Ian Harte (14 mins)
, Apr 10, 2012
Ground: Amex Stadium , Kickoff: 19:45 , Att 20,610
Jem missing from Royal jewels Matt Sparrow returns to the Brighton squad for the visit of Reading.
Sparrow has completed a two-match ban after he was sent off in the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest last month.
But fellow midfielder Liam Bridcutt remains suspended for collecting 10 yellow cards this season.
The Seagulls have no new injury worries following Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Burnley, but youngster Abdul Razak has now gone back to Manchester City.
Razak's loan spell was cut short after midfielder Gary Dicker proved his fitness by playing the full 90 minutes at Turf Moor having recovered from a broken leg.
Centre-half Tommy Elphick remains the only long-term absentee having not figured all season due to an Achilles injury.
Reading will be without midfielder Jem Karacan, who was the victim of two hefty challenges during the 2-0 victory over Leeds on Good Friday and hobbled out of that match before half-time.
The Turk has since undergone an X-ray which has revealed a broken ankle, meaning Karacan will be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.
Striker Benik Afobe missed the clash with the Whites with a minor knock but could return to contention, although midfielder Jay Tabb is set to miss out with a rib injury.
Adam Le Fondre will be hoping for a recall to the starting XI after coming off the bench to notch both goals in the success against Leeds, but he will be pushed to oust either Noel Hunt or Jason Roberts up top.
Brighton vs Reading
Last modified 21:52 10/04/12
Royal display from Federici Australian goalkeeper Adam Federici produced an excellent performance to help Reading move back level on points with npower Championship leaders Southampton following a 1-0 win at Brighton.
Having survived an early Brighton onslaught, Reading took the lead in the 14th minute with their first attack, Ian Harte's free-kick taking a huge deflection to wrong-foot Albion goalkeeper Peter Brezovan.
Vicente struck the bar as Brighton responded before the home side missed a glorious chance to level in the 51st minute when Ashley Barnes had his penalty saved by Federici, who made several more fine stops.
The victory - Reading's fourth in a row and 13th in 15 games - means they are also now six points clear of third-placed West Ham as they bid for a return to the Barclays Premier League.
It also sets up a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash with Southampton at St Mary's on Friday night.
Brighton, meanwhile, were beaten at home for the first time in 10 games - dating back to December 17 - and they stay two points behind Cardiff in sixth after their winless streak stretched to four.
Brighton, looking to bounce back from Good Friday's defeat at Burnley, made a flying start and twice came close to scoring inside five minutes.
First, Barnes got on the end of Vicente's free-kick but his effort was saved by Federici. Barnes threatened again moments later but shot wide when well placed from 12 yards.
The Seagulls continued to dominate the early proceedings and Vicente drew a fine acrobatic save from Federici to keep out his long-range strike.
But Reading took the lead with their first attack. Gonzalo Jara Reyes was penalised for a foul on Noel Hunt and Harte's free-kick, which took a big deflection, left Brezovan rooted to the spot.
Brighton almost conjured up an immediate response but another fine save from Federici, tipping over Gary Dicker's left-footed effort from 18 yards, ensured they remained behind.
The home side had a penalty claim after Kaspars Gorkss bundled over Craig Mackail-Smith, but it was waved away by referee Mick Russell.
Alex Pearce felt he should have done better from Jobi McAnuff's free-kick, shooting into the side-netting from a tight angle, before Hunt cut in and curled an effort wide.
Vicente missed an excellent chance to pull Brighton level seven minutes before the break. A well-worked move resulted in the Spaniard being through on goal but he scooped his shot against the bar.
A stunning save from Brezovan then prevented Reading from doubling their advantage on the stroke of half-time.
Tomasz Cywka delivered a cross which was met by a fine header from Hunt but Brezovan brilliantly denied him.
Brighton squandered a huge opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty six minutes into the second half. Pearce brought down Barnes, who then saw his kick saved by Federici.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|36||Gonzalo Jara Reyes|
|9||Ashley Barnes(sub 81)|
|30||Will Buckley(sub 65)|
|12||Craig Mackail-Smith(sub 80)|
|13||Gai Assulin(sub 81)|
|24||Sam Vokes(sub 80)|
|25||Kazenga LuaLua(sub 65)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|41||Tomasz Cywka(sub 59)|
|10||Noel Hunt(sub 78)|
|6||Brynjar Gunnarsson(sub 59)|
|9||Adam Le Fondre|
|18||Simon Church(sub 78)|