Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:53:53 GMT Tue, 20 Nov 2018 12:53:53 GMT 1800 Meite Shows Why He Deserved New Contract There were more than a few eyebrows raised when striker Yakou Meite was awarded a huge new four year contract at the start of October. At the time it was fair to say that, despite his effort, Meite was hardly looking like the kind of player to be regularly banging the goals in. Shortly after signing his new deal he has gone on to score six goals in just five Championship games. It feels like Meite has come from nowhere to find himself working his way up the Championship's top goalscorers list. It wouldn't be a bad idea to <a href="https://bookie-bonus-code.co.uk/request-a-bet/" target="_blank">request a bet</a> on Meite finishing as the Division's top scorer. Brentford's Neal Maupay leads the scoring charts with 12 goals, so Meite has plenty of ground to make up, but Brentford's form has dipped after losing their manager to Aston Villa - while Reading fans remain hopeful of a change of fortunes. <br/><br/> Meite also scored in our 2-0 league cup win over Birmingham but he is starting to look a much improved player since even the start of the season. Meite scored two excellent goals during <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/101118/Reading_2_Ipswich_2">Saturday's 2-2 draw with Ipswich</a>. The first a well taken overhead kick from an angle, the second was a vital goal for a late equaliser when he directed his header into the side of the net. It was the celebration that showed how much it meant to Meite as he charged towards the fans with his arms out wide, quite literally roaring. The goals, the effort and determination, and his clear desire has propelled him to the top of the popularity rankings at Reading Football Club. As John Wells put in his report of the Ipswich game: "Without Meite's contribution in terms of goals and work rate in recent games Reading would be in much deeper trouble by now." <br/><Br/> After arriving from Paris Saint Germain over two years ago, Meite had limited chances at Reading. After some games in the 2016/2017 season, making 15 appearances and scoring just once, he spent the next season out on loan at French side Sochaux. When he returned to Reading this summer and made his return to the first team expectations weren't exactly high. Meite has proved any doubters wrong and is already paying off the club's faith in him. Speaking after the weekend Meite's confidence is clearly high: "I think I'm on fire at the moment. It's great, I just need to keep on going. This is one of the best parts of my career. I'm scoring consistently and I just need to stay confident." <br/><br/> Meite's form has also earned him an International call up, and he will be hoping to feature for Ivory Coast as they play Guinea on Sunday and Rwanda next Thursday in the Africa Cup of Nations qualification games. After an injury scare before the Ipswich game, when he was declared a doubt to start, Reading fans will be hoping Meite has success with his country but returns full fit and ready to play a part in some tough Championship games. After the International break the Royals travel to Wigan and Leeds hoping to pick up some points to stay out of the bottom three. http://www.royals.org/news/764/Meite_Shows_Why_He_Deserved_New_Contract 764 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:32:40 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Draw Takes Reading Out Of Bottom Three Reading climbed out of the relegation zone with a draw against bottom of the league Ipswich Town. Under recently appointed manager Paul Lambert, Town presented more of a challenge that many had expected. As so often happens under a new manager Ipswich were galvanised by Lambert's arrival and started on the front foot. In a chaotic opening ten minutes they took an early lead through Edwards, immediately conceded a brilliant equaliser by Meite, and then regained the lead when Sears took full advantage of some appalling Reading defending. Throughout the first half Reading were sluggish and conceded possession with remarkable regularity, and rarely threatened the visitor's goal. In contrast Ipswich were full of energy and aggression and had Jaakkola not pulled off a couple of smart saves the game would have been over by half time. Thankfully for Reading the second half was a different story. Meite confirmed his status the current home fans' favourite heading a deserved equaliser six minutes from the end and, if Baldock had managed to put away one of the two excellent chances created for him in the final minutes, Reading would have taken all three points from an Ipswich side which by then had well and truly retreated into their shell. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/101118/Reading_2_Ipswich_2"><strong>Read Full Match Report...