Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:34:57 BST Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:34:57 BST 1800 Late Draw As Royals Continue To Struggle Reading seemed destined to succumb to a third successive home defeat without scoring until Jon Dadi Bodvarsson came off the bench to salvage a point with a superb late strike, and had Liam Moore made better contact with the last kick of the match, would have taken all three points. It was however not a Reading performance worthy of a victory in spite of a staggering seventy-four percent possession. In fact Tomori came close to wrapping the game up immediately before Bovarsson's equaliser running through Reading's defence with relative ease before dragging his shot wide. A draw was fair result mainly because neither side played well enough to deserve to win. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/230917/Reading_1_Hull_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/230917/Reading_1_Hull_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 Hull City 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/701/Late_Draw_As_Royals_Continue_To_Struggle 701 Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:17:35 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Limp Out Of League Cup Swansea progressed to the last sixteen of the Caraboa Cup with a comfortable victory over a Reading side with insufficient fire power to mount any kind of sustained pressure on their Premier League opponents defence. After a goalless first half Swansea took the lead early in the second half when Mawson was allowed sufficient space to flick home a Sanches corner at the near post. Swansea looked in control from that point and secured their victory courtesy of a refereeing blunder from Andy Davies. Davies' poor positioning resulted in him deflecting an Evans pass to Fer on the half way line. With the Reading defence pushing forward Fer slid the ball to Ayew who ran through to curl the ball past Jaakkola. Reading had looked unlikely to find and equaliser and the second goal put the result beyond doubt. <br/> <A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/190917/Reading_0_Swansea_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/190917/Reading_0_Swansea_2"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 Swansea City 2</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/700/Royals_Limp_Out_Of_League_Cup 700 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 08:39:37 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Scramble Point At Brentford Reading came away from Griffin Park with just a point, after another disappointing afternoon in the Championship. The Royals were perhaps lucky to secure even that point after being behind for most of the game to a well worked 16th minute goal from Brentford. <br/><br/> The home side might have expected their first win of the League season against a poor Reading side after having much the better of the first half, and thoroughly deserved their lead at the break. The Royals were improved in the second half and drew level when Moore was tripped inside the area with seventy minutes on the clock. Liam Kelly, who had a lively game for the Royals, stepped up to score the penalty to make it 1-1. <br/><br/> Despite coming from behind, it was Brenford that finished the stronger side. Mannone was forced to make a couple of save to keep Reading in the game, and Brentford would have won it if a further couple of efforts hadn't been put wide and high. <br/><br/> Brentford successfully limited Reading's possession football in the first half and should have made more of their chances. However, throughout the game, it remained a familiar story for Reading with a lack of power up front. Bodvarsson managed just a half before being substituted at the break as manager Jaap Stam tried to inject some life into the Royals. On this performance there is plenty of work for Stam to do to bring this season to life. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/160917/Brentford_1_Reading_1"><strong>Brentford 1 Reading 1:</strong> Match Stats and Fan Opinion</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/699/Reading_Scramble_Point_At_Brentford 699 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:31:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Travel To Winless Brentford Reading travel the short distance to Brentford this weekend hoping to improve on recent results. Both Reading and Brentford have suffered slow starts to the season, with Brentford still without a league win after seven games. The Bees are favourites with <a href="http://www.thatsagoal.com/accumulator-tips/" target="_blank">That's a Goal's accumulator tips</a> to be relegated and are one off the bottom of the table with their only points of the campaign coming from three draws. Brentford fans will see this as a great opportunity for their first full three points, playing against a 17th placed Reading side who have only picked up two wins themselves in the league. <br/><br/> Despite securing up some <a href="http://www.royals.org/news/694/Aluko_Arrives_From_Fulham">impressive signings before the transfer window closed</a>, the Royals were unable to find the net last Saturday and slumped to a 0-1 home defeat against Bristol City. It was a frustrating afternoon for Reading who did most things right but failed to convert their chances. The game saw new signings Aluko and Edwards both involved, and they will both be hoping to build on their debuts. Aluko played the full 90 minutes, but Dave Edwards came off the bench to replace Liam Kelly and will be hoping to claim a starting place. <br/><br/> Bodvarsson, <A href="https://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/2017/august/birmingham-vs-reading-match-report/" target="_blank">back from injury</a>, started the fixture but was guilty of wasting our best chances. Manager Jaap Stam may well vary things up front for the trip to Brentford but will still be missing Kermorgant who finished last season so strongly and is seriously missed this term. Reading will almost certainly need more than one goal if they are to collect three points from this fixutre - which is a huge ask. Our last clean sheet at Griffin Park was 23 games ago. <br/><br/> Last season we were on the wrong end of a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37414501" target="_blank">1-4 scoreline</a>, with Kermorgant scoring our only goal from the penalty spot. However, the season before that, back in the summer of 2015 we were 3-1 winners with two goals from Blackman and one from Sa. A similar result feels hard to imagine right now even against a Brentford side that is well off the form they were expecting this season. The Bees should be desperate for the win, so it could be another frustrating afternoon for the travelling Reading fans. <br/><br/> <h3>Recent Meetings With Brentford</h3> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">14 February 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/140217.