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Jem back in 2-2 draw

4 August 2012

News from Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth 2 (Thomas 32, Addison 84)
Reading 2 (Mariappa 15, Robson-Kanu 67(p))

Jem Karacan returned from injury as Reading drew 2-2 in a pre-season friendly with AFC Bournemouth today.

The midfielder played the last 20 minutes as the Royals were held by a good Cherries side, and he was close to winning the game but saw an injury time shot saved.

Reading led twice, going in front in the first half when Adrian Mariappa headed home an excellent Nicky Shorey free kick, but Paul Groves' men responded through Wes Thomas.

Pavel Pogrebnyak then hit the post with a header before Hal Robson-Kanu scored from the penalty spot after being fouled; the winger dusting himself down to convert from 12 yards, having only been on the pitch a few moments.

Miles Addison then scored a good header to make it 2-2, and Karacan was denied a comeback winner in injury time as Shwan Jalal made a good low save.

With 21 players getting game time it was a good workout for Brian McDermott's side and a fair result, and importantly Adam Federici also came through unscathed in his first pre-season friendly of the summer.

And special mention must also go to the 831 Reading fans who made the trip south to support their team.

Starting XI: Federici; Cummings, Shorey, Mariappa, Morrison; Leigertwood, Tabb; McCleary, McAnuff (c); Church, Hunt

From 60 mins: Federici; Mariappa (Keown 85), Harte, Gorkss, Pearce; Guthrie, Tabb (Karacan 70), Robson-Kanu, Obita; Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak
Sub: McCarthy

Attendance: 3,216 (831 away)

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