Match Report: 2010/2011 Season

18 September 2010: CHAMPIONSHIP
Reading: Kebe (44 mins).
Middlesbrough: Robson (1 mins), Lita (41 mins), Wheater (68 mins).
Half Time: 2-1.

Attendance: 15,158

Pos Team P Pts GD
15 Scunthorpe 7 9 +1
16 READING 7 9 +1
17 Nottm F 7 8 0
Reading: Federici, Mills, Harte, Pearce, Cummings (Hunt, 69), McAnuff (Antonio, 77), Howard(sent off 85), Kebe, Karacan, Gunnarsson, Long (Church, 89). Subs not used: Williams, Robson-Kanu, McCarthy, Khizanishvili.
Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte (McMahon, 79), McManus, Wheater, Robson, Bailey, Arca, Tavares, McDonald, Lita, Kink (Halliday, 70). Subs not used: Coyne, Bates, Miller, Smallwood, Boyd.
Reading: Gunnarsson.
Middlesbrough: Halliday, McDonald.
Ref: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire)

Just got back after a long weekend up Norf.. Dont think we were outplayed, its just when Boro got the ball up front they loooked dangerous - or more the case is that we looked vulnerable. Boro started both halves really well but we got more into it as the each half went on. I was buzzing at half time after that Kebe goal, the tv highlights didn't do it justice and show the play before hand where he took on another 2-3. Just a shame I couldn't cheer being in the home end :( I was pleased we didn't play too much lumpball and there were periods in the first half we kept the ball quite well, if only we had a left footed Kebe instead of McAnuff. Seem to be the only here who thought the red card was harsh, especially as their guy got straight up as soon as Howard was sent off and the physio went rushing over. Must have felt a bit embarrased to go off the pitch despite receiving no treatment... Been to the Riverside a few times now and its always been dead dead quiet but that early goal really fired them up - well done to our fans who did go but it looked a pitiful turnout from the home end.

Madejski will be happy though, we have a team good enough to stay up, but not good enough to risk his pocket by getting promotion. I think that this is easilly obvious when you see Gunnar as a starter, no disrespect, but there is no way he should be considered as a "regular" nowadays he should be the one who comes to shore it up when we have a slender lead. I might have got this wrong, not being a football genius like some on here, but, could we do with a striker that can score a goal???

Game wasn't bad all in all, I feel half time came a bit too early for us if we had the momentum continued we could of equalised but we did continue of sorts into the second half, saying that 'boro looked dangerous every time they seemed to go forward and our defenders played much too narrow for my liking. Pearce was out muscled by Lita the entire game whereas Mills looked comfortable with him.Howard's sending off is a definite sending off in this day and age you cannot dive in with studs up on a player like that and expect to get away with it. We didn't have enough shots and that is all there is to it with regards to going forward we couldn't find a way through the 'boro defence and I think it is a fair scoreline overall even though 'boro squandered a massive one on one chance with fed that really should have been four. All in all a good day out, Reading fans couldn't really create any more atmosphere as there really wasn't enough of us.

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Middlesbrough outplayed Reading to claim a comfortable win and leapfrog the Royals in the Championship table. The hosts got off to the perfect start when Barry Robson latched on to Nicky Bailey's pass and fired in the opening goal after just 22 seconds. Leroy Lita made it 2-0 before Jimmy Kebe pulled one back for the visitors with a superb individual effort. But David Wheater headed home a Robson corner to seal the win... And a miserable afternoon for Reading was rounded off when Howard saw red after appearing to go over the ball in a challenge with Andy Halliday.
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