A Point Saved At Reading
• Leigertwood 71
• De Ridder 80
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Match Report :
Phew! Steve De Ridder was our get out of jail card and no mistake.
I have seen people describe this game as the worst Saints have played this season. I only agree to a certain degree. It was much more a case of Reading stopping us playing as we wanted. In short, they mostly succeeded in doing what West Ham failed to do on Tuesday.
The first half was all Reading, Saints hardly had a look in and it was only thanks to an inspired Davis that it was still 0-0 at half time. Several of the Saints players looked jaded after the exertions of the West Ham game. Cork looked way off the pace, Guly spent the majority of the game dropping his fellow Saints into the poo with his mistimed passes, Connolly and Lambert were isolated with zero service and probably most concerning was Fonte, who for yet another game looked strangely out of sorts.
Talking of Fonte, he was lucky to even stay on the pitch after a really stupid handball offence. I would guess that Adkins realised that Fonte was something of a loose cannon and he was replaced by Martin in the second half.
After the break Saints looked a bit more businesslike and Saints were unlucky not to score from a good header from Martin, but things really warmed up in the 71st minute when Daivis parried a free kick, only for Leigertwood to knock in the rebound.
Shortly after that things got worse when another mistimed pass from Guly found Hammond flying in with a hopelessly mistimed tackle to try retrieve the situation.
Having been booked already, Hammond must have known what was going to happen next and Mr Moss very theatrically produced both yellow and red cards.
There then followed some frantic reorganisation by Saints and do you know what? They really stepped up at least a couple of gears and really took the game to Reading. For the first time in the whole game and one man down, Saints were looking as though they might score.
The goal when it came, was fashioned out of the one decent pass Guly made all night, an absolute peach through the Reading defence to Steve De Ridder on the right. He cut in and threaded a great shot beyond the Reading goalie which went in off the crossbar. So now it was 1-1.
From that point on there was only going to be one team that was going to win and it wasn't Reading. The four minutes of extra time saw Reading making a last desperate attempt to get the winner, but time expired and it was very much a case of a point won, rather than two points lost.
Good performances from Davis, Hooiveld, Martin, De Ridder, Fox and another all action performance from Chaplow.
Next game is the Carling Cup round four away at Crystal Palace and I think it safe to say that several first-teamers will have a rest.
Attendance : 21,889
11 McAnuff (yellow card) (Harte 88)
19 Robson-Kanu (yellow card) (Kebe 81)
09 Le Fondre
18 Church (Manset 81)
06 Fonte (yellow card) (Martin 46)
10 Guly (Schneiderlin 86)
14 Hammond (yellow card), red card
22 Connolly (De Ridder 59 (yellow card))
33 De Ridder