Reading 2-0 Norwich
By Steven Woodgate
Saturday 20 Dec 2008 12:09:00
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Reading left it late seeing a determined Norwich City side, with goals from Stephen Hunt and Shane Long in the last six minutes securing all three points.

The game itself remained rather dull of which nothing really materialised. Only for the impact of substitutes Long and James Henry the game suddenly headed towards so sort of direction.

Long won a penalty after putting Norwich captain Mark Fotheringham under pressure. Fotheringham handled to the ball too much dismay from the Norwich dug out.

Hunt stepped up and scored from the spot, he looked much more confident after seeing his spot kicked saved in the game against Blackpool.

Long then scored his second of the season after great work from fellow sub Henry. Henry’s pinpoint cross-allowed Long to head home.

The game from the start was a scrappy affair and on show, no one really deserved all three points. Norwich had the better of the first half and had the chances to go ahead. Darel Russell should have done better as Adam Federici saved easily.

Martin Pattison wasted another good chance for the visitors as he headed wide by being only seven yards out.

Norwich almost rued their missed chances, as it looked likely James Harper would put the home side 1-0 up but his effort went narrowly wide.

The second half passed without notice before Steve Coppell threw on Long and Henry. Their impact proved significant.


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