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Match Report: Reading 3-1 Blackpool (Reading Fan's Perspective)

Sunday 25th March 2012
Reading entertained the Seasiders at Madejski Stadium after being defeated for the first time in 11 games against Peterborough in midweek.

New loan singing Benik Afobe came into the side for the injured Jason Roberts as the Arsenal youngster looked to prove himself. The only other change for Reading was Shaun Cummings replacing Hayden Mullins at right back.

Reading started brightly and it was nearly an early lead for the Royals, with the fans in fine voice. A long cross found its way to Jimmy Kebe but he could only smash it towards Noel Hunt, who couldn't find the net with an improvised touch. Kebe had another chance but fired way wide of the target after some good play on the edge of the Blackpool box.

Kevin Phillips then had a good chance to break the deadlock but fired just wide as Blackpool started to get into the game more with neat touches and with some impressive one and two touch football.

Reading then took the lead and in fine fashion. A corner was cleared but only as far as Mikele Leigertwood who touched it down for Jobi McAnuff. The Royals captain then smashed the ball goalwards only for the ball to hit both posts and come out to Ian Harte who dispatched the ball past the keeper to give his side the lead.

It wasn't long though before Reading had doubled their advantage. McAnuff swung in the most incredible ball to the back post and Alex Pearce obliged to meet it where he thumped a header past Matt Gilks who stood no chance.

Reading fans were loving this in the lovely Berkshire weather. However Lomana LuaLua had something to say about this as he made sure that it was nervy right before half time as he halved the deficit with a brilliant strike. Bearing down on goal and given way too much space, LuaLua unleashed an unstoppable shot that flew past the diving Adam Federici and into the top corner. Even Reading fans were clapping.

After the flurry of goals towards the end of the half, it then went quiet as Reading stopped the momentum of Blackpool who were playing the ball around very tidily.

However the second half wasn't that much different with neither side really getting a grip on the game but also having moments of class. Kebe headed across goal but it never really troubled the defence, while Federici had nothing to do in his goal.

As the game neared the hour mark, Harte curled in a wonderful free-kick and it was met by the head of Leigertwood who headed home to make sure Blackpool would have to work even harder to win. In reply, Blackpool made a triple substitution.

There was nothing more to say about the rest of the half as both Reading and Blackpool failed to create anything of any real note, as the hosts shut up shop to see the result out.

With West Ham drawing it means that Reading are now four points clear in second. The two sides meet next in what is a massive game in the Championship race for the top two front of a packed out Upton Park.
Mark Lawrence
Blog about football when I have something interesting to say. Support Reading FC for better or worse (usually worse).

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