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/101118/Reading_2_Ipswich_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Ipswich Town 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/763/Draw_Takes_Reading_Out_Of_Bottom_Three 763 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:23:43 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Favourites As Ipswich Visit Reading's solid home form has ensured that they are the favourites to pick up another precious three points when they host Ipswich on Saturday. The Royals are already facing up to the prospect of a long battle against relegation, but fans can take some solace from their results at the Madejski Stadium. They beat Bristol City 3-2 at the weekend to make it three wins out of their last four home games and that should give the players confidence. Ipswich sit bottom of the table and this really is the sort of game <a href="https://www.readingfc.co.uk" target="_blank">Reading</a> must win if they are to beat the drop. <br/><br/> The <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-sites/" target="_blank">best betting websites</a> have odds on this game and they have Reading as the favourites at 6/5 or 5/4, while the draw is 23/10 and Ipswich are out at 9/4. The Tractor Boys have lost their last two away trips, losing 2-0 to Leeds and 3-0 to Millwall, and their situation looks pretty dire. Three teams go down in the Championship and Ipswich are the clear, odds-on favourites to do so, while Bolton are also odds-on at 8/11 to be relegated. Then Rotherham are 10/11 and Reading are 5/4, so the bookmakers predict the Royals could escape the ignominy of relegation by the skin of their teeth. <br/><br/> Most Reading fans would have been horrified by the prospect of a 21st place finish at the start of the campaign, but a fair few would take it now. They have not been too horrendous on the road, where they have one win and three draws to give them a better away record than six rivals. But at home only Hull, Bolton and Ipswich have fared worse than them. Yet that it down to the fact that they lost their opening four home games of the season. Since then they have staged a bit of a resurgence, beating Bristol, Millwall and Hull. <br/><br/> They desperately need to maintain that momentum and vanquish a relegation rival when <a href="https://www.itfc.co.uk" target="_blank">Ipswich</a> roll into town on Saturday. "I think I can stay another week, which is nice," said beleaguered boss Paul Clement after the win against the Robins at the weekend. "It was an important result, we had lost the previous two games, we were in the bottom three and still are, though it's a little bit tighter so we're not stranded. A lot of pressure has been building because of performances and results, so it's a really good feeling to win at home and hopefully we can use it as a bit of a springboard now which is something we haven't managed to do so far this season." <br/><br/> Clement had his midfielders to thank for the victory over mid-table Bristol City. Liam Kelly and Leandro Bacuna both got on the score sheet and they were purposeful in their running throughout the game, while academy product Andy Rinomhota earned rave reviews for his performance. Yakou Meite should also take encouragement from his goal and Reading now need to discover a modicum of consistency. <br/><br/> They have not won consecutive games for an entire year, as they last picked up back-to-back victories over Barnsley and Sunderland back in November 2017 under Jaap Stam. Clement's team could not have been presented with a better opportunity to end that woeful record as Ipswich have taken just 10 points from 16 games and they are winless in their last four. Ipswich have already lost six of their eight away games this season, and Reading have the ability to gun them down on Saturday. They have already rolled the dice, bringing in Paul Lambert to replace Paul Hurst at the end of October, but the results are yet to pick up and the Royals must ensure it does not happen against them. http://www.royals.org/news/762/Royals_Favourites_As_Ipswich_Visit 762 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 09:55:04 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Make It Three Home Wins From Four Reading finally produced the kind of performance their fans have been craving all season. Having twice taken the lead, and on each occasion meekly conceded an equaliser shortly afterwards, Reading fans awaited the second half with a degree of apprehension. However today the Royals regained the lead with a superbly created and finished goal midway through the second half, and produced a gritty kind of rearguard action which has seemed beyond them so often this season. Paul Clement must be delighted, and just a little relieved that his team, having scored three very good goals, found sufficient collective will and determination to hold on to their richly deserved lead to claim a valuable three points. The Reading manager, having endured listening to some pretty damning statistics about his team this season, was quick to point out that this was their third win in the last four home games. It was day when everything worked out in the end and the fans responded favourably doing their bit sensing their team had decided enough was enough and were determined not to let this one slip away. <A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/031118/Reading_3_Bristol_C_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/761/Reading_Make_It_Three_Home_Wins_From_Four 761 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:19:40 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Who could replace Paul Clement? <p><img src="/images/paulclement.jpg" style="max-width:100%;" alt="Paul Clement"></p> <p><em>Reading's manager looks to be nearing the exit door, but who can take the reins at The Royals?