Reading stay close to Blades
By Patrick Whyte. Last Updated: 05/11/05 6:45pm
Reading kept the pressure on Championship leaders Sheffield United with a 2-1 win at
Icelander Ivar Ingimarsson won the match for Reading cancelling out a Lee Cook equaliser after James Harper had opened the scoring for
The match began at a frenetic pace with chances for both sides as the game swung from end to end.
George Santos, Rangers' makeshift centre forward, then set up a chance at the other end with the game only a few minutes old. He teed up the ball for Richard Langley whose shot flashed across the face of the goal.
A corner from Cook produced another chance for Rangers.
A Steve Sidwell pass was collected by Dave Kitson and he played an inviting pass into the path of Harper who put the ball past Royce from 12 yards.
Rangers came back fighting with chances for Cook who brought a good save from Hahnemann before Dean Sturridge put a shot over the bar.
Rangers' already injury ravaged forward line was dealt another blow as Sturridge limped off before half time to be replaced by Gareth Ainsworth.
Having created a number of chances in the first half, Rangers deservedly equalised after the break. Substitute Ainsworth cut in from the right and slid the ball to Cook, who took the ball in his stride and smacked the ball past the despairing Hahnemann from 20 yards.
Understandably Royals manager Steve Coppell wanted to cool the atmosphere and so brought off Little and replaced him with John Oster.
The Welshman's introduction was telling as his corner produced the winning goal as Ingimarsson thumped in the winner.
Rangers immediately pushed for a second equaliser with Gallen lobbing a chance over and Ainsworth skying a volley. While at the other end
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