MATCH REPORT: 2007/2008 Season

26 April 2008: FA PREMIER LEAGUE
Reading: -
Wigan: -
Half Time: 0-0
Attendance: 19,043

Pos Team P Pts GD
16 Bolton 36 33 -20
17 READING 36 33 -28
18 Birmingham 36 32 -17
19 Fulham 36 30 -25
Reading: Hahnemann, Rosenior, Ingimarsson, Duberry, Shorey, Doyle (Little 69), Harper, Bikey, Hunt, Lita (Long 85), Kitson. Subs Not Used: Federici, Cisse, Matejovsky.
Wigan: Kirkland, Melchiot (Taylor 26), Boyce, Scharner, Kilbane, Valencia, Brown, Palacios, Koumas, Heskey (King 73), Bent (Sibierski 64).Subs Not Used: Pollitt, Skoko. Booked: Taylor, Kilbane.
Reading: Shorey, Hunt, Bikey, Duberry.
Wigan: -
Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).
Relegation pressure increased this weekend despite the Royals picking up a point away from home in a goalless draw at Wigan Athletic. It was a lively game with both sides going close to finding what would have been the only goal of the fixture. Leroy Lita was recalled to the side and had a lively game, despite Reading extending their run to five whole League games without finding the net. The result would have been good on any other day, but the situation now looks worse after Fulham won away at Manchester City to move to just three points behind the Royals. Fulham's goal difference is better than Reading's opening up the relegation battle further with seemingly two teams from a possible four set to exit the Premier league. Meanwhile Birmingham picked up a point at home to Liverpool to stay within a point of Reading. Bolton drew away at Tottenham to stay above Reading on goal difference.
16th Bolton: 33 points, Sunderland (h), Chelsea (a)
17th Reading: 33 points, Tottenham (h), Derby (a)
18th Birmingham: 32 points, Fulham (a), Blackburn (h)
19th Fulham: 30 points, Birmingham (h), Portsmouth (a)


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Having helped his team to secure a priceless point in the battle to avoid the drop, Hahnemann was upset to discover that there was no hot water for the showers. It later emerged that there was a fault with the hot water system and that both sets of players had to have cold showers or none at all. Yet Hahnemannís tantrum at least provided more excitement than anything both sets of players had served up on the pitch. In a high-stakes match, it was perhaps understandable that neither team dared to put a foot wrong. Defeat for Wigan would have dragged them back into the relegation mix, while Reading would have been in even more serious trouble had they not ended a run of three defeats. As it is, Wigan, regardless of their result away to Aston Villa on Saturday, will be safe if Birmingham fail to win at Fulham, while Readingís fate will not be decided until after their final match away to Derby County. Steve Coppell, the Reading manager, could take heart from a workmanlike performance with no one working harder than Kevin Doyle.
The Times

Wigan edged closer to Premier League safety but Reading are still looking nervously over their shoulders after this tense draw. The Latics made a blistering start and almost scored early on when Marcus Bent's powerful header hit the post. Reading settled after a poor opening and Leroy Lita and Michael Duberry both went close after the interval. Michael Brown almost won it for Wigan late on, but neither side could force the winner they desperately needed.
BBC Sport