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Americans Abroad

Reading loses for first time in over six months, falls 3-2 to Luton Town.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)

(Friday, February 17, 2006) -- Reading's remarkable unbeaten streak came to end tonight at Luton Town before a small crowd of 8,705 at Kenilworth Satdium.

Despite Reading going ahead 1-0 in the first minute on the first of two goals by Kevin Doyle -- with U.S. midfielder Bobby Convey playing a role -- Luton came away with a 3-2 triumph, snapping the Royals' undefeated run in the second-tier English League Championship at 33 matches. The Royals had not tasted defeat since falling 2-1 at home to Plymouth on Opening Day August 6.

Going 25-0-8 since then, the Royals established the longest streak of outing without a loss in the history of second-division leagues in England.

"It was a long journey here and we got back from Sheffield at 3 a.m. earlier in the week after a tough game (a 1-1 draw at second-place Sheffield United Tuesday)," Reading manager Steve Coppell said. "We lost a couple of key players for today's game too, but I don't know what influence any of that had on today. Luton had a hard game against Cardiff too in midweek, for example, so there are no excuses."

U.S. goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, who has 21 clean sheets in league play, conceded three goals for the second this season -- and second time in two weeks. On February 4, the Royals escaped a visit to Crewe 4-3.

Before the first minute had expired, Convey sent a cross into the penalty area. The ball was cleared, but went to Doyle who easily converted.

However, Luton striker Rowan Vine found net twice in a six-minute period -- in the 20th and 26th minutes -- to put Luton ahead for good.

On the first tally, Vine was sent clear on a give-and-go before chipping the ball over the 6-foot-3 Hahnemann who had advanced to challenge.

Vine's second goal was set up by a long run by Kevin Foley. Vine received a Foley's cross and, as the defense collapsed on him, slipped his shot past Hahnemann.

Reading's halftime deficit could have been worse. Vine missed an open shot, Steve Howard beat Hahnemann from four yards, but caught the crossbar, and Leon Barnett had a goal disallowed because of an offside call.

Hahnemann was well-positioned to catch Vine's poke in the 35th minute and prevent further damage in the first half. But in the 51st minute, Dean Morgan extended Luton's advantage to 3-1, accepting a feed from Steve Howard and finding the left corner of the net with a low blast.

Eight minutes later, Convey helped Reading's attempt to quickly respond. He collected with his back to goal on the edge of the penalty area and beautifully led striker Dave Kitson surging into the box. Kitson, however, was slightly off-balance and was moved off the ball just as he entered the box. Kitson went down, futilely calling for a penalty kick.

Convey was replaced by Stephen Hunt in the 64th minute.

Reading applied a great deal of pressure near the end and pulled to within 3-2 when Doyle scored in the 90th minute, but stoppage time was no help to the Royals.

Reading had been expected to start its full team, but Steve Sidwell and Glen Little were late scratches with injuries and did not make the trip. The two influential midfielders were clearly missed.

Reading is now 25-2-8 with 83 points, 12 points ahead of Sheffield United (21-5-8), 21 points ahead of Leeds United (18-7-8) and 22 points above Watford (17-7-10). The latter three clubs play Saturday.

Reading has 11 games left. The top two finishers in the League Championship will be promoted to the Premier League. The third- through sixth-place teams enter a playoff for a third promotion berth,

Luton (14-15-6, 48 points) had lost three straight games before drawing 3-3 with visiting Cardiff Tuesday. It trails sixth-place Preston North End (13-4-16) by seven points, but has played two more games.

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

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