MATCH REPORT: 2008/2009 Season

Reading: -
Burnley: Blake (81 mins)
Half Time: 0-0
Attendance: 11,538

Pos Team P Pts GD
3 Cardiff 14 25 +7
4 READING 14 24 +14
5 Burnley 14 23 +1
Reading: Hahnemann, Rosenior, Bikey, Ingimarsson, Armstrong, Kebe, Cisse, Harper, Stephen Hunt, Doyle, Noel Hunt. Subs Not Used: Andersen, Matejovsky, Karacan, Long, Pearce.
Burnley: Jensen, Alexander, Caldwell, Jordan, Kalvenes (McDonald 71), Elliott, Gudjonsson, McCann, Eagles, Paterson (Blake 58), Thompson (Rodriguez 78). Subs Not Used: Penny, Van der Schaaf.
Reading: -
Burnley: -
Ref: Mark Haywood (W Yorkshire).

Reading's lamentable away form continued at Burnley with yet another woeful result against a poor Burnley side . The away form is pathetic and these results are going to cost us very dear come the end of the season unless it gets sorted out , starting at Bristol Saturday . At Preston at half time just over two weeks ago we were top of the league now we've slumped to fourth and in last four games since looked very poor . How in gods name can we play like we did at Wolves then go off the rails quicker than derailed steam engine . It's far too early to say we have run out of steam but it's time to start grinding out ugly away one nils or even nil nils draws . There no excuse on the squad front we have the players , of course we'd like more but we've more than adequate to beat most teams in this league . We do miss Matejovsky in the middle as we don't have any creativity in midfield . Stevie Hunt and Kebe are key to our creating chances and both are proving very inconsistent , they need the proverbial rocket up their backsides along with a few others .It's no good making excuses like we were mugged , hit the post , goalkeeping gaffes etc , it's down to results . We've sold out our allocation at Bristol and we'll pack the away end , as the players tale to the field I hope they look at that support and it lifts them as that's who they are playing for . No more excuses , we must win at Bristol if this quest to make a quick return to the Premier league has any credibility.
Nick Newbury

First half we were pretty good, created some decent chances but poor finishing and great goalkeeping kept us out. Their only chances of note both came from Rosenior losing his footing. Hahnemann did well on the first chance, their forward should have buried the second, scuffing a tame shot straight at Marcus when it was easier to score but we could have beenn 2 or 3 up by that stage Second half we were less and less effective. Had a couple more decent chances, hit the woodwork and again the keeper pulled off a couple of excellent saves and although a draw would have been a fairish result, to be honest, the goal was coming in the last 25 minutes. In summary. An improvement in performance on Preston and QPR but we need to be much more clinical away from home. Don't know if there's a stamina issue but we seem to fade in the last 30 minutes and our concentration seems to go. We struggle for ideas when we don't get the early goal. Burnley are a decent, well organised side.
From Despair To Where?

We played ok for the most of the first half and then ran out of ideas rapidly in the second. Burnley gained confidence and as soon as Blake came on you just knew he'd score. It was obvious by midway through the second half that we needed a plan b or a substitution or two to change things around none of which happened. Given how the second half went it was probably a pretty fair result, Burnley converted a chance we didn't and they looked more likely to get a second than we did to equalise. Think I'd have a lot more respect for officials if they could pick up schoolboy errors like foul throws and explain to me how taking a shirt off is a bookable offence but pulling your shorts down isn't.
6ft Kerplunk

Without a doubt you are the best side to visit Turf Moor this season, and to be fair you deserved something from the game. I thought we were going to get hammered after the first 20 minutes, when you hit the woodwork and Jensen made some excellent saves, but we gradually came into the game, although Doyle & Hunt gave our makeshift back four some worrying times. I also thought that Harper and the other guy (Sorry can't remember his name) in Central midfield totally dominated Joey Gudjonnson & Chris McCann for the first hour and as a result we were a little disjointed and laxkin a decent supply line to our forwards. Credit where it's due your following was excellent considering the weather and the distance and if you continue playing like that you may even finish above us.
Braindead (Burnley fan)

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"He was terrific and made a couple of great saves. If the goal had been a couple of inches wider, it'd have been a comfortable game for us. Coming in with nothing from an away display like that, we're disappointed. If we continue to play and create as many chances as we did tonight then we'll be all right."
Steve Coppell

Steve Coppell was left frustrated as his side came away from Turf Moor empty-handed – thanks to the heroics of Burnley keeper Brian Jensen and the woodwork. Former West Brom stopper Jensen pulled off a string of fine saves to frustrate Reading’s strike force, while the Clarets also had the bar and the post to thank on three separate occasions. Royals were even unable to snatch a second successive goalless draw as Robbie Blake popped up with a late winner to drop Coppell’s men down a place to fourth in the Coca-Cola Championship.
Nick Ive, Reading Evening Post