Match Report: 2010/2011 Season

15 January 2011: CHAMPIONSHIP
Reading: Long (29 mins), Kebe (67 mins), McAnuff (74 mins).
Doncaster: -
Half Time: 0-1.

Attendance: 9,496

Pos Team P Pts GD
6 Watford 25 42 +15
7 READING 26 40 +13
8 Nottm F 24 40 +12
Reading: Federici, Harte, Griffin, Ingimarsson, Pearce, McAnuff, Leigertwood, Kebe, Karacan (Tabb, 79), Hunt (Church, 79), Long. Subs not used: Howard, Robson-Kanu, Cummings, Antonio, McCarthy.
Doncaster: Sullivan, Lockwood, Kilgallon, O'Connor, Mills (Friend, 32) , Wilson, Coppinger, Oster, Hayter (Woods, 60) , Hird (Brooker, 60), Sharp. Subs not used: Chambers, Shiels, Souza, Woods.
Reading: -
Doncaster: -
Ref: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear)

Enjoyed that, great all round team performance. We were by far the best team making Donny look decidedly ordinary. Donny have lost at home once all season but when we scored they never recovered and there was only going to be one winner, First 20 we were on the defensive and gave Oster far too much room in the middle. Donny played their neat passing game and it looked like it could be a long afternoon, However, the Kebe, Griffin, Elwood combination was fantastic all game and exposed their right flank time and time again. Pearce once again had a flawless first half. The wind was strong and Donny continually overhit the ball in the first half. Holding the ball up in the wind was easier and Reading took full advantage with a calmly taken Long goal. Once again he was a real handful. Hunt battled gamely but was less effective. Should have wrapped up the points early in the second half but Jobi missed out and again a few minutes later when he should have scored from Long's cross goal pass. Donny had a couple of shots on goal in the second half and only one on target, Feds had little to do.

The second was a gem of a goal, a beautifully weighted ball down the flank to Kebe from Elwood (my MOM) caught the Donny defence square and he lobbed the ball calmy over the keeper who was well and truly stranded. A third goal was no surprise as Elwood dominated in midfield and every Reading player worked ther socks off to close down the opposition. Jobi put in a really good shift and got the goal in the end. Comic moments, their right back taking a throw that the wind blew into the stand. Our chants of 'we've got more fans than you' as a mass exodus of Donny ensued (by the end we really did have more fans in the ground than the home team!). Sullivan's kicking fell apart as he seemed incapable of allowing for the wind and took exception to some nicely barbed abuse from the Reading fans behind him.

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Reading continued their promotion push with an emphatic win at Doncaster which also saw Shane Long net his eighth goal in the last seven games. Long broke the deadlock when latching onto Jimmy Kebe's accurate pass before touching past keeper Neil Sullivan. Kebe then lobbed the onrushing Sullivan following Mikele Leigertwood's pass. Jobi McAnuff later scored in fortuitous circumstances when he blocked Adam Lockwood's clearance and the ball flew into the bottom corner for 3-0. The victory lifts Reading into seventh position with Brian McDermott's men two points off the play-offs and well placed for a promotion push in the second half of the season. Doncaster settled quicker in blustery conditions as John Oster tested Adam Federici with a stinging low drive, while James O'Connor was just unable to latch onto Billy Sharp's header. But soon after, Kebe broke down a Doncaster attack and advanced past the halfway line before setting Long clear with a pinpoint ball over the top. And the in-form striker made no mistake as he converted with a cute touch past Sullivan to score his 14th goal of the season, with a finish that oozed confidence.

Reading were inches away from extending their lead a minute before the break after a moment of brilliance from Long. He picked up the ball on the edge of the area before evading three defenders with a juggling run, but his hooked effort went just over the bar with Sullivan beaten. Doncaster should have found a way back into the game just before the hour mark when referee Eddie Ilderton denied them a clear-cut penalty after skipper Ivar Ingimarsson blocked Sharp's shot with his hand. And Reading dealt them a bitter blow 10 minutes later when they doubled their lead in the 67th minute. Kebe raced on to a pass from Leigertwood and Sullivan inexplicably came off his line, leaving Kebe the simple task of lobbing the ball over the stranded keeper from 20 yards into an empty net. And the points were in the bag with 16 minutes remaining after McAnuff's goal made it three.

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