MATCH REPORT: 2005/2006 Season

Reading: Little (20 mins), Doyle (57 mins), Little (70 mins).
Plymouth: -
Half Time: 1-0
Attendance: 14,020

Pos Team P Pts GD
1 READING 21 50 +27
2 Sheff Utd 21 46 +21
3 Watford 21 37 +11
Reading: Hahnemann, Murty, Sonko, Ingimarsson, Shorey, Little (Oster 82), Sidwell, Harper, Convey (Hunt 84), Doyle (Cox 90), Lita. Subs Not Used: Stack, Makin.
Plymouth: Larrieu, Barness, Doumbe, Ward, Aljofree, Buzsaky (Djordjic 45), Jarrett, Norris, Capaldi, Evans (Derbyshire 81), Chadwick. Subs Not Used: Brevett, Lasley, McCormick.
Reading: Sidwell, Doyle.
Plymouth: Buzsaky, Aljofree.
Referee: K Wright (Cambridgeshire).

Reading took revenge against Plymouth Argyle, the only side to have beaten the Royals this season, with a 2-0 victory to move four points clear at the top of the Championship. With a goal in each half Reading proved too good for the home side, but there was little to split the sides in the opening forty-five minutes - Glen Little. After a couple of early chances for Shorey and Lita, Plymouth had the best chance to move ahead but Marcus Hahnemann made an excellent save to keep it at 0-0. Then, with 20 minutes on the clock, Glen Little scored a wonderful individual goal to put Reading ahead, after picking up the ball inside the Plymouth half. He shook off his marker, legged it down the right, before lobbing the keeper who was off his line. Larrieu could only watch as the ball looped over his head and perfectly into the back of the net. The home side could have leveled before the break but again found Hahnemann in top form. The Reading defence continued to frustrate Plymouth and the second goal before the hour mark wrapped up the victory. Convey broke free and crossed, and the ball came to Kevin Doyle who buried it from close range. The goal signaled an end to Plymouth's resistance. The Royals could have gone on to win by more with Convey and Lita both having chances to get the third - but it would have been harsh on Argyle.

Reading's season gets more unbelievable as each game passes by - we're now four points clear at the top of the table, but a remarkable thirteen points clear of third place. After that opening day defeat against Plymouth - now successfully put right with this weekend's away win - we've managed twenty-three games unbeaten. This victory made it five straight victories - Reading's best run of the season so far. Reading travel to Arsenal in the league cup on Tuesday, as the Gunners look to be the first side to beat Reading since the start of August.


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What can you say? Fifty points after 21 games!! Many of our so called near opponents dropping points, happy, happy, almost surreal days. Let's all go to Arsenal and have a great time, no league pressure no expectation and I'd be happy with a glorious defeat and a quick exit from the FA Cup because without saying it we all know this really should be it, this season should see the dream realised, but ssshh don't say anything, not yet... UUFFFF'IING RRRRZZZ
Nick Newbury

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