Weekend Review: 11th September
A great weekend for Shane Long. His side Reading defeated Crystal Palace 3-0. Reading recently sold their top goalscorer Gylfi Sigurdsson to Hoffeinheim so it was perfect time to remind both Irish and Reading fans of his talent. For Reading’s first goal, Long was taken down in the box, and duly converted the penalty. Long was again fouled for the second penalty, but did not take the resulting kick. Being one of only three strikers in Ireland’s recent squad, Long is held in high regard by Trapattoni.
In his debut for Reading, Ian Harte converted a second half penalty with the same conviction we have seen his entire career (conviction that was unfortunately missing for a couple of minutes on that faithful afternoon against Spain in 2002). Harte has been in excellent for for the past couple of seasons with Carlisle, and he will hope to continue his fine form in the higher standard that is the Championship.
Yet another clean sheet for the QPR stopper. After a very very trying couple of years, Kenny is finding top form under Neil Warnock. In five games this season QPR have only conceded 2 goals, both away from home.
The Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker continued his fine start to the season with an 82nd minute penalty at Hibernian.
The Exeter striker netted twice to help secure an impressive win for his side away to Harlepool. The Cobh born forward joined Exeter from Barnet this summer.
Impressive in his debut for Portsmouth, who secured a draw against Ipswich. Portsmouth have looked very poor in recent weeks but yesterdays performance was much improved, thanks in no small part to Lawrence.
Despite again being on the bench for Man City’s match with Blackburn, Given will no doubt have had a little giggle to himself when Joe hart found himself completely at fault for Blackburn’s goal. Perhaps Hart is not the goalkeeping messiah some English and Man City fans hoped for. Shay Given will certainly be hoping so.
Sean St Ledger
Preston looked to be cruising, 3-1 up with 6 minutes left. Somehow they conceded 3 goals in the space of 6 minutes with the final two being headers in the box. St Ledger will be far from happy with being in a defence that concedes 4 goals, but he was not helped by fellow defender Jones being sent off.
Gibson himself is not at fault here, but his manager showed a distinct lack of faith in him. Anyone watching the Man Utd-Everton match while it was 3-1 will have noticed that Ferguson was bringing on Park along with Gibson. However just before they were brought onto the pitch, Ferguson turned to Gibson and ordered him back to the dugout and to put on his jacket again. Gibson would have no doubt been brought on for the ineffective Scholes, and could only have hurt him more to watch Man Utd’s midfield being ripped apart in the final two minutes of the game. Gibson must have been thinking to himself what a difference he could have made if Ferguson had just stuck with his original plan and brought on Gibson
McCarthy got turned much to easily by Shane Long, before taking him down to concede a penalty in Crystal Palace’s defeat to Reading. Palace and McCarthy will be disappointed with the start they have made to their Championship campaign.
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