Sunday, August 28, 2005

HANGOVER Watford 0-0 Reading

The last time Reading led the Championship we held the position for a mere seven days, so not to be outdone we relinquished top spot after a week following a tedious 0-0 at Watford in front of the SKY cameras. This match was the footballing equivalent of having a hangover, ironically a condition that Floyd on Football had struggled with for much of the day.

Coppell made changes to the side which had struggled past Swansea on Tuesday, with Hahnemann, Murty, Convey, Little and Lita all returned to the starting line-up. Watford, with their nippy shit-off-a-shovel wingers McNamee and Young, looked a half-decent outfit much improved on the struggling side of last season and with angular ex-Royal Darius 'He's worth Two Million' Henderson leading their line it wasn't difficult to see why they were second top scorers in the Championship behind our glorious Royals. It was Darius who came closest to scoring in the first half, beating Hahnemann on two ocassions only to see Sonko and later Harper clear from the goal-line. Sonko has his usual up and down match; in the first half he fired a neat volley staright at his own goalkeeper and right on 90 minutes her crashed a free header over the crossbar in a style which is becoming all too typical.

Reading had their spells in the game but rarely tested Foster in the opening 45 minutes and it was an instinctive 25 yard fizzer from Harper tipped over by the Watford 'keeper around the hour mark which was our first effort on target. It was a disappointing show from Reading going forward; Convey and Little looked bright but failed time and time again with the final ball, whilst the lacklustre Lita and Kitson partnership looked for an hour and a half as if they were running through treacle. The defence held firm however, and Sidwell and Harper in the middle of the park were at their best to earn us another clean sheet on our unbeaten travels so far. A totally uninspiring game, the highlight of which being the travelling Reading crowd spotting ex-Royal John Salako covering the game for SKY and singing his name to his great amusement.

Reading: Hahnemann, Murty, Shorey, Ingimarsson, Sonko, Little, Sidwell, Harper, Convey, Lita (Doyle, 88), Kitson. Subs not used: Stack, Gunarsson, Hunt, Makin.

Floyd's favourite: Sidwell. Immense. Floyd on Football would choose Sidders as skipper over Murty any day.


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