Reading or Liverpool to face Burnley in FA Cup fourth round

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Reading or Liverpool to face Burnley in FA Cup fourth round

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By Jonny Fordham
January 03, 2010



Reading could face Burnley if they beat Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday, January 13th.

Owen Coyle's side beat Royals in last season's Championship play-off first round and the Premier League side would travel to Madejski Stadium on the weekend on January 23/24.

Former Reading centre-back Andre Bikey was sent-off in the first leg 1-0 defeat at Turf Moor and is now playing club football for the Clarets after a £2.8 million move away from Madejski Stadium in the summer.

The last time these two sides met in the FA Cup was in the third round at the Mad Stad on January 9, 2007 when two goals from Leroy Lita and another from Sam Sodje saw Steve Coppell's side win 3-2 in front of 11, 514 fans.

The full draw is:

Tottenham v Leeds United

Tranmere/Wolves v Crystal Palace

Aston Villa v Brighton

Preston v Chelsea

Portsmouth/Coventry v Sunderland

Bolton v Sheffield United/QPR

Accrington/Gillingham v Fulham

Everton v Nottingham Forest/Birmingham

West Brom v Plymouth/Newcastle

Scunthorpe United v Manchester City

Notts County/Forest Green v Wigan Athletic

Stoke City v Arsenal

Bristol City/Cardiff City v Leicester City

Millwall/Derby v Brentford/Doncaster

Reading/Liverpool v Burnley

Southampton v Ipswich
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johnH wrote:getReading
By Jonny Fordham
January 03, 2010



Reading could face Burnley if they beat Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday, January 13th.
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driftwood wrote:
johnH wrote:getReading
By Jonny Fordham
January 03, 2010



Reading could face Burnley if they beat Liverpool at Anfield in the FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday, January 13th.
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It will! :LOL5:
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By Jonny Fordham
January 13, 2010



Shane Long sent Liverpool crashing out of the FA Cup with his first goal of the season in the 10th minute of extra-time at Anfield. Long picked the perfect time to get off the mark and earn caretaker boss Brian McDermott a dream debut victory in charge, improving the 48-year-old's chances of getting the job on a full-time basis. The 22-year-old's glancing header in front of the Spion Kop heaped more pressure on under-fire Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez. The knock-out blow was created by stand-in right-back Brynjar Gunnarsson who nutmeged Argentina international Emiliano Insua before delivering the pin-point delivery.

Royals had to come from behind after it looked like a heart-breaking own-goal by Ryan Bertrand in first-half injury time had ended their Cup dreams. The on-loan Chelsea left-back turned in a Steven Gerrard cross just before the break in a game that Royals deservedly won. Top-scorer Gylfi Sigurdsson inspired the revival with a 90th minute penalty after a foul on match-winner Long by Yossi Benayoun. Reading always looked like producing an upset and will now face Burnley at Madejski Stadium in the fourth-round on January 23, the team who destroyed Royals' promotion hopes last season.

Dynamic midfielder Jem Karacan promised to make a name for himself before the game, and he did exactly that in the fourth minute, scything down Gerrard and getting booked for his late lunge on the Liverpool captain by referee Phil Dowd. Just a minute before the Turkey Under-21's mistimed challenge, Royals captain Ivar Ingimarsson almost gave Liverpool the perfect start by turning in an earlier Gerrard cross. Reading weren't daunted by the quality of their opposition and stroked the ball around with confidence and finesse on the slick Anfield pitch in the freezing cold. Sigurdsson went close to opening the deadlock in the 10th minute from a free-kick on the edge of the box, before Poland striker Grzegorz Rasiak missed a sitter from four-yards five minutes later. McDermott's side kept up their early pressure and Simon Church will feel he should have done better after busting a gut to get on the end of Jobi McAnuff's teasing cross, only to head over Diego Cavalieri's bar in front of the Kop.

Spaniard Benitez fielded a strong side and reverted back to his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation mak-ing five changes from the initial third-round tie 11 days earlier. Alberto Aquilani, a £20million summer signing from Roma, was handed his tenth appearance and Israel captain Benayoun also came in to bolster The Reds' attacking options. As expected, McDermott picked the same side that earned the replay with a 1-1 draw at Madejski Stadium on January 2. And if it wasn't for some dogged defending from £2million centre-back Matt Mills and Ingimarsson, Benayoun could have embarrassed Reading early in the second-half.

David Ngog, who replaced Fernando Torres in the 30th minute, worked hard on the right, but 20-year-old Bertrand made up for his unfortunate error in the first-half by matching him in the tackle. Icelander Ingimarsson headed wide from a Brian Howard free-kick in a rare second-half foray for the visitors in the 65th as Reading battled on.

Liverpool fan McAnuff had a fantastic chance to equalise 10 minutes from time after skipping past the tackles of Aquilani and Daniel Agger and bursting into the box. The tricky winger looked odds-on to score, but somehow placed his shot agonisingly wide of Cavalieri's left upright in front of the boisterous travelling Royals fans. Not to be outdone, Sigurdsson also went close with a curling right-footed effort from the edge of the box in the 90th minute before he made amends from the spot.

Royals Chairman Sir John Madejski hopped on the coach with his team for the trip back to Berkshire and no doubt got the party started after his side's first ever win at the home of the five-time European Champions.

Liverpool (4-2-3-1):Cavalieri, Degen (Skrtel, 91), Carragher, Agger, Insua, Lucas, Aquilani, Kuyt, Gerrard (c) (Babel, 46), Benayoun, Torres (Ngog, 30).
Subs not used: Gulacsi, Aurelio, Spearing, Pacheco.

Reading (4-4-2): Federici, Gunnarsson, Mills, Ingimarsson (c), Bertrand, Cisse (Howard, 59), Ka-racan (Long, 81), Sigurdsson, Rasiak (Kebe, 65), Church, McAnuff.
Subs not used: Tabb, Matejovsky, Hamer, Pearce.

Attendance: 31,063

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)


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piwacket wrote:It will! :LOL5:

IT DID

I thought the Royals played really well (despite it only being Liverpool). 'just hope they can show the same grit and determination in the Championship now :-)
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I suspect Reading played well because of the way that Liverpool let them play.

So often in the C'ship we see the lower sides play well against the big teams, and then struggle in the following match against a mediocre side in the same division (although Forest appear not to be that mediocre team this weekend!).
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thank Dog Im not coming to Reading today...bad enough getting snowed on without dodging a liberal dose of airborne Porcine doo-doos
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driftwood wrote:
piwacket wrote:It will! :LOL5:

IT DID

I thought the Royals played really well (despite it only being Liverpool). 'just hope they can show the same grit and determination in the Championship now :-)
Yeah, but Drifters, as we all know, grit is in short supply right now.
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Bring on Burnley...
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I was impressed with the spirit and work-rate of the team. They also looked the fitter side after 90 minutes, if a little lacking in the quality department. However, the gulf between Championship and Prem is enormous, so that was not really an issue. If Mr Mc Dermott can achieve the same degree of motivation, then survival will not be too daunting a prospect. Apart from a handful of sides, the standard in the Championship is dross. It shouldn't be too much to ask for a mid table finish.
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