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McDermott to draw on squad players

Reading manager Brian McDermott Credit: Barclays Premier League

Reading manager Brian McDermott will fully utilise his squad for Monday night's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Manchester United.

Forwards Adam Le Fondre and Noel Hunt are back in contention after coming off the bench in last week's Barclays Premier League defeat at Stoke.

Striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) continue their rehabilitation.

Provisional Squad: Federici, Harte, Mariappa, Pearce, Kelly, McAnuff, McCleary, Leigertwood, Kebe, Blackman, Le Fondre, Akpan, Pogrebnyak, Hunt, Morrison, Taylor, Karacan, Shorey.


Reading drawing 1-1

Reading manager Brian McDermott Credit: PA

Reading manager Brian McDermott once again left in-form striker Adam Le Fondre on the bench for the visit of Sunderland.

The 26-year-old has struck five goals in his last three Barclays Premier League games, all after being introduced from the bench.

Hope Akpan was handed his first start in place of Jem Karacan whilst Garath McCleary replaced Danny Guthrie.

Sunderland named the same side that drew 0-0 with Swansea on Tuesday night with new signing Danny Graham among the substitutes.

Reading in a fight for Premier League survival

Adam Le Fondre celebrates his goal against Chelsea on Wednesday Credit: PA

Reading host Sunderland at the Madejski Stadium this afternoon in their fight for Premier League survival. The Royals are unbeaten in the last 3 games, but can they maintain their position just outside the relegation zone? We'll bring you all the latest updates.


Reading out of drop zone as they draw 2-2 with Chelsea

Reading's Danny Guthrie (left) and Chelsea's Ramires battle for the ball during tonight's clash. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Reading scored in the dying minutes to draw 2-2 with European champions Chelsea at the Madejski Stadium.

The point earned will see them climbing out of the drop zone in the Premier League above Wigan, Aston Villa and QPR.

Both goals were scored by substitute Le Fondre in the 87th and 90th minutes after Mata and Lampard scored earlier in the game.

BREAKING NEWS: Royals sign new striker

Nick Blackman Credit: Reading FC

Reading have announced the signing of Sheffield United forward Nick Blackman.

The 23-year-old has scored 14 goals for the Blades this season and has penned a three and a half year deal at Madejski Stadium.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I’m very excited,” Blackman said. “I met the gaffer last night, he was fantastic with me and I couldn’t have asked any more from him and Nick Hammond. I can’t wait to play – hopefully I can try and get involved as soon as possible.”

Manager Brian McDermott said that he was pleased to bolster his ranks with such a versatile player: “We’re very pleased to get him. He had options elsewhere but he knows that we try to develop our players and help them get better. He’s played a lot of games, and has so much more to come."

Blackman began his career at Macclesfield Town, graduating through the Silkmen’s Academy before making his professional debut at the age of 17, scoring his first goal in only his second game for the club.

The deal is subject to final paperwork but the club say they expect this to be a formality.

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