Thursday, December 07, 2006

Emre's Royal stunner

Newcastle Utd 3 - 2 Reading

A brilliant goal from Emre settled a thrilling match with Reading last night, and took us to the heady heights of fifteenth in the table.

The game had started brightly, and Solano's excellent ball into the box allowed Sibierski to give us the lead with a relatively simple diving header. We then proceeded to apply pressure to Marcus Hahneman's goal, but were unable to capitalise and force the second goal which would have allowed us some more breathing space.

Unsurprisingly for a team who lay fourth going into the game, Reading reasserted their authority, and James Harper's shot took an unfortunate deflection from Solano to divert into the corner of the Gallowgate goal, and give Reading parity. Seizing the initiative they swarmed forward, and Given was forced to make a good save from Ki-Hyeon. However, the visitors kept pressurising our defence, and when Babayaro completely missed the ball, Glen Little was able to get hold of it and fire in a strong shot, which Given palmed away, but only as far as Harper who calmly slotted home a second to give his side a half-time lead.

Reading looked the stronger side as the second half started, but a foul by Sonko on Martins allowed the Nigerian the chance to level things from the penalty spot, and he calmly slotted the ball low to Hahnemann's left.

From there, the game really opened out, with both teams going for the win. Sibierski added an extra goal, only for it to be ruled out for a reason that nobody else apart from Rob Styles could fathom (perhaps in recompense for the penalty, which looked slightly harsh on Reading).

It was Emre though, who had the last laugh, when he picked up the ball on half way, and strode forward before taking the ball onto his left foot and hammering it over the keeper into the top of the net, to the Turk's obvious delight. He may not score enough goals for an attack-minded midfielder, but the ones he does score tend to be absolute belters, and the goal capped a fine personal display.

The win lifts us to fifteenth, and a good performance at Blackburn on Saturday would see us start to put real daylight between us and the bottom three.

Other reports: BBC, Guardian


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