Convey assists winner, Reading drops Manchester City 1-0 in EPL.
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
(Monday, September 11, 2006) -- United States midfielder Bobby Convey set up the game's only goal with a first-half free kick, lifting Reading to a 1-0 triumph over visiting Manchester City tonight in the English Premier League.
Each teams employs two Americans. Marcus Hahnemann provided a couple of key saves for Reading, while Claudio Reyna patrolled the midfield for City.
Recently-acquired U.S. midfielder DaMarcus Beasley did not dress for City because of a slight hamstring strain and it is hoped he will see his first action Thursday when City's reserve team takes on arch-rival Manchester United.
In a match that wasn't pretty or artistic, a dogged Reading squad outlasted Manchester before a capacity crowd of 24,092 at Madejski Stadium.
Inthe 23rd minute, Convey sent a perfect free kick from the right side to Icelandic international defender Ivar Ingimarsson, making a run to the far post. His diving header beat City keeper Nicky Weaver.
Hahnemann was not called on often, but he was there when it counted. In the third minute, Reyna hammered a shot from close range which was saved. Ten minutes later, Hahnemann collected a blast from Paul Dikov and he denied Dickov again in the 28th.
Clearly City was the more skillful of the two teams, but Reading's hustle kept the Blues at bay. Somewhat in frustration, Reyna lashed out with a foul that earned him a yellow card in the 52nd minute. Two minutes later, City midfielder Trevor Sinclair was cautioned for a studs-up tackle on Convey.
Probably, City's best chances came in the 61st minute when Hahnemann held a hard shot from Georgios Samaras moments after he entered the match. Eight minutes later, Reyna shot high from close-in.
Some of the pressure on Reading was eased in the 80th minute when City defender Ousmaine Dabo was sent off with a red card for throwing an elbow as he vied for a header. Convey became more focused on defense for the final 20 minutes.
While Sheffield United and Watford, who joined Reading in promotion to the Premier League this season, languish in the relegation zone after four games, Reading is 2-2 with six points in eighth place.
City dropped to 1-2-1 with four points in a three-way tie for 10th.
Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.
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