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/140217.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">27 September 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/270916.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-4</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/270916.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">28 December 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/281215.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/281215.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">29 August 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/290815.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/290815.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">25 April 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/250415.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/250415.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">04 October 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/041014.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/041014.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/698/Reading_Travel_To_Winless_Brentford 698 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:45:35 BST Hob Nob Anyone? An Evening With Trevor Senior and Jamie Cureton The Reading FC Former Players' Association will soon be hosting an evening with two goal scoring club legends. On Thursday 5th October, at the Tilehurst British Legion Club, Trevor Senior and Jamie Cureton are sure to strike the right chord with Reading fans as they discuss their time at Reading, before taking questions from fans. Both players need little introduction with their vast haul of goals that proved so vital in Reading promotions. <br/><br/> Trevor Senior is the highest goalscorer in Reading Football Club's history, amassing a huge 191 goals in 362 appearances during two spells with the Royals. After signing from Portsmouth, Trevor was the leading goalscorer across all four Divisions of the English league in the 1983/84 season, hitting 41 goals in all competitions. His goals helped Reading earn promotion out of the Fourth Division as Reading embarked on the best spell of their history at that time. Trevor's incredible ability to find the net led to another promotion just two years later as Reading went up as Third Division Champions with Trevor scoring 27 times. <br/><br/> Very few players have a career record as extensive as Jamie Cureton. Jamie has continued to score goals into his 40s and has over 300 career goals to his name. Cureton will have plenty of goals to recall, but out of all those goals the firm fans favourite is likely to be the flick past the goalkeeper in front of a packed away end at Brentford in 2002. That goal was decisive in sealing automatic promotion to send Reading back up to Division One. Having already scored 4 goals in just 20 minutes for Bristol Rovers at the Madejski Stadium in 1999, Jamie turned to Reading hero after signing in 2000. Jamie spent three memorable seasons with the Royals, scoring 55 times. <br/><br/> The two players will offer a rare insight into two great periods at Reading FC. It is sure to be a fascinating evening and a great opportunity to celebrate the success of two of Reading's most prolific strikers. <br/><br/> The perfect host for the evening is of course former Reading FC defender, and Welsh international, BBC Berkshire's Ady Williams. Like Trevor Senior, Ady had two spells at Reading Football Club. During his first spell Ady played alongside Trevor, and on return he found himself in the same team as Jamie Cureton. Ady is sure to relish his reunion with both players and provide some questions guaranteed to entertain the audience. <br/><br/> Tickets for the evening are on-sale for GBP20, which includes entry and fish and chip supper. Doors and Bar opens at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. After a break for food, a question and answer session between the players and the audience will get underway. This event seems certain to be popular so please book early on the <a href="http://www.readingfcformerplayers.co.uk/events">Association's website</a> <br/><br/> The Reading FC Former Players' Association aims to reunite colleagues, former players and managers of Reading Football Club. We provide a voice and help to our members, including, but not limited to, social and welfare support. The Association continues to run as a non-profit organisation with any surplus donated to local charities connected to the Association or Reading Football Club. http://www.royals.org/news/697/An_Evening_With_Trevor_Senior_and_Jamie_Cureton 697 Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:24:23 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Bristol City Take All Three Points The disappointment of losing to a late goal is always hard to take, but even more so when expectations had been raised by a good away performance at Birmingham and new additions to the squad. Typically Reading enjoyed a lot of possession throughout, but a well organised City pressed high up the pitch from the kick-off denying Reading time and space all over the pitch. Ultimately though, it was poor finishing and good goalkeeping which prevented the Royals from taking anything from this game. <br/><Br/> In their best spell just after the interval, new signing Bodvarsson wasted two excellent opportunities to give them the lead. City 'keeper Fielding made excellent saves from Kelly in the first half and Bacuna in the second. As so often happens in football Reading were punished for their inability to convert chances into goals. With six minutes to go the Reading defence failed to deal with a high ball into the box and it fell to Flint who drilled it goalwards low and hard, and although Manone got a hand to it the ball trickled agonising just inside the post. Reading never looked likely to find a way through the City defence in the closing stages and City left with the points. