Reading 3-3 Fulham
Last Updated: Sat, 27 Oct 2012 17:05
Hal Robson-Kanu's injury time goal rescued a point for Reading moments after Dimitar Berbatov appeared to have grabbed a Fulham winner.
The Royals started brightly and got their reward on 26 minutes from the unlikeliest of sources as Mikele Leigertwood strode onto Jobi McAnuff's lay-off and unleashed a superb curling drive into the top corner.
Fulham's Hugo Rodallega wasted two glorious openings in what was a dismal display from the former Wigan striker. However, just before the hour mark he was replaced by Bryan Ruiz in a move that changed the game. Two minutes later the Costa Rican unleashed a stinging left foot drive that gave Alex McCarthy no chance.
Ruiz proved instrumental as Fulham took control of the game and the Cottagers took the lead with 13 minutes left as Ruiz's free-kick was headed home by an unmarked Chris Baird.
Reading looked to have secured a point when Garath McCleary latched onto Hal Robson-Kanu's cutback to drill beyond Schwarzer with four minutes left on the clock. It took just 90 seconds for Fulham to silence the Madejski again though as Berbatov curled a delightful finish beyond a despairing McCarthy to send Martin Jol and the travelling fans wild.
That wasn't the end of it though. In injury time a Nicky Shorey free-kick was not cleared by the Fulham defence and in the ensuing scramble Robson-Kanu was on hand to poke home from two yards. It would have completed a dramatic final five minutes if either Adam Le Fondre or Adrian Mariappa had found the net rather than Mark Schwarzer with last gasp chances as Reading almost nicked it.