Barclays Premier League
By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Reading 2 (Kebe 58, Hunt 62)
Newcastle United 2 (Ba 59, 83)
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+4mins: Reading's search for a first Barclays Premier League win of the season goes on, but only just as Newcastle twice came from behind to draw. Just like at Everton in the last away match, Demba Ba is the hero with a double but in the end United were grateful for a point as the hosts were probably the better side.
90+1mins: Williamson heads a searching cross from the right away from immediate danger, but it is retrieved by McAnuff who cuts inside and unleashes a wonderful strike which leaves Harper rooted to the ground but crashes back off a post. At the other end, Demba Ba gets a chance for a hat-trick but is off target from a difficult angle.
90mins: There will be four minutes added on for either side to force a winner.
88mins: Harper's second fine save of the day denies fellow old stager Jason Roberts. The striker's downward header was flying in but the keeper fell instinctively to his left to make a one-handed stop to keep it out. Play was kept alive by the hosts and worked back for Roberts, but this time he was closed down quickly and his shot whistles just past the far post. That all came from a quick break following a Newcastle free-kick.
86mins: As Hatem Ben Arfa drives a shot from 25 yards wide, Reading make their final change. Noel Hunt is off with Adam Le Fondre coming on and the ex-Rotherham and Rochdale striker almost scores with his first touch but is thwarted by a crucial intervention from Williamson.
83mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-2): Make that two shots on target and two goals, both scored by Demba Ba. He owes it all to a superb cross from Shane Ferguson, who created Papiss Cisse's goal at Old Trafford in midweek and had already made a couple of great runs before delivering this inch-perfect ball which Ba stooped to head past the Reading keeper. On second viewing, it may have hit the striker's hand but the goal has certainly given Newcastle a hand in what was looking to be a desperate situation.
82mins: Tavernier's cross from the right causes problems and Ba pokes the ball to Ben Arfa, who works space for a 20 yard shot with a drop of his shoulder but finds his effort blocked. Newcastle have still only had one shot on target, which they have scored from.
79mins: Demba Ba goes down inside the box as McCarthy rushes from his line and Andre Marriner flinches his arm to make a decision - but instead of pointing to the spot, it's to acknowledge an offside flag and no penalty is given.
78mins: Pogrebnyak's afternoon is over as he is replaced by Jason Roberts - it's one physical striker for another.
75mins: More pressing from the hosts, who threaten down the left through McAnuff and although Perch gets his cross partially clear, Leigertwood is waiting to volley it from the edge of the area but gets far too much on it as it soars over the bar.
74mins: Reading are on top since regaining the lead and after forcing a couple of corners, a good spell of pressure from them ends with Gorkss heading over the bar.
73mins: Another booking for Newcastle, this time for Jonas Gutierrez who won the ball from Jem Karacan but then lost it and dragged the midfielder down in his haste to win it back. Referee Marriner allowed play to continue but then booked the Argentine once the ball went out of play.
71mins: Ben Arfa streaks down the left and his cross-cum-shot from inside the box almost catches McCarthy out, with the keeper scrambling it behind with his legs as it looked to be creeping inside his near post.
70mins: A double substitution for Newcastle: Papiss Cisse and Gael Bigirimana make way for Shola Ameobi and Shane Ferguson. Meanwhile the home side also make a change - Jimmy Kebe, who opened the scoring, makes way for Garath McCleary.
65mins: Today's attendance is 24,097 with 2,076 making the trip from Tyneside.
62mins - READING GOAL (2-1): These last four minutes have been totally out of keeping with what has gone before in this game as the Royals roar back in front. McAnuff crossed from the left and Noel Hunt got a glancing header to take the ball past Harper, who was at full stretch but couldn't keep it out. Having restored parity so quickly after going behind, Newcastle really needed to stay level for longer than three minutes but they find themselves trailing for a second time.
59mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-1): Just like at Everton in Newcastle's last away match, when Demba Ba equalised for United moments after Victor Anichebe appeared to have won the game, the Senegalese star has done it again. Almost straight from the kick-off, Tiote clipped a ball into the box and Ba met it with a stunning volley from 16 yards out which flew past McCarthy. It's Newcastle's first effort on target, but what an effort.
58mins - READING GOAL (1-0): Finally the deadlock is broken and it's the hosts who get the all-important goal. Somewhat sloppy defending allows Jimmy Kebe to pick up the ball just outside the box and he jinks into the area before hitting a low shot which hits Perch to wrongfoot Harper and nestle into the bottom corner.
56mins: Leigertwood wins the ball in midfield and goes for a strike on goal, but he drags it well wide. Before the goal kick is taken, Steven Taylor - who appeared to pick up a knock when Pogregnyak rolled him at the beginning of the half - comes off to be replaced by James Tavernier. It's the Bradford-born defender's top flight debut and James Perch shuffles over to centre-half with Tavernier playing on the right-hand side of the back four.
