A Royal Affair: Game Sixteen

25 01 2007

sA Royal Affair collates my attempts to take relegation-favourites Reading from the lower regions of the Premiership to higher heights. So far results have been encouraging, and the players are working well together as we strive to make our target of forty points by the end of the season.  

Welcome to the official Reading F.C website

Unbeaten Premiership run continues

Reading make it four without defeat

After last weeks shock two-nil victory over Chelsea, Reading were brought somewhat down to earth during a pulsating game against Manchester City in which the Royals twice came from behind to earn a point.

The hosts, City, started brightly and showed why they had managed to push up the table much like Reading. Both teams have performed much better than anticipated, and a clash that so easily have been a relegation battle was set to be a table-top fight. Markus Rosenberg, City’s £2.3m summer signing, gave the home team the lead after half an hour before James Harper picked up the ball outside the area and skipped past at least six Manchester City players to bring the scores level.

Kevin Doyle in action againt City

Both sides battled it out in midfield for the next half an hour, with view chances for either team. Graham Stack, making his second appearance since the injury sustained to Marcus Hahnemann, was looking comfortable until an unfortunate and freak incident with fifteen minutes to go.

Reading left back Jon Harley picked up the ball and played a low pass back to Stack. With no-one challenging the keeper, as Stack went to clear the ball upfield it is believed that a small divot in the ground caused the ball to bounce above his foot. While Reading fans couldn’t believe what had happened, City fans were jubiland, as it looked as though this freak goal had given them the victory.

However, with just four minutes to go, Billy Jones sent a sweeping long ball 60 yards across the pitch to find the run of young American Freddy Adu. Collecting the ball and finding himself one-on-one with Andreas Isaksson, Adu slipped the ball under the goalkeepers dive, scoring his third goal of the season and securing another vital point for Reading.

After the game the Royals assistant Kevin Dillon spoke to the website.

“We’ve no idea what happened with the goal [Manchester City’s second] but it’s just one of those freakish things that happen. Graham’s obviously a little embarrased, and the lads are giving him a bit of stick for it, but it could have happened to anyone.”

He praised the spirit of the players for the come back and said the whole club was proud for the way they performed.

“To come back from behind twice – especially after that mistake – takes some courage. We put in a good performance today, and a point is probably a fair result.”

Reading have now won three and drawn one of their last four Premiership games since the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal, and they will be hoping to continue this form next week when they travel to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn Rovers.

Reading Line Up:-

13. Graham Stack (GK), 22. Greg Halford (DR), 19. Jon Harley (DL), 3. Billy Jones (DC), 2. Ibrahima Sonko (DC), 12. Seol Ki-Hyeon (ML), 8. Kevin Doyle (MR), 6. Steve Sidwell (MC), 16. James Harper (AMC), 9. Leroy Lita (ST), 14. Dave Kitson(ST)

Subs: 10. Shane Long (on for Kitson), 15. Freddy Adu (on for Lita), 11. Bobby Convey (on for Doyle), 7. Glen Little, 4. Nicky Shorey

Match Facts:

Manchester City 2-2 Reading
Scorers: James Harper (37), Freddy Adu (86)
Attendance: 46392
MOTM: James Harper
Wednesday 22nd November 2006
Points Total: 27

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25 01 2007
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