MATCH REPORT: 2005/2006 Season

Reading: Convey (23 mins).
Wolves: Miller (64 mins).
Half Time: 1-0
Attendance: 23,502

Pos Team P Pts GD
1 READING 39 91 +56
2 Sheff Utd 39 75 +24
3 Leeds 38 71 +22
Reading: Hahnemann, Murty, Shorey, Sonko, Ingimarsson, Oster (Hunt 88), Gunnarsson (Sidwell 76), Harper, Convey, Kitson, Doyle. Subs Not Used: Stack, Makin, Long.
Wolves: Postma, Edwards (Ross 45), Naylor, Lescott, Gyepes, Davies, Ince, Ricketts, Miller (Cort 84), Aliadiere, Frankowski. Subs Not Used: Oakes, Seol, Jones.
Reading: Harper, Murty.
Wolves: Ricketts, Miller.
Referee: P Walton (Northamptonshire).

Reading edged a little closer to the title today gaining a point against an impressive Wolves side. Although Wolves threatened to take all three points near the end, Reading should have put the game beyond their reach by half time. Sonko connected with a header which somehow drifted past the post just before the interval when it looked easier to score. That surely would have settled the result had it gone in.

Reading had the better of the first half with Convey revelling in a freer role in the centre of midfield looking particularly impressive. He ran at defenders competed for the ball and was constantly making himself available to keep the ball moving. His most significant contribution came on twenty two minutes when Oster's cross was half cleared and fell at his feet. It sat up nicely for him and he finished confidently with powerful shot which made the net bulge. Oster also had a good half taking on his man and putting over some decent crosses. He also made a great run to the near post to force a save out of Postma after Shorey and Convey had combined well to create room for the cross. Wolves had looked edgy at first but gradually settled down to pass the ball well and their centre backs coped well with Kitson and Doyle. There were a couple of anxious moments for Reading, notably a lapse in concentration which allowed Frankowski in, but he poked his shot wide. A spell of Reading pressure in the closing stages of the half threatened to yield a goal but apart from a smart strike back across goal by Doyle there were few clear cut chances.

The Royals began the second half brightly and looked likely to increase their lead. Harper had a good shot turned away and Doyle spun and shot but his effort was blocked. Wolves began to push forward more. Aliadiere was posing problems running at defenders and the Wolves midfield were pushing on looking to play one twos off their front men. Their enterprise finally paid off when Miller continued his run, collected a return pass, and stroked the ball past Hahnmenann for their equaliser which they probably deserved. Both teams continued to look vulnerable in defence and careless with their final pass in attack. Doyle broke through and with no other option came close with an ambitious lob. Kitson might have put himself into a scoring position if he had dropped off the defence, but chose instead to run towards a crowded near post area. I was disappointed with Kitson today. He seemed slow to react to situations and reluctant to compete in the air.

Hahnemann had another solid game and commanded the penalty area taking high balls cleanly and dropping smartly onto loose balls. Sonko had to compensate for Murty's lack of pace one occasion with a great last ditch tackle. He hit two superb long passes as well as winning most of the long balls in the air. Ingamarsson was equally solid. With Leeds dropping a point again and Sheffield United losing at Norwich, dropping two points did not matter. It would be nice to clinch promotion within the next couple of weeks so we can enjoy the last two home games free from anxiety!
John Wells


As Reading coast towards the Championship title with another point against horrible Wolves , bear a thought for the pack scraping it out for the second spot and the play off places. I find the whole thing surreal as we enter what could be the finest week in the clubs long undistinguished history. It's all so relaxed, so weird for this time of the season almost anti climatic. It really is funny still to hear people having a bit of a go after the game that we should have won and how we are wobbling a bit after two consecutive home draws, what a load of tosh. With Leeds having to play Sheffield Utd one more win will do it whatever happens results wise and next week could see both promotion and the title secured, more likely though it will be our next home game against Derby when the celebrations can really begin. Fitting that it's our last home Saturday fixture and would be great in front of a packed Madejski to finish the job off, then spend the rest of the season in the luxury of watching games totally relaxed as fellow fans go through nightmares and nervous breakdowns like we have so many times before. Sonko may be superman but he must have a head like a Toblerone to have missed that header just before half time yesterday, and at 2-0 up I'm sure we'd have gone on to take the three points , but it doesn't matter and we all go to Leicester next week for what promises to be a great day. One win needed, up to 4000 travelling Royals, no pressure, Leicester with nothing to play for, greatest Reading team in history, best away record in the league, we all know what will happen then don't we!! ;-) URZ
Nick Newbury

An excellent match in every sense and with Wolves desperate for points.For me the performance of Bobby Convey made the difference and once again capped a very satisfactory afternoon's result.The game at times could have gone either way and on balance a draw was a very fair result. Wolves will be satisfied with the result and I am sure will build upon this and make a real challenge for the playoffs. At this stage of the season and in view of our commanding position at the top of the table, there is no doubt that every match now will be well contested by the opposition in the hope to spoil our celebrations in some way. The neutral will say that not only are we promoted already but will finish as Champions and I cannot argue with this view, but we would all be wise to adopt our Manager's realism and caution for our final run in. The Leicester game is statistically significant but that is all as our next home games are destined for true celebrations in every way. Keep focus lads you are nearly there.
Terry, Isle of Wight.

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