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Reading Let Lead Slip Against Cardiff

12 December 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Paul McShane almost snatched a victory for Reading in the dying seconds of stoppage time but they had to settle for a point when for eighty minutes they looked set to claim a magnificent home win against second placed City. Reading, deservedly ahead by two goal at half time, finally succumbed to intense City pressure to concede two late goals. Having appeared to have weathered the storm of City's second half onslaught the Royals lost their composure and discipline in the last ten minutes allowing the visitors to salvage a point. It was a disappointing outcome for Reading fans but probably a fair reward for City's second half endeavour.
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Comfortable Win Puts Reading Mid-Table

29 November 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading continued their recent good run of results with a convincing three goal win at home to climb into a more comfortable mid table position. Edwards gave the Royals the lead on twenty minutes with a glancing header from a Kelly corner whipped in at the near post which surprised 'keeper Davies with its pace and power. It forced Barnsley to commit more players to attack giving Reading more time and space to add to their lead. Joey van den Berg added a second goal nine minutes later with a thunderous strike from outside the box. Barnsley posed more of a threat in the second half following three half time substitutions but Bodvarsson put the result beyond doubt two minutes from time heading home the rebound from a Popa strike which came back off the bar.
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Reading Fail To Score But Earn Point

25 November 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Although Reading only managed to pick up a point at home against an equally ambitious Wednesday side there are signs Reading are moving in the right direction. The Royals second half display was worthy of winning the game lacking only the finish to some promising attacking play. Wednesday did threaten on the break particularly near the end but there were spells when they were simply pinned in their own half by a dominant Reading. Again the team could not be faulted for work rate and Moore, McShane and Van den Berg looked very comfortable at the back against a potent Wednesday strike force. Those fans who for some reason felt the need to boo their team need to reflect on the recent run of games which has seen two wins, two draws and a defeat against runaway league leaders Wolves in a game in which they looked capable of taking at least a point. Read More...

Reading Need Win As Wednesday Visit

24 November 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading's league games continue to come along like buses after the International break as the Royals attempt to haul themselves away from the Championship relegation zone as Sheffield Wednesday visit the Madejski Stadium this Saturday. After two good wins in the league, the Royals were defeated by Wolves and then only managed to pick up a single point at strugglers Bolton on Tuesday night. The two wins took the pressure off Jaap Stam, but he will be feeling it again unless Reading can collect all the available points against a mid-table Wednesday side that find themselves unbeaten in five matches.

Reading found themselves two goals down at Bolton and looked set to drop all three points before a late recovery. Liam Moore pulled a goal back for Reading with 14 minutes left to play before Bacuna stuck home a penalty seven minutes later to salvage a point. There was nearly time for Reading to throw it away again and Jaakkola, making a rare start in goal for Reading, was forced to make a couple of saves including one from point blank range from former Royals Adam Le Fondre deep in stoppage time. The match was all too familiar with Reading back to dominating possession but the opposition looking more likely to find the back of the net.

Part of Reading's problems, once more, was the lack of a striker on the pitch. Kermorgant was ruled out against Bolton and Bodvarsson was only brought into action on 66 minutes. England youth player Danny Loader was included on the bench but didn't get to see his first league action. Either Kermorgant or Bodvarsson are expected to make a start against Sheffield Wednesday with both players expected to be fit. Joey Van den Berg will be available for selection again.

Last season Reading took the full six points from the Owls with a 2-0 victory on the road and a 2-1 win at the Madejski. In that game, back in December 2016, with Reading struggling to create chances, Roy Beerens scored two goals in the second half with the visitors only getting a late consolation goal. Reading have had some impressive scorelines at home against Sheffield Wednesday in recent years with a 6-0 win in September 2008 followed up by a 5-0 victory in February 5-0. We won't be expecting anything like that this weekend - any kind of win would do.

Recent Meetings With SHEFF WED

DATE COMPETITION OPPOSITION SCORE REPORT
17 March 2017 Championship Sheff Wed (Away) W: 2-0 Read report...
10 December 2016 Championship Sheff Wed (HOME) W: 2-1 Read report...
23 January 2016 Championship Sheff Wed (HOME) D: 1-1 Read report...
19 August 2015 Championship Sheff Wed (Away) D: 1-1 Read report...
31 January 2015 Championship Sheff Wed (HOME) W: 2-0 Read report...
20 September 2014 Championship Sheff Wed (Away) L: 0-1 Read report...
08 February 2014 Championship Sheff Wed (HOME) L: 0-2 Read report...
02 November 2013 Championship Sheff Wed (Away) L: 2-5 Read report...