BURNLEY 3 READING 0
|Scorers: -||Date: 18 March 2000|
|Team: Howie, Murty, Polston, Primus, Robinson, Grant (Newman), Caskey, Smith (Henderson), Hodges (Scott), Forster, Butler.|
Match Heroes: Forster
Post Match Opinions
doubt next week's training will focus on corners and crosses as it was
from those types of attack that Reading conceded all three goals and sank
to a defeat that was largely undeserved - at least until the decisive
second goal. Reading shaded it on points during the first half, their
patient build-up play worth a goal or two with Caskey and Murty linking
up particularly well on the right. In fact, Caskey came closest to scoring
when he hit the post with a cunning, curling shot from outside the box
with the inside of his boot.
in the gents after the match much of the comment was aimed at the officials
for giving the corner, yet no mention of the schoolboy defending at the
set piece. Presumably if the coach has been practising set pieces from
an attacking point of view, then the defenders have been involved and,
by dint of this, practising defending set pieces. However all three goals
resulted from unchallenged headers from restarts. I am afraid Howie's
command of his area is non existent and certainly the second goal should
have been within his range and at least challenging Payton might have
couldn't help feeling that if we would have been at home with 14,000 behind
us we would have won this game,I know that may sound strange having been
beaten 3-0, but they just weren't any better than us.We conceded 2 goals
directly from corners which were both unchallenged and the third as a
result of a corner.Incidently scored by my most hated footballer of all
time,but even that twat couldn't miss from 2 inches out even with that
huge chip on his shoulder. It could have been very different Caskey hit
the post from 25 yards out with an exquisite curling shot in the first
10 minutes. In the second half we had a couple of goal mouth scrambles
where it looked easier to score than miss,but it just wasn't our day.
During this period of rebuilding things will go wrong occasionally this
was just one of those times.
only highlight of a low key Reading performance was Caskey's sublime first
half shot - Oh and some neat one touch passing moves, Forster's tireless
running and some appalling set piece defending. I was sitting in the Burnley
end (with a Burnley-supporting colleague) right behind Caskey when he
shot. When the ball left his boot, I thought it was going about 15 metres
wide. The curl he got on it was terrific. However, the passion and fight
witnessed in recent weeks deserted the team on Saturday. Even Mr Mad Dog
couldn't get them going. They'll need to re-dsicover that on Wednesday,
otherwise Rovers will hammer us.
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