Reading 2-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

20 Aug

Paul McShane celebrates his goal with his Reading team mates


Paul McShane (second left) scored his first league goal for Reading after joining the Royals last summer

Brighton dropped to second place in the Championship table after drawing at Reading, who finished with 10 men.

John Swift’s free-kick gave the Royals a second-minute lead but the visitors levelled when Joey van den Berg headed a corner into his own net.

Anthony Knockaert’s low drive put the Seagulls ahead straight after the break and Paul McShane made it 2-2 by converting Garath McCleary’s pull-back.

Van den Berg was sent off late on for a second bookable offence.

Swift’s opener, an inswinging ball which evaded everyone from a wide position on the left, was the first goal Brighton have conceded this season.

McCleary and Yann Kermorgant were constant threats as Jaap Stam’s Royals dominated the opening period, with the Frenchman having a shot cleared off the line by Lewis Dunk and dragging another effort wide.

Brighton improved after the break but goalkeeper David Stockdale made a reflex save to tip an overhead kick from Kermorgant behind and keep the scoreline at 2-2.

The visitors could not take advantage when Van den Berg, who had picked up a caution for dissent in the first half, was dismissed by referee Mike Jones with one minute remaining for pulling back Tomer Hemed.

Albion, who finished third last season, remain unbeaten but slipped to second after Huddersfield secured a late win over Barnsley.

Live Text

Match ends, Reading 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Second Half ends, Reading 2, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a set piece situation.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Yann Kermorgant (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Reading).

Liam Rosenior (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Danny Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution, Reading. Jake Cooper replaces Roy Beerens.

Second yellow card to Joey van den Berg (Reading) for a bad foul.

Foul by Joey van den Berg (Reading).

Tomer Hemed (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

Substitution, Reading. Joseph Mendes replaces Garath McCleary.

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Tomer Hemed replaces Glenn Murray.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Liam Rosenior.

Attempt blocked. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Williams with a cross.

Foul by Danny Williams (Reading).

Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution, Reading. Stephen Quinn replaces John Swift.

Offside, Reading. George Evans tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

Paul McShane (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jamie Murphy replaces Jiri Skalak.

Foul by Paul McShane (Reading).

Anthony Knockaert (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Danny Williams (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Glenn Murray (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gaëtan Bong (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

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