MATCH REPORT: 2005/2006 Season

Reading: Convey (10 mins), Sonko (55 mins), Kitson (90 mins).
Burnley: -
Half Time: 0-1
Attendance: 12,888

Pos Team P Pts GD
1 READING 37 89 +56
2 Sheff Utd 37 75 +27
3 Leeds 36 69 +22
Reading: Hahnemann, Murty, Sonko, Gunnarsson, Shorey, Oster (Little 52 (Hunt 83)), Harper, Ingimarsson, Convey, Lita (Kitson 45), Doyle. Subs Not Used: Stack, Makin.
Burnley: Jensen, Thomas, Sinclair, McGreal, Duff, Harley, James O'Connor, Hyde, Spicer (Elliott 57), McCann, Lafferty. Subs Not Used: Karbassiyoon, Crossley, Garreth O'Connor, Courtney.
Reading: -
Burnley: James O'Connor.
Referee: M Jones (Cheshire).

Reading's inevitable journey into the Premiership took another big step with another straight forward Championship victory - this time a 3-0 win at Burnley. The home side offered little resistance to Reading, who didn't have to play their best football to win with ease. The victory was marred by injuries to striker Leroy Lita and winger Glen Little, with Lita suffering a broken ankle that will rule him out of action for at least the rest of the season. Lita was stretchered off just before the break after a bad landing. Glen Little lasted only thirty minutes in the second half after being forced to limp off - thankfully his injury is not expected to be so serious.

Marcus Hahnemann was rarely troubled during the game, and Reading stuck home the majority of their chances to cruise to another three points. The injuries and Reading's three goals were the main talking points of the games. The result was never in doubt after Bobby Convey put Reading ahead after just ten minutes with a superb individual goal - blasting the ball into the top corner of the net from distance. After a quiet first half, Reading came to life at the start of the season and could have increased their lead with shots from Convey and Harper - Harper's requiring a good save from the Burnley keeper. Reading had to wait until the fifty-fifth minute to move further ahead when a free-kick from the left was soundly headed home by Sonko in the centre.

Little was heavily involved in the game after replacing Oster near the start of the second half. Another Little cross almost created a repeat goal when Sonko again nearly got onto the end of it with his head. On 83 minutes Little limped off to be replaced by Hunt. Hunt, Reading's third winger of the game, was equally effective as he set up the third in the dying minutes. A good run down the right wing saw a low cross provide Dave Kitson with a simple finish to wrap up the victory.


A very comfortable win; again demonstrating the talent in the depth of squad but naturally marred by the injury to Leroy. Whilst he will now be sidelined as we push forward to take the Championship title he must take great comfort and satisfaction that his very important contribution and goals scored have been the benchmark of what will be remembered as our finest ever season! This is most certainly recognised by his team mates who will be driven on yet further to achieve especially for him now. As for us supporters, we are with Leroy and the whole squad all the way and this will be shortly evidenced by their presence on Mad Stad turf!
Terry, Isle of Wight

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