Premier League

April 1, 2007


Tottenham Hotspur

1 - 0


Premier League

15:00 +00:00, April 1, 2007

White Hart Lane, England

Referee: A Wiley

  • 93'

    FULL-TIME: Spurs fifth win a row pushes them up to sixth and sets them up nicely for their difficult trip to Seville during the week. An entertaining match and one which Spurs deserved to win. Reading dropped out of it in the second half and were it not for Defoe's profligacy the Royals would have lost by more goals.

  • 92'

    Zokora tries to keep the ball in the corner and wins a throw deep in Reading's half which should mean Spurs take the points.

  • 91'

    Lennon scampers towards the Reading goal and gets a corner from Halford's block.

  • 90'

    Three minutes of added time are signalled.

  • 89'

    Reading push up as the referee checks his watch. Doyle takes on Zokora but it's Spurs who get a goal-kick which Robinson will be in no hurry to take.

  • 86'

    With Reading pressing, Lee takes advantage and charges up the park. He tees up Jermaine Defoe who is twelve yards from goal. His shot is terrible though and as it sails wide is greeted with howls of derision from the Spurs fans.

  • 85'

    A nicely placed shot from Huddlestone beats Federici but trickles just wide of his goal.

  • 84'

    Halford's cross is well met by the head of Chimbonda who has impressed for Spurs today.

  • 82'

    Defoe has another go from a tight angle but Duberry had covered his run and the lively Spurs striker's shot is just wide.

  • 82'

    Lita's header goes just wide of the Spurs goal at the other end.

  • 81'

    This time Defoe has a goal disallowed for offside although his is not as clear cut a decision as Berbatov's and in fact Defoe looked to be marginally onside.

  • 80'

    The corner comes across and Dawson heads over from the near post.

  • 80'

    Steed Malbranque is replaced by Tom Huddlestone.

  • 79'

    Chimbonda's cross is headed behind for a corner by Halford who has played well despite giving away the penalty.

  • 79'

    Nice feet from Defoe but when he shoots Federici is well positioned to make the save.

  • 78'

    This time Robinson punches firmly to get the ball to safety.

  • 78'

    It comes in but Zokora has to struggle to put it behind for another corner.

  • 77'

    The hesitating Rocha's clearance is blocked by Oster and Reading win themselves a corner.

  • 75'

    Nice turn from Sidwell in a tight spot but his pass gives the ball straight back to Spurs. Berbatov receives the ball in the Reading penalty area and his shot brings a theatrical save from Federici.

  • 74'

    John Oster is coming on for Glen Little and Jermaine Defoe is replacing Robbie Keane.

  • 73'

    Lee does well to get the better of Kitson but then Spurs lose out to Doyle's interception. Halford receives it wide on the right but his pass is blocked by Chimbonda.

  • 72'

    Jermaine Defoe is preparing to come on for Spurs.

  • 70'

    Good block again from Halford, this time on Keane's attempted cross.

  • 70'

    A lovely mazy run from Zokora but Halford is on hand to make sure he doesn't get a shot in.

  • 69'

    A fine tackle on Doyle by Chimbonda who isn't fooled by the Cork man's turn.

  • 68'

    Keane tees up Malbranque on the edge of the area and the Frenchman's shot curls just wide of the post. A good effort.

  • 66'

    Berbatov is judged to be offside, a decision which does not go down well with the home crowd.

  • 65'

    Jenas welcomes the Irishman to the game with a crunching tackle.

  • 64'

    Kevin Doyle has replaced Stephen Hunt.

  • 63'

    Good tackle on Sidwell by Zokora and the ball is played on to Berbatov by Lennon. He slices his shot though which goes wide.

  • 62'

    Jenas has a go from twenty yards out but he hits the ball with the outside of his boot and doesn't have any direction on it. Meandhile Duberry has been injured and is jogging off for a bit of attention.

