<< Season 2004-05 >>

Reading once again narrowly missed out on the play-offs in the re-branded Football League Championship. After a good start to the season they briefly headed the table for the first time in September, and looked set for a promotion battle after three successive wins in December. However a sudden lack of confidence in front of goal saw them go eleven games without a win, including five goalless draws. Certainly the absence of top scorer Dave Kitson was a factor, and it was he who scored a hat-trick to end the run against Alan Pardew's West Ham. A further four wins, including a Kitson double in a memorable win at champions-elect Sunderland, saw Reading in with a chance of making the play-offs, however three successive defeats saw them narrowly miss out to West Ham.

FL Championship (7th)

       Brighton & HA     H  W  3-2         Kitson, Harper, Forster
       West Ham Utd      A  L  0-1
       Sheffield Utd     A  W  1-0         Harper
       Rotherham Utd     H  W  1-0         Kitson (pen)
       Millwall          A  L  0-1
       Sunderland        H  W  1-0         Forster
       Derby County      A  L  1-2         Shorey
       Preston NE        H  W  3-1         Kitson, Forster 2
       Gillingham        H  W  3-1         Kitson 3 (2 pens)
       Watford           A  W  1-0         Sidwell
       Ipswich Town      A  D  1-1         Kitson
       Burnley           H  D  0-0
       Stoke City        A  W  1-0         Shorey
       Leeds Utd         H  D  1-1         Owusu
       Crewe Alexandra   H  W  4-0         Sidwell, Kitson, Owusu, Ingimarsson
       Coventry City     A  L  2-3         Owusu, Kitson
       Plymouth Arg      A  D  2-2         Coughlan (og), Kitson
       Stoke City        H  W  1-0         Kitson
       Cardiff City      H  W  2-1         Morgan, Kitson
       Nottingham F      A  L  0-1
       Wigan Athletic    H  D  1-1         Owusu
       Wolverhampton W   A  L  1-4         Morgan
       Leicester City    A  W  2-0         Sidwell, Ingimarsson
       Queens Park Rang  H  W  1-0         Shorey
       Watford           H  W  3-0         Sonko, Sidwell, Owusu
       Preston NE        A  L  0-3
       Gillingham        A  D  0-0
       Derby County      H  L  0-1
       Burnley           A  D  0-0
       Ipswich Town      H  D  1-1         Ingimarsson
       Plymouth Arg      H  D  0-0
       Leeds Utd         A  L  1-3         Owusu
       Coventry City     H  L  1-2         Ferdinand
       Crewe Alexandra   A  D  1-1         Kitson
       Leicester City    H  D  0-0
       Queens Park Rang  A  D  0-0
       West Ham Utd      H  W  3-1         Kitson 3
       Rotherham Utd     A  L  0-1
       Brighton & HA     A  W  1-0         Forster
       Sheffield Utd     H  D  0-0
       Millwall          H  W  2-1         Kitson, Forster
       Sunderland        A  W  2-1         Kitson 2 (1 pen)
       Nottingham F      H  W  1-0         Harper
       Cardiff City      A  L  0-2
       Wolverhampton W   H  L  1-2         Forster
       Wigan Athletic    A  L  1-3         Sidwell

