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AS THE old say­ing goes, a good big ‘un al­ways beats a good lit­tle ‘un. So it proved as Read­ing were dis­mem­bered at Old Traf­ford last week­end. Up­sets are won­der­ful but, fact is, when world-class play­ers turn up and strut their stuff, there’s not much that a Cham­pi­onship side can do about it. Nev­er­the­less, Roy­als boss Jaap Stam, pic­tured right, was jus­ti­fied in de­fend­ing his re­fusal to play safe. When you get it right, as Ply­mouth did at An­field, putting ten men be­hind the ball makes a man­ager look like Han­ni­bal at Can­nae. But, nine times out of ten, it sim­ply de­lays the in­evitable. As a sup­porter, I’d much rather go home know­ing my team had been thrashed try­ing to win than lost nar­rowly with­out throw­ing a punch.

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