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Charlton Athletic 3-2 Reading FC: Media Wrap

Back to earth with a bang. After FA Cup heroics, Reading went back to Championship reality with a shortish visit to the Addicks. Here's how the media reported it.

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Reading FC travelled the short distance to the Valley in search of a league win that would almost guarantee safety for this season. However, our patchy league form reappeared and we were beaten by an in-form Addicks team. As per usual, our ghost of seasons past popped up and Simon Church put in what proved to be the winner.

Newshopper report that Charlton manager Guy Luzon was happy with the second half and the efficiency that the Addicks showed, and were a totally different side compared with the first half. However, Sportinglife lead with "Clarke fuming" and the report details how he slams the referee and demands full time referees in the Championship.

Skysports say that it was a tense game and that Pog's finish was sharp, but that Charlton were a different side after the break. They also have a video highlights package. The BBC version is very similar, and they also carry an interview from Clarke having a go about the standard of refereeing.

Sportsmole have a concise report that is factual but not a lot else. Again they have the post match interviews and have Clarke saying that the season can't end quick enough!

A quick round-up of the rest and we see that the Guardian give us 10 words - which has to be some sort of record.'s version of the game is singularly the most biased piece of journalism I have seen in a long shot and if this is a "professional" site they should be distinctly embarrassed to say the least.

Getreading call it a disastrous second half display, saying that we capitulated and although we are 9 points clear with a game in hand on other teams around us, we need to start winning.

Looking at the official sites for a moment and Reading FC call it a game of two halves with us good value for the lead and that the Addicks came out all guns blazing in the second half. Similarly the Charlton FC site say that it was a scintillating second half performance and that our performance was nowhere near enough to stop a buoyant Charlton side.

We now have an international break with a number of players jetting off to all parts of the world - you can find all the details of where our players are going here. After the break we go back to our Saturday/Tuesday runs, and hopefully we can find some sense of momentum for the rest of the season.

We can put Saturday's result down to (another) bad day at the office and, like Clarke, I'm pretty sure that most of us will be glad to see the back of this league campaign!