Match Report: 2009/2010 Season

3 April 2010: CHAMPIONSHIP
Reading: Sigurdsson (90 mins).
Ipswich: McAuley (41 mins), Walters (45 mins).
Half Time: 2-0
Attendance: 21,403

Pos Team P Pts GD
11 Bristol City 41 53 -9
12 READING 39 52 -3
13 Coventry 41 52 -9
Reading: Federici, Mills(sent off 30), Griffin, Bertrand, Khizanishvili, McAnuff ( Robson-Kanu, 78 ) , Howard, Kebe, Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson ( Pearce, 31 ) , Long ( Church, 73 ) Subs not used: Tabb, Rasiak, Hamer, Karacan,
Ipswich: Murphy, David Wright, McAuley, Delaney, Leadbitter, Peters, Norris (Martin, 87 ) , Colback, Murphy (Counago, 73 ) , Walters, David Healy (Wickham, 46 ) Subs not used: Lee-Barrett,Rosenior,Smith,Edwards,
Reading: Bertrand, Gunnarsson, Sigurdsson. Sent Off: Mills (30 mins).
Ipswich: David Wright, Norris, Walters.
Ref: K Stroud (Hampshire)

I am actually back from the game and feel like launching into a rant about it, but I'll keep it level headed. We started well, stroking it about nicely without really threatening, and it all seemed hunky dory. Kebe was up against the shortest left back I've ever seen in Jamie Peters and I thought; 'Uh huh, he'll have some joy there today.' Cue Peters having Kebe in his pocket for the whole 90 minutes. The sending off changed the complexion of the game completely. From my view of it, Mills and the Ipswich player both stretched for a 50-50 challenge. The Ipswich player seemed to get the worst of it but it did not appear that Mills went over the top and he appeared to win the ball fair and square. Although the players did all gather round I don't think the Ipswich players were particularly calling for Mills to go. But the ref came running over reaching for his pocket and the red card was duly brandished. Very harsh. This threw our defence into total disarray as Pearce came on. Ipswich spotted this and slung over two decent balls which we defended poorly, particularly the corner where Mcauley got virtually a free header on the six yard line, and that was that. The ref, very short and effete, was very, very, poor, not just for us but for both sides. That would be OK were it not for the major decision, the sending off of Mills, which altered the course of the game. I don't get to many games these days and was really looking forward to it, and particularly wanted to see Mills play. It cost 31 for a ticket and the ref ruined it as a spectacle. That's poor. It is also poor when Bertrand ran along the byline of the Ipswich penalty area with an Ipswich player tugging on his shirt all the way, and the ref or linesman fail to spot it. All in all, the usual Ipswich experience.
Norfolk Royal

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Matthew Mills' first-half dismissal proved costly for in-form Reading as they slipped to defeat at Ipswich... Reading, unbeaten in seven league games prior to this fixture, received a double boost prior to the game with Brian McDermott being named as the Championship manager of the month for March and midfielder Sigurdsson picking up the player of the month award. Brian Howard saw a shot deflect wide for the visitors early on, while Ipswich's David Healy forced Adam Federici into action from an acute angle. Reading refused to throw in the towel after the interval and Sigurdsson curled home a 25-yard free-kick in the final minute of normal time to set nerves jangling among the home support.

Reading manager Brian McDermott:
"I've watched it five or six times in slow motion and at worst it was a yellow card. If we start taking tackles like that out of our game it'll be a sorry state of affairs. Millsy actually got the ball and when the referee sees it again I'm sure he'll agree. I'm sure it'll be rescinded. It was a tough tackle but a good tackle and nothing malicious. There was no intent and it was a fair tackle by both parties."

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