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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:46 20th March 2012

Unbeaten run ended by the Posh

Peterborough 3 (Boyd 25, Barnett 34, Taylor 82)
Reading 1 (Hunt 20)


Reading's long unbeaten run came to an end at London Road this Tuesday evening as Peterborough came from behind to take all three points.

The Royals were unbeaten in ten games prior to this - and it was a first away defeat since 2nd January - but of course any loss is disappointing.

Noel Hunt opened the scoring after a sensational Jimmy Kebe run, and we then dominated for a short period. Had a second goal come in that spell then the outcome could well have been different. But crucially we didn't get that second goal.

George Boyd lashed home from a corner and then Tyrone Barnett headed in another set piece to put United in the box seat.

The Posh played well and hit the post early in the second half through Barnett again, while Mikele Leigertwood had a decent sight of goal but shot over.

We pushed forward in search of a winner and went 4-3-3 but a late Paul Taylor goal sealed the win and nobody could argue with the scoreline on the night.

Our fans were in fine voice - and both they and the team will move on quickly to Blackpool this weekend.

Peterborough (4-4-2): Jones; Alcock, Rowe, Brisley, Zakuani; Boyd, Tomlin (Ball 83), Frecklington, McCann (c); Barnett, Taylor (Sinclair 87)
Subs: Lewis, Little, Kearns

Reading (4-4-2): Federici; Mullins (Le Fondre 68), Harte, Gorkss, Pearce; Karacan, Leigertwood, Kebe, McAnuff (c) Hunt, Roberts (Church 84)
Subs: Andersen, Tabb, Robson-Kanu, Church, Le Fondre

Attendance: 6,617

Starting XI team news:
Reading were unchanged from the win over Barnsley on Saturday, Hayden Mullins continuing at right back.

First half:
Hayden Mullins defended well inside the first ten minutes to thwart a Posh attack, and then Reading had a first chance as Jobi McAnuff hit a decent effort not too far wide.

Mikele Leigertwood soon smacked one over before Grant McCann caught a nice strike but it was straight at Adam Federici.

Then Reading had the lead, and Jimmy Kebe's part in the goal was nothing short of sensational.

He picked up the ball outside the area, produced a sublime turn and ran into the box, hitting a shot that Paul Jones could only parry - and Noel Hunt did the rest. It was a good finish, but Kebe's creation was stunning.

Jem Karacan then had a shot deflected wide, and McAnuff's header was also blocked off target. Kebe then produced another wonderful cross that United defended brilliantly - otherwise it was 2-0.

A goal in that period of dominance looked odds on, but just as Reading were piling on the pressure, Posh crucially levelled matters; George Boyd lashing in after a corner was headed back across goal.

And within moments Peterborough were ahead, another left wing corner producing dividends as Tyrone Barnett headed home, no chance for Federici. The Posh had responded very well indeed and their quick passing and high tempo paid dividends - although both goals were from set plays.

Reading looked for a quick response, and Jason Roberts did well to dance into the box but Kebe miscued a volley, then Roberts hit a low effort and Jones saved with relative ease.

It was an open game to say the least - and down the other end Federici had to make a very smart low save from a stinging long range effort.

Jones in the Posh goal then had to save well to keep out Kebe, and Hunt looked sure to pounce on the rebound, only for an excellent tackle to put it out for a corner.

It was the last action of a very lively first half; chances aplenty at both ends.

Second half:
Both teams had decent possession in the first ten minutes of the second period; Reading shooting toward their fans in the away end.

Posh were then very close to increasing their advantage, Barnett smacking an effort against the near post after a nice team move.

An Ian Harte free kick then nearly found its way in at the near post but a Posh leg crucially cleared. There were some suggestions it could have been a penalty in the first instance as the foul was right on the edge - difficult to tell from the press box.

Midway through the half Brian McDermott made a very attacking change, bringing Adam Le Fondre on for Mullins as the Royals switched to 4-3-3.

Mikele Leigertwood then had a presentable chance just inside the box but hit over on his left foot.

As Reading were trying to push for an equaliser, they were hit with a sucker punch. A long ball forward saw Taylor outstrip Harte and beat Federici for 3-1. In fairness to United they had played well and the scoreline did not flatter them.

Reading searched for a consolation, but it was not to be and Posh inflicted our first away defeat since 2nd January.
    Data provided by Press Association