54mins: Swift, attacking football from Newcastle sees Cisse receive the ball in the box and work space for a shot, which he is unfortunate to see blocked by a blue and white shirt. It's not saying much, but the second half has started with more attacking intent from both sides than the first.
53mins: Williamson is booked for a shoulder barge on Noel Hunt 50 yards from goal. The defender will argue that he was just using his strength there against a smaller opponent but he becomes the second Magpies player to go into Andre Marriner's notebook.
48mins: The bustling Pogrebnyak gets the wrong side of Steven Taylor as he uses his strength to good effect to burst into the box, but Williamson is sweeping up behind and gets across well to stop the striker from getting a shot away.
46mins: Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba get the second half started. Newcastle were out early for the restart, with Alan Pardew clearly demanding more from his side after a first half where both sides lacked much in the way of quality.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+1mins: It's half-time and the score is 0-0 - but that's only because of a vital last-ditch challenge by James Perch with the last kick of the half. A ball from the right was controlled by the dangerous Pogrebnyak who looked certain to score from ten yards out, but from nowhere Perch flew in to nick the ball off the striker's toe. Other than that, there's hardly been a chance for either side but that almost changed the complexion of the game altogether.
45mins: There will be one minute of stoppage time at the end of this first period, most of which is for the treatment required midway through the half by Tiote.
44mins: James Perch becomes the first player to be booked as he slides in late on McAnuff as the winger skips down the left. It was a clear foul and a deserved booking, but Newcastle eventually manage to get the free-kick clear although they make rather hard work of it.
42mins: Williamson wins a big tackle a few yards inside the Newcastle half and gives the ball to Ba, who advances and in turn finds Cisse but the striker's long-range shot swerves wide as Royals keeper McCarthy continues to wait for his first genuine save of the afternoon.
36mins: Decent football from United involving several players eventually sees Bigirimana - playing in a more advanced role than he began the match - tee up captain Gutierrez for a shot from 22 yards but his his effort flies high and wide.
29mins: A superb save from Steve Harper prevents Reading from taking the lead with the game's first shot on target. Jobi McAnuff whipped in a lovely ball from the left and Pogbrebnyak met it at the far post, but United's veteran keeper - who kept a clean sheet in his last outing against Norwich - shows great reflexes to tip his powerful header over the bar.
24mins: Finally a shot on goal - but true to form, it goes out for a throw-in. The ball sat up nicely for Reading's Nicky Shorey on the half-volley, 18 yards out, but the former England left-back's effort was awful and is followed a few seconds later by a simimilarly inaccurate effort from Pogrebnyak - although at least his strike went over the bar and not into touch.
23mins: Still nothing that could be classed as a shot on goal, but Shaun Cummings' cross from the right leads to a half-chance as Pavel Pogrebnyak flicks on and Noel Hunt almost manages to force it past Harper, who is out quickly to get there first.
19mins: Ben Arfa floats in a free-kick which Reading half clear but Mike Williamson jumps in to head the ball back towards goal and Cisse is almost able to turn it home, only for Alex McCarthy to grab the ball at the crucial moment.
17mins: Tiote and Mikele Leigertwood go in for a 50-50 and the Ivorian comes off worse as the Reading captain's tackle forces him to go over on his ankle. Eventually the Royals kick the ball out of play for him to be treated and it looks like he'll be okay to continue. Incidentally, although there hasn't been much action in this game yet you can keep up to date with scores around the country and see statistics from this match on our Match Day console by clicking here.
10mins: Demba Ba took advantage of slip from Kaspars Gorkss and sprinted down the right at some speed but only had one man - Papiss Cisse - in the box and his cross was too powerful for his compatriot.
8mins: No chances as yet but Newcastle have made a confident start, passing the ball well with Cheick Tiote and Gael Bigirimana on his full league debut for the club both getting on the ball as often as possible. Reading seem content to let United have the ball and defend at the moment, although that mentality is likely to change later on. The Royals did force the first corner of the game a couple of minutes ago, but it was punched away strongly by Steve Harper.
1min: We're underway here at the Madejski Stadium with Reading taking the kick-off. Newcastle, skippered by Jonas Gutierrez, are wearing their burgundy change kit (available to buy here) with the Royals in blue and white hoops. It's a sell-out, although a few blue seats can still be seen at the moment as the hosts go in search of their first Barclays Premier League victory of the season following their promotion last term.
Reading (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy; Shaun Cummings, Adrian Mariappa, Kaspars Gorkss, Nicky Shorey; Jimmy Kebe (Garath McCleary 70), Mikele Leigertwood, Jem Karacan, Jobi McAnuff (c); Noel Hunt (Adam Le Fondre 86), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Jason Roberts 78)
Subs not used: Stuart Taylor, Alex Pearce, Danny Guthrie, Hal Robson-Kanu
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; James Perch, Steven Taylor (James Tavernier 56), Mike Williamson, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Gael Bigirimana (Shane Ferguson 70), Jonas Gutierrez (c); Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 70)
Referee: Andre Marriner