MATCH REPORT: 2004/2005 Season

Reading: -
West Ham:
Sheringham (81 mins).
Half Time: 0-0
Attendance: 26,242

Pos Team P Pts GD
11 Gillingham 2 3 0
12 READING 2 3 0
13 Sunderland 2 3 0
Reading: Hahnemann, Murty, Ingimarsson, Williams, Shorey, Hughes (Goater 84), Little (Convey 34), Sidwell, Harper, Kitson, Forster. Subs not used: Young, Sonko, Newman.
West Ham:
Bywater, Repka, Melville (Ferdinand 61), Dailly, Cohen, Rebrov (Chadwick 76), Mullins, Reo-Coker, Etherington, Sheringham, Harewood (Zamora 71). Subs not used: Walker, Nowland.
Reading: None
West Ham:
Dailly, Reo-Coker, Zamora.
Referee: P Taylor (Cheshunt)

Reading went down a goal to nil against West Ham tonight in a very entertaining game at Upton Park. Teddy Sheringham scored his first goal for West Ham on his home league debut and it proved enough to give the hammers their first win of the season. The former Manchester Utd and Spurs striker put the ball in the net from six yards after 82 minutes after Graham Murty's sliced clearance fell to Luke Chadwick who crossed for Sheringham to slot home. In a very entertaining and open game Reading could have taken an early lead within the first 14 seconds when the ball fell to Nicky Forster who layed it off for Andy Hughes who was guilty of a poor finish fireing over from 16 yards. In an end to game both sides could have had a hat full of goals but for some very good defending and on occasions some poor finishing. After a couple of blunders on Saturday Marcus Hahnemann was back to his best denying Marlon Harewood on a number of occasions and although Reading let it slip eight minutes from time they can come away from the game with many positives after a fantastic display and will go to Brammall Lane on Saturday full of confidence. The only concern from the game was Glen little who picked up a hamstring strain but it is hoped he will be fit to play a part in Saturdays visit to Sheffield.


Well played Reading! This game could have finished 3-3 but didn't you just know they were going to pinch it 1-0 as the game entered the final ten minutes. We'll win games this season playing far worse than last night but that's football , just had to be against them . At least Parwho was gracious in defeat saying we were the better team for most of the game. If you don't get the ball in the net you don't win games, simple, and though maybe hard on Hughes, he really should have hit the target after 15 seconds to give us a dream start rather than put the ball in the back row of the stand from 15 yards out. I was proud of my team last night, we defended well, apart from Murty's kamikaze moment which led to their goal by old man Rupert Bear. Midfield worked it's socks off and everybody tried so hard but sadly all for bugger all. If we continue to play like that we'll finish above West Ham I assure you. Another very tough game at Sheffield on Saturday but my belief is they all have to played sometime so let's get at them while we're fresh and believing in ourselves. Just one other thing, last night live on Sky we outplayed and competed against West Ham at their ground, let's just think how far we've come in such a short time. Keep the faith!! URZZZ
Nick Newbury

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