</em></p> <p><strong>The fate of Reading boss Paul Clement looks to be sealed following a ninth league defeat of the season, after a 2-0 loss at Swansea City last weekend left The Royals in the relegation zone.</strong></p> <p>Reading have won just three of their fifteen Championship games this season and although Clement remains in a job ahead of this weekend's fixture with Bristol City at the Madejski, the 46-year-old's time at the club looks to be numbered. Clement is currently the favourite across <a href="https://www.bettingapps.co.uk/">betting apps</a> sites to be the next Championship manager to leave his position. </p> <p>It would take a monumental turn in fortunes for Clement to survive into the Christmas period, with his side registering just five wins in the league since he took charge in March, against five draws and 13 defeats. Speculation over Clement's future provided the backdrop to defeat at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, with reports suggesting Steve Bruce is being eyed as a potential replacement.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45382413">Bruce was sacked</a> by fellow strugglers Aston Villa in early October and is currently on holiday with family in Barbados, while the 57-year-old has not enjoyed an extended break from the pressures of football management since the first-half of 2012 before joining Hull City. </p> <p>Whilst Bruce is currently the hotly-tipped favourite to take over from Clement therefore, a lot can change in football in a short space of time and should he decided not to jump back in yet, the Reading board will need to have earmarked alternative options. There are however other candidates that Reading could approach to fill the role.</p> <p>Mark Warburton was heavily linked with the Reading job in March before the board instead opted for Clement, but remains out of work since being sacked by Nottingham Forest last New Year's Eve. The 56-year-old former Rangers boss has had plenty of time to plot his next move since and could be refreshed and ready for another stint on the touchline.<br /><Br/> Meanwhile, the experienced Nigel Pearson is another consideration, having previously managed Southampton, Hull City, Derby County and Leicester City, who he twice won promotion with (from League One and the Championship). <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41359610">Pearson is currently the manager of Belgian First Division B side OH Leuven</a>, whom he guided to a second-place finish last season, but was in line for the Middlesbrough job before they appointed Gary Monk last year and may relish the chance to return to England. With Pearson's experience, he could be a shrewd appointment as Reading look to stabilise and beat the drop.<br /><Br/> Whoever takes over from Clement, or even if he somehow manages to hold on to the manager's job, Reading need to start climbing the table fast. They are currently 11/10 with SkyBet to be relegated from the Championship this season, making them fourth favourites to go down at present, highlighting how far they have fallen since Jaap Stam guided them to the play-offs two seasons ago. </p> http://www.royals.org/news/765/Who_could_replace_Paul_Clement? 765 Thu, 01 Nov 2018 10:00:00 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Tough Challenge Expected For Reading At West Brom Reading travel to fourth placed West Bromwich Albion this weekend hoping to put the midweek defeat against QPR behind them. After a poor start to the season there were signs things might be beginning to pick up for the Royals, after they recorded their first and second league wins of the season in the space of three games. That was followed by a good showing at Brentford where we were unlucky to just get the single point. However it was back to reality with a dismal first half against QPR and a resulting 0-1 home defeat - our fifth home defeat from six games. <br/><br/> That latest defeat leaves Reading with just nine points from eleven games. Meanwhile West Brom are just a single point from the top of the league after a solid start to the season that has included a 7-1 victory over QPR. It's no surprise that the home side are firm favourites for victory, so take advantage of the available <a href="https://your-promotional-code.co.uk/betfred-promo-code/" target="_blank">betfred sign up offers</a> to make it worth backing the seemingly inevitable. <br/><br/> Reading were without top goalscorer Jon Dadi Bodvarsson on Tuesday night after he was injured before the match and both he and Sam Baldock are expected to be missing from the starting eleven at The Hawthorns. Despite being on five bookings already this season, Meite will be eligible as one came in the League Cup and he will be expected to start after signing a new four year contract in the week to keep him with the Royals until 2022. <br/><br/> Young forward Danny Loader will be hoping to make his league debut from the bench after being an unused substitute on Tuesday night. Meanwhile John O'Shea returns from suspension and will make the journey. Paul McShane and Garath McCleary are also both in contention as they attempt to complete their returns from injury. <br/><br/> Former Reading player Hal Robson-Kanu is almost certain to appear at some point later in the game from the bench. After scoring two goals so far this season after coming on as a late substitute, he will of course fancy his chances again his former club as they struggle at the wrong end of the Championship table. <br/><br/> <h3>Recent Meetings With WEST BROM</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">20 February 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200216.