Adam LE FONDRE
MAN OF THE MATCH
MATCH REPORT: READING RUINED
The second ‘local’ derby in a week saw 2258 Cherries fans roar on the team to victory against a team who have not lost in 10 games.
The Cherries have been threatening a performance for weeks and it finally came together at the Madjeski. The home side were on top for the opening 35 minutes and had chances to take the lead but simply couldn’t make it work. And, as we all know goals change games, ask Mr Adkins. He told the official Reading FC site, ‘For 35 or 40 minutes we were the dominant force. But we didn’t capitalise and goals change games.
“An aimless free kick was pumped into the box and we haven’t dealt with it sufficiently on the second phase. Then we lost poor possession and they’ve gone and capitalised on it with a long range shot which we should have closed down far better.
“They scored from their two opportunities, that completely changed the complexion of it, if you give poor goals away it gives Bournemouth something to hold on to, which they did very well.
Royals fans may believe it was a poor performance from their side, but credit needs to be given to the visitors who took their few chances well. Lewis Grabban was on hand, no Mr Tokelo ‘£2.5M’ Rantie, to poke home a lose ball from a Cherries header. Four minutes later Matt Ritchie made some space for himself outside the box and slotted home a shot form just outside the box. Game over, three very welcome points.
We don’t like to gloat at the performance of the opposition, well we do, as it distracts from the Cherries performance. They may have been poor, but as Mr Tantasic Jason Tindall pointed out in his post-match interview it was a great all-round performance that deserved the win.
The Elphick and Cook partnership is one that has made a difference. We have always been big fans of Tommy Elphick and we think has has been missed. Cook has been consistently good all season, but his partnership with Ward has never been as tight as with Tommy. There long footballing friendship shows in their performances, they have an affinity that Cook and Ward dont, so long may they reign.
Obviously, the return of Matt Ritchie has had a huge impact on the jump in performance levels. Three games, two goals and the first win ages. He has undoubtedly been missed, but his performances seem to have had an effect on the rest of the team, with everyone raising their game to match.
To revel in the glory of an away win against a ‘local’ rival is something we should all enjoy. We have to put up with the same when we lose. So, we thought we would finish up with a few reactions from the defated Royals players and fans.
Latvia defender Gorkss said: “I think we probably didn’t create enough.
“We kept the ball well enough and controlled the game but goals are what matter in football and unfortunately we couldn’t get that goal and little bit of confidence.
“If we’d scored earlier in the second half it would have been a completely different game. “But fair enough to Bournemouth, they played well.” Thanks Mr Gorkss we did play well.
But, Royals fan ‘jonnafon’ wasn’t particularly complimentary about a number of Reading players. Hal Robson-Kanu got 3/10, a bit harsh? Who f**king cares,
‘Dismal performance from HRK who was employed on the wing for this match, I think. Couldn’t control, pass or cross, and was brought off at half-time.’
Lets look forward to Tuesday 8th April 2014 and the chance to get 6 out of 6 against the Royals. Toodle Pip until next time.