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Monday, 19 March 2012

Reading v Brighton 10.12.05

Next visitors to the Madejski Stadium were Mark McGhee's struggling Brighton & Hove Albion. McGhee, a former Reading player and Manager of the Royals, was hoping for some away points, but with only two wins and eight draws from 22 games so far this season, his Brighton side were always going to find this a difficult game.

Brighton gifted a goal to Reading on 26 minutes, as visiting captain Charlie Oatway could only steer Glen Little's cross into his own net. Things went from bad to worse for Brighton when early in the second half Gary Elphick pulled back Dave Kitson inside the box, only to recieve a second yellow card and was sent off. Kitson scored the resulting penalty, his 25th in the Championship, giving Reading a 2-0 lead.

On 71 minutes Dave Kitson added a second goal to his tally, nodding home Nicky Shore's deflected shot at the far post. Four minutes later Stephen Hunt scored his first goal for the club to make it 4-0 to the Royals.

Brighton did manage to pull one goal back, when on 84 minutes Colin Kazim-Richards struck a powerful 25 yard drive that beat Marcus Hahnemann. Dave Kitson, however, rounded off the game with his third goal, and the only hat-trick of the league campaign, to make the final score Reading 5-1 Brighton.

Team huddle against Brighton & Hove Albion

Young Royals fan shows her support for the team

Chalie Oatwat slices an attempted clearance

and pass his own keeper to score an own goal
Bobby Convey

Elphick is booked for the second time

Dave Kitson takes the resulting penalty

An unhappy Mark McGhee

John Oster steers the ball between two defenders

Stephen Hunt is mobbed after scoring his first goal for the club

Steve Sidwell controls the ball

Graeme Murty on the ball

Dave Kitson is keeping that ball for scoring a hat-trick

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