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As it happened | Reading 2-1 Blackburn Rovers

A blow by blow account of dramatic Royals win

13 February 2019


  • Royals take on Blackburn at Madejski Stadium
  • Swift puts Reading ahead in first half added time
  • Bell equalises late for Rovers
  • Oliveira scores scorcher from 20 yards to put Reading back in front
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Updated at 21:54 (UK)


FULL TIME | Reading 2-1 Blackburn Rovers



Off the line!

Blackburn swing in a dangerous corner, Dack tries to poke it in and a cluster of Reading bodies get in the way.


Four added minutes to be played.


Final change of the night, as Nélson Oliveira walks off to a standing ovation. Jón Daði Böðvarsson comes on in his place.




Swift plays a delightful cross-field ball and Oliveira brings it down, cutting in on his right and powering into the bottom corner!



Blackburn are level. Amari'i Bell goes on a long run and fires across goal and in.


Over the bar!

Swift puts in a dangerous corner and Méïté is left with a free header - which goes a matter of inches over the woodwork.


Second change of the night for the Royals, as Lewis Baker comes on in place of Liam Kelly.



The ball is cleared from a Reading corner and Tyler Blackett takes aim 35 yards out - with a hefty deflection off a Blackburn defender taking it over the bar.


Now into the final 15 minutes in RG2, with the Royals still clinging onto their one-goal advantage.


Final roll of the dice for Blackburn, as Danny Graham comes on Craig Conway.


Substitution for Blackburn, as Joe Rothwell is introduced in place of Ben Brereton.


Golden chance for Reading - wide!

Yakou Méïté beats the offside trap and gets onto a splitting through-ball from Ejaria. He only has the goalkeeper to beat, with no-one else around him, but he drags his shot a foot wide. Agonising for the Royals.


A Mulgrew free-kick is lifted to the far post and Dack gets his head on it, but unable to put it on target on this occasion.


Good effort from Oliveira!

Swift threads through to the striker on the run, cuts back onto his right and curls towards the far corner - with Raya at full stretch to his left to save.


First substitution of the day for the visitors, as top scorer Bradley Dack is introduced for Ritchie Smallwood.


Plenty of early dicing in the second half between the sides, the Royals holding onto their 1-0 lead as it stands.


A glorious chance goes begging for Blackburn.

A cross from the left is met by Brereton in the box, who controls and jinks onto his left foot, blazing over the bar from six yards.


Good early chance for Reading.

Swift swnigs a corner to the far post and Méïté gets a powerful head on it, forcing Raya into a save.


Méïté lining up on the right for Reading, with Ejaria dropping into holding midfield alongside Kelly and Swift moved up just behind the striker.


Also a half-time sub for the Royals, as Sone Aluko is replaced by Yakou Méïté.


We're back underway here in RG2, the Royals a goal to the good.


HALF TIME | Reading 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

A late, late strike from John Swift in first half added time has the Royals in front at the interval.



Great work from Andy Yiadom sets Reading off in attack. He cuts back to Swift, who takes a couple of touches around his man and fires into the bottom corner! 1-0 Reading!


One minute of added time at the end of the half.


Good save again from Martínez.

Ejaria plays a loose pass in midfield and Armstrong can get forward - shooting from the edge of the area but the goalkeeper is able to cling on.


Good chance for the visitors.

Blackburn hang up a cross into the area, Miazga heads only into the path of Armstrong, who cuts in on his left foot and lashes a strike narrowly over the bar.


Ben Brereton sees yellow for Rovers, after a late foul on Tyler Blackett in midfield.


Mulgrew stands over the free-kick, bends it around the wall but Martínez sees it all the way and saves comfortably.


First caution of the game goes to Ovie Ejaria, who brings down his man with an ill-times challenge 30 yards from goal.


Blackburn foray forward with Craig Conway making tracks on the left.

He gets into the area, but fires his strike into the side netting.


Not a vintage half of football here at Madejski Stadium by any measure, but there's still time for an opener before the break.


Nothing in terms of chances to speak of in the last few minutes, neither team able to truly establish themselves on proceedings at the moment.


It's honours even so far in RG2, with both sides fighting hard at Madejski Stadium.


Good effort!

Reading string 15-20 passes together and Andy Yiadom finds himself in space to the right of the Blackburn box. He gets his strike on target and forces Raya into a save.


Ritchie Smallwood floats a free-kick into the Reading box towards Mulgrew at the far post, but the flag goes up for offside against the Rovers skipper.



Nélson Oliveira picks the ball up 40 yards out, spots David Raya off his line and tries an audacious lob from almost the halfway line - landing on the roof of the net in Reading's best effort so far.


Blackburn seeing plenty of the ball as it stands, with Reading sitting behind it and stopping any attacks at the moment.


A minute's applause was observed before kick-off in honour of one of the greats of the game, Gordon Banks, who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 81.


Good save, Emi Martínez!

Ben Brereton bursts forward for Rovers and gets to the byline, cutting back for Adam Armstrong in the area.

He shoots powerfully first time, but our goalkeeper shows quick reflexes to parry at his left-land post.


Reading win the ball back in midfield, Swift getting through the gears and trying to switch to Richards on the left flank, but it's just too far out of his reach and the ball goes out of play.


Charlie Mulgrew stands over an early free-kick for Rovers, his effort dipping from 30 yards out but not troubling Emi Martínez in the Reading goal.


We're underway!

Reading shooting towards the South Stand in the first half...



Nearly time for kick-off here, good to Nélson back involved in a mask this evening! 


Nélson Oliveira returns for the Royals tonight, a remarkably quick turnaround after breaking his nose in four places against Aston Villa just 11 days ago.

If there's anything you need to know ahead of tonight's game, check out our match preview here.


It looks like it could be a place on the left wing for Omar Richards tonight, a position he has plenty of experience in from his days as an Academy player...


TEAM NEWS | Oliveira returns, Kelly starts

José Gomes has made four changes from Saturday's draw against Sheffield Wednesday.

Nélson Oliveira, Liam Kelly, Ovie Ejaria and Omar Richards all return to the starting line-up as we get set for Blackburn.

Reading: Martínez, Yiadom, Moore (c), Miazga, Blackett, Kelly, Swift, Ejaria, Richards, Aluko, Oliveira.
Subs: Walker, Gunter, Harriott, Baker, Barrow, Méïté, Böðvarsson.

Blackburn Rovers: Raya, Bell, Mulgrew, Travis, Rodwell, Smallwood, Bennett, Conway, Evans, Brereton, Armstrong.
Subs: Leutwiler, Reed, Graham, Rothwell, Williams, Dack, Nyambe.


Good evening from Madejski Stadium!

Reading take on Blackburn Rovers tonight in RG2, team news to follow very shortly...

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