Match Report - Hull City 1:1 Reading
By Mark Sugar
October 23 2005
Glen Little's 74th minute header secured a point for Reading after a comedy Chris Brown goal gave Hull City the lead.The Royals will feel a bit dissapointed they didn't create more of the chances into goals as they were the better side in front of a decent crowd at the KC Stadium.
Coca Cola Championship
Tuesday 18th October 2005,
KC Stadium, 19:45pm Kick-Off
Hull City - Myhill, Lynch, France, Cort, Delaney, Woodhouse, Welsh, Ellison, Green (Elliott 76), Fagan (Burgess 79), Brown
Subs not used; Duke (GK), Barmby, Joseph
Reading - Hahnemann, Makin, Shorey , Sonko, Ingimarsson, Little, Convey (Oster 69), Harper, Gunnarsson, Lita (Kitson 69), Doyle
Subs not used; Stack (GK), Sidwell, Hunt
Winger Glen Little rescued Reading with a 74th minute header as the Tigers and Royals shared the points at the KC Stadium. Steve Coppell's side will feel hard done by as they dominated the majority of the game and created some good chances.
Coppell made no changes from Sunday's 2:0 win over Ipswich Town which meant full back Nicky Shorey retained his place at the expense of Stephen Hunt. Graeme Murty missed the match as he hasn't fully recovered from the knee injury he sustained at Southampton. Dave Kitson began the game again on the bench again after his full recovery from an ankle problem while Steve Sidwell was fit again for the bench after again making a recovery from a jarred knee. He replaced Sekou Baradji who didn't make the sixteen man squad.
The match began with Hull happy to sit back and allow the Royals to attack, and it saw a pattern emerging of corner which were floated in from Convey and Little, and it saw Ibrahima Sonko come close.
The early pocession from the away side saw the home supporters become angry, and they vented there feelings at their side.
Kevin Doyle's mazy run down the right wing saw the Reading come close from open play, but with a lack of support from his team-mates, when Bobby Convey eventually arrived inside the penalty area he fired well wide.
Minutes later, Leroy Lita missed a golden opportunity when a huge clear out from American goalie Marcus Hahnemann fell to the feet of Lita, who's volley shot was fired at Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, who parried for a corner. The former Bristol City striker hasn't scored for Reading since the 3:2 win over Crystal Palace.
It was 20 minutes before Peter Taylor's side had any form of an opportunity when good play from Ryan France allowed on loan Sunderland winger Chris Brown through on the right wing but he crossed straight into the hands of Hahnemann.
It was Myhill who was the busier of the two goalie's as he kept out a powerful Kevin Doyle header from a Chris Makin cross.
Just minutes before half time, on-loan Liverpool midfielder John Welsh had a shot from distance deflect off Sonko and the ball fell to the feet of Kevin Ellison before Sonko cleared again.
Half Time : Hull City 0-0 Reading
Just like the 1st half, the Royals started the better out of the 2 sides and a lovely pass from Nicky Shorey saw Kevin Doyle shoot across goal powerfully with his left foot but Leroy Lita header went just wide.
On 56 minutes, Hull took the lead in this game perhaps against the run of play when from a left sided corner, Leon Cort headed the ball which beat Marcus Hahnemann and hit the bar, but was scrambled away by Nicky Shorey. However with the ball not out of play Curtis Woodhouse crossed in for the unmarked Chris Brown to shoot home from 6 yards. Advantage Hull and could it be the night when the Royals remarkable unbeaten run was ended?
13 minutes later the game saw it's first couple of substitutions when referee Laws was substituted after gaining an injury. Also making changes was Reading Manager Steve Coppell who bought off Leroy Lita and Bobby Convey who both had played full 90 minute games against Ipswich just 2 days before, and they were replaced by Dave Kitson and John Oster.
Then on 74th minutes, there was a good interchange of play from Kevin Doyle and John Oster, and Doyle passed back for Shorey who whipped in a cross from the left wing for Glen Little to head in at the back post for his 3rd goal of the season. It was what Reading had deserved after dominating this match from the 1st minute.
The momentum shifted back with the Royals and Kevin Doyle was unable to fire his shot at goal.
With just seconds remaining, Reading made a final push for a winner when from a Shorey corner, Brynjar Gunnarsson's header looped just over the crossbar.
In the end the points were shared, and Steve Coppell will be happy and disappointed in some aspects but the gap at the top of the table was extended between 1st and 2nd as Sheffield United secured an emphatic 4:0 victory over Millwall at the New Den.
Full Time : Hull City 1-1 Reading
Man Of The Match - Ibrahima Sonko
THE MANAGER SAID
Steve Coppell, Reading Manager
"We controlled long periods and after the first half I thought there would be only one winner.
"But after they scored it made demands of us, and I was pleased we didn't panic. We still tried to pass the ball and create things, and I think a was the least we deserved. Even after we scored I thought we were capable of nicking it.
"We can't be watertight forever, there will be occasions when teams scored against us, but when they do you've got to react in the right way. We wanted to probe, spread the play and create things, and we did that well.
"We maybe lacked that little be of oomph or sharpness, maybe because we'd played on Sunday as well.
"We also had a really bad journey on Monday. Our bus broke down and we were stuck in a lay-by for two hours so it ended up as an eight hour journey.
"We had a lot of promising situations, we never really created that final ball. Their keeper made a couple of good saves and you can't force wins.
"I was probably most impressed that we kept our style of play and didn't get ragged.
"The only way I could see them scoring was from a set-piece, when all of a sudden they became very big. In general play, I didn't think they created too many problems."
Peter Taylor, Hull City Manager
"I thought that was a very good point for us because Reading are second in the league. Hopefully it was another game when they players have realised they are good enough to be in this decision.
"Reading are a good team. Some of there play was very good, but that is what you would expect from a team high on confidence. I hope they carry on doing well for themselves.
"I thought we caused ourselves a few problems through a lack of talking and experience, but I think that will come.
"They are the opposite to us at the moment. They are on an
unbeaten run and are on top form. The most important thing was not to
concede too early and thankfully we worked as hard as we could to stop
their good play."
The Royals are back on the road this Saturday when they make the journey up the M6 to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. The Potters will be hoping for revenge after Reading inflicted two 1-0 defeat's last season.