Vital Football

Latest Reading FC News

Reading pay the penalty

Reading
1 - 2
Barsnley

Madejski Stadium

20th August 2011

Attendance: 15,878 (336 away)

Referee:

Reading were to rue two penalty misses as they fell to a surprise 2-1 defeat at the hands of Barnsley, as the Royals still look for their first win at home.

Reading made two changes to their starting line up from Tuesday night`s loss against Portsmouth, with Hal Robson Kanu and Brynjar Gunnarsson coming in for Mathieu Manset and the injured Andy Griffin.

The visitors Barsnley made three changes with Matt Done, Bobby Hassell and Craig Davies coming in for Nathan Doyle, Jim O`Brien and Miles Addison who was injured in the warm up.

The hosts started the better, with McAnuff testing Barsnley keeper Luke Steele early on. Jimmy Kebe then had a half chance as a clever Hunt flick allowed him to turn inside but his shot hit the side netting.

However, against the run of play, it was Keith Hill`s Barnsley that took the lead. A corner was put into the Royals box which they failed to deal with and Foster bulleted a header past Federici to give his team a surprise lead at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading responded well with first an Alex Pearce header was saved by Luke Steele then McAnuff came inside from the left and hit a piledriver that Steel e again managed to push over.

The Reading players went in to a chorus of boos from the home supporters. IN the second half they almost equalised in the opening minutes as dead-ball specialist Ian Harte forced Luke Steele into a great save.

Jimmy Kebe then came close as his effort grazed the bar with Luke Steele a spectator then Kebe almost turned provider as he crossed for Hunt who missed the ball.

Reading continued to pile on the pressure and won themselves a penalty as Jay McEverly hauled down Jimmy Kebe. With usual penalty taker Shane Long no longer at the club, Ian Harte stepped up but Steele saved his spot kick.

However, it didn`t finish there as seconds later Reading were awarded another penalty as Edwards fouled Robson-Kanu this time but the same outcome occurred as Steele made another fantastic save to keep out Hunt`s penalty.

The Royals continued to put on the pressure as an Alex Pearce header looked over the line but the Barnsley defence somehow scrambled it away. Reading were soon to pay for missing these chances as Barnsley doubled their lead as Matt Done beat the Reading offside trap and slotted home.

Reading looked shell shocked with 20 minutes to go but for the third time in the game they were awarded a penalty. This time Hal Robson-Kanu took the responsibility and finally beat Luke Steele, sending him the wrong way to put his team back in the game.

Brian McDermott`s men did not have much left in them after that, instead Barnsley could have settled the game as Craig Davies` effort was saved by Federici then from the resulting corner the Australian international did fantastically well to claw away Gray`s header.

At points during the match, there were several songs aimed towards chairman Sir John Madejski, not that can be repeated but as you can imagine, after the sale of Shane Long, they want some money spent, a view shared by many RFC supporters. Only one man can change that.

Reading: Federici, Gunnarsson (Manset), Khumalo, Pearce, Harte, Kebe, Leigertwood, McAnuff ©, Hunt (Church), HRK

Subs: McCarthy, Morrison, Obita, Church, Manset

Barsnley: Steele, Wiseman, Edwards ©, Foster, McEverly (McNulty), Done, Hassell, Butterfield (O`Brien), Perkins, Haynes (Gray), Davies

Subs: Preece, McNulty, Lovre, O`Brien, Gray

Star Player

Luke Steele - The Barnsley keeper was near enough unbeatbale as he kept out 2 penalties from the Royals and made another great saves along the way.


Writer:Josh
Date:Saturday August 20 2011
Time: 5:08PM

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Reading
Write For Vital Reading
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sheff W MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Al Habsi51%
Gunter0%
Moore0%
Blackett0%
Obita0%
Williams0%
van den Berg0%
McCleary0%
Swift0%
Beerens0%
Kermorgant16%
Sub - Grabban0%
Sub - Popa33%
Sub - Oxford0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Reading Results (view all)

Reading Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 5:30PM : Leeds United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 8:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Norwich City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 15 2017 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (a)
Sky Bet Championship
The Vital Football Members League