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/090917/Reading_0_Bristol_C_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/090917/Reading_0_Bristol_C_1"><Strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 Bristol City 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/696/Bristol_City_Take_All_Three_Points 696 Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:55:09 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Transfer Deadline Day Rumours Despite completing the big money signing of Fulham forward Sone Aluko earlier this week, rumours continue that Reading might conduct some more business before the summer transfer deadline closes tonight. <br/><br/> Reading have already signed seven players in this transfer window. All seven of those players will be expected to play a major part in the first team squad this season, giving Stam plenty of strength in all departments. The only possible weakness appears to be the lack of an out and out striker as we wait <a href="https://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/2017/july/kermorgant-ready-to-begin-rehab-after-surgery/" target="_blank">the return of Kermorgant from injury</a>. <br/><br/> Rumours are still bouncing around and according to <a href="https://www.sbat.com/football/predictions" target="_blank">SBAT football predictions</a> there's the long-running possibility of Norwich City's Nelson Oliveira and Brighton's Tomer Hemed. Oliveira is attracting the interest of Swansea City and is expected to be outside Reading's budget, but Israel international striker Hemed is still being linked with the Royals. <br/><Br/> In a <em>Hob Nob Anyone?</em> poll, nearly half of voters expect exactly zero incoming players. After the Royals appear to have already conducted most of their transfer business only 9 percent of voters expect 2 or more players to be arriving today on transfer deadline day. <br/><br/> Meanwhile the club confirmed yesterday that defenders <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41100017" target="_blank">Jordan Obita and Paul McShane have extended their contracts</a> at Reading. Obita now has three years at Reading, while McShane is now contracted until the summer of 2019. <br/><br/> Join the transfer deadline day discussion on the <em>Hob Nob Anyone?</em> forums: http://www.royals.org/news/695/Transfer_Deadline_Day_Rumours 695 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:25:21 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Aluko Arrives From Fulham Reading have wrapped up the signing of Fulham's Sone Aluko for what is being reported as a huge 7.5 million pound transfer fee. It is likely some of that figure will relate to future performances and will depend on Aluko's stay at the club. However, Aluko has been given plenty of time to impress after negotiating a four year deal with the Royals. Fan opinion is mixed with Aluko known as a fast and skillful player but not the big goalscorer we were expecting to sign during this transfer window. Given the figures involved in the deal big things will be expected from Aluko. It will be interesting to see his role in the side alongside our collection of other wide forward players. <br/><br/> Stam has been chasing Aluko for some time, and the rumour has been circulating widely for well over a month. Stam is clearly pleased to have finally got his signature: "With his pace and ability on the ball, he can make life difficult for every opponent we face. He poses a threat going forward, he keeps the ball well, he can play as a striker or out on the wing and I am sure he will improve us as a squad." <br/><br/> It is the first big money move for Aluko who has played for Birmingham, Aberdeen, Blackpool, Rangers, Hull, and Fulham. One of his longest stays was with Aberdeen where he clocked up nearly 100 appearances, and scored nine goals over 3 seasons. He spent four years at Hull but found himself frequently used as a substitute, before a move to Fulham last summer where he played virtually the entire season - including four matches against Reading giving Stam plenty of time to see the player. He was on the scoresheet back in December 2016 when he scored one of Fulham's five goals in their thrasing of the Royals. <br/><br/> Aluko follows 31 year old Dave Edwards to the Madejski Stadium as Stam continues to expand his squad. Edwards, who arrives from Championship side Wolves is yet another midfielder and appears to have been signed to bring some experience into Stam's young squad. Edwards is a current Welsh international and has signed a two year contract with Reading. After previously playing for Shrewsbury and Luton, Edwards spent 10 years at Wolves making over 300 appearances and finding the back of the net 44 goals. <br/><br/> <strong>Reading's Summer Signings:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>Sone Aluko</strong> (Fulham)</li> <li><strong>Dave Edwards</strong> (Wolves)</li> <li><strong>Leandro Bacuna</strong> (Aston Villa)</li> <li><strong>Modou Barrow</strong> (Swansea)</li> <li><strong>Vito Mannone</strong> (Sunderland)</li> <li><strong>Jon Dadi Bodvarsson</strong> (Wolves)</li> <li><strong>Pelle Clement</strong> (Ajax)</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/694/Aluko_Arrives_From_Fulham 694 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:14:22 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Young Reading Side Overcome Millwall In Extra Time Reading finally overcame a Millwall side offering little more than stubborn resistance with goals in extra time from George Evans and Sam Smith to reach the Third Round of the EFL Cup. Reading dominated possession in the first half, taking the lead through a stunning goal from Bacuna making his home debut, only to concede an equaliser within minutes. The game opened up in the second half with Reading creating more scoring opportunities than their opponents but were frustrated by some wayward shooting. The introduction of Barrow and Clement from the bench in the second half gave the Royals a more of a cutting edge but nobody was able to find the composure to provide the finish. Reading took control of the game in extra time and after re-taking the lead inevitably ran out comfortable winners in the end.