Guthrie win­ner res­cues Read­ing

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/ By Matt Bad­cock

FI­NALLY. Read­ing fi­nally won a home game un­der Nigel Ad­kins, they fi­nally won a home game for the first time in six months and they fi­nally scored a goal of their own on their patch.

But there the plot thick­ens, with de­bate rag­ing over who ac­tu­ally got the fi­nal touch on the equaliser.

What isn’t in doubt is that the Royals fi­nally won on the sea­son’s open­ing day for the first time since 2006.

And there is no un­cer­tainty over the fact Jay Tabb ham­mered in Ip­swich’s opener and that Danny Guthrie’s de­flected long-ranger banked the three points for Read­ing.

Yet, while TV re­plays ap­pear to sug­gest Ty­rone Mings got the touch that brought Read­ing back into the game on the stroke of half­time, boss Nigel Ad­kins is giv­ing it to his lit­tle cen­tre for­ward Adam Le Fon­dre.

“I’ve seen the video – it’s his goal,” Ad­kins said.

“When you’ve got Garath McCleary putting the ball into such a danger­ous area and you’ve got your cen­tre-for­ward right be­tween the two cen­tre-halves and he’s made first con­tact on the ball, for me it’s a great goal by the cen­tre for­ward.

“If there is mass con­fu­sion, for me it’s the cen­tre for­ward’s goal.

“If Le Fon­dre doesn’t get first con­tact it doesn’t go in the back of the net.

“Of course you’ll say that be­cause you’re his man­ager, but I gen­uinely be­lieve it was his goal. “It was a good vic­tory for us.” Ip­swich boss Mick McCarthy’s view is it was an un­for­tu­nate own goal from defender Mings.

“I think it’s come off Ty,” he said.“I think he got turned around and it hit him on the back and went in.

“It was a great de­liv­ery. Some­times you’ve got to give credit, but I felt we should have dealt with it bet­ter.”

If it was Le Fon­dre’s, it was the first home goal scored by a Read­ing player since Fe­bru­ary 2 against Sun­der­land.

The only other league goal to fly in at the Mad Stad since then was an own goal by As­ton Villa’s Nathan Baker on March 9 – ex-boss Brian McDer­mott’s last game in charge.

But the Pre­mier League has gone and the pres­sure is on to get back to the Promised Land as quickly as pos­si­ble af­ter last year’s rel­e­ga­tion.

McCarthy knows what it takes to get out of this di­vi­sion – he’s done it with Sun­der­land and Wolves – and he’s had a busy sum­mer over­haul­ing the squad.

Op­ti­mism is high in East Anglia with ten new sum­mer sign­ings.

It was one of those who opened the scor­ing when Tabb, who was on loan at Port­man Road last sea­son, fired in a re­bound from his own vol­ley.

Iron­i­cally, de­spite play­ing for Read­ing for four years, it was the mid­fielder’s first goal at the Made­jski Sta­dium.

And they looked good for it, with Scott Loach largely un­trou­bled be­fore the equaliser.

Garath McCleary de­liv­ered a cross into the dan­ger area and Le Fon­dre went up be­tween Cole Skuse and Mings.

Who­ever got the fi­nal touch, the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Tabb al­most got a sec­ond early in the sec­ond-half af­ter a twist­ing run, but nei­ther side was cre­at­ing an abun­dance of chances.

While a draw looked likely, Guthrie had other ideas.

Tak­ing aim from long range, his shot took a de­flec­tion off Luke Hyam and flew straight over Loach into the mid­dle of the goal.

“I don’t think he’s go­ing to beat him from there,” McCarthy said. “We’ll never re­ally know will we? But the de­flec­tion has taken it over Loachy and given him no chance.

“I thought we played re­ally well the whole game. I asked for a bench­mark per­for­mance.

“If that’s the bench­mark, that is a pretty high stan­dard for us.

“If we play like that ev­ery week, com­pete and cre­ate the chances we did, we’ll be fine.”

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