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As it happened | Ipswich Town 1-2 Reading

Look back at a blow-by-blow account of the Royals' vital win

2 March 2019


  • Royals take on Championship's bottom side Ipswich Town
  • Oliveira puts Reading ahead
  • Edwards levels for Ipswich
  • Mo Barrow wins it in the 90th minute
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key moments

Updated at 16:58 (UK)


FULL-TIME | Ipswich Town 1-2 Reading

A massive result for the Royals as Mo Barrow grabs a 90th minute winner.



Ipswich skipper Chambers is still up for the corner and heads past the post as a ball is flicked on.


Ipswich look to get level again and Edwards' effort is tipped over by Martínez.


Just as the board goes up for six added minutes, Meite bulldozes past Nsiala and slots through to Barrow, who finishes fantastically as he bursts in on goal. WOW.




MO BARROW... 2-1!


Last change of the game. On comes Danny Loader, replacing Ovie Ejaria.


Alan Judge with a free-kick - it loops over the bar.


Edwards wipes out Mo Barrow, and a mass confrontation ensues. Just a booking for the Ipswich man.


John Swift looks for an instant reply as Mo Barrow sets the ball into his path, but places a few feet past the post.


Goal - 1-1.

A ball into the area from Judge is glanced on, and Gwion Edwards runs onto it at the far side and volleys in from a narrow angle for Ipswich.


Second Reading sub - Garath McCleary comes off, Callum Harriott comes on.

10 minutes, plus added time, remains. 1-0 the score in our favour.


So close to a second - a wonderful pirouette in midfield by Ejaria to ride a challenge, and then Swift's delicate ball into Meite sees the forward get into the area. Twice he's nudged out from shooting chances.


More danger for Reading as Alan Judge's deep free-kick is headed at goal but Royals stopper Martínez claims low in the crowded box, preventing Quaner from stabbing in.

15 important minutes left. Tractor Boys loading the box at every opportunity and going direct.


A clash of heads, and Mo Barrow is down in need of attention. After a delay, it's a drop-ball and the winger is okay to play on.


Incredible save by Martínez, preventing the own-goal.

Yiadom inadvertently turned towards his own top-corner as a ball was flashed into the area, and the goalie claws away from the top corner - amazing.


Martínez doing well to keep out an Ipswich effort by Judge.


A yellow for Jon Nolan, who is a little lucky not to walk for a scything tackle on John Swift, nowhere near the ball.


More bold play by McCleary down the right - rides a tackle, hangs up a delivery which Meite attacks... taken off his head, and stabbed away before Yiadom can throw his left boot at it.


Cole Skuse cracks a half-volley from the edge of the area, which doesn't quite dip in time to creep under Emi Martínez's crossbar.

The goalkeeper landed heavily as he dived and is in a bit of discomfort - he's receiving treatment, but looks like he'll be okay to play on.


Chance from a free-kick for the Royals; Swift is over the dead ball on the right touchline. He hangs up a deep cross which Moore meets, but diverts over the bar.


First Reading sub - Mo Barrow comes on for the injured Nélson Oliveira.


Oliveira is down and it doesn't look good - he goes down holding his hamstring and signals straight away to the bench that it's the end of his afternoon. A sub will follow immediately.


Ipswich break quickly as Judge steams in down the left, and drills an effort at goal - Martínez with a superb stop and it's scrambled away! The hosts putting on pressure in search for a leveller.


Fantastic athletic clearance by Yiadom, who adjusts brilliantly to hook away a dangerous cross from the right.


Neat footwork by Garath McCleary as he gets to the byline, but shunted off the ball as an attack breaks down. Some good possession play by the Royals early in the second half.


Reading restart, kicking in the direction of our travelling support.


Double sub at the break for Ipswich as Cole Skuse and Gwion Edwards come on, replacing Trevor Chalobah and James Bree. All changes made now.


HALF-TIME | Ipswich Town 0-1 Reading

The Royals hold a well-merited lead at the interval. 


Right before the break, John Swift almost scores directly from a corner!

