MATCH REPORT: 2007/2008 Season

15 March 2008: FA PREMIER LEAGUE
Reading: Matejovsky (5 mins).
Liverpool: Mascherano (19 mins), Torres (48 mins).
Half Time: 1-1
Attendance: 43,524

Pos Team P Pts GD
13 Wigan 29 28 -16
14 READING 30 28 -22
15 Newcastle 29 28 -26
Reading: Hahnemann, Rosenior, Bikey, Ingimarsson, Shorey, Oster (Kebe 72), Harper, Matejovsky (Cisse 74), Hunt, Doyle, Long (Kitson 63). Subs Not Used: Federici, Sonko.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Aurelio, Alonso, Mascherano, Kuyt (Benayoun 80), Gerrard (Hyypia 90), Babel (Riise 83), Torres. Subs Not Used: Itandje, Crouch.
Reading: Long, Ingimarsson, Matejovsky, Bikey, Cisse.
Liverpool: -
Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).
Despite going down 1-2 at in-form Liverpool this weekend, it was clear that Reading have emerged from their bad run as a side well capable of retaining their Premier League status at the end of the season. This was a narrow away defeat, and Reading may have claimed a point with their determination, against a side that are flying. The Royals got off to an excellent start when Oster crossed from a free-kick to find Matejovsky well outside the area and unmarked. Matejovsky hit it first time to send an amazing effort fizzing into the ner for his first goal for the Royals. A goal of nearly the same style and quality saw Liverpool pull level 14 minutes later. Torres scored a free header after the break to complete Liverpool's turn around and put them ahead. However, it wasn't plain sailing for the home side as Reading attempted to secure an equaliser in the final minutes. There was a strong appeal for a penalty after substitute Kitson's goal bound effort struck the arm of Gerrard. Liverpool held on but it was another encouraging performance from the Royals.

A terrific performance but undone by some class from Torres. Our first goal was as good as you could see from Matejovsky and we did well throughout the game. The fact that they needed Mascherano to score a terrific goal showed how well we did. It was a good game with some encouraging performances. Whilst Rosenior needs to work on his attacking play, I thought that he did vey well defensively again - Babel did not get around him once. What we seem to lack at present is a threat from wide. Hunt may be the player of the season for his work rate effort etc. but he is not delivering quality into the box and Oster, whilst able to control the ball is still not living up to what is expected. Apart from that it would be churlish to complain about this. I thought we did as well as we could have. We nearly got a point from one of the best sides on current form. If we play like this for the rest of the season then Sir Steve's target of 40 points will be a breeze. For those on this site knocking Sir Steve for not encouraging our younger players I hope you noticed who was up with the squad at Anfield - oh what a surprise you weren't there to see!
Ken C

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Liverpool were made to fight all the way by a belligerent Reading outfit but it was Fernando Torres again who secured the points and a firm grip on fourth place... Reading gave everything, fought for every ball and subjected Liverpool to a searching aerial examination in a frantic conclusion. The visitors led after five minutes thanks to a stunning 20-yard strike from Marek Matejovsky and it took an equally stunning Javier Mascherano equaliser to get Liverpool back into the match. Torres had a quiet game by his standards but he punished Reading with a header soon after the break, about the only time he was left unattended all afternoon. From then on Reading fought for an equaliser, and somehow Liverpool - after their midweek Champions League heroics in Milan - clung on for their seventh successive victory.
Paul Walker, PA Sport

It was not a first half to forget, but forgiveness played its part. Steve Coppell had to defend himself on television after an interview in which Marek Matejovsky said his manager “does nothing during training”, but Coppell was willing to overlook the affair and select the Czech midfielder. Reward came via Matejovsky’s coruscating opening goal... A few weeks ago, Reading would have buckled but two consecutive wins had given Coppell’s players assurance and they kept their shape and kept a foothold in the game. Liverpool were behind after five minutes and could have done little to prevent it. The position, in front of the corner flag, from which John Oster took a free kick was relatively harmless and it seemed reasonable to leave Matejovsky dawdling on the far apex of the 18-yard box. A precise ball from Oster picked Matejovsky out and he caught his shot on the half-volley perfectly. Jose Reina, who had been expecting Oster to cross, was befuddled as Matejovsky’s missile careered off the woodwork and landed in his net.
Jonathan Northcroft, The Times