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Royals turn Blades upside down

By Matthew Grant
October 26 2003

Reading recorded an unlikely victory at Brammel Lane and left Sheffield United angry and bitter. A goal each from Adie Williams and Nicky Forster won Reading the game. It was a cold friday night up in Sheffield and most Royals fans were expecting the worst. There around 400 to 500 Reading fans who made the long trip up the M1 and they did not leave disapointed. The game was live on SKY and sent a message out to all teams in Divsion one that don't count Reading out of Automatic Promotion.

Royals started brightly and had United on the back foot and it was not long until we took the lead. A corner that was whipped in by Murray was headed in at the near post by Captain Adrian Williams. The goal was given even though the United players were complaining about a block from Andy Hughes. It was a great start by Reading and we then had to stop Sheffield United from getting back at us. Though it was not long until they were back on level terms. Brown got past Harper to easily down the wing and from the byline crossed it in for Ashley Ward to have a tap in from three yards. The stadium erupted and were cheering there team on for another but the Royals held firm.

But the goal that ended up winning Reading the game was a bit special. With Reading reverting back to 4-5-1 we knew we could hit United on the break and with around five minutes before half time this is exactly what happend. Forster broke from the half way line and hit a thunderbolt from 20 yards out into the top corner leaving Paul Gerrard with no chance.

Half Time: Sheff Utd 1 vs 2 Reading

Into the second haldf and Reading did all they could to restrict Sheffield United with some grit and determination that we had been lacking for a long time. Reading could have easily increased there lead with a number of oppitunities with one falling to James Harper but he could only shot just past the post. United had most of the possesion but they could only come up with a couple of shots in the second half thanks to great defending especially from new defender Ivar Ingimarsson who put on a very good display.

Full Time: Sheff Utd 1 vs 2 Reading

Man Of The Match: It was a real team effort but this time it is going to Adie Williams, he gave a real captains performance and set an example.

Ref Watch: Both the Ref and his Assistants were poor for both sides

It was a great night for all Royals fans and one to benchmark for the rest of the season. Though a little note has to be made to Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock for being such a bad loser, get over it Neil!

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