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Reading Is A Massive Game

Reading Is A Massive Game

Martin O'Neill has said that Reading is a massive game for us and that he'll be disappointed if we don't take all 3 points.

In O'Neill's usual style of playing up a game but giving excuses and moving the focus onto the opposition, he is again praising Steve Coppell and has said Reading will avoid the drop, despite their current form.

Speaking on the official site, the wee one said:

'It's easy for me to say this from a distance, but I've got no concerns about Reading, simply because of the man in charge.

'What he's done there has been phenomenal. You would have to say that he is doing it with what looks like less investment than anybody else and the achievements in the last couple of years are just absolutely terrific.

'Whatever you say about Reading, this season they've beaten Liverpool at the Madejski Stadium. They might not be in the best run in the world, but neither were Fulham.'

And therein lies the rub, our loss to Fulham was unexpected and if we expect to make this season a success and gain a European place we cannot afford to drop anymore points. With the greatest of respect, we should not be losing points to the likes of Fulham nor Reading.

'This is a big Premier League game for us and if we've got any designs on trying to stabilise our own position and trying to shift on in the last 12 games of the season, we've really got to focus ourselves.

'I was delighted with the second-half against Newcastle, that was terrific. Now we've got to build on that and this is a really big game for us - no doubt about it.'

Like so many games this season, we need to play for 90 minutes though, not just 45. Anything short of three points will be a disappointment.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday February 22 2008
Time: 4:33PM


A massive game, a very important game, but a far from easy match up. We should be well capable of taking all three points, but wasn't that the case at Craven Cottage just a few short Sundays ago? We certainly need the win. Here's hoping!
22/02/2008 17:28:00
I agree, but fact is that we always need the win now, and every game will be a very important game, with the possible exceptions of Arsenal and Manchester United. There are going to be a lot of moans and groans before the season is out. I don't know about anyone else, but Reading are a good sign, and I would be surprised to see them go down..... we'll see.
22/02/2008 22:12:00
*side, not sign, don't know where that came from.
22/02/2008 22:13:00
How massive can it be?? You go there, you win...simple as, really.
Blue is the colour
22/02/2008 23:09:00
bitc, for reference, see: Fulham\FULL-ham\noun: A team that should be beaten by Aston Villa.
23/02/2008 00:17:00
Agree Carlosio. I personally think that Reading are a better outfit than their current position would indicate. They have some more than decent players, and should be more than capable of staying up. Interesting match-up ahead.
25/02/2008 21:53:00
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