MATCH REPORT: 2006/2007 Season

28 October 2006: FA PREMIER LEAGUE
Reading: Doyle (84 mins)
Portsmouth: Gunnarsson (10 mins, og), Kanu (52 mins), Pedro Mendes (66 mins).
Half Time: 1-0
Attendance: 20,146

Pos Team P Pts GD
9 Fulham 10 13 -4
10 READING 10 13 -5
11 Blackburn 10 12 -3
Reading: Hahnemann, Gunnarsson, Sonko, Ingimarsson, Shorey, Ki-Hyeon (Oster 73), Harper, Sidwell, Convey (Lita 73), Doyle, Long (Little 55). Subs Not Used: Federici, Bikey.
Portsmouth: James, Johnson, Primus (Pamarot 46), Campbell, Stefanovic, O'Neil, Pedro Mendes, Davis, Taylor, Mwaruwari (LuaLua 72), Kanu (Cole 80). Subs Not Used: Kiely, Kranjcar.
Reading: -
Portsmouth: -
Ref: P Dowd (Staffordshire).

Reading were again on the wrong end of a heavy defeat, after the latest game in a tough run of fixtures saw the Royals suffer their fourth straight loss. Portsmouth have had an excellent season so far and, with home advantage also on their side, swept Reading aside to record a straight forward victory to keep them in touch with the Premiership leaders. Reading were immediately under heavy pressure, with Hahnemann quickly called into action, and never looked likely to take anything from the game. There's no doubt that the defence have struggled in recent weeks, especially with Murty missing through injury - and the statistics don't lie. Gunnarsson has done well coming off the bench to provide cover, but he'll want to forget his first Premiership start after scoring Portsmouth's first. With just ten minutes on the clock a corner was played in and swung viciously into the six yard box where Gunnarsson connected to guide the ball into the back of the net. It was a cruel goal to conceed and Reading never recovered.

All the clear cut chances were coming from Portsmouth as they threatened to extend their lead before half time. With some better finishing they would have added a second before they eventually did shortly after the break when Kanu headed home. When Mendes added the third not long after the hour mark it looked like Reading might be on the end of another thrashing with Portsmouth dominating proceedings. Things might have changed in Reading's favour if Mendes had been sent off for clearly saving a certain goal with his hand when the keeper was beaten inside the last ten minutes. Although we didn't get the penalty, or the extra man advantage, we did grab a consolation goal when Doyle scored from close range from a corner.



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