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16:56 16th April 2011

Report: Kebe inspires eighth straight wi

Reading 3 (Kebe 18, McAnuff 20, Hunt 67)
Leicester 1 (King 78)

Reading moved up to fourth in the npower Championship table after a brilliant display from Jimmy Kebe inspired Brian McDermott's men to a 3-1 win over play-off hopefuls Leicester.

Kebe opened the scoring after good work by Shane Long, and the Malian then set up Jobi McAnuff for a well-taken second goal just two minutes later.

City found our defence resolute, and when sub Noel Hunt scored the third after a 90-yard Kebe run it was game over.

Andy King scored a thunderbolt consolation for the visitors, but there was no way back for them and we extended our winning run to an incredible eight games - the fifth best League sequence since we were formed back in 1871.

Reading (4-4-2): McCarthy; Griffin, Harte, Khizanishvili, Mills (c); Karacan, Leigertwood, Kebe (Robson-Kanu 83), McAnuff; Long, Manset (Hunt 54)
Subs: Federici, Pearce, Tabb, Antonio, Church

Leicester (4-2-3-1): Weale; Naughton, Van Aanholt, Bamba (Vitor 56), Bruma; Oakley (c), Wellens; King, Kamara (Howard 71), Vassell (Gallagher 67); Yakubu
Subs: Ricardo, Berner, Abe, Dyer
Booked: Oakley (foul 17)

Ref: G Salisbury

Starting XI team news
With Jem Karacan passed fit, Reading named the same team that defeated Scunthorpe in midweek, and also the same bench. City named an attacking line-up including Yakubu, Diomansy Kamara and Darius Vassell. They had six loan players in their squad, but as Portuguese defender Miguel Vitor is on loan from an overseas club, they were not over the five-man Football League limit.

First half
City had good possession in the first 15 minutes, and Yakubu then Diomansy Kamara hit good long range efforts, but despite being well struck both shots flew over the bar.

On 18 minutes we sprung forward well, and Foxes skipper Matt Oakley was rightly booked for bringing down Jimmy Kebe as he flew into opposition territory.

Kebe went down for treatment, and our supporters were a touch frustrated when he was not allowed back on the pitch as we took the free kick - but they need not have worried! The ball was eventually worked out to Shane Long on the left, and he left Sol Bamba for dead down the flank. With Kebe now back on the pitch, the Irishman picked him out with an excellent low cross and the winger did the rest from close range, sliding in to break the deadlock.

Incredibly, it was 2-0 within two minutes. Kebe did brilliantly to skip past his man in a tight area, and fed it infield to Jobi McAnuff, his fellow winger skipping inside and producing an excellent finish right into the corner; Chris Weale no chance in the City goal.

It had been a great burst of action for the Royals, but City responded positively. Kamara did well down the right to find Richie Wellens in the box, and they could perhaps have had a penalty as Andy Griffin went to ground, but Wellens got his shot away and it was importantly blocked by Matt Mills - Alex McCarthy would have found it difficult to save.

Zurab Khizanishvili then got in two key blocks to keep out efforts from Kamara as we showed our qualities at the back.

We continued to defend resolutely, and Mathieu Manset broke well, finding Kebe outside him, and we so nearly got a clear shot at goal but City did enough to get bodies back.

Right on half time Kebe had a fantastic chance to make it 3-0 from McAnuff's cutback but skied miles over after an excellent run and cross by his fellow wideman.

Into injury time there was more goalmouth action - McCarthy making an important stop at his near post from Bamba's powerful header. It was a key save, at a key time, to keep the Foxes at bay going into the interval.

Second half
City had a great chance to get back into the game two minutes into the second half, but Darius Vassell volleyed well off target from Andy King's flick - a real opportunity spurned by the former England man.
Reading then went on a fantastic break, Long putting in a great cross that Kebe shot over at the back post, a cracking chance for our in-form winger.

Kebe then went on a wonderful individual run and got in down the left wing but sidefooted wide of the far post - it would have been a superb goal and all of our fans were on their feet to applaud our team play

Reading were well on top, an excellent Ian Harte free kick was cleared off the line and our fans were in fine voice.

Kebe was absolutely electric, and went on a superb 90-yard run from the edge of our penalty area, leaving two or more City players in his wake. He ran 90 yards in just 11 seconds, taking ten touches on the ball, then unselfishly tried to find Long in the middle, and a defender got a foot on the cross but sub Noel Hunt was on the spot to lash home right into the corner to put the game out of sight.

On 75 minutes Yakubu had a glorious chance to find the back of net, stopping low to get a header on sub Paul Gallagher's cross but failing to hit the target from a cracking opportunity.

City did finally get a goal with 12 minutes remaining, King producing a fabulous striker from 25 yards that gave McCarthy no chance whatsoever.

We had a brief spell of defending to do, but Long nearly smacked home a fourth on 86 minutes, volleying over from McAnuff's stabbed pass.

And so we saw out a cracking 3-1, and we had done very well to pick up yet another victory. We go to Leeds in fine fettle.

    Data provided by Press Association