  • 61'

    Hunt's corner curls out of play before it even reaches the scrum of players awaiting his delivery.

  • 61'

    Now Lita forces Rocha in to conceding a corner.

  • 60'

    Sidwell rises to meet the corner but can't get up high enough to direct his header on goal. The ball skims away from the Spurs goal.

  • 60'

    Hunt has won a corner for Reading after tussling with Rocha.

  • 59'

    Shorey's free-kick is played in to the Spurs box and the Reading players scream for a handall against Dawson. Chest ball more like though.

  • 58'

    Jenas has a goal chalked off for offside after Berbatov's acrobatic overhead pass to him. Jenas was well offside though and Spurs don't even bother to appeal.

  • 57'

    Shorey's attempt is neither cross nor shot and goes straight in to the arms of Paul Robinson.

  • 56'

    Now they do have a free-kick about thirty-five yards out from goal.

  • 55'

    Lita is well challenged by Rocha and again the Reading fans shout for a foul. Again they are denied although rightly so as it was a fair tackle.

  • 54'

    Lennon acknowledges he played the wrong ball as he plays it straight against the legs of Sidwell in the Reading penalty area.

  • 53'

    Keane turns and shoots from the edge of the Reading box. A shot born of confidence but it was well off target.

  • 50'

    Dawson heads the ball out to Lennon who sets off on a long run before going for goal on his own. He seemed to tire though and his shot was scuffed and lazy when he had other options available to him.

  • 50'

    Shorey gets back to make a timely interception and Spurs have a corner. Federici comes out and makes a confident first touch to claim the ball.

  • 49'

    Dawson beats Lita in the air but the Reading fans don't like it and call for a free-kick which they don't get.

  • 48'

    Little dinks it over Lee but doesn't have the legs to beat the Spurs defender to it.

  • 47'

    Good covering header from Dawson to stop Lita getting to the ball first.

  • 46'

    Lee's cross is blocked for a throw-in and the left-back is keen to take on new boy Halford this afternoon.

  • 45'

    Marcus Hahnemann has been replaced by Adam Federici who will be making his Premiership debut following his recent man of the match performance in Reading's FA cup game at Old Trafford. The second half is underway...

  • 45'

    HALF-TIME: Some fine football on display so it is perhaps a shame that a debatable penalty is what has given Spurs the lead. A host of chances at either end suggest that it won't be the only goal of the game though.

  • 45'

    Berbatov bends it over the wall but Hahnemann reads the flight of the ball well and gets across to make the save.

  • 44'

    Zokora is spoken to by some of the Reading players who feel he went over a little too easily when challenged. Nevertheless, Spurs have a free-kick in a dangerous area.

  • 43'

    Jenas plays a great forty yard pass out to Keane who wins a throw for Spurs.

  • 41'

    Dawson heads it behind for a Reading corner. Hunt takes it but Kitson is clambering all over Chimbonda and the ref blows for a foul.

  • 40'

    Fine cross from hunt but Chimbonda makes a great clearance with a header.

  • 39'

    GOAL: Robbie Keane expertly knocks the ball past Hahnemann. He hits it over the outstrethced arm of the keeper. A fine penalty, although whether one should have been awarded is debatable.

  • 39'

    Spurs have a penalty. Greg Halford on his debut is judged to have handled.

  • 38'

    Great play from Lennon to set up Keane eight yards out. The Irishman wants a couple of seconds to steady himself before shooting. He doesn't have it though and Little makes a great tackle.

  • 37'

    Duberry carelessly gives the ball away but Keane is still coming back from an offside position when the ball is then played to him by Jenas.

  • 36'

    Nice piece of play from Chimbonda to knock it cheekily past the flailing figure of Stephen Hunt.

  • 35'

    Another great run from Zokora but Reading break it up on the edge of their penalty area.

  • 33'

    Nice driving run from Zokora who is having a great game in the Spurs engine room today.