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200216.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">12 January 2013 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premier League</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/120113.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/120113.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">22 September 2012 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premier League</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/220912.html">West Brom (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/220912.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">08 January 2011 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080111.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080111.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">27 March 2010 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270310.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270310.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">24 February 2010 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240210.html">West Brom (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240210.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">13 February 2010 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130210.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130210.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">17 October 2009 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/171009.html">West Brom (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/171009.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/760/Tough_Challenge_Expected_For_Reading_At_West_Brom 760 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:58:16 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Make It Five League Defeats From Six At Home Consistency is the key to success in any sport, and Reading came up short at home again as their stuttering start to the season continues with a fifth defeat in their six league games at the Madejski Stadium this season. Credit has to be given to a Rangers side having a similarly difficult time for a classic away performance. They simply played with an energy which the Royals did not match. The tone was set in the opening minutes when Kelly was caught in possession just inside his own half and immediately Reading's back four were under pressure. Rangers continued to stifle Reading's attempts to attack and passed and moved with a fluidity which should have given them a half time lead. The goal they threatened to score eventually came in the sixty-fourth minute when Leinster hammered home in a goalmouth scramble following a corner. The visitors then managed the game well sitting on a slender lead successfully to take all three points. <br/><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/021018/Reading_0_QPR_1"><Strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/021018/Reading_0_QPR_1"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 QPR 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/759/Royals_Make_It_Five_League_Defeats_From_Six_At_Home 759 Wed, 03 Oct 2018 11:14:33 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Fourth Straight Home League Defeat Following an encouraging away win at the weekend, Reading's poor form at home continued with their fourth successive defeat by the odd goal. City, a physically strong and competent passing side, imposed themselves on the game in the early stage, taking the lead with a superbly taken goal from Pukki after fourteen minutes. The Royals dug in and prevented further damage, but apart from a good effort from Meite, did not threaten City's lead. The second half was a different story as Reading, lifted by the introduction of Barrow and Bodvarsson, deservedly leveled the scores with twenty minutes remaining. Remarkably City were back in front within a minute, Vracic finding the corner of the net through a crowded goal mouth as the Reading defence fell apart. The frustration on the pitch was mirrored in the crowd. City managed the game well to keep their lead and left Reading firmly anchored at the bottom of the league. <br/> <A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/190918/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/190918/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Norwich City 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/758/Fourth_Straight_Home_League_Defeat 758 Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:13:53 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Watford Cruise To League Cup Victory The gulf in class between the Premier League and the Championship was underlined this evening as Reading were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by a very good second string Watford team. Sloppy play provided Watford with two opportunities who full advantage with two well taken goals. The Premier League side controlled the game throughout and looked far more menacing around the box than Reading. The Royals could not be faulted for their effort and commitment but they were no match for a pacey, slick passing Watford. