Reading boss Steve Clarke told us his side were going to have to play the perfect game here today and for much of the game they did just that - more organised and more resolute throughout.
They looked like a side determined to put themselves in the history books. Only a stroke of Sanchez class gave Arsenal the edge before the break and when Garath McCleary equalised the Royals looked to be on the brink of a famous giant killing.
Any part Federici played in Arsenal's eventual winner was instantly forgiven by fans and teammates alike. He is so often the difference for a Reading side that today made Arsenal look like the underdogs.
Sir John Madejski has spoken of his pride, as Reading more than matched their Premier League opponent Arsenal.
The Reading Chairman was quick to leave the stands and address the team in the dressing room where he described the mood as sombre.
I am immensely proud of the manager and every one of those players.
I am also incredibly proud of our fans. Each and every one of them played their part here today. This has been the most wonderful day for everyone in the Thames Valley.
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The Public Survey phase of the on-going consultation to find a permanent home for The Heights Primary School is now open.
The survey opened at 9.30am this morning and can be filled in at http://beta.reading.gov.uk/schoolsite
The Government’s Education Funding Agency (EFA) has selected five possible sites for a permanent location for the school and has asked Reading Borough Council to carry out a public consultation on its behalf.
The Public Survey is now the opportunity for people to tell the EFA which of the five sites they prefer, and the reasons for their choice.
The EFA’s five preferred sites are:
- High Ridge, Upper Warren Avenue
- Mapledurham Playing Fields
- Albert Road Recreation Ground
- Shipnells Farm (better known as Bugs Bottom)
- Dysons Farm (Land at the junction of Shepherd’s Lane and Kidmore Road)
The Public Survey is open for just over one month and the deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday May 1st. When the survey is complete, Reading Borough Council will pass all responses to the EFA. It will then be up to the EFA to select which location for The Heights Primary School it will pursue, based on public responses received.
Residents filling in the Public Survey are also being asked to provide a name and address. This is so that the EFA can take all geographical data into account when making a final decision on the permanent location for the school.
For people without access to computers, hard copies of the Public Survey are being made available at the Civic Offices in Bridge Street, and local libraries and leisure centres.