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Reading 2 - Aston Villa 0

Madejski Stadium

10/02/2007

Attendance: 24,122

Referee:

Reading
2 - 0
Aston Villa
Sidwell (16 and 90 +2)
 
 
Venue: Madejski Stadium
 
Attendance: 24,122
The Teams
Marcus Hahnemann
 
 
 
Thomas Sorensen
 
 
Graeme Murty
 
 
 
Phillip Bardsley
 
 
Andre Bikey
 
 
 
Olof Mellberg
 
 
Ivar Ingimarsson
 
 
 
Gary Cahill
 
 
Nicky Shorey
 
 
 
Gareth Barry
 
 
Glen Little
 
 
77
 
Gabriel Agbonlahor
 
 
75
James Harper
 
 
 
Gavin McCann
 
 
Steve Sidwell
 
 
 
Stiliyan Petrov
 
 
Stephen Hunt
 
 
 
Shaun Maloney
 
 
Leroy Lita
 
 
 
John Carew
 
 
Shane Long
 
 
62
 
Ashley Young
 
 
88
Substitutes
Ulises De la Cruz
 
 
 
Stuart Taylor
 
 
John Oster
 
 
77
 
Liam Ridgewell
 
 
Dave Kitson
 
 
62
 
Patrik Berger
 
 
75
Adam Federici
 
 
 
Steven Davis
 
 
88
Michael Duberry
 
 
 
Martin Laursen
 
 
Game Statistics
12
Goal Attempts
17
9
On Target
7
12
Corners
8
3
Offside
3
2
Yellow Cards
1
42
%
58




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 10 2007

Time: 4:58PM

Your Comments

Still good, although Villa lost to see 58% possession and 17 shots on goal, I think it was 17 against Newcastle too. A minor blip for the Villa and I suppose people will be disapointed with losing away to a team in the top 6 in the league away from home.
col8
Oh yea and I forgot they g prolly got the second goal whilst Villa were up their end trying to get the equaliser.
col8
Seven shots on goal, surely???
NeilBaker
I'd rather play poorly and win. You can gloss over this by saying we played well but the fact is we have a soft underbelly. How long can we persist with Petrov? He hasn't played well for months. Drop him and lets see if we get a reaction. On the plus side Carew was awesome again and Moloney showed some nice touches. Thought Cahill played well. Not sure about Bardsley though.
weller77
Is Barry good enough at left back? I'd prefer Bouma with Barry slotting into the middle of the park next to McCann. Drop Petrov. How long will MON persist with him? Sorry, but dissapointed.
Gazvilla
we seem to be very poor defensively at the moment and are always chasing the game.. Have to agree about Petrov who is just not performing and Mcann keeps giving the ball away...! Maloney was our best player along with Carew.
deemz
I think today shows that we have to be very patient with our rebuilding as we are still a long way off being good enough for Europe. I think most people would agree that central midfield is the main problem but the bottom line is that apart from the front 2 and Barry, how many of the rest are good enough to make us a top 6 team? Some may come through like Gabby, but he is clearly in need of the 3 week break. If we finish in the top 10 this season then that should give us a platform to challenge for the top 6 next season, but I still think we need 4 or 5 new players to improve the defence and midfield.
Rickymeister
Out-fought and out-thought in midfield. Best players, John Carew and Shaun Maloney. Dont know how much Sidwell would cost, or whether we could lure him away from a Reading team competing in the UEFA Cup, but what an addition to our squad he would be.
glensider
If you think we're down you wanna see the Spurs site - they're suicidal:-)
Gazvilla
have to say thought mccann was dreadful yesterday,his passing was pathetic and petrov wasnt much better,at least one if not two new midfielders in the summer needed.carew awesome again and maloney looks a real good player with plenty of bottle to go at defenders,now i know why celtic fans were disgusted to see him go.sidwell would be a proper signing if we get him,martin i think will get him too.
Belfast Villain
58% possession is a pretty decent total, considering that for the first thirty minutes or so we were completely outplayed and run ragged. The stats suggest that we came back strongly, which I suppose in a way we did, but without really ever threatening to pull back the one goal deficit.
glensider
 

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