A Royal Affair: Game Eleven

8 01 2007

A new year, and so with it comes a revamp of the Reading story, ‘A Royal Affair’. Technically, I am a little late here as the first Royal Affair game of the year was published on the third. But I’m sure you can forgive me for that. So read on to see the new angle that the reviews are taking, which should make them a little more enjoyable for you. Aren’t I nice?

Welcome to the official Reading F.C website

Royals get back to winning ways!

Victory for Reading as Bolton crash out of the League Cup 

Reading put aside their disapointment after the defeat to Arsenal to send Bolton Wanderers out of the League Cup. In a game that could have easiy gone either way, Reading had persistence – and Irish youngster Kevin Doyle – to thank for sending them through to the fourth round of the competition.

The Royals made a number of changes from the team that lost to Arsenal. Left back Nicky Shorey returned to the starting line up for the first time this season following his recovery from a fractured wrist, and was joined on the left by American star Bobby Convey, another player recently returning to action after a long lay off. Seol Ki-Hyeon and Leroy Lita were rested, with John Oster and Dave Kitson their replacements. In defence, Billy Jones and Greg Halford were dropped for Ingimarsson and de la Cruz, with the Royals manager giving the young defensive pair a much needed break. John Harper was also rested, with Freddy Adu taking the attacking midfield role.

The game started brightly, and Dave Kitson didn’t need long to show just how dangerous he can be. After four minutes he beat Ricardo Gardner to an Oster long ball, but was unlucky to fire wide of the goal. With much competition for a place in the attacking line up, Kitson looked like a player eager to impress.

Unfortunately for the the striker, and the Royals, chances were few and far between in the first half. Bolton looked more dangerous, with Gardner seeing two shots miss in back to back chances. The visitors had a few more opportunities to claim the first goal, but Reading had the ever reliable Marcus Hahnemann for being equal to all Bolton’s attacking moves.

At half time Kitson and Oster were taken off, replaced by Lita and Ki-Hyeon. Again the visitors pressed forward, hoping to catch the Royals defence out. However, after a miss from Nicola Anelka, Reading were able to break forward. Freddy Adu broke through the midfield and fired a great ball forward to Doyle, who wasted no time in blasting the ball into the top corner to give the home team the lead.


Kevin Doyle – back in the goals against Bolton

His strike was to be the only goal of the game, despite further attempts by both teams. American loanee Freddy Adu was taken off as a precaution after picking up a knock, but the midfielder will be back in training by next week at the latest.

A rather disapointing 6559 was the recorded attendance, with many fans no doubt saving their money for the home ties against Liverpool and Chelsea in November.

Following the result, the Reading captain Steve Sidwell spoke exclusively to the website.

“We didn’t play as well as we have been doing recently, but it’s a win. It was good to come back with a victory after the defeat against Arsenal, and we’re really looking forward to the draw for the fourth round”.

Kevin Doyle’s goal – his first since the opening day of the season – came as something of a relief for the attacker.

“I’ve been in and out of positions all season,” the 23 year old told us after the match, “and I’ve played a lot of games in midfield. Of course it’s frustrating not scoring, but it was great to get a goal today. Hopefully they’ll be a few more somewhere!”


With a great performance and a string of fantastic saves, Marcus Hahnemann picked up the man of the match award, celebrating another clean sheet.

The Royals don’t have to wait long to see if they can repeat their success, as Bolton will play hosts next Monday as Reading return to Premiership action. Make sure you check back on the website to see how they did!

Reading Line Up:-

1. Marcus Hahnemann (GK), 21. Ulises de la Cruz (DR), 4. Nicky Shorey (DL), 5. Ivar Ingimarsson (DC), 2. Ibrahima Sonko (DC), 20. John Oster (MR), 11. Bobby Convey (ML), 6. Steve Sidwell (MC), 15. Freddy Adu (AMC), 14. Dave Kitson (ST), 8. Kevin Doyle (ST)

Subs: 9. Leroy Lita (on for Kitson), 28. Stephen Ireland (on for Adu), 12. Seol Ki-Hyeon (on for Oster), 22. Greg Halford, 3. Billy Jones

Match Facts:

Reading 1-0 Bolton Wanderers
League Cup 3rd Round
Scorer: Kevin Doyle (52)
Attendance: 6559
MOTM: Hahnemann
Wednesday, 25th October 2006

Missed any games? You can read all previous reports here!



2 responses

9 01 2007

nice… i like the new format, reads just like a real match report

9 01 2007
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