Season 2007-08 Result
Reading 2-1 Newcastle United
 Kitson 53,
 Long 84.
 Duberry 76.
 A.Faye.
Date: 27/10/2007  Venue: Madejski Stadium  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 24,119
Match Report Submitted on 30/10/2007 by ?
Away Day Blues……Again!

The good performance/result against Spurs was totally forgotten as we succumbed to another away defeat at Reading. To make any noticeable progress we have got to get something from games like this.

Allardyce said all of the right things when he first arrived on Tyneside yet some of his recent decisions are baffling. I’m prepared to give him time. I really hope he’s still in charge in 4 or 5 years, that would signal some sort of success. But to start with Zog and Milner on the bench and Emre, Butt, Barton and Geremi across the middle just doesn’t make sense! Many post match comments included – ‘WE HAD NO WIDTH’. It’s not fcuking rocket science.

The Toon’s best start to a Premier League season since 1996? It certainly didn't feel like it at the Madejski Stadium. The Magpies turned in a performance every bit as pathetic as the one they produced at Derby last month and left Reading with exactly what they deserved - nothing.

True, an undeserved point looked to be there for the taking when Michael Duberry inadvertently deflected Emre's 76th-minute free-kick into his own net. But there could have been few complaints from the visitors when Shane Long grabbed a deserved winner with his first touch of the ball after coming off the substitutes' bench. Newcastle's glaring lack of ambition counted against them in the end.

While Claudio Cacapa and Abdoulaye Faye have combined effectively in previous games, here they tended to get in each other's way whenever the ball was thrown forward. Steve Coppell's side took the lead out of the blue eight minutes into the second half, the ball running kindly for Dave Kitson to loop one in from 20 yards -scoring against us here for the second successive season and abetted by Given's inexplicable placement off his line. Our reaction was instant, with the previously warmed-up N'Zogbia and Smith thrown on. Attacking the end where the away fans were housed, Milner chased down a ball towards the corner flag, only to see it rebound off said stick back to him, a Reading player then taking his legs and see a free kick awarded. Emre sent over the free kick, which didn't get near a Newcastle body but ended up in the back of the Reading net via Duberry’s chest. Copple then made an inspired substitution, Shane Long arriving on the field with seven minutes to go. Beye and Cacapa collided as both tried to head the incoming ball clear and Long was fist to react by firing the ball into the top corner.

So it’s seems to be turning into a season where we win at home and play well but loose all of our away games and play $hite – our last nine games have seen us win the 5 homes and loose the 4 aways. I just hope beyond all hope that we win our next two games….the other option is unthinkable.