  • 30'

    Fantastic block by Zokora from Sidwell's shot. A fearless piece of play from the midfielder.

  • 30'

    Keane plays a pass up to Jenas who fails to control the ball when he was through on goal. Realising he is being closed down he elects to try and pass it on to Berbatov when perhaps he should have had a shot immediately.

  • 29'

    Now Little is brought down with a two-footed Zokora challenge.

  • 27'

    Nice play from Halford to stop Malbranque progressing down the left. Little then takes matters in to his own hands and scythes down Malbranque. He receives a stern rebuke from the ref.

  • 25'

    Malbranque bursts from midfield and is supported by Chimbonda. He plays it back to the ex-Fulham man but Malbranque is dispossessed. He gets it back though and his shot is saved by Hahnemann. Inexplicably Spurs are denied a corner.

  • 22'

    Lee shows a touch of the Ronaldos with a few stepovers before hitting an inviting cross. Nobody is there to meet it but the ball eventually finds it's way to Zokora who blasts a shot over from the edge of the Reading penalty area.

  • 21'

    Kitson has an effort saved well by Robinson. The big striker swivelled and shot from twelve yards out but Robinson showed why he is England's first choice with a good instinctive save.

  • 20'

    Rocha is booked for taking down Lita when it looked like the Reading man might be away.

  • 20'

    Berbatov's overhead cross is cleared by Shorey in the Reading box.

  • 19'

    Keane tries to chip Hahnemann from an acute angle but the keeper is too close to his line for the attempt to work.

  • 18'

    Lee does well to make a challenge on Little to block his path.

  • 17'

    Nice bit of ball control over Hahnemann who cooly knocks the ball over the head of Berbatov to find the somewhat panicked looking Ingimarsson.

  • 16'

    Great tackle on Sidwell by Zokora in the midfield to stop the Reading man getting past him.

  • 15'

    Stephen Hunt's high ball is a little too high for the Reading strikers.

  • 14'

    Shorey delivers a free-kick in to the Spurs box. The ball bounces around invitingly before Tottenham decide to clear it.

  • 12'

    Lita hits the post with a header from seven yards out. He should have buried it and he knows it. Real end-to-end stuff at White Hart Lane so far.

  • 11'

    Berbatov cuts through the Reading defence and steadies himself for a shot. Hahnemann is quick off his line though and makes an important save.

  • 10'

    This time it's Robinson's turn to take the ball as it comes over.

  • 10'

    At the other end Lita wins a corner for the vistors.

  • 9'

    Hahnemann confidently claims the corner as it comes over.

  • 8'

    Ingimarsson is caught on the turn and Robbie Keane almost capatalises on his hestitancy. Hahnemann is first to it. Spurs have won a corner though.

  • 7'

    The linesman flags Robbie Keane for being offside. He wasn't though.

  • 7'

    Duberry's pass from the back is heavy and goes straight behind for a Spurs goal-kick.

  • 5'

    Kitson gets his head to a long throw and helps the ball on to Lita who is lurking in the Spurs penalty area. He lets the ball run through his legs though and the half chance is gone.

  • 3'

    Hahnemann makes a wonderful point blank save from Keane who combines well with Berbatov and shoots from five yards out. Spurs have a corner but eventually it runs out of play. Reading need to steady themselves here.

  • 2'

    Malbranque hits the outside of the post after a lovely flowing Spurs move. Berbatov heads it down to Lennon who feeds Malbranque before he shoots. Good play from Spurs.

  • 1'

    Jenas needlesly gives possession straight to Reading when he was under no pressure.


    Reading form a huddle and then prepare to start the game. Which they do in a changed strip of all red. It's a beautiful sunny afternoon in north London.


    Robbie Keane partners Dimitar Berbatov up front for Spurs today with his Irish international team mate Kevin Doyle unable to force his way in to Reading's team at White Hart Lane today. Greg Halford makes his Premiership debut at right-back for the Royals.