Post by westhamsallie on Aug 11, 2010 21:24:38 GMT
According to BBC Radio Berkshire (as on BBC Radio Devon I got only the Jackson 5), when Reading scored their fans rushed forward and managed to knock down part of the breeze block wall in front of the away end!
Someone should tell them that we don't have the budget to rebuild that stand too!
Sounds like we performed well and were a tad unlucky at the death. A pretty meaningless comp other than earning potential for a club like ours. Hope it didnt take to much out of the players I remember a similar performance againsrt Palace years a go wityh Jason Fowler running the show when we lost in a similar fashion after extra time and for the few games after the players looked spent and shattered. A reasonable crowd also, 2800+ and all paying! A more important match awaits on Saturday and crucial that we continue to do well in the league.
Totally gutted for the lads, don't think i've ever seen such fight within our team in all the years i've been going. Brilliant performance considering the claasy opposition we had. Really felt for the defence when that ball went in. Really proud of them for what they've put into the clean-sheet record.
A magnificant effort tonight but cruelly ended by a winner in injury time of the second half of extra time. In other words Torquay were about a minute away from taking Reading to penalties. It was the least Torquay deserved in an even and entertaining match that seemed destined for penalties. Crowd 2,832, a decent turn out of near 1,000 Reading fans. In fact the crowd looked a lot more than 3,000 and Torquay's fans did the club proud with its vocal support. Sponsors MOTM deservedly going to Zebroski.
The first half seems a long time ago now in this marathon match. Zebroski did some great runs on the right wing and Torquay matched Reading and had some decent chances. Kee showed his shooting ability once hitting a rasping shot inside the penalty area that their keeper just parried. There were chances at both ends. Torquay's defence again with Branston and Ellis in the middle were immense, and Bevan's handling was immaculate all night. You somehow felt that even in the first half that the match would go all the way. Torquay's best chance followed a Nicholson long throw that their keeper fumbled. An almighty scramble followed and their keeper rather fortunately saved the ball on the goal-line.
Torquay made 2 subs in extra time : O'Kane for Kee with O'Kane slotting into central midfield and later Lathrope for Stevens. Torquay almost broke the deadlock in the second half of extra time. Benyon was through but at a tight angle. However he smashed a fine shot that crashed against the far post with their keeper well beaten - the nearest either team had come. Then in extra time Reading applied a bit of pressure, there was a bit of scramble and they scored from close range. Reading fans celebrated, the wall behind the goal collapsed due to their fans pressure on the wall. It was a strange sight to see from the opposite end. I heard a bang and then saw a puff of smoke. Hopefully no-one was hurt.
So there we are a long day at work followed by a marathon match this evening. We may have finally lost but the players and home fans were a real credit to the club and it bodes well for this season. There seems to be a good feeling about the whole club and we should have a decent season. The new boy Kee showed me tonight he should score a few this season. Playing him and Benyon tonight did mean there was a lack of height up front, but the two of them know how to finish.