Date:Wednesday February 14 2007
The Royals` second string picked up an emphatic win against Tottenham`s Reserves tonight, on what was very positive and productive evening for the club.
Striker Kevin Doyle and Icelandic utility-man Brynjar Gunnarsson returned from injury with no ill-effects, whilst new signings Greg Halford and Michael Duberry enjoyed solid debuts in the blue and white hoops.
It turned out to be a comfortable win for our boys, although Spurs actually started the better and it took the Royals a little while to get into their stride.
Gunnarsson and Seol Ki-Hyeon both clipped the bar before Kitson put us ahead, with midfielder John Oster brilliantly releasing Bobby Convey in the build-up.
Skipper Ulises De La Cruz made it 2-0 with an excellent individual goal after the break, and both our two opening goals were well started by new-boy Halford.
Gunnarsson tapped home a rebound from Doyle's shot to score a third, and Oster stabbed home the fourth following a nice move by Convey and substitute Simon Cox.
The win keeps Brian McDermott's men in a strong position at the top of the Reserve League. We are three points clear of second-placed Chelsea with a game in hand.
Reading (4-4-2): Federici; Halford, De La Cruz (c), Sodje, Duberry; Gunnarsson, Oster (Davies 80), Seol, Convey; Doyle (Cox 72), Kitson (Henry 72)
Subs not used: McCarthy, Bygrave
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Cerny; Ifil, Daniels, Lee (c), Mills; Livermore (Archibald-Henville 68), O'Hara, Fraser-Allen (Pekhart HT), Hallfredsson; Barsham, Taarabt
Subs not used: Forecast, Hughton, Hutton
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