READING 0 CARDIFF CITY 1
|Scorers: -||Date: 25 March 2000|
|Team: Howie, Murty (Hunter), A.Williams, Primus, Robinson, Caskey, Newman, Smith, McIntyre (Igoe), Butler (Scott), Forster.|
Jason Bowen's goal on the hour - the first scored by an away side at the Madejski Stadium since early January - was enough to end Reading's run of five straight home victories, and saw all three points go to Cardiff City. It was typical that a disappointing performance from the Royals was rounded off by a goal created and scored by two ex-Reading players. It was an Andy Legg long throw special into the Reading area that set up the goal and ex-Royal Bowen had the simple task of putting it past Howie. With Reading failing to create chances it was Cardiff who could have made it two-nil, when another Bowen shot beat Howie but didn't manage to stay under the crossbar. Sammy Igoe, Reading's deadline day signing from Portsmouth came on to replace McIntyre when the Royals were already a goal down. But even his debut in front of a decent home crowd could do nothing to salvage a point with a whole Reading team performance seriously lacking.
Post Match Opinions
match......what match. The game was overshadowed by what happened at the
end of the match concerning the people from Cardiff. I was considering
calling them fans, but I doubt they are. What are Reading FC doing? They
put up a flimsy fence and they expect it to keep these people at bay.
Why don't Reading FC let us leave the ground first? Everytime, the people
go round, get the stones and start throwing them at us. It has happened
against Millwall, Bristol Rovers and now Cardiff. The police are so incompetent.
After they let us leave, why were there Cardiff people still there? I
know that are attendance's have been pretty good recently but if Reading
don't sort out this problem, the attendance's are going to fall, as supporters
won't come because they fear for their safety.
Reading cannot do throw-ins. Just watch - they lose 90% of their own.
Cardiff's tactics came straight from Welsh rugby: kick the ball off in
the corner, give Reading the throw and get the ball back in the Reading
penalty area. Simple! (this is not new - I first noticed it about 18 months
ago). Mad Dog apparently does the set pieces. See to this one please.
Boring, Sorry, Woeful, Hopeless, Gutless, Need I go on!!!!!! Who recommended
Newman ??? Why o why can we not beat teams at the bottom of the table.
On this display we should thank our lucky stars that we are away from
the relegation zone otherwise the drop would be inevitable.
like a number of others, left a couple of minutes early, so I didn't get
involved in any problems with the away "fans" but I would agree with Pete,
it's a bomb waiting to go off, so hold the away fans back after the match.....10
minutes can't be too much to ask. Why did I leave early...I'd had enough!
The problem seems to me that we play at the level of the opposition and
if we compare the Rovers match it's like the sublime to the ridiculous.
I also felt the place and the team seemed a bit flat, maybe a case of
after the Lord's Mayor's show. I can't think why - we still need the points
and we should be full of confidence. We haven't got the consistency yet,
and it might be unrealistic to expect it after the season we've had, but
on paper the players seem to me as good as any in the division. However,
we're not a Wimbledon, so get the ball on the ground. We've got two smallish
players up front so why give it to them in the air. I don't think we're
getting the best out of Butler, he was good at Cambridge playing off Benjamin
( a big bloke!) maybe we need him as well with Forster playing in the
hole behind the two of them. Would it be dreaming to think of Jason Roberts
coming in the summer! The final insult was seeing Bowen score of all people,
when he was with us, let's just say I was never impressed! What it all
underlines, and I guess we all know this, is that there's much work to
Pardew and Allen to do but what we got on Saturday was simply unacceptable.
would like to agree with Pete's opinion. The amount of crowd trouble at
the Reading games these days is ridiculous it makes me fed up I go there
to see the football and support my team with friends and family and as
we are leaving we now have to practically run to the car park to avoid
getting hit by a brick or stones. Why time and time again do the police
stand there focussing on the Reading fans, when we are the sensible ones
who are football fans, and let these mindless idiots get away with insighting
pointless violence its unecessary and crude. On today's performance, yes
it was bad its just another blip, every team has them but next week three
points for the royals.
on from Pete's comments, where do the Millwall, Bristol Rovers and Cardiff
City hooligans (NB I did not call them fans!) get the stones/bricks/rocks
from? If it was only a matter of picking them up from the ground/pavement
then why are they not removed - or cemented in place so that they can
not become missiles. As for the match, I'm afraid that our favourite team
never got out of second gear. Cardiff were better in all departments and
the two major players in my opinion were Bowen and Legg - two of a number
of players who were so readily discarded by Tommy Burns. True, they each
had a point to prove and may well have played above themselves. I had
to admire the support given by the majority of well behaved Cardiff fans,
which was deafening at times. ('Well behaved' automatically excludes those
who confront police, stewards and rival fans)
are as good in the air as an over weight Kiwi, so why did we insist on
playing the long ball for the whole game?
I never went to the game on Saturday and admittedly it was a bad result
but what is the point in condemning the effort the players made when they
have been getting points at a rate of two points a game for the last two
months ? The result simply says to me that the players were intent on
having a rest after what has to be called a great result on Wednesday.
Looking at the teamsheet on Saturday we are starting to get the makings
of a good team together and I'm 100% positive that we are going to win
a difference a couple of days makes in the world of football. Wednesday
night, brilliant against one of the best, if not the best team in the
division and then we turn up on Saturday and are treated to that load
of rubbish against one of the worst teams in the division. I believe the
reason why Cardiff won was that they wanted the victory more than we did,
they were first to everything in midfield and were the harder tacklers
in the challenge.
About the only thing that I said all game - and it applied to both teams.
What a pile of poo. (The difference being that Cardiff actually had some
tall players - we had, erm, Nicky Forster and Martin Butler.) Were the
players scared of the slightly greasy pitch? All it did was rain a bit
in the morning. It's what happens in this country. And what was Barry
of a shambles on Saturday but inthe end Cardiff wanted it more than Reading!
did Bournemouth, and Bristol Rovers, and really thought we had turned
the corner. We were not at the races on Saturday, we seemed tired and
exhausted after that brilliant Bristol Rovers performance. Infact it was
similar to the Chesterfield game, a poor opposition who frustrated us
like we did Rovers and their only tactic was the long throw and their
fans were complete idiots.
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