Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Two great wins

Leeds won their must win game against Hull last night 2-1. Heath scored the first for Leeds from a Thompson set piece before Hull equalised through Nicky Forster (coincidentally an ex Reading player). Thompson then struck the winner early in the second half with a brilliant free-kick. Strangely this result left Leeds propping up the division in 24th place due to Southends unexpected 3-1 victory over Birmingham. However Leeds are now only 4 points off safety as opposed to the 7 before kick off so at least there is some good news. If the message boards can be believed then this was the performance of the season so far and apparently it was evident that all 11 players were giving everything for the cause.

Meanwhile Reading took on Wigan who are on an appalling run of seven straight defeats and promptly made it eight running out 3-2 winners. Frankly having gone 1-0 down after three minutes Reading were lucky to still be in the game after 30 minutes when Ingimarsson scored the equaliser. Reading could easily have been 2-0 or even 3-0 down by that point but clung on and slowly started to improve. Steve Coppell must have been delighted to go in 1-1 at half time. Second half Reading were much better and added two goals through long and Lita before Wigan pulled one consolation back in the very last minute. Apparently Jewell felt that the last Reading goal was offside but having not seen a replay I cannot comment. Reading are now in seventh place on 37 points - three short of the magic 40.

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