There’s just the one Premier League fixture today and we’re going minute-by-minute.
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Reading 1-3 Tottenham
15.22 – Good afternoon, folks. Super Sunday it may not be but, on a relatively quiet day of sport, the visit of Spurs to the Madejski Stadium will do nicely. The newly-promoted Royals have amassed just one point so far and lie second from bottom in the table at this early stage of the season.
Today’s opponents Tottenham, meanwhile, are only three places ahead of Brian McDermott’s side having played one game more. Andre Villas-Boas has endured a difficult opening couple of months in charge of the club since arriving as Harry Redknapp’s replacement in July but, buoyed by several new arrivals, the Portuguese boss will be hopefully of claiming a first league win this afternoon.
If that doesn’t happen, expect the boo-boys to be calling for his head again.
We’re 40 minutes away from kick-off.
15.34 – After his goalscoring cameo debut against Norwich, recent signing Moussa Dembele makes his first Spurs start since arriving from Fulham while fellow new boys Hugo Lloris and Clint Dempsey must settle for places on the bench.
For Reading, Pavel Pogrebynak starts up top but Alex McCarthy makes his Premier League debut in place of the injured goalkeeper Adam Federici.
From an Irish point of view, Alex Pearce, who scored in his first game for Ireland last week, begins at the heart of the Reading defence, as does Ian Harte. Noel Hunt is among their substitutes.
15.56 – You’ll Never Walk Alone is belted out around the ground to remember the Hillsborough disaster.
Massive game for AVB then. The players are emerging from the tunnel so we’re about to get underway.
16.13 – Chance for Reading to create their first decent chance from a set-piece. Danny Guthrie sends it to the back post where Alex Pearce and Kyle Walker contest the header. Neither win it successfully but the Reading defender is livid when the ball comes off his marker’s hand. Could have been a penalty, but referee Howard Webb is having none of it.
16.34 – Stand-in keeper Alex McCarthy’s blushes have been saved by Alex Pearce. The 22-year-old is robbed by Defoe and when he squares to Sigurdsson, a goal-line clearance is needed to prevent Spurs a second.
16.39 – Sloppy play from Ian Harte hands Lennon possess and the speed merchant leaves the former Ireland international in his tracks but overruns the ball out of play. There’s no contest in a race between those two.
17.05 – Reading tip off to signal the start of the second half and they immediately drive forward in numbers in search of an equaliser.
Brian McDermott has brought on Adam Le Fondre in place of Jem Karacan as they move to a 4-4-2.
17.17 – Gareth Bale, who has been fairly quiet today, is next to try his luck. The Welsh winger blasts wide of the post from outside the box, however.
17.50 – GOAL! Reading 1-3 Tottenham (Robson-Kanu)
Reading have got their goal but it will only be a consolation. Hunt finds Le Fondre and he chips over the head of Friedel where Robson-Kanu is arriving at the back post to volley into the back of the net.
17.54 – Full-time: Reading 1-3 Tottenham
Late, late shout for a Reading penalty but Howard Webb blows the final whistle and Spurs get their much-needed win. Their new additions looked sharp but it was an old boy, Jermain Defoe, who ultimately made the difference with his brace.