MATCH REPORT: 2006/2007 Season

16 September 2006: FA PREMIER LEAGUE
Reading: Doyle (1 mins), Ki-Hyeon (25 mins).
Sheff Utd: Hulse (61 mins).
Half Time: 0-2
Attendance: 25,011

Pos Team P Pts GD
4 Chelsea 4 9 +5
5 READING 5 9 +1
6 Aston Villa 4 8 +3
Reading: Hahnemann, Murty, Sonko, Ingimarsson, Shorey, Ki-Hyeon (Gunnarsson, 65 mins), Sidwell, Harper, Convey (Hunt, 71 mins), Lita (Little, 65 mins), Doyle. Subs not used: Stack, Long.
Sheff Utd: Bennett, Sommeil, Morgan, Bromby (Nade, 87 mins), Unsworth (Gillespie, 45 mins), Ifill (Quinn, 45 mins), Jagielka, Leigertwood, Armstrong, Akinbiyi, Hulse. Subs not used: Kozluk, Gillespie, Kazim-Richards.
Reading: Little
Sheff Utd: Unsworth, Sommeil.
Referee: A Marriner (West Midlands).

Reading recorded their first away victory in the Premiership after a blistering first half performance against Sheffield United. The Royals took the home side to pieces, to go two goals up at half time, but it could have been even more after an excellent opening forty five minutes. Reading were ahead after just sixteen seconds as Convey took the ball forward right from the kick-off - his ball over the top put Kevin Doyle clean through. Doyle was faced with just the keeper to beat and made no mistake making it 1-0 with his second goal of the season. The Royals didn't take their foot off the pedal with Ki-Hyeon seeing a shot saved by the United keeper and James Harper nearly making it two after his shot beat the goalkeeper but not the post. It was just a case of who would score the second after Sidwell nearly got on the score sheet. Ki-Hyeon did make it 2-0 with 25 minutes on the clock, when he picked up Lita's ball to twist and turn before burying it.

Sheffield United made two changes at half time in an attempt to get back into the game but Reading continued to look more dangerous and Lita twice went close. Ki-Hyeon put over a perfect cross for Lita to head towards goal only to see the home keeper save on the line. Despite Reading's earlier dominance in all areas, United were given hope just after the hour mark when the Reading defence was at last beaten with a cross that was tucked into the back of the net from close range. The home side enjoyed more of the ball in the second half after pulling the goal back, but still struggled to break through a solid defence with Ingimarsson and Sonko in excellent form. Gunnarsson, Little and Hunt come off the bench to shore up the midfield as Reading looked to secure the full three points. Reading might have won a penalty after Doyle was taken down in the area but the referee failed to give it - leaving a nervous finish for Reading after the referee played five minutes of stoppage time. Hahnemann, who had a decent afternoon collecting crosses, made an excellent save right at the end to secure the win. At full time Reading moved up to fifth in the Premiership table - one place behind Champions Chelsea and just below Manchester United who visit the Madejski Stadium next weekend.


A well deserved away win today. Reading were unlucky not to be three up before the home side pulled one back (Marcus at fault at his near post for that I feel), and a more defensive approach was adopted. But apart from Marcus redeeming himself with a smart save near the end, Sheffield United despite their pressure and possession couldn't really trouble a resolute and strong defensive display from Reading. The last two games have given us the platform we needed for the tough encounters to come in the next few weeks. Well done to the team! COME ON!
Caversham Royal

Fantastic, no sooner had we started to sit down when boof Doyley smashes the ball into the net after 16 seconds and we are one up! What made it so sweet was pre match we'd been getting lots of stick from the fat Blades fans to our left and one could not think of a better way to shut them up so quickly. The first half performance from Reading was simply outstanding it would seem that Bramall Lane does seem to bring the best out of us. We could easily have been four up at half time it was that good. The expected onslaught didn't really materialise in the second half apart from ten minutes after they had scored thanks to poor keeping by Marcus on the near post. While on that theme, he should spend every minute of training this week practising his goal kicks, every bloody one goes out of touch! Again it's the team that deserve the plaudits, the effort and the work rate is something for us all to be so proud of. Of course we are learning and we will have severe tests to come but it's as a team we excel, no superstars, no prima donnas, no foreign mercenaries, simply a great team. Lita is yet to convince me he's up to this level as is Convey, but on the other hand Doyle, Sidwell, Harper, Shorey, Icemen both of them, Murty and superman Sonko seem to be revelling on the top stage and will only get better. Any away win in the Premiership is a bonus, so with three points in the bag, I look on that as a point from the mighty three home games coming up against Man U, Arsenal and Chelsea, so we've nothing to lose and who knows what will happen. Can anybody remember looking forward to a game so much as Man U next week, I still can't believe we're in the Premiership and too be sitting sixth! Happy days indeed... UUURRZZZ
Nick Newbury

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