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                                                    Reading
                                                    Kaspars Gorkss (20 mins)
                                                    Adam Le Fondre (53 mins)
                                                    2-2
                                                    Crystal Palace
                                                    Wilfried Zaha (14 mins)
                                                    Glenn Murray (76 mins)

                                                    npower Championship , Apr 21, 2012
                                                    Ground: Madejski Stadium , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 23,431

                                                    Team news

                                                    McDermott lacking star performers Reading manager Brian McDermott will be without several first-team regulars as his side look to wrap up the npower Championship title with victory over Crystal Palace.

                                                    The Royals secured promotion to the Barclays Premier League with a win against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday and success this weekend could mean the Berkshire outfit go up as champions, depending on Southampton's result at Middlesbrough.

                                                    However, McDermott will be missing Jem Karacan, who will be sidelined for at least three months with a broken ankle, while full-back Matthew Connolly remains a doubt with an ankle problem of his own.

                                                    Hal Robson-Kanu and Jay Tabb (rib) have been carrying injuries of late and both will be monitored ahead of kick-off at the Madejski Stadium, and Jimmy Kebe could also miss out.

                                                    Back-up goalkeeper Mikkel Andersen remains out of action with a knee knock and Joseph Mills continues his recovery from a quad injury.

                                                    Crystal Palace manager Dougie Freedman is likely to turn to youngsters again to patch up his injury-hit side.

                                                    South Africa international Kagisho Dikgacoi is the latest player to see his season come to a premature end after he suffered a thigh injury against Ipswich on Saturday.

                                                    He joins fellow midfielders Mile Jedinak (groin) and Jonathan Williams (hamstring) and defender Anthony Gardner (hamstring) in missing the run-in.

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                                                    Roberts sees red in Royals win Jason Roberts became the first Reading player to be sent off this season as the already-promoted Royals were held to a 2-2 draw by npower Championship opponents Crystal Palace.

                                                    Roberts, a revelation since his arrival from Blackburn in January, was shown a straight red card moments before the half-time whistle after catching Jonathan Parr with an elbow. It looked a harsh decision by referee Andy D'Urso.

                                                    It looked like Reading might be suffering a promotion hangover as Wilfried Zaha gave Palace a 14th minute lead. But Kaspars Gorkss equalised six minutes later.

                                                    Adam Le Fondre, a half-time substitute for Hal Robson-Kanu following Roberts' dismissal, put the Royals in front eight minutes after the resumption but Glenn Murray dented their title aspirations with 14 minutes remaining.

                                                    The draw placed Reading four points clear of second-placed Southampton ahead of the Saints' evening kick-off against play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

                                                    Reading boss Brian McDermott made one change to the side that began the 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night that sealed promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

                                                    Robson-Kanu was back after a spell on the sidelines to start on the wing, in place of the injured Jimmy Kebe.

                                                    The only other change to the squad saw Jay Tabb also return from injury to replace Benik Afobe on the bench.

                                                    Palace made three changes with Kyle De Silva, Darren Ambrose and Murray coming in for Nathaniel Clyne, Chris Martin and Antonio Pedroza, who kept his place in the squad as a substitute.

                                                    Robson-Kanu headed narrowly over the crossbar in the 12th minute.

                                                    Palace stunned the Madejski Stadium two minutes later by taking the lead and it was a wonderful passing move from Dougie Freedman's side, rounded off by a 12-yard finish from Zaha after being teed-up by Murray.

                                                    But the lead was shortlived as Gorkss levelled things up after 20 minutes.

                                                    It came after a huge goalmouth scramble which saw two clearances off the line before the big defender headed the ball into the net.

                                                    Palace were forced to make a change in goal after 25 minutes after Julian Speroni injured a hand after coming to collect a corner. Lewis Price replaced the Argentinian.

                                                    Another injury five minutes later forced off Paul McShane so Matt Parsons entered the fold.

                                                    Murray clipped the crossbar with a volley from the edge of the box moments before Roberts was sent off.

                                                    A lively run from Zaha was thwarted by Adam Federici at the start of the second half before Ambrose stung the Reading goalkeeper's palms with a long-range effort.

                                                    The 10-man Royals took the lead in the 53rd minute when Le Fondre headed home Noel Hunt's cross from six yards out.

                                                    A mazy run from Jobi McAnuff then resulted in Le Fondre heading over, while at the other end Zaha scuffed a shot wide.

                                                    Palace equalised in the 76th minute and it was a another superb strike by Murray, lashing the ball home from 12 yards out after Reading failed to clear a corner.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    ReadingRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    1 Adam Federici
                                                    24 Shaun Cummings
                                                    5 Alex Pearce
                                                    17 Kaspars Gorkss Goal
                                                    23 Ian Harte
                                                    19 Hal Robson-Kanu(sub 45)
                                                    26 Hayden Mullins(sub 84)
                                                    8 Mikele Leigertwood(sub 79)
                                                    11 Jobi McAnuff
                                                    33 Jason Roberts
                                                    10 Noel Hunt
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    12 Alex McCarthy
                                                    6 Brynjar Gunnarsson(sub 84)
                                                    7 Jay Tabb(sub 79)
                                                    9 Adam Le Fondre(sub 45) Goal
                                                    18 Simon Church
                                                    Crystal PalaceRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    1 Julian Speroni(sub 24)
                                                    36 Kyle De Silva
                                                    5 Patrick McCarthy
                                                    30 Paul McShane(sub 30)
                                                    21 Dean Moxey
                                                    16 Wilfried Zaha Goal
                                                    7 Darren Ambrose(sub 60)
                                                    10 Owen Garvan
                                                    28 Stuart O'Keefe
                                                    4 Jonathan Parr
                                                    17 Glenn Murray Goal
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    34 Lewis Price(sub 24)
                                                    11 Sean Scannell
                                                    25 Antonio Pedroza(sub 60)
                                                    38 Kwesi Appiah
                                                    26 Matthew Parsons(sub 30)

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