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Liverpool 2 Reading 1

Liverpool
2 - 1
Reading

Anfield

15/03/08 15.00

Attendance: 43,524

Referee:

A wonder strike from Marek Matejovsky was not enough for Reading, as Liverpool came from behind to record their fifth successive league win.

Reading took the lead in the fifth minute. Stephen Hunt was fouled on the left hand side and John Oster's driven pass found Matejovsky, whose first time shot rocketed into the top corner, clipping the bar on the way.

The Royals didn't sit back after taking the lead, but Liverpool started to build momentum and equalised after 19 minutes through a rather good strike of their own.

Javier Mascherano was given too much time on the ball, and his well struck shot found the back of the net with Hahnemann unable to do anything about it.

Liverpool went in front early in the second half, when some poor marking left Fernando Torres with a free header for the striker to get his 27th goal of the season.

Reading tried hard to find an equaliser and enjoyed lengthy spells of posession as Liverpool sat back. Despite their best efforts the Royals were unable to find a way through until two minutes from time.

The ball fell kindly to substitute Dave Kitson in the box, and his goal bound effort was blatantly blocked by Steven Gerrard's hand. Although the referee may not have seen it, the linesman had a clear view of it and showed no backbone in front of the Kop, keeping his flag well down.

On another day, Reading would have had a penalty but an all round abysmal performance from the officials meant the Royals left Liverpool with nothing.

Star Player

Marek Matejovsky

His bullet of a goal shows just what a great talent he is and if he keeps playing like this, the Royals will surely stay up.


Writer:Chris Kitley
Date:Sunday March 16 2008
Time: 2:09PM

Comments

0
come on you reds......
STFC Lady
16/03/2008 18:39:00
0
not too bad against a pretty good side shame you couldn't get that second goal for a draw
ozanne park rangers
17/03/2008 06:27:00
0
We had no chance of a pen! Two mins from time in front of the Kop, no ref would have given it! I think the most important thing was that we scored to keep building on our confidence! I think we will need to win at least 3 more games and draw 3 to stay up!
MASTER-RFC
17/03/2008 11:54:00
0
STFC Lady! Is that Swindon Town? LOL at you!
MASTER-RFC
17/03/2008 11:55:00
0
I reckon 2 more wins and 3 draws will do it, can't see bolton or fulham gettin more than 26 points.
uroyals
17/03/2008 17:34:00
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