Southbanker in search of a Happy New YearBy Anthony Fenn
December 30, 2011
On the Second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me two Jobi goals in a Seagulls victory and a perch on the Championship play-off tree.
In other words Reading beat Brighton and Hove Albion on Boxing Day, courtesy of two strikes from Royals Captain, Jobi Mcanuff and an own goal and consequently sent Brian McDermott’s team into the play-off zone for the first time this season.
The first twenty minutes of the game was as good a home performance as you will see.
Reading out-played their opponents in every department and some of their passing moves would have not have looked out of place on a premiership ground.
Two superb goals from an in-form McAnuff, although Simon Church might have a claim on the second, practically had the game won by half-time.
Having said that Brighton created some excellent chances of their own in the second half and the final score-line flattered the Royals.
As well as the Seagulls passed the ball they lacked that all important cutting edge.
However they did excel at amateur dramatics! Gus Poyet’s players appeared to take gamesmanship to another level as they dropped like shot partridges, following the most innocuous of challenges.
Following each proverbial gunshot the Brighton Manager, the ex-Uruguay and Chelsea mid-fielder, would perform a “Warnock” samba on the touch line!
After the game Poyet complained about the officials and claimed that his team had been denied a stonewall penalty following Andy Griffin’s challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith.
I must admit to having an “Arsene Wenger” moment as I didn’t see a thing but even if it was a penalty someone should sit Poyet down and tell him the story of the little boy who cried wolf once too often!
I’m sure most visiting supporters and perhaps a few new Reading fans will wonder why the East Stand pay tribute to the Bradford City Manager in their very own rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas song.
The City boss is of course Phil Parkinson, one of the good guys and a true Royals legend who served the club over an eleven year period between 1992 -2003, making 361 appearances and scoring 20 goals for Reading.
Tomorrow is the Seventh Day of Christmas and Ipswich Town come to the Mad Stad and then two days later the Royals travel to Cardiff City. Personally I would trade in the seven swans a-swimming and the nine drummers drumming for another six points and a very Happy New Year!
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