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Reading 0:0 Sheff Utd - 1871Royals Match Report

By Matthew Grant
April 3 2005

Reading failed to finish off Sheffield United at the Madejski Stadium after missing a number of good opportunities.



2ND APRIL 2005








Reading were left frustrated after failing to convert numerous chances to only earn a point against rivals Sheffield United. Readings inability to score goals is becoming a big problem with Nicky Forster missing a number of chances and top scorer, Dave Kitson having an off day.

Steve Coppell recalled Nicky Forster to the starting line-up after his goal in the win over Brighton. With Glen Little out with a hamstring injury, Paul Brooker started on the wing.

Reading looked the more threatening team throughout the game with United creating little especially in the first half. Nicky Forster produced Reading's first real opportunity with an effort which was off target after being put through from a Nicky Shorey pass. Forster should have at least hit the target but the striker was being tightly marked.  Forster went on to have two further efforts but again both were off target with one hitting the outside of the post. Steven Sidwell also came close with an effort.

The closest the blades came to a goal came when Reading failed to clear their lines and Alan Quinn's strike beat Marcus Hahnemann only for Graeme Murty to make a superb goal-line clearance.

Half Time: Reading 0:0 Sheffield United

The second half continued in much the same vain as the first half with The Royals dominating proceedings. Paul Brooker started the second half well with a number of good runs twisting and turning causing United's left back Jon Harley countless problems And it was Brooker who came close to making the breakthrough, the former Brighton player's right foot curling shot went inches wide of Paddy Kenny's post.

Slowly as the second half went on The Blades came more into the game. Steve Kabba came close with a header that was straight at Hahnemann. Shortly after Kabba was substituted with Neil Warnock introducing new loan signing Danny Webber entering the game.

As Reading continued to be frustrated Steve Coppell made a change with Les Ferdinand returning from injury and coming on with Nicky Forster making way. Ferdinand made an instant impact making a nuisance of himself and from a long ball upfield Ferdinand knocked the ball down for Andy Hughes to run onto but his strike was saved with the legs of Paddy Kenny.

Graeme Murty had Reading's last chance but his header from far out was a comfortable save for Kenny.

Although he Royals failed to take all three points Steve Coppell's team did move up a place to fifth after Derby County lost at Ipswich Town. A win on Tuesday night against Millwall is very important to keep in the Play-Off's.

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Full Time: Reading 0:0 Sheffield United

Man Of The Match: Graeme Murty

A much improved performance by Reading's captain. Got forward and defended well.

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Reading vs Millwall

5th April 2005, Madejski Stadium, 8:00 PM Kick Off

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