<br/><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/220817/Reading_3_Millwall_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/220817/Reading_3_Millwall_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 3 Millwall 1 (AET: 1-1 at full time)</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/693/Young_Reading_Side_Overcome_Millwall_In_Extra_Time 693 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:47:37 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Improving Royals Travel To Preston The season has got off to a frantic start as the Royals travel to Preston North End this weekend for their fourth Championship fixture of the season. The game could give an early indication on how Reading might fare this season after they seem to be improving game on game, making progress both in performances and results. The opening day defeat was followed by a disappointing 1-1 draw against a Fulham side that played the whole game with ten men. Jaap Stam dramatically corrected the faults against Fulham as Reading cruised to a comfortable victory over Aston Villa. The 2-1 scoreline failed to reflect Reading's dominance throughout the match. <Br/><br/> Alongside Reading's first win of the season there was more positive news as players made returns from injury. Gareth McCleary and Roy Beerens both came off the bench, with McCleary looking fully fit and keen to try and win a place in the starting line-up. New signing Leandro Bacuna was forced to sit the game out on the bench, and wasn't called into action against his former club despite completing his move to Reading a few days before the match. He could make his debut against Preston. However, new sigings Barrow and Clement have both impressed will also be hoping for a start. With players coming back there is plenty of competition for places - none more so than in midfield and on the wings. <br/><br/> Preston's fortunes have been a mirror image of the Royals. They started with a 1-0 home victory over Sheffield Wednesday before a draw at Leeds was followed by a defeat on the road at Derby. As a result both Reading and Preston are sitting in the middle of the early Championship table with four points each. Preston have Ben Pearson returning from injury but are expected to be without Paul Gallagher. Bookmakers and pundits are firmly in favour of a Preston North End victory, but Reading will be hoping to build on the Aston Villa win and will be hopeful of at least a point. <br/><Br/> Last season we kicked off the season with a 1-0 home win over Preston with John Swift getting the vital goal. It didn't go according to plan on the return fixture. The Royals ended up as 0-3 losers after letting in three in the opening 49 minutes. Reading's travelling fans will be hoping the Royals avoid a similar display this time around, and after some promising recent football, should have hope of an improvement this season. <h3>Recent Meetings With PRESTON</h3> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">11 March 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/110317.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/110317.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">06 August 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/060816.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/060816.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">30 April 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/300416.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/300416.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">12 December 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/121215.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/121215.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">05 April 2011 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/050411.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/050411.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">02 October 2010 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021010.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021010.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">02 May 2010 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/020510.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 4-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/020510.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">29 September 2009 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/290909.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/290909.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">07 February 2009 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/070209.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/070209.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">18 October 2008 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/181008.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/181008.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">25 February 2006 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/250206.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/250206.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">13 August 2005 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/130805.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/130805.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">28 December 2004 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/281204.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/281204.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">14 September 2004 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/140904.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/140904.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">02 March 2004 </td> <td class="fixtures">Division 1</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/020304.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/020304.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">13 January 2004 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130104.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130104.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">03 January 2004 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/030104.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 3-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/030104.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">18 October 2003 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Division 1</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/181003.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/181003.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">15 April 2003 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Division 1</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/150403.