FL Championship Table

                        PL  HW HD HL  HF  HA  AW AD AL  AF  AA  PTS
 1. Sunderland          46  16  4  3  45  21  13  3  7  31  20   94
 2. Wigan Athletic      46  13  5  5  42  15  12  7  4  37  20   87
 3. Ipswich Town+       46  17  3  3  53  26   7 10  6  32  30   85
 4. Derby County+       46  10  7  6  38  30  12  3  8  33  30   76
 5. Preston NE+         46  14  7  2  44  22   7  5 11  23  36   75
 6. West Ham Utd+       46  12  5  6  36  24   9  5  9  30  32   73
 7. READING             46  13  7  3  33  15   6  6 11  18  29   70
 8. Sheffield Utd       46   9  7  7  28  23   9  6  8  29  33   67
 9. Wolverhampton W     46   9 11  3  40  26   6 10  7  32  33   66
10. Millwall            46  12  5  6  33  22   6  7 10  18  23   66
11. Queens Park Rang    46  10  7  6  32  26   7  4 12  22  32   62
12. Stoke City          46  11  2 10  22  18   6  8  9  14  20   61
13. Burnley             46  10  7  6  26  19   5  8 10  12  20   60
14. Leeds Utd           46   7 10  6  28  26   7  8  8  21  26   60
15. Leicester City      46   8  8  7  24  20   4 13  6  25  26   57
16. Cardiff City        46  10  4  9  24  19   3 11  9  24  32   54
17. Plymouth Arg        46   9  8  6  31  23   5  3 15  21  41   53
18. Watford             46   5 10  8  25  25   7  6 10  27  34   52
19. Coventry City       46   8  7  8  32  28   5  6 12  29  45   52
20. Brighton & HA       46   7  7  9  24  29   6  5 12  16  36   51
21. Crewe Alexandra     46   6  8  9  37  38   6  6 11  29  48   50
22. Gillingham          46  10  6  7  22  23   2  8 13  23  43   50
23. Nottingham F        46   7 10  6  26  28   2  7 14  16  38   44
24. Rotherham Utd       46   2  7 14  17  34   3  7 13  18  35   29

    + after play-off

Position Graph

Position Graph

FA Cup

R3     Swansea City2     H  D  1-1         Ingimarsson
R3(R)  Swansea City2     A  W  1-0 *       Forster
R4     Leicester CityC   H  L  1-2         Forster

       * after extra time
League Cup
R1     Oxford Utd2       A  W  2-0         Goater, Hughes
R2     WatfordC          H  L  0-3

Top Scorers

                        LG  FA  LC  MC  ALL  PEN  HAT    RATE
 1. Dave Kitson         19   0   0   0   19    4    2   0.500
 2. Nicky Forster        7   2   0   0    9    0    0   0.265
 3. Lloyd Owusu          6   0   0   0    6    0    0   0.200
 4. Steve Sidwell        5   0   0   0    5    0    0   0.106
 5. Ívar Ingimarsson     3   1   0   0    4    0    0   0.082
 6. James Harper         3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.065
    Nicky Shorey         3   0   0   0    3    0    0   0.062
 8. Dean Morgan          2   0   0   0    2    0    0   0.100
 9. Les Ferdinand        1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.071
    Ibrahima Sonko       1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.024
11. Shaun Goater         0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.091
    Andy Hughes          0   0   1   0    1    0    0   0.022
13. Own goals            1   0   0   0    1    0    0   0.020
    Line
    Totals              51   3   2   0   56    4    2   1.098

Most Appearances

                        LG    FA    LC    MC    ALL     SUM
 1. Marcus Hahnemann    46     3     2     0     51      51
 2. Ívar Ingimarsson    43+1   3     2     0     48+1    49
 3. Nicky Shorey        44     3     1     0     48      48
 4. Steve Sidwell       44     2     1     0     47      47
 5. Andy Hughes         40+1   3     2     0     45+1    46
 6. James Harper        39+2   3     1+1   0     43+3    46
 7. Graeme Murty        41     2     2     0     45      45
 8. Ibrahima Sonko      35+4   3     0     0     38+4    42
 9. Glen Little         29+6   3     1     0     33+6    39
10. Dave Kitson         37     0     1     0     38      38
11. Nicky Forster       27+3   3     0+1   0     30+4    34
12. Paul Brooker        22+9   0+1   2     0     24+10   34
13. Lloyd Owusu         14+11  0+3   1+1   0     15+15   30
14. Bobby Convey         4+14  2     1+1   0      7+15   22
15. Dean Morgan         10+8   0+1   0+1   0     10+10   20
16. Ricky Newman        11+6   1     1     0     13+6    19
17. Les Ferdinand        4+8   2     0     0      6+8    14
18. Adrian Williams     11     0     2     0     13      13
19. Shaun Goater         2+7   0     2     0      4+7    11
20. Martin Keown         3+2   0     0     0      3+2     5
    Line
    Totals              46     3     2     0     51      51