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Reading FC 2-1 Ipswich Town: 60 Second Report

Our instant report from Friday Night Football in Berkshire.

It was a tale of three penalties as Reading beat Ipswich 2-1 late on at the Madejski Stadium under the lights and in front of the Sky cameras on Friday evening.

It was an unchanged starting XI from the side that beat Cardiff two weeks ago, meaning that John Swift once again had to settle for a place on the bench.

But Reading didn't seem to lack the creativity of the England U-21 international in the first half, as the Royals created the better efforts of the opening 45 minutes with Roy Beerens and George Evans both having a couple of decent chances to make it 1-0. Ipswich's best effort of the half came just three minutes in as the Tractor Boys' pressing allowed Freddie Sears to drive a shot goalwards which Ali Al-Habsi saved well.

Just as it looked as though we would go into the break goalless, in stoppage time, Tyler Blackett's cross was blocked in the box by Grant Ward's hand and the referee awarded. Garath McCleary tucked away his spot kick to get his second goal of the season and give Reading the lead.

Just minutes into the second half though and referee Jeremy Simpson pointed to the spot again, this time to penalise Reading as Tyler Blackett fouled Brett Pitman. Pitman himself would take the penalty, smashing it down the middle to level the scoreline.

Ipswich should have taken the lead as first Al-Habsi saved Ward's shot and then Tommy Smith sliced an effort over the bar from just a couple of yards out. The visitors continued to dominate, but weren't rewarded with a goal despite efforts from Christophe Berra, Pitman and Carl Skuse.

Reading's winner came from ANOTHER penalty, this time Joey van den Berg was rugby tackled in the box by Jonas Knudsen as we saw the new shirt-pulling rules once again put into action. Danny Williams was the man with ice through his veins as he coolly stepped up to score in the 94th minute and nick all three points late, late on.

Reading line-up: Al-Habsi; Gunter, McShane, Moore, Blackett (Obita 82'); Williams, van den Berg, Evans (Quinn 59'); McCleary (Swift 66'), Kermorgant, Beerens

Keep an eye out for a more in-depth report as well as player ratings at some point tomorrow!