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/290818/Reading_0_Watford_2">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/290818/Reading_0_Watford_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Watford 2 (League Cup Round 2)</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/757/Watford_Cruise_To_League_Cup_Victory 757 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 09:26:06 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Two Points Thrown Away At Blackburn Paul Clement said that his Reading team are "up and running" after picking up their first point of the season at the fourth attempt at Blackburn Rovers. However, it was a case of two points lost rather than one point gained after Reading led by two goals at half time only to concede twice in the second half. The Royals were well in control at the break after two goals from Jon Dadi Bodvarsson with Reading the better side in the first half. <br/><br/> Blackburn started the game the strongest and it looked like it would be a tough night for the Royals with Mannone making an excellent save to stop the home side taking an early lead. However Bodvarsson turned things around when he made the most of a mistake in the Rovers defence to break free and put the ball over the goalkeeper's head. That goal with just 12 minutes played saw Reading gain confidence. <br/><br/> Reading had made changes from the home defeat to Bolton and Sone Aluko and Leandro Bacuna were both back in the starting team. It was Blackett that created the second goal though on 25 minutes. A quick move down the left saw the ball crossed in for Meite whose effort was well saved. Bodvarsson was there again to smash home and put Reading 2-0 up. <br/><br/> From that point Reading should have gone on to win the game but instead Blackburn were gifted two goals by Paul McShane who had been preferred to Ilori in the centre of defence. The first on 51 minuts was a clear cut foul inside the box and Mulgrew stepped up to blast past Mannone. With 15 minutes left on the clock McShane was again judged to have fouled inside the area, although it appeared a harsh decision. Mulgrew came forward again to score his second from the penalty spot and give Blackburn a 2-2 draw and a share of the points. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/220818/Blackburn_2_Reading_2">Blackburn Rovers 2 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/756/Two_Points_Thrown_Away_At_Blackburn 756 Thu, 23 Aug 2018 09:23:56 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Southampton Winger Sims Arrives On Season Loan Southampton winger Joshua Sims has joined the Royals on a season long loan. Twenty one year old Sims made his Southampton Premier League debut as a 19 year old in November 2016, starting in a 1-0 victory over Everton and has gone on to make 13 appearances in the Premier League for the Saints over the last two seasons. After being restricted to most of those games as late showings from the bench, and only making 7 appearances in all competitions last season, Southampton are keen to give Sims more experience this season. <br/><Br/> Reading manager Paul Clement describes Sims as "a talented young player that can play on either side, he is a hard worker with a lot of ability and potential, and I'm delighted that he's joining us at Reading." With Reading's lack of success so far this season in the league Clement will be hoping Sims can make an immediate impact and is highly likely to go straight into the team. Sims will be available for selection as Reading travel to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday evening looking for their first points of the season. http://www.royals.org/news/755/Southampton_Winger_Sims_Arrives_On_Season_Loan 755 Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:54:40 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Poor League Start Continues As Bolton Win The inability of Reading to find the back of the net has been a problem for a long time now and it is one which is stubbornly refusing to go away. After controlling the game in the first half The Royals were caught napping at the back shortly after half time and fell behind to a calmly taken chance by substitute Wildshut. From that point onwards the outcome looked inevitable as Bolton sat back and stifled any attempts by Reading to pick their way through a tight defensive formation. Reading simply lacked the imagination and creativity to create a clear opening, failing to register a single shot attempt on target in the entire second half. This third successive defeat in the league creates the grim statistic of being their worst start to a season since 1959! <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/180818/Reading_0_Bolton_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/180818/Reading_0_Bolton_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Bolton Wanderers 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/754/Poor_League_Start_Continues_As_Bolton_Win 754 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 09:17:47 BST Hob Nob Anyone?