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Harps Ends Losing Streak

Middlesbrough
0 - 1
Reading

Riverside

01/03/08 15.00

Attendance: 23,273

Referee:

Reading finally broke their abysmal record of eight straight defeats with a last gasp win at the Riverside.

Boro had been in pretty decent form going into the game, having only lost once in their last ten, but it was the out of form Royals who nicked it in an otherwise uneventful afternoon.

Middlesbrough were the better team for much of the game but neither side really looked like scoring.

On another day Boro could have had a penalty, but Stuart Downing failed to con referee Howard Webb, after a disgraceful dive in the Reading box earned the Boro winger a yellow card.

Just as the game looked to be heading for a stalemate, Reading broke down the left. Stephen Hunt's cross just eluded Dave Kitson's outstretched leg, falling kindly for James Harper, whose first time placed shot found the back of the net.

You wouldn't have known it, as Steve Coppell casually sipped his water, but that goal ended a run of eight straight defeats, gave Reading their first points of 2008 and their first away win of the season.

Although the Royals are still in the relgation zone on goal difference, this win will have taken a huge amount of pressure off the players and the coaching staff and could well be the turning point in the season for Reading.

Star Player

James Harper.

His goal could well have turned the season for Reading and would have done wonders for morale.


Writer:Chris Kitley
Date:Sunday March 2 2008
Time: 12:37PM

Comments

0
Boro did look slightly the better side, but we needed this big time!! Come on urz!!
uroyals
02/03/2008 12:51:00
0
Finally we get an away win! Well done Harps!!! Thought that Ivar was quality on Saturday with Bikey! Time for some consistancy I would leave Rosenior in the team over Murty! Would drop Oster and give Kebe a full 90 against Man City!
MASTER-RFC
03/03/2008 13:35:00
0
I agree with that. I'd prob bring kits back in as well.
uroyals
03/03/2008 18:02:00
0
Great win for you guys, congratulations.
StevieG Col U
04/03/2008 14:45:00
0
your still heading the wrong way
C T E
04/03/2008 20:06:00
0
I bet you're glad to see the back of that horrific run!
merlin
06/03/2008 16:04:00
0
Yep, it'lll prob start again on sat tho...
uroyals
06/03/2008 16:45:00
0
what is that light tunnel end of maaybe can you dream, dare you dream
ozanne park rangers
07/03/2008 08:45:00
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