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Reading 0 - 2 Southampton

Barclays Premier League

Madejski Stadium - Saturday 6th April 2013

Rodriguez 34′
Lallana 72′
Ref: Jones
Att: 24,108
Reading's hopes of avoiding relegation suffered another massive blow as they were well beaten by a Saints side who have all but secured safety.

Reading, now managed by Nigel Adkins, made a bright start but faded badly after a determined Jay Rodriguez slid in to give Southampton the lead.

Saints dominance brought further reward when Adam Lallana slotted the second past Adam Federici.
Reading rarely threatened as they went down to a seventh successive loss.

It is a Premier League run that only the Royals' own sequence earlier in the campaign can match this season, and one that leaves them seven points adrift of 17th-placed Wigan, who also have two games in hand.

Saints though, are seven points clear of the relegation zone after a third successive league win.

Adkins, facing the club who sacked him in January following a five-game unbeaten league run, cut a forlorn figure as he watched his new recruits outplayed and out-thought by his former players.

Lining up with five changes from the side thrashed 4-1 by Arsenal last weekend, Reading started positively and came close to scoring when an unmarked Sean Morrison headed Chris Gunter's free-kick over the bar.

Another free-kick from almost the same spot presented the hosts with an even better opportunity midway through the half as the ball bobbled off two Saints players to Adam Le Fondre, who sliced his half-volley high.

The chance marked the start of an uncomfortable spell for Saints in which the hosts were rightly denied a penalty when Hal Robson-Kanu went down under a challenge from Jos Hooiveld and Adrian Mariappa's header from Guthrie's cross drew a good save from Saints keeper Artur Boruc at his near post.
Saints, once again this season, enjoyed plenty of possession, but did not threaten until just after the half hour mark, when Gaston Ramirez headed Jack Cork's cross just wide.

Very shortly afterwards, Saints scored. Rodriguez laid the ball off to Lambert and chased down his strike partner's chipped return. Reaching the ball a fraction of a second before Federici, he slid in to prod the ball home, past the keeper.

Rodriguez's momentum took him through Federici, prompting an angry reaction from Adkins, but referee Mike Jones was unimpressed and confirmed the goal.

Suddenly rampant, Saints could then have put the game beyond Reading before half-time. Rodriguez drilled a shot against the bar from 10 yards, then brought a one-handed save out of Federici after a mistake from Mariappa. The loose ball fell kindly for Ramirez but he dragged his side-footed effort wide.

Reading's defensive frailties were exposed again early in the second half as Steven Davis sprinted on to Lambert's volleyed pass only to shoot straight at the goalkeeper.

Moments later, Rickie Lambert came within a boot's length of toe-poking home a low cross from Rodriguez.

The second goal came from another flowing move as substitute Adam Lallana played a one-two with Rodriguez and calmly side-footed his 50th Saints goal.

Reading then resorted to a more direct approach and it almost paid dividends when a long ball found Le Fondre, whose header was caught - and almost carried over his line - by a back-pedalling Boruc.

Reading's players and fans screamed for a goal but replays confirmed that the whole of the ball had not crossed the line.

The Reading supporters started to flood out of the stadium, knowing that their team's days in the Premier League are running out.

Channonite 07.04.2013

Teams

Reading

01 Federici
02 Gunter
06 Mariappa
15 Morrison
27 Kelly
04 Karacan
11 McAnuff
19 Robson-Kanu (Hunt - 74' )
20 Guthrie (McCleary - 62' )
28 Akpan (Leigertwood - 46' )
09 Le Fondre

Substitutes
21 McCarthy
05 Pearce
23 Harte
08 Leigertwood
07 Pogrebnyak
10 Hunt
12 McCleary

Southampton

31 Boruc
02 Clyne
03 Yoshida
05 Hooiveld
23 Shaw
04 Schneiderlin
08 S Davis (Guly - 88' )
10 Ramirez (Lallana - 63' )
18 Cork
07 Lambert
09 Rodriguez

Substitutes
01 K Davis
06 Fonte
13 Fox
16 Ward-Prowse
20 Lallana
21 Guly
42 Puncheon

Match Stats

Possession
Reading 40%
Southampton 60%

Shots
Reading 8
Southampton 12

On target
Reading 3
Southampton 4

Corners
Reading 8
Southampton 4

Fouls
Reading 5
Southampton 11