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07:44 16th October 2011

Report: Karacan wins it for Royals

Burnley 0
Reading 1 (Karacan 90+9)

Jem Karacan scored in the 9th minute of stoppage time to give Reading a cracking away win over Burnley.

Reading overcame adversity, having been denied a clear penalty, seeing a goal disallowed, losing Jay Tabb to a serious-looking head injury and also having Jobi McAnuff forced off with an injury at half time.

But the players never stopped believing, finished the game as much the stronger side and Karacan tapped in after great work by Noel Hunt.

It takes the Royals' unbeaten run to five games, and is a nice platform as McDermott's new-looking side begins to knit together nicely.

Burnley (4-4-2): Grant; Tripper, Easton, Amougou, Edgar; Bartley, McCann (c), Wallace, Stanislas (Treacy 55); Austin, Rodriguez
Subs: Stewart, Mee, Marney, Hines
Booked: Trippier (foul 38)

Reading (4-4-2): Federici; Cummings, Mills, Gorkss, Pearce; Leigertwood, Tabb (Karacan 72), McAnuff (c) (Hunt HT), Robson-Kanu; Church (Manset 80), Le Fondre
Subs: McCarthy, Harte
Booked: Mills (foul 87)

Ref: P Gibbs

Starting XI team news
Reading were unchanged from the game against Middlesbrough, with Jimmy Kebe remaining unavailable but Alex McCarthy fit for a place on the bench after overcoming a knock. Ex-Reading man Andre Amougou (formerly Bikey) started for the home side.

First half
Reading had an early sight goal, and Kaspars Gorkss will feel he should have hit the target with a header from Joseph Mills' good corner. Adam Federici soon had to avert a long ball forward, and Shaun Cummings then did well down the right and his cross for Simon Church was just too high.

Charlie Austin then should really have scored from Jay Rodriguez's cross shot but completely missed his kick in front of goal as the ball flashed across him. The Clarets had another go with a shot from Ross Wallace but his volley from 20 yards flew over.

Adam Le Fondre then twice came close to scoring; first of all his persistence got him into a decent position but Lee Grant was able to save his effort from a tight angle.

Then Le Fondre had the ball in the net with a lovely finish, but was cruelly given offside as he pounced on a rebound - it looked tight.

Next to try his luck was Jay Tabb, who hit a decent low effort but Grant was able to save, then Andre Amougou had a headed chance in injury time but put it over to bring a close first 45 minutes to an end.

Second half
Noel Hunt was on at half time in place of the injured Jobi McAnuff, taking his place on the right wing while Gorkss was handed the captain's armband.

Federici then had to make a good save at his near post from Marvin Bartley's driven effort, then Simon Church had a half chance from a corner but it was hard to keep down.

The game then entered a very scrappy phase with neither side able to put together any opportunities of note.

Just after the hour there was a moment of concern for Reading as Tabb charged down the Burnley keeper, Grant's clearance absolutely smacked into his face unawares and he was stretchered off after a number of minutes of treatment.

Hunt was then inches away with a low header, getting across his man superbly but glancing it agonisinly wide, so close to an opening goal.

We then broke well through Mikele Leigertwood, but Hal Robson-Kanu's touch let him down and the chance went begging.

Mathieu Manset came on in the closing stages, and almost scored a brilliant goal from outside the box but curled narrowly wide.

With moments left, Reading were denied the clearest penalty you could wish to see. Amougou clearly brought down Le Fondre, and why a spot kick was not given, only referee Gibbs can say. The Burnley player was nowhere near the ball and it was a yellow card at least - our players and staff went ballistic at the officials but to no avail.

We finished the stronger of the sides, and fully deserved the late goal from Karacan at the back post after great work by Hunt down the left.

It was a true grandstand finish, and it sounds like a broken record but you really can never write off this team.

    Data provided by Press Association