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Harper makes it two wins in three for Reading

By Matthew Grant
August 15 2004

Reading recorded their second victory of the season after defeating Sheffield United by the single goal. James Harper doubled his tally for the season to two with a well taken strike.



14TH AUGUST 2004






Reading recorded their second win in three games beating promotion rivals, Sheffield United at Bramall Lane for the third consecutive year running. James Harper's strike just before half time was enough to seal the three points.

Sheffield United started much the stronger dominating the early exchanges. Reading were unable to get hold of the ball and create anything.

To be fair United should have been two goals to the good after missing some fantastic chances. The best of which falling to new summer signing, Barry Hayles. A long throw from the right found its way to Hayles who was twelve yards out with no one near him but he somehow scuffed his shot wide of the post.

Not long after that and Jon Harley was also guilty of missing a good chance. Reading's defence yet again stood still letting the former Fulham man into the box but he spurned his shot past the post.

The Royals had certainly been let off the hook, when Reading did get in United's half all they could muster up were crosses which were easily collected by keeper Paddy Kenny.

Reading though shocked the majority of the 22,000 crowd when Harper picked up a ball on the edge of the United box and fire a superb shot into the bottom corner of Kenny's goal.

It was completely underserved but after playing extremely well on Tuesday and picking up nothing, Reading defiantly did not care.

Half Time: Sheffield United 0:1 Reading

Sheffield United came out for the second half fighting but lacked the killer touch. 

There most promising outlet was youngster Jonathan Forte who came on as substitute in the second half. His trickery and pace was causing Reading some problems but again there was not end product from the Blades.

Neil Warnock threw on Ashley Ward and Alan Quinn but to no avail.

As the second half went on Reading had some good opportunities to kill the game off as Sheffield United went forward looking for an equaliser. 

Good work from Kitson set up a good opportunity but his pass to try and set up Nicky Forster deflected on the way taking it away from the forward.

Forster then had a chance of his own when Hughes's ball through to Forster left him one on one with Kenny but instead of trying to hit it into the corner of he goal, Forster hit it straight at the keeper.

The last few minutes were nervous but Reading never looked in to much danger and held on to take all three points and make it a hat trick of wins at Bramall Lane.

Full Time: Sheffield United 0:1 Reading

Don't forget to check out our exclusive pictures from the game

Man Of The Match: James Harper

No Reading player stood out today but Harper's well taken goal deserves it.

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