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Reading match preview

SUNDAY 19 MAY 2013




• West Ham United complete the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season by hosting relegated Reading at the Boleyn Ground.

• The Hammers need a win to guarantee a top-ten finish on their return to the top flight following promotion from the Championship a year ago. A draw or defeat may also be sufficient should results elsewhere go the hosts' way.

• West Ham will be eager to score their first victory over Reading since Sam Allardyce took charge, having lost all three previous meetings with the Royals over the past two seasons. Reading also pipped West Ham to automatic promotion last season.

• If Reading avoid defeat, they will definitely finish 19th in the table. However, a loss combined with a victory for Queens Park Rangers at Liverpool will see them finish bottom of the pile.

• The odds are against Nigel Adkins' side, however, as the Royals have picked up just eight points from their previous 18 away league matches - the lowest total in the whole top flight.

• Reading boss Adkins also brought his former club Southampton to the Boleyn Ground in October 2012, when the Saints were humbled 4-1.

Team News

West Ham United

• Centre-back James Tomkins will hope to be in contention after missing the last three games with a groin injury.

• Left-back George McCartney is ruled out through a knee injury that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season.

• Rob Hall, Ravel Morrison and Paul McCallum are all back in training at Chadwell Heath after completing their loan spells with Bolton Wanderers, Birmingham City and Aldershot Town respectively.


• Australia goalkeeper Adam Federici is battling to recover from an ankle injury in time to be considered, but is unlikely to force his way into the starting XI at the expense of new England call-up Alex McCarthy.

• Winger Jimmy Kebe (groin) and striker Jason Robers (hip) are both sidelined.


• West Ham United and Reading have met just 12 times in their history in senior fixtures. Reading hold the edge with seven wins to the Hammers' three in that time.

• Eleven of those meetings have come in the Football League or Premier League. The other was also the first - a League Cup second-round tie at the Madejski Stadium on 11 September 2001, when the Division Two Royals upset the Premier League Hammers 6-5 on penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.

• Prior to both clubs joining the Football League, the two clubs met 30 times in the Southern League, with Reading again holding the overall edge with 15 victories to West Ham's nine, with six draws.

The first-ever meeting took place when West Ham were still known as Thames Ironworks, with Reading running out 1-0 Southern League First Division winners in front of 3,000 supporters at Elm Park on 16 September 1899.

• Mike Grice, Billy Dare and John Dick all scored in a 3-1 Southern Floodlit Cup win over Reading at Elm Park on 4 April 1956. West Ham would go on to win the inaugural tournament by beating Aldershot in the final.

The first league fixture between the two clubs took place as recently as 13 September 2003, when West Ham defender Christian Dailly scored the only goal in a 1-0 Division One victory at the Boleyn Ground.

• West Ham's biggest victory over Reading came during the First World War, when Danny Shea, Syd Puddefoot and Andy Cunningham all scored twice in a 7-0 London Combination victory on 15 April 1916. Puddefoot had also netted a hat-trick and Shea once in the reverse fixture played on 11 March 1916.

• Reading's biggest win came on 1 January 2007, when the Royals romped to a 6-0 Premier League victory at the Madejski Stadium. Reading also chalked up a 6-0 Southern League First Division win over the Hammers at Elm Park on 20 December 1902.

• Reading have won six and lost just one of the last eight league meetings with West Ham.

Jack Collison and Joey O'Brien were both sent-off in a 3-0 Championship defeat by Reading at the Madejski Stadium in December 2011.

• Jobi McAnuff, the Reading captain, played 14 games for the Hammers in the second half of the 2003/04 season.

• Reading Academy manager Eamonn Dolan is a former Hammers youth striker, who rose through the ranks to play 15 league games for the first team and scored three goals between 1985 and 1990

• Former Hammers manager Alan Pardew has been in charge at both clubs, taking the helm at the Royals in his first managerial role in 1999 and staying there until 2003, when he moved to West Ham United.

• The following players have worn the colours of both West Ham United and Reading during their careers - Tommy Allison, Ken Bainbridge, John Blackwood, Charles Cotton, William Davidson, Steve Death, Tommy Dixon, Jack Fletcher, Jack Flynn, Harry Gunning, Shaka Hislop, Jim Holmes, Sam Jennings, Thomas Kinsell, Herbert Lyon, Jobi McAnuff, Steve Mautone, Trevor Morley, Hayden Mullins, Geordie Reid, James Reid, Horace Ricketts, William Robson, Peter Simpson, Ron Tindall, Ernest Watts, Rod Williams, Alan Wooler and Len Young.

