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Stam On Brink After Another Home Defeat

04 February 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Any flicker of optimism generated by a convincing away win during the week at Burton, and the signing of two experienced Championship players before the transfer window closed, was quickly extinguished with a calamitous defeat at home to a well organised and determined Millwall side. There can be no doubt the visitors thoroughly deserved their win, but the nature of the defeat was painful for Royals supporters. Whatever could go wrong, did go wrong, on a damp, cold and miserable afternoon for the home fans.

Martin In And Beerens Out On Deadline Day

01 February 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading completed the incoming loan signing of striker Chris Martin from Derby County, and saw Roy Beerens leave the club, as the January transfer window closed. The transfers followed the loan arrival of Tommy Elphick from Championship side Aston Villa and loan departure of Adrian Popa earlier in the week. Elphick's deal was agreed in time to see the defender make his debut last night as he came off the bench with half an hour to play during the 3-1 Championship victory over Burton Albion.

With Yann Kermorgant struggling to find form after returning from injury, the goals have been hard to come by with Reading struggling for form. Chris Martin is seen as a possible solution to that problem. However, we shouldn't expect miracles - Martin has also struggled to find the net this season with just a single goal for Derby all season over 29 appearances. That goal, of course, was scored against the Royals when Reading recorded a 4-2 victory in Derby. But there is no doubt that Martin does have a career packed with goals and he will arrive at Reading hoping to find that goal-scoring form again.

Last season, while at loan on Fulham, he scored 13 for club and country. Before that he has had a long and successful time at Derby after signing on a free transfer from Norwich in 2013. He went on to score 64 goals for the Rams.

Roy Beerens spent a year and a half at Reading under Jaap Stam and showed plenty of promise before eventually struggling to claim a place in the starting eleven in recent months. Beerens returns to Holland and has signed permanently for Vitesse Arnhem after being present for the vast majority of last season. He made 43 appearances and hit 7 goals last season.

Tommy Elphick Arrives On Loan

29 January 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading have completed the loan signing of centre back Tommy Elphick from Championship side Aston Villa. Elphick will stay with the Royals on loan until the end of the season. Elphick arrived at Villa from Bournemouth in the Summer of 2016 for a three million pound transfer fee, but after 26 appearances for Villa last season he has featured just six times this campaign. After two league cup appearances, including a red card in the home defeat to Middlesbrough, he played just four Championship games before arriving at Reading hoping to secure more first team football.

The loan arrival of Elphick follows the earlier season-long loan departure of winger Adrian Popa. Popa has now agreed a move to Al-Taawoun in Saudi Arabia after also finding first team football hard to come by at Reading. Popa has been at Reading for a year, making nine starts in all competitions.

After a busy summer in the transfer market, the January transfer window is expected to be much quieter for the Royals. Under-fire Reading manager Jaap Stam is not expected to have any budget for new signings and Elphick's arrival could be one of very few transfer movements either in or out. Any incoming transfers are likely to be loan-only deals as Reading face a relegation battle.

Brentford Take All Three Points

20 January 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading came off second best against an impressive Brentford side to slide closer to the wrong end of the table. Brentford had the look of team destined for a play-off spot and Reading had to raise their game to keep them at bay. It was an entertaining and open game with both teams having plenty of opportunities score the crucial opening goal. The Brentford winner came late in the game ironically immediately after they had presented Reading with a golden opportunity to take the lead which made defeat an even more difficult pill to swallow for Royals fans. Morale is now an issue and Reading will need to show character and resilience to pull out of the current slump. Staying positive is essential - and that includes the fans. When a team is fighting for points to stave off relegation they are not helped by the booing of their own 'supporters'.