Sunday, January 21, 2007

Leeds crash and Reading march on

A good start for new signing Tore Andre Flo as he headed Leeds in front after only three minutes. But from then on it all went downhill as West Brom equalised after in the seventh minute and them promptly went on to lead 3-1. One consolation was that another new signing Alan Thompson got one back to make it 3-2 but the result effectively leaves Leeds at least seven points adrift of safety. Dennis Wise was also sent to the stands after pushing West Brom striker Diomansy Kamara.

Meanwhile Reading marched on at the Madejski Stadium with a 3-1 win over Sheffield United taking them up into seventh place in the Premiership on 34 points. It was a well deserved win despite being without Kitson (who injured himself in the warm up), Doyle and Shorey. Shane Long scored his first ever goal in the Premiership and De La Cruz (who I have previously had a very poor opinion of) worked a great second.

Then came a five minute session of complete and utter madness. Gillespie who had just been brought on smashed Hunt in the face and after a fair amount of pushing and shoving and following a consultation between Halsey and the linesman he was shown a red card. As he was walking off he went to punch Hunt again - I hope the FA take action for what would also have been a straight red if such a thing was allowed. It then all kicks off between the benches as Warnock provokes Wally Downes and both are sent to the stands.

After that the rest of the game seemed mild by comparison. Reading added a third through Hunt and Sheffield pulled one back to make it 3-1 and there was no doubt that the better team had sealed all three points.

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