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Americans Abroad

Convey assists one goal, sets up another as Reading rolls with 5-2 decision over Cardiff.

Bobby Convey
Bobby Convey (right) joins in one of five Reading goal celebrations.
-- Reading FC web site photo --
By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)

(Monday, April 10, 2006) -- With the English League Championship title and promotion to the Premier League in hand, Reading moved closer to bettering the record for most points in a season, using an assist from United States midfielder Bobby Convey for a 5-2 triumph over host Cardiff at Ninian Park Saturday.

Convey also initiated a sequence that led to an own goal.

With four matches remaining, Reading (29-2-11, 98 points) needs three more victories to eclipse the England second-division record of 105 points. Reading manager Steve Coppell continued to play his starters despite some speculation that he might rest his two Americans, replacing Marcus Hahnemann in goal with Graham Stack and Convey in midfield with Steve Hunt.

Coppell, who now says he employ his best 11 while the record is in reach, received strong matches from Hahnemann and Convey.

In the 10th minute, Convey helped Royals get off to a fast start with a 1-0 lead, finding James Harper for the first of his two goals, a 12-yard right-footer just inside the left post.

In the 52nd minute, Convey sent a through ball up the middle to Dave Kitson, who touched the ball around goalkeeper Neil Alexander. The ball appeared to be headed wide, but defender Glenn Loovens, in an attempt to nod the shot away, instead tucked the header into the top corner of his own net, giving the Royals a 3-0 advantage in the 52nd minute.

Cardiff pulled to within 3-1 when Cameron Jerome scored in the 67th minute. After Convey came out in favor of Hunt in the 75th minute, Cardiff closed the gap to 3-2 when Paul Parry beat an outstretched Hahnemann with a header to the near post in the 80th minute.

Kevin Doyle scored in the 87th minute for a 4-2 lead. After Hahnemann made a reaction save to deny Steve Thompson, James Harper gave Reading a fifth goal for a second straight outing by finding net in stoppage time.

Convey now has 10 assists to go with seven goals in 2005-06 league play. Hahnemann, who has 22 shutouts, has conceded 30 goals in 42 matches while making 228 saves.

Leeds United and Watford both saw their hopes of finishing second and earning automatic promotion to the Premier League all but evaporate with draws Saturday. Leeds had its winless streak (0-2-4) extended to six games with a hard-fought 0-0 tie with visiting Plymouth at Elland Road.

Trying to shake the club's lethargy, Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell shook up his lineup and left American Eddie Lewis out of the starting 11 along with fellow midfielder Liam Miller, instead going with Frazer Richardson and David Healy,

Healy lined up alongside Rob Hulse and Robbie Blake but, despite using three forwards, Leeds could not generate much attack, though Healy came close, hitting a goal-post just before intermission.

Lewis replaced Healy in the 68th minute, but did not have much impact.

Watford remained tied with Leeds for third place after a 1-1 tie with Luton. American defender Jay DeMerit went the distance for Watford as its back-line played well in front of error-prone keeper Ben Foster, who did redeem himself with two fine saves in the second half.

Watford and Leeds are both 20-9-13 with 73 points with Watford's goal differential of plus-22 two better than Leeds.

Sheffield United (24-8-10, 82 ) pretty much assured itself of second place and an invitation to the Premier League by defeating Hull 3-2.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Wednesday's struggle to avoid relegation hit another bump with a 2-0 loss to demotion-threatened Crewe, which received a pair of goals from Gareth Taylor.

American defender Frank Simek went the distance for Wednesday, which generated little offense. One of Wednesday's best chances Saturday came in the first half when Simek raced forward for half of the field and let go a blast that nearly caused an own goal.

Wednesday (10-20-12, 42) stands 21st in the 24-team division, one place and five points clear of Crewe (8-21-13, 37). The hopes of Millwall (7-20-15, 36) and last-place Brighton (6-19-17, 35) of avoiding relegation also are pinned to a Wednesday collapse over the last four matches.

Despite a strong effort by American Zak Whitbread on defense, Millwall fell 1-0 to Derby. Whitbread probably saved a goal when he blocked a shot by Mounir El Hamdaoui early in the second half, keeping the Millwall deficit at one.

Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent. E-mail Robert Wagman.

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