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Match Report: West Ham 2-4 Reading (West Ham Fan's Perspective)

Monday 2nd April 2012
If a game could define a season, it would be this one. A fantastic start, looking promising and plenty of prospects. Slowly falling apart due to a mixture of luck and lack of confidence. The feeling of ecstasy and excitement fading into bemusement and confusion.

The fans did their bit, providing an amazing atmosphere. For the first forty minutes, West Ham looked like a real 'team on the up'. Any number of goals could have been put away, with chances coming a plenty. Carlton Cole putting the Hammers ahead only eight minutes in; a simple finish into an open goal with Federici stranded.

West Ham went on to dominate, with Cole and Vaz Te having further chances. However, the game remained open, and with the inability to put away chances, the Hammers paid the biggest price.

A smash and grab few minutes just before half time transformed the game for Reading. The first goal coming from Kasper Gorkss, beating Nolan in the air to direct a header in past Robert Green. Before Noel Hunt grabbed a second quickly after. Jason Roberts with great build up play after neatly controlling a long ball before coming together with Faubert, which led the ball to drop at Hunt's feet. Hunt finished neatly, sliding the ball under Green.

West Ham needed to come out fighting in the second half, knowing that realistically only a win would do in the push for automatic promotion.

After just ten minutes, a silly Faye tackle on Noel Hunt led to a penalty. Ian Harte, set piece specialist converted, giving the Reading side a two goal lead.

The game was now completely open. West Ham threw men forward, but Reading attacked with ease and looked like they could score for fun. Vaz Te scored a great header from a good Gary O'Neill corner. But almost as soon as that goal went in, Reading went up the other end; scoring a controversial fourth. Mikele Leigertwood with a neat finish after a one two, with Noel Hunt who appeared to be in an offside position.

With that West Ham's head dropped. The game was over.

Now a play-off lottery looks the likely outcome for the East London outfit. The game of the year- lost. With a chance of returning to the Premiership still possible, this game must be forgotten. But the fans and manager must be worried with the obvious lack of confidence and ease in which Reading scored and attacked.

Reading simply deserve another shot at the big-time. A great footballing side, with a good manager in Brian McDermott. They must be favourites to go up now, and fully deserve it. We just have to pray we join them, with whatever route we take. Every game is a cup final now.

Alex Simpson

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