Last Time Out

Sunday 12 May 2013
Barclays Premier League
Everton 2-0 West Ham United
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, Reid, O'Brien, Collins,  Demel, Nolan, Jarvis, Collison (J.Cole 55), Diame (C.Cole 46), O'Neil (Noble 64), Carroll
Subs not used: Henderson, Pogatetz, Taylor, Vaz Te

Tuesday 14 May 2013
Barclays Premier League
Reading 0-2 Manchester City
Reading: McCarthy, Gunter, Mariappa, Morrison, Kelly,  Karacan, McAnuff (Blackman 69), Robson-Kanu, Guthrie,  Pogrebnyak (Le Fondre 62), McCleary
Subs not used: Taylor. Pearce, Harte, Akpan, Carrico

Previous meeting

Reading scored a narrow 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at the Madejski Stadium on 29 December 2012. Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak netted the only goal of the game on five minutes, latching onto James Collins' short backpass before clinically beating Jussi Jaaskelainen with a right-foot shot. West Ham United had opportunities to level matters, most notably when substitute Ricardo Vaz Te headed an inviting cross wide late on. The teams that day were:

Reading: Federici, Pearce, Gunter, Harte, Mariappa, Karacan, Leigertwood, Guthrie (Hunt 65), McAnuff, Kebe (Robson-Kanu 76), Pogrebnyak
Subs not used: Taylor, Cummings, Morrison, Tabb, Le Fondre

West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Collins, Reid, Tomkins, Noble (Maiga 79), O'Neil (Vaz Te 67), Taylor (Collison 54), Nolan, Jarvis, C.Cole
Subs not used: Spiegel, Demel, Spence, Diarra

Last six meetings
(Premier League unless stated)

29 December 2012 - Reading 1-0 West Ham United
31 March 2012 - West Ham United 2-4 Reading (Championship)
10 December 2011 - Reading 3-0 West Ham United (Championship)
26 December 2007 - West Ham United 1-1 Reading

1 September 2007 - Reading 0-3 West Ham United

1 January 2007 - Reading 6-0 West Ham United

All-time record v Reading: W3 D2 L7

Ten-year records

West Ham United

2011/12 Championship 3rd (86 points - promoted via Play-Offs)
2010/11 Premier League 20th (relegated to Championship)

2009/10 Premier League 17th

2008/09 Premier League 9th

2007/08 Premier League 10th

2006/07 Premier League 15th

2005/06 Premier League 9th

2004/05 Championship 6th (promoted to Premier League via Play-Offs)

2003/04 Division One 4th

2002/03 Premier League 18th (relegated to Championship)


2011/12 Championship 1st (Promoted to Premier League)
2010/11 Championship 5th

2009/10 Championship 9th

2008/09 Championship 4th

2007/08 Premier League 18th (relegated to Championship)

2006/07 Premier League 8th

2005/06 Championship 1st (promoted to Premier League)

2004/05 Championship 7th

2003/04 Division One 9th

2002/03 Division One 4th


• Saturday's referee will be Mike Dean, who will be taking charge of West Ham United in the Barclays Premier League for the fourth time this season.

• Dean oversaw West Ham's 1-0 home win over Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, while he was also the man in the middle for the Hammers' 1-0 success at Newcastle's St James Park in November and the 1-1 draw at Southampton in April.

• In all, he has refereed West Ham 33 times, with the Hammers winning, losing and drawing eleven of those matches each.

• The 44-year-old began refereeing in 1985, starting out his career in senior football in the Northern Premier League.

• In 2004, Dean took charge of his first international match, a friendly between the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland at Amsterdam ArenA. That same year, he took control of the FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Manchester United.

• In May 2006, he refereed the Championship play-off final between Leeds United and Watford at the Millennium Stadium. In 2008, he was the man-in-the-middle for the FA Cup final between Portsmouth and Cardiff City at Wembley Stadium.

• This season, Dean has taken charge of 27 Barclays Premier League matches, showing 99 yellow cards, sending-off three players and awarding four penalties.

• Dean will be assisted by Jake Collin and John Brooks, while the fourth official will be Paul Tierney.

General Information

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• Sunday's weather forecast is for a showery day with maximum temperatures reaching 13C (56F).

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