It's absolutely hammering down now as a heavy shower passes overhead.

Today's attendance is 23,431 including 1,687 Palace fans.

54 mins. Reading 2 - 1 Crystal Palace

And supersub ADAM LE FONDRE comes off the bench to put Reading in front.

Noel Hunt delivered a perfect cross from the left and Le Fondre stole in between two defender to head past Lewis from six yards.

That's five goals in five games for the pint-sized predator now. And boy will Reading need him from here on with Roberts on a three-match ban.

54 mins. GGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

52 mins. Two chances for either side. Zaha and Darren Ambrose tested Royals keeper Adam Federici.

The hosts replied through Le Fondre and Leigertwood.

46 mins. One change for Reading at the interval as Adam Le Fondre replaces Robson-Kanu.

Having seen the replay of the red card, Roberts can count himself a bit unlucky.

His elbow was definitely high and he did catch Parr in the face, but the pair were pulling each other and there didn't seem to be any intent on Roberts' behalf.

He will now miss the last game of the season at Birmingham next week plus Reading's first two matches in the Premier League next season - harsh indeed.

HALF-TIME. Reading 1 - 1 Crystal Palace.

IT'S honours even here at the Madejski Stadium after an entertaining first half.

WILFRIED ZAHA gave the visitors a 14th minute lead but KASPARS GORKSS equalsied six minutes later with a close-range header.

However, Royals have been reduced to 10 men following Jason Roberts' straight red card for violent conduct on the stroke of half-time.

45 mins. RED CARD FOR JASON ROBERTS.

Reading are down to 10 men as striker Jason Roberts is shown a straight red.

He collided with Jonathan Parr who webt down clutching his face. Andy D'Urso wasted little time in producing the red.

It was hard to see from the press box, but Royals fans over the far side of the pitch are incensed and clearly feel there was no malice intended.

45 mins. Palace hit the bar as Glenn Murray's shot hits the woodwork. Warning for Reading there.

42 mins. It's still honours even. Reading look the more capable side at the moment, but Palace still look dangerous on the counter attack.

38 mins. Chance for Reading as Alex Pearce directs the ball wide from a corner.

32 mins. Once again, apologies for the delay.

Palace have been hit with a double injury blow and Lewis Price has replaced Speroni between the sticks while Matt Parsons has come on for McShane.

20 mins. GGGGGGGOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

18 mins. Reading press for an equaliser as Speroni is grateful to hold on to a Harte free-kick at the second attempt. Noel Hunt also has a shot blocked by Palace.

14 mins. Reading 0 - 1 Crystal Palace

And Palace take an unexpected lead through WILFRIED ZAHA.

Dean Moxey whipped in a great cross from the left and Zaha stuck out a boot to direct the ball past Federici and into the far corner.

14 mins. GGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

10 mins. Hal Robson-Kanu heads over from Jobi Mcanuff's cross. Half chance for Reading there.

6 mins. Ian Harte tries his luck from a 30-yard free-kick but can't keep it on target. Decent start by Royals.

3 mins. Chance for Reading as Roberts' cross-shot is deflected into Julian Speroni's hands. That could have gone anywhere.

3.03pm. And we're off.

Firstly, apologies for the delay. We're experiewncing technical problems today so updates may be delayed.

Royals in their hoops, Palace in their red and blue stripes.

2.45pm. And the new Royals anthem blasts out over the loudspeakers.

It is, of course, The Big Bad Wolf by Duck Sauce, a song which has been adopted by Reading's players as their favourite dressing room tune.

They have been playing it throughout the team's sensational, promotion-wiinning run - and the crowd are loving it.

2.40pm. The ground is filling up quickly and there's a capacity crowd in today.

Here's a sign of what promotion means. There were 30 journalists in the press box when Reading entertained Millwall on the opening day of the season.

There are 83 journalists here today covering Brian McDermott's newly-promoted side.

Reading (4-4-2): Federici - Cummings, Pearce, Gorkss, Harte - McAnuff (c), Mullins, Leigertwood, Robson-Kanu - Hunt, Roberts. Subs: McCarthy, Gunnarsson, Tabb, Le Fondre, Church.

Crystal Palace: Speroni - Clyne, McCarthy (c), Parr, McShane, O'Keefe, Garvan, Moxey, Murray, Ambrose, Zaha. Subs: Price, Scannell, Pedrosa, Silva, Appiah.

The referee is Andy D'Urso from Essex.

2.30pm. The teams are in and there's one change to the Reading starting line-up as Hal Robson-Kanu starts instead of Jimmy Kebe.

Kebe has a knee injury and has been playing through the pain barrier for the past few weeks.

But McDermott feels the time is right to rest the wing wizard now Royals are promoted with two matches to go.

2.10pm. The sun is shining on what could be a momentous day for the Royals.

Brian McDermott's men can clinch the Championship title today if they better Southampton's result at Middlesbrough.

But we won't know at the end of today's clash as the Saints game does not kick off until 5.20pm.

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