From the left, his in-swinger nearly catches Bialkowski cold at his front post, but the Pole adjusts just in time to shovel around the upright...


Wow - what a stop by Martínez to keep out Nolan!

Quaner bundles his way into the Reading area, puts into Bishop's path, who stabs through to Nolan... it looked a certain goal but the Argentine stopper produces a bit of brilliance to keep our lead intact.


Alan Judge nearly makes the most of a loose pass. Quaner was the one to pick it off and fed the midfielder on the overlap down the right... a firm, well-struck effort but Martínez has his angles covered.


Early sub for Ipswich - Toto Nsiala replaces James Collins in central defence. Presumably a knock.


A bit of route-one football nearly bears fruit as Martínez punts down the left for McCleary to sprint onto. He cracks a left-footed shot across the face of goal, narrowly missing on the far side.


Liam Moore is the third Reading player booked.

The Royals were enjoying the possession and looking for an opening - but a quick counter is broken up as Collin Quaner is fouled cynically.


Nélson celebrating his opener.


Acrobatic from Yakou! Blackett's cross from deep is attacked in the air by Swift - it sits up for Meite who attempts an overhead with back to goal, but it's straight into the palms of Bialkowski.


More good work from Oliveira - he robs Collins near the right-hand corner flag and picks out John Swift in the D - a first-time effort bobbles through to the goalkeeper, who fields well.


Ipswich enjoying a bit of possession at the moment but yet to truly trouble Emi Martínez. Norwich loanee Oliveira playing the role of pantomime villain.


Inches past the post by John Swift - a wonderful effort that is narrowly wide.

More good work by McCleary on the left and the midfield man gets the ball out of his feet and pops a curling effort just past Bialkowski's far post.



Nélson Oliveira gives Reading the lead - a fantastic finish from the forward!

Tyler Blackett punts forward to McCleary in the channel, and when he gets into the area, he picks out the Portuguese forward who takes a touch and rifles into the top corner! 1-0!


End to end. First, Ejaria with a brilliant dribble and link-up with Garath McCleary, but his ball to Swift on the left is cut out by Chalobah in the area. And then Nolan tries to release Quaner for Ipswich, who is fractionally offside as he races unchallenged into the right channel.


And now a booking for Nélson Oliveira.

He raced onto a loose back-pass and went to ground when Bialkowski came in behind him - the ref judges him to have dived and shows the forward a card.


Early card for Tyler Blackett, who prevented Judge from taking an early throw-in.


Ipswich with a chance from the corner as Judge swings one in from the right. The first ball cleared, and then Chalobah's follow-up is blocked.


The man in the mask in action early doors.


Meite goes close! Cutting in off the right, his left-footed piledriver fizzes past Bialkowski's far post.

Nice build-up to that attack. Ejaria cut out a forward ball, and then Baker set Yiadom away down the right, before Meite picked up and went close.


Almost the perfect start for the Royals! Moore punts forward to Oliveira, who prods past Collins and steals into space on the left. From the byline, he hangs up a cross which Meite attacks, but Kenlock nips in first!


Ipswich get the game started. Come on URZ!


Here come the teams...


The gaffer at Portman Road, a little earlier.

Less than ten minutes until kick-off.


The view from on high in the press area. Warmups underway. 


TEAM NEWS | Royals unchanged today for Ipswich fixture.

Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Chambers (c), Pennington, Chalobah, Nolan, Bishop, Kenlock, Judge, Collins, Bree, Quaner.
Subs: Gerken, Edwards, Skuse, Jackson, Downes, Nsiala, Dozzell.

Reading: Martínez, Yiadom, Blackett, Moore (c), Miazga, Baker, Swift, Ejaria, McCleary, Méïté, Oliveira.
Subs: Walker, Gunter, O’Shane, McShane, Harriott, Barrow, Loader.


The pitch looking in good condition ahead of the game.


We're less than a couple of hours until kick-off here at Portman Road - it's a 3pm start against the Championship's bottom side Ipswich Town.


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