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 5-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/150403.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">26 October 2002 </td> <td class="fixtures">Division 1</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261002.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261002.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">05 February 2000 </td> <td class="fixtures">Division Two</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/050200.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/050200.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">01 September 1999 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Division Two</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/010999.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/010999.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">20 February 1999 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Division Two</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200299.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200299.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">12 September 1998 </td> <td class="fixtures">Division Two</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/120998.html">Preston (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-4</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/120998.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/692/Improving_Royals_Travel_To_Preston 692 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:37:37 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Victory Over Aston Villa - Things We Learned Reading arrived at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday evening looking for their first win of the 2017/18 campaign. After a disappointing draw against ten-man Fulham at the weekend, the Royals were keen on going one better when Aston Villa came to town. <Br/><br/> Two second half goals were the difference for the Royals. A great run down the left wing by Adrian Popa ended with his effort being deflected into the Villa net by Glenn Whelan via the post. <Br/><br/> Modou Barrow made it two as he slotted home from close range for his first goal in the blue and white hoops. A goal from Conor Hourihane from outside the Reading area made for an edgy end to proceedings, but the Royals took all three points. Here are some of the things we learned from the game. <Br/><br/> <strong>Easy Peasy</strong> <br/> On paper, the Aston Villa squad should have provided a tough test for the Royals. 4000 Villa fans were in fine voice for the start of the game, expecting an impressive display from their side. <Br/><br/> Other than the first and last five minutes of the game, however, Reading dominated play. The Villa players stopped pressuring the Reading defence, allowing them to play it amongst themselves for large spells. As a result, some of the passing between the home players was particularly impressive. The Royals may have been unable to make the breakthrough until the 2nd half, but they dominated possession throughout and often left the Villa players spectating. <Br/><br/> <strong>Positive Play</strong> <br/> The most promising aspect of Tuesday's game from a Reading perspective was the willingness to attack. A lot of the play began with the defence, attempting to draw the Villa players out from their deep defensive lines. The likes of Modou Barrow and Adrian Popa were refreshing to watch, as both were always willing to run at the defence. <Br/><br/> After a while of watching the Reading style of play, it can come across as negative. Against Villa, however, Reading were in control and offered an attacking threat (even though no striker was playing). <Br/><br/> <strong>Brilliant Blackett</strong> <br/> One player who deserves a mention after his start to the season is Tyler Blackett. Blackett has been subject to much criticism in the past, but his performances in recent games have been impressive. <Br/><br/> Playing as a wing-back, Blackett is given free roam down the left wing and has already displayed the skills in his locker going forwards as well as his strength defensively. With Leandro Bacuna now in the squad and Jordan Obita still to return from injury, there is the sense of competition for places in the Reading defence. If his performances so far are anything to go by, Blackett is putting up a fight for his place this season. <Br/><br/> <strong>Strength In Depth</strong> <br/> With an additional striker being the main focus at the moment, it is easy to forget the strength the Reading squad now has in other areas. For example, the winger positions have all become up for grabs. Last season, Garath McCleary and Roy Beerens were nailed on for the starting eleven. Adrian Popa and Modou Barrow played there against Villa and both excelled (to a point where they are my favoured duo going forwards). <Br/><br/> John Swift, Liam Kelly and Pelle Clement linked up beautifully at times during the game, with George Evans used as a substitute and Stephen Quinn missing out on the squad altogether. Even in defence, the likes of Tiago Ilori and Leandro Bacuna could only watch on from the bench. With the likes of Yann Kermorgant, Jordan Obita and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson all to come back from injury still, there is plenty to be positive about at this stage of the season. http://www.royals.org/news/691/Victory_Over_Aston_Villa_-_Things_We_Learned 691 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:26:30 BST Alex Bower First League Win As Royals Beat Villa The Royals chalked up their first Championship victory of the season against an expensively assembled experienced and talented Villa side with a dominant performance which was not reflected in the scoreline. Reading scored twice in the space of six minutes early in the second half and looked to be cruising comfortably to a deserved win until the visitors pulled a goal back four minutes from time through Houirihane. It was an anxious final few minutes for the home fans but anything other than a Reading victory would have been a travesty. <br/><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/150817/Reading_2_Aston_Villa_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/150817/Reading_2_Aston_Villa_1"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 2 Aston Villa 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/690/First_League_Win_As_Royals_Beat_Villa 690 Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:38:47 BST Hob Nob Anyone?