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Al Habsi Penalty Save Secures Win Over Fulham

24 January 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading deservedly came out on top in a highly entertaining match which simmered through the first half before coming to the boil just after half time with the award of a penalty for the Royals. Although Reading once again failed to convert the penalty, Beerens gave them the lead reacting fastest to smash home the rebound from Swift's spot kick. In a dramatic finale Al Habsi saved a penalty awarded to Fulham almost on full time to deny the visitors an equaliser. Reading saw out the five minutes of stoppage time to claim the three points which lifted them back into third place in the Championship.


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» 24 Jan 2017 22:27

That was a well deserved win on a freezing night. First half I thought we were pretty poor with a new 5-3-2 formation to match Fulham, they looked a lot better team than us and I think we were lucky to get to half time 0-0. GMac missed a tap in from a yard but I think he was offside. otherwise we offered no threat and just tried to nullify Fulham.

Second half we got a break, I'm not sure how much of a pen it was, and we've now missed 7 out of the last 10 (but scored 9), but that gave us a lot confidence and should of scored 2 or 3 more. Gmac hit the bar and both him and Beerens were wasteful on breakaways.

Fulham never really threatened until their pen, and AAH saved us again.

I'd of liked to have seen Samuel on for Swift rather than Kermo for Kelly - who had another good game - but otherwise I think Stam's subs were ok


» 24 Jan 2017 22:36

Are we the worst team in the FL on penalties ... at least we score on the rebound, but missing that many penalties is absurd.

 Pepe the Horseman

» 24 Jan 2017 22:38

Fulham have missed 23 penalties this season.


» 24 Jan 2017 22:41

The BBC site says Fulham have missed 7 in 9, so they are worse than us :lol:


» 24 Jan 2017 22:42

Well apparently Fulham ... they've missed 7 penalties this season. They need to practice the rebound ...

 John Madejski's Wallet

» 24 Jan 2017 22:55

Well that was fun :D
2 awful pens

Was really intrigued by not having a striker, but we played with a lot of zip and purpose looking to get our front 3 in behind. Turns out we looked a lot more dangerous. Swift and Kelly played a lot of lovely balls around the corner to each other. Really good to see the team defending from the front and doing to Fulham what other teams have been doing to us (pressuring us into making mistakes)

If only Williams had a bit more speed of thought (and feet) when in the oppo box, as otherwise I thought he was imperious tonight. He was everywhere, hassling, hurrying, driving forward.

Really not sure on the thinking behind taking off Blackett (who was getting skinned by Fredericks at will) and replacing him with an even slower defender :? . I'd also have been tempted to take off McCleary as he was blowing out his arse the last 15min

Anyway, I'm all for this new style of lower possession, higher intensity football....

LOL at the Fulham handball at the end :lol: :lol: :lol:

 Royal Ginger

» 24 Jan 2017 23:00

I thoroughly enjoyed that. Of the 5 halfs I've watched us play against Fulham this year, the 5th was the best.

Chris Martin lost that for them as much as any of our guys won it for us. His body language was awful, and he looked rusty, jaded and unfit.

Fair fukcs to Stam, he finally worked them out to an extent.

McShane was very good but almost talked himself into a red card more than once.

Al-Habsi was obviously the hero, but a mix of the Fulham press and his recent mistakes gave him no confidence with his short pass. Hopefully 10,000+ people chanting his name will sort that.

I don't think that Stam wanted to use Ilori as a wing back but had no choice as Blackett was so godawful. The rest of the team wouldn't pass to him and he just seemed to give up 2 minutes in when the crowd got on his back a bit.

He faded a bit but Beerens was back to his old mercurial self that we saw early in the season again.

Cold, but enjoyable night out and a decent 3 points.


» 24 Jan 2017 23:00

Aside from being poor defensively, Blackett was taken off because he picked up a knock. Tiago's performance showed plenty of promise.

Kelly was phenomenal to watch, and Swift was back to his elegant self.

Beerens had his best game for quite a while, and McCleary looked good in a position he was clearly not used to.

McShane, JVDB and Moore were all superb.

Very, very happy with that result, it could turn out to be a big win.

 Gunny Fishcake

» 24 Jan 2017 23:26

Great to beat one of our bogey teams in what I thought was an entertaining game . I think we got away with a result as Fulham looked very dangerous attacking especially with their full backs who roasted our full backs ! God do we need a striker . As for Asabi .....I just presumed they'd score......was like a last minute winner when he saved it.....great three points which sees us again unbelievably third third !

 Lower West

» 24 Jan 2017 23:33

Stam altered the starting line up to counter Fulhams attacking threat and it worked well on the whole. Kelly and Swift will make a formidable partnership in time. Roll on Cardiff.


» 24 Jan 2017 23:50

That felt like a watershed moment of a game. Time to kick on.


» 24 Jan 2017 23:59


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