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QPR 1-3 Reading

Reading showed their metal as they finished the game with 10 men after Kaspars Gorkss saw himself sent off against his old team. The Royals started strongly, and were quickly ahead when a flowing team move saw ALF cross straight onto Danny Williams' head - and the ball flew past Green's despairing dive. A scrappy goal, finished by Kevin Doyle, saw any momentum very quickly killed. Chance after chance to clear the ball was missed before Doyler somehow scored with his knees. Seeing him celebrate really did hurt. If there's every a time not to then it's probably against the club who made your career.

The second half started slowly, seeing knocks to Pav and McCleary, before last week's naughty boy, Alex Pearce, tucked home a Jobi McAnuff corner and was swiftly followed by one of Garath McCleary's wonder strikes - which he seems to save for Harry Redknapp. From then on Reading were never really troubled, with QPR never really finding the right gear although Doyle once again had a chance to cut the deficit but somehow missed a header from 2 yards out which saw Reading hold onto the 3-1 scoreline.

That said, for the second week running, Reading ended with 10 men. Now, personally, I think it was a shocking decision from the referee, and you can watch the incident here, and I know that there's people saying that he shouldn't have lunged in - and he gave the referee a decision to make. But he didn't, quite frankly there is no way that Gorkss challenge deserved a red card, and I'm not entirely sure how the commentators came to the conclusion that it did.

Things to work on: Still have periods of hot/cold within the games, and maybe that's to be expected playing a side like QPR but how on Earth we let their goal in I will never know, had so many opportunities to clear and never did.

Good things: Seeing out the game we did impeccably, especially toward the end of the game. Also four shots on target (from six shots) and three goals, that's a pretty ruthless stat.

Blackburn, Brighton, Leeds, and Derby make up four of the next five games, I really hope we can carry some form through these minus the couple of blips we've had. I am crossing all my fingers and toes.

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