UK time is: 07:18:25
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Reading vs. Fulham

Madjeski Stadium

14/04/07

15:00

Reading (a) Preview

Fulham make the short distance to Reading this weekend for a fixture that could shape their Premiership future.

After the upheaval of this week whereby Lawrie Sanchez has been drafted in to replace the sacked Chris Coleman, nobody is left in any doubt as to the severity of our plight.

With five games remaining, all against difficult opposition, there is every danger that we could slip into the relegation battle. Hopefully installing a fresh face at the helm will galvanise a squad that has looked to be very low in confidence in recent weeks.

If Sanchez cannot inspire an urgent revival then the possibility that we`ll be playing in the Championship next season will almost certainly become a reality. However, we can take heart form the fact that whilst we languish at the bottom of the form table Reading are only one place above us signifying it should be a close game.

Vital Quotes:

We can`t let the opportunity pass not to use a classic quote from a player who no longer plays for our club. It concerns the recent departure of Chris Coleman and signifies just how low some people who, appear to, hold a vendetta can sink. Take it away Sylvain Legwinski.

"Sacking Fulham was the best thing that could have happened to Fulham."

"The only question is about the timing because it should have been done two years ago."

"The club has gone backwards under him. This season was the first where it could be truly called his team as there was no one left form Tigana`s era."

"It`s sad to see where they are now but, in truth, Fulham were lucky not to be in the relegation zone the last two years - and that`s because of Coleman."


Very harsh in our opinion.

Reading Team News:

Reading boss Steve Coppell will have to decide whether to utilise the services of his midfield player, Steve Sidwell. Whilst he is 100% fit his recent rejection of what would have been the highest salary ever offered to a Reading player in favour of a move to a more lucrative club may well persuade Coppell to try a new formation. Elsewhere, Fulham will need to be aware of the dangers that Kevin Doyle will present. The striker, signed from Irish League side Cork, has adapted remarkably well to life in the Premiership and his goal tally of ten, in the Premiership, demands respect.

Expect Reading to select from - Hahnemann, Halford, de la Cruz, Ingimarsson, Duberry, Bikey, Shorey, Seol, Oster, Gunnarsson, Harper, Sidwell, Hunt, Doyle, Kitson, Long, Lita.

Player to watch: Leroy Lita

His explosive pace can destroy defences. Has proved he is the perfect foil for Doyle but needs to cut out the fiery side of his game. Recently charged for an off the ball incident that occurred during his teams Easter Monday fixture. Hopefully, he`ll lose his appeal and will not be able to face us.

Fulham Team News:

With Lawrie Sanchez picking his first starting eleven it`ll be interesting to see who he chooses. Hopefully Ian Pearce will be back after sustaining a foot injury against Portsmouth. The big question will be whether Montella will play, The striker on loan from Roma, was supposedly one of the reasons why those in charge decided to dispense with the services of Coleman. With his salary being so high there was, reportedly, apprehension amongst the board that he was not being played enough.

Player to watch: The Gaffer!

A new gaffer demands attention and that`s why we`ve chosen to focus on Lawrie Sanchez. By sheer coincidence Lawrie starts his Fulham managerial career at the very club he started his professional playing career. Sanchez made 250 appearances and scored 28 goals for Reading. Sanchez will be eager to transfer the results he has achieved with Northern Ireland to the domestic arena. For the sake of our Premiership survival let`s hope it is a feat he can do.

Match Facts & Stats

Reading will be looking to do the double over Fulham after having won 1-0 at Craven Cottage, back in November, thanks to a solitary goal from their marksman, Kevin Doyle. On this occasion the striker slotted home a penalty in the 17th minute after Ian Pearce had been sent off by Dermot Gallagher. Trawling through the history books we find that honours are almost even with regards to the outcome in away matches with Reading. In fourteen fixtures Reading have seven wins to our twelve with two draws. Overall, when considering home and away fixtures, it`s even closer with both teams having won eleven games each with seven draws.

Ref Watch:

Lee Mason (Lancashire) will be taking charge of his 11th Premiership game this season. So far he has dished out a solitary red card and twenty-three yellow cards.

Match Prediction:

It`s a game Fulham must win to champion their survival prospects whilst Reading will be looking for three points to re-ignite the possibility of a late surge towards a possible UEFA Cup place.

Next Fixtures:

Blackburn at Craven Cottage.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 13 2007

Time: 4:11PM

Your Comments

A three points you must take or else it's curtains - you're doomed!
merlin
we'll keep the faith and at least we ain't bought sucess!
Putney
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Fulham Articles

Symons Rues Mistakes but Praises Brentford (Saturday November 22 2014)

Brentford 2 Fulham 1 (Saturday November 22 2014)

Stats: Brentford v Fulham (Saturday November 22 2014)

Brentford v Fulham Team-Sheets (Friday November 21 2014)

Same Again Please! (Friday November 21 2014)

Exploring the Loan Market Situation (Thursday November 20 2014)

Brentford v Fulham Team News Update (Thursday November 20 2014)

Italy Return for Trotta! (Tuesday November 18 2014)

Come Back Moussa! (Sunday November 16 2014)

No Third Spell for Clint! (Sunday November 16 2014)

Archived Fulham Articles

List All Vital Fulham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Fulham 1 - 0 Norwich
Fulham 0 - 1 Millwall
Fulham 1 - 1 Cardiff
Fulham 3 - 0 Charlton
Fulham 4 - 0 Bolton
Fulham 0 - 1 Blackburn

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Huddersfield 18 5 6 7 -6 21
15. Reading 18 6 3 9 -6 21
16. Leeds Utd 18 5 5 8 -5 20
17. Fulham 18 5 4 9 -5 19
18. Millwall 18 4 7 7 -5 19
19. Birmingham 18 4 7 7 -14 19
20. Brighton 18 3 9 6 -3 18

Breaking League News

Adams: We Have To Take Our Chances
Norwich : 23/11/2014 07:00:00
Wigan : 22/11/2014 23:31:00
Howe: Loan move could be an avenue for us
Bournemouth : 22/11/2014 22:22:00
Karanka satisfied with point
Middlesbrough : 22/11/2014 22:16:00
Howe: Rantie injury a huge blow
Bournemouth : 22/11/2014 22:15:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM v Brentford?
Suggested By:  puteny
Bettinelli 50%
Zverotic 0%
Bodurov 0%
Burn 0%
Stafylidis 0%
Ruiz 0%
Christensen 0%
Parker 0%
Wilima 0%
Rodallega 0%
McCormack 50%
Eisfeld 0%