Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Remember the Game!

Remember the Game!

The Royals were on the fringes of the play off places in 2004 when they travelled to Highfield Road in Steve Coppell`s first season in charge but were in the middle of an injury crisis in defence. Marcus Hahnemann was missing, meaning Jamie Ashdown was in goal and the back four included full back Ricky Newman at centre back, and midfielder Andy Hughes at left back.


John Salako gave us the lead after just ten minutes when he curled a free kick from the wide position into the middle, evading everyone and into the corner of the net. It was a dream start for the travelling Royals fans.


Shaun Goater extended the lead with a neat finish from Steve Sidwell`s cross and we looked destined to cruise to a rare, and comfortable, away win. However Sidwell picked up a second yellow just moments after laying on Goater`s goal despite only making minimal contact with the Sky Blues player.


It was backs to the wall for Reading from then on and Gary McSheffrey scored on the midway point in the second half and the home side threw everything forward to get the equaliser, but an appearance from Kevin Watson in midfield sured things up and we held on for a narrow win. Coventry included a number of experienced pros including the likes of Stephen Warnock, Julian Joachim and Steve Staunton so this was an excellent victory.


The Royals missed out on the play offs after a final day defeat to Watford, whilst Coventry settled for a mid table finish.




Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Steve Guscott
Date:Friday December 10 2010
Time: 4:00PM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Reading Articles

Stats: Sheff Utd v Reading

All the stats from Sheff Utd (2) vs (1) Reading, Bramall Lane, 21/10/17 Att: 26,265

Team news - Sheffield United vs Reading

As we look forward to building on our win at Leeds last week with another tough away trip at Sheffield United, we take a quick peek at some team news.

Officials - Sheffield United v Reading (21/10/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Sheffield United and Reading this Saturday.

Stam confirms summer interest in striker

Jaap Stam confirms he tried to raid his former club for a striker in the summer, but proved unsuccessful.

Archived Vital Reading Articles

Vital Reading articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sheff U MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Mannone0%
Gunter0%
Moore0%
Ilori0%
Bacuna0%
Edwards0%
Aluko0%
van den Berg0%
Blackett0%
Barrow0%
Beerens0%
Sub - McShane0%
Sub - Swift0%
Sub - Clement0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.smokey441
Vital Football Comment