... and it could have been five - Ballack and Makalele were just awesome and for an hour Reading barely got a touch. However it wasn't five and too many step overs, dummies and showboats meant that the last 10mins were more tense than they needed to be.
A Ballack free kick and a sweet curling shot from Joe Cole were just the opening acts before a sweet header from Ballack opend the scoring. With half-an-hour gone, Ferreira delivered a perfrct outswinging cross for Ballack to rise above both Ingimarsson and Hunt to make it 1-0.
The Joe Cole chant of "he's here he's there, he's every f**kin where" gets changed to "he's here, he's there, he's shaggin everywhere, Ashley Cole, Ashley Cole" - nice to see the home fans giving Ash their support ;-)
It was nearly two within 12 seconds of the second half when Joe Cole again outpaced the Reading back four but his shot flashed wide. Anelka wasted a couple of good chances, Ballack missed with a carbon copy hearder and Reading huffed a bit at the end - but Cech was rarely troubled (in fact I cant remember an actual save) and the game kinda just petered out.