|Season 2006-07 Result|
|Date: 30/04/2007 Venue: Madejski Stadium Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 11/06/2007 by ?|
|Trapper’s best efforts to arrange little Emma’s big day around the football involved ‘avoiding the Reading weekend’. Those twads at Sky then rescheduled Reading away to fcuking Monday night and 2 days off work is out of the question for most of us at such short notice. So Emma’s christening clashed with the Chelsea game last weekend followed by a totally free weekend this. We’ll just have to have 2 overnight trips to London next season to make up for it!
Well done to Mike Riley, who ordered Reading's oversize mascot away from the side of the pitch towards the end of the first half. "Kingsley the Lion" was clad in a blue and white hooped home shirt and Riley was apparently distracted by the movement he made and had trouble judging offside calls etc. Nice to see someone still remembers that this is meant to be a football match, not a day out at a theme park. Now will someone tell Dyer?
The attendance of 24,109 is just 13 short of their highest of the season with the 3,000 away end places over-subscribed after a rapid public sale. As they had been at Vicarage Road in the League Cup, the regular travellers were augmented here by a sizeable number of Southern-based Mags. As for the home fans - the lot to our right made plenty of racket at times, but committing the twin cardinal sins of a pitchside mascot and playing music after a goal does relegate this place in credibility terms to the level of a school trip to Euro Disney.
Michael Owen played 95 minutes of his comeback game without obvious discomfort, while the returning Ameobi managed 41 minutes in similar fashion. At times we looked like a ragged mess, with six outfield players randomly scattered in front of the back four - and none of them willing or able to drop back into a holding midfield role. And still we could have got something from this game, as we created chances against average opponents who failed to exploit the gaping gaps in front of our defence. They scored the only goal of the game on 51mins as a result of Dyer's dallying with the ball on halfway for no good reason. Robbed by Doyle, Seol then crossed from the right, Oster dummied it and the unshackled Kitson powered home a left foot effort. To complete the comedy of errors, Harper rushed off his line and although he couldn't get close to the goalscorer, ended up in a heap with Sibierski - who had to leave the field with a broken bone in his forearm. In a season of constant disappointment though, a new low was surely reached when Dyer was handed the captain's armband. Of all the players down the years who have led this team, it's hard to imagine one less deserving of the accolade.
A win on Saturday might make the first post-match pint taste better and cut down the booing, but any positive sounds will just be ones of relief that it's all over (barring Watford).