Royals Gain Two More Victories

Last updated : 13 July 2002 By Rob Cooper
Alan Pardew's boys won 2-0 at Whyteleafe today, with both goals coming in the first half. Meanwhile, another Reading team was victorious, winning 1-0 at Banbury courtsey of a fifteenth minute close-range Nicky Forster strike, his third goal in two games.

At Whyteleafe John Salako's second goal of pre season put Reading ahead before Royals number nine Martin Butler doubled the advantage just two minutes later.

Having played four pre-season matches the Madejski Stadium side have chalked up four victories. However, Football League side Kidderminster should provide a much tougher test in next Friday's friendly match.

Kevin Dillon, assistant manager, was pleased with the way the team performed during their 1-0 win at Banbury. He told BBC Radio Berkshire: "Fortunately, there are no injuries to report. A lot of the first team players got sixty to seventy minutes today, the academy players came on later in the game and did well.

"During the first half we passed the ball around well but we were frustrated at times. If we play like that we will only ever create one or two chances a match. In the second half I thought we played well.

"I was pleased for Nicky who got our goal today, he was our best player out there. For me he was our best player last year, I'm expecting big things from him next season. Fozzy's put on a bit of muscle over the summer - he's tougher than last year."

Starting Line-Up For Banbury Game:
Phil Whitehead, Graeme Murty, Adie Viveash, Alex Smith, Steve Warren, Phil Parkinson, Sammy Igoe, Jamie Cureton, Anthony Rougier, Nicky Forster

Many of the players were substituted for academy players.

Starting Line-Up For Whyteleafe Game:
Jamie Ashdown, Ricky Newman, Adie Williams, Alex Stanley, Nicky Shorey, James Harper, Joe Gamble, Martin Butler, Andy Hughes, Bas Savage, John Salako

Many of the players were substituted for academy players.