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Reading 1 - Villa 1 & Sidwell Injured

Reading 1 - Villa 1 & Sidwell Injured

Martin O'Neill said after the pre-season friendly v Reading today that the 1-1 gave the team a 'useful workout'.

Brad Friedel saved a penalty on his debut in an otherwise typical pre-season game, good atmosphere from the Villa fans and the 30 Reading fans who came also seemed to enjoy themselves!

O'Neill told the official site: 'I was very pleased with the run-out. I knew it would be a tough game and so it proved. Reading are just a week away from their own season starting, so they were up for it. So I thought it was a terrific workout. Brad Friedel made his debut and though he didn't need a penalty save to prove he's a class goalkeeper, his overall performance was really very commanding and so assured. I think that given an injury free run he will do well for us. It was very good for us to see some of the younger players in action and a chance for some of the older players who didn't get a game last weekend to play.'

'The other big bonus was of course Curtis Davies coming through another hour. That's his second game in three days and he's done very well - surprising quite a few people with the speed of his return.'

VILLA: Friedel, Gardner, Stieber, Laursen, Davies, Salifou, Osbourne, Maloney, Routledge, Carew, Harewood. Subs: Barry, Young (for Osbourne 62), Agbonlahor (for Carew ht), Delfouneso (for Maloney 75), Knight (for Davies 62), Petrov, Reo-Coker (for Gardner ht), Albrighton (for Routledge 75), Taylor.

The bad news, on a day seemingly full of gloom as Barry it appears still wants out, is that new signging Steve Sidwell picked up a calf strain and could be a doubt for the start of the new season.

Martin O'Neill told 'He picked up a calf strain yesterday and he's very disappointed. It might be a couple of weeks so he might actually struggle for the start of the season. So we'll see. That's a blow to us.'

Not so sure about the pie situation at Reading either, I ordered a pie and pint and got the most disgusting Cornish Pastie instead. Surely something needs to be done about such an outrage??!! :o)

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 2 2008
Time: 8:25PM


Nicky Shorey was seen in a Pub near Solihull last night with MON. Seriously.
02/08/2008 20:32:00
Not a pretty good start for Sidwell at Villa. First the own-goal, now this injury. Hope he recovers soon. Things can only get better now.
02/08/2008 20:34:00
Now don't try and tell us we sold you an injury prone player!
02/08/2008 20:35:00
Starting to give up on the will to live now, perhaps DOL not so bad after all, billy m,cneill, doctor jo, graham turner, at least they bought some *****in players!
silkie villain
02/08/2008 20:51:00
What a sad saturday evening its turning out to be. Having been (over the moon) with the news Gareth was ataying it now appears he is not. I now feel the quicker he goes the better. Gareth stop messing Mon about and GO. Thank you for all you have done for us over the past ten years it has been a pleasure to have had you in our team. I wont boo you when you return to villa park you deserve better than that. Lets hope we can now move on and concentrate on the coming season. Please please please MON start spending and bring in the new players who will improve our team.
50 years a villan
02/08/2008 21:01:00
Nicky Shorey carried mon home from the pub he was so *****ed. And if you believe that UP THE HOLTE you must believe in father christmas
50 years a villan
02/08/2008 21:05:00
Wouldn't be supprised to see Shorey come in though, it seems strange he was missing today and not injured.
02/08/2008 21:26:00
Yes that was a little bit of a mystery . lets hope he signs for us this week
50 years a villan
02/08/2008 21:33:00
Sky Sports News says Nicky Shorey was in the stands watching the game. Shorey is a very important player to the squad of Reading, so he should of been playing in the game if he is not injured. He has got to be on the move now, and i really hope that we get him. I think he is a quality player and will be a very good addition to our squad. I wonder if Martin O'Neil had a chat to Steve Coppell about him at the end of the game.
villa for ever
02/08/2008 23:30:00
FFS so we will have to start the season with Petrov and NRC in the centre of the park and actually play Routledge or Salifou just to make up a Midfield! Jesus Christ and his Technicolour Dreamcoat with Gardner at RB who are we going to have on the Bench?!
02/08/2008 23:33:00
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