Reading 6 West Ham 0 was the scoreline when they met last season and many expected the same judging by the betting odds.
Bellamy gave the home fans a 6 min surprise with a quick goal. WH played a quick counter attack game that gave Reading lots of problems and created space for its forwards.
Reading were no pushovers and had a number of chances in the 1st half with Hunt hitting the bar. Having lots of possession, Reading were guilty of poor crossing. Despite having 13+ corners in the entire game, none were created into goal scoring chances.
2nd half was more of the same but West Ham created the best move of week with a brilliant passing maneouvre seeing Mullins and Bellamy playing a part to give Etherington a shot on goal. Etherington converted the pass to make this a contender for goal of the month.
Bowyer could have added a third with a wasted one on one opportunity but the shot went wide. Coppell pushed his men forward adding a third striker and the tactic appeared to have worked.
In 78th min, Green brought down kitson in the penalty area and it looked like Reading were back in the match. There were calls for a second yellow for Green but didn't look that way to me. Penalty given without a card but BIG miss. This changed the character of the game.
Reading's morale can be seen to be very low and this affected their finishing. Lita was guilty of another open miss which should have seen the scoreline as 2-2 but remained 2-0.
With many Reading players up front, Bellamy and later Cole had and created a lot of space in Reading's rear. Etherington could have sealed the match with an open shot on goal but was too generous by trying to pass to Cole and was blocked. He learnt from that and when the same opportunity arose again (created by himself) in the 92 min, he made sure of a double to make it 3-0.
Game could have gone either way but ended 3-0. Vital 3 goals and points. Important cushion as West Ham begin meeting the tougher opponents later. Well done West Ham!
Coppell on the other hand face pressure as Reading slide into the bottom 3.