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, 28 Mar 2017 12:51:18 BST Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:51:18 BST 1800 Wednesday And Reading Hope To Stay In Top Six The run of tough away fixtures against play-off and promotion rivals continues with a trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday evening. The Royals travel to Sheffield after recent away defeats at Preston, Brighton and Huddersfield. Those three defeats, in which Reading have failed to score a goal, have cast Reading's promotion hopes into serious doubt with the Royals now just three points inside the play-off positions. Fulham, one place outside the play-offs, are hoping to sneak into sixth place at the expense of either the Royals or Wednesday. All the games are crucial at this stage of the season, but another away defeat for Reading could have serious consequences on a top six finish. <br/><br/> Reading have only won two games out of their last eight - that's hardly the form of a promotion chasing side. Away from home we have picked up just a single point from our last four attempts. The only consolation for Reading is that Sheffield Wednesday's recent form is so similar. The form for both sides in the league reads two defeats, a win and a draw, followed by another defeat. While Reading were losing 0-3 at Preston last weekend, the Owls were losing 0-2 at Aston Villa. However Wednesday's last two home games have been a 5-1 win over Norwich City and a 1-1 draw with Burton Albion. The Royals will need a change in their form away from the Madejski to get anything from this. If Reading are beaten on the road again they are likely to be the only team in the top ten with a negative goal difference. <br/><br/> Jaap Stam may happily state that the plan was never to get promoted this season, but having been in the play-off positions for most of the season, it will still be a huge disappointment to drop out of the top six on the final run in. Reading were third in the table for ages before the recent drop in form. The outside chance of automatic promotion has long gone but Reading should still remain favourites for a play-off finish. <br/><br/> After a poor defensive performance at Preston, Stam may have both Liam Moore and Paul McShane available for selection. Moore has been out injured and McShane was replaced after 73 minutes at Preston - giving Reece Oxford some rare time on the pitch. Stam's changes this week will probably be in defence, but there are question marks in midfield where Liam Kelly could be back in the side after being rested. George Evans was an unused substitute last weekend and is another option. For the home side striker Forestieri is expected to miss out through injury and defender Vincent Sasso will definately be ruled out as he begins his suspension. <h3>Recent Meetings With Sheffield Wednesday</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">10 December 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101216.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101216.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">23 January 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230116.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230116.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">19 August 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190815.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190815.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">31 January 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">20 September 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">08 February 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">02 November 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-5</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">27 February 2010 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270210.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 5-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270210.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">05 December 2009 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/051209.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/051209.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">03 March 2009 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/030309.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/030309.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">16 September 2008 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/160908.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 6-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/160908.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/654/Wednesday_And_Reading_Hope_To_Stay_In_Top_Six 654 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:21:01 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Sheffield Wednesday vs Reading preview <p>In this match preview special we partnered up with Eddie Gallagher, Championship and Premier League editor at <a href="https://footballpredictions.com/">FootballPredictions.com</a>, to give you some insights on the upcoming match. Sheffield Wednesday and Reading face each other at legendary Hillsborough Stadium in the opening game of Matchday 38. Both sides sit in the play-offs berth, meaning that a close encounter appears on the horizon.</p> <p>Hillsborough Stadium - the fortress</p> <p>Sheffield Wednesday are eager to return to the Premier League, but, as things stand now, they are unlikely to secure automatic promotion to the English top flight. The Owls, though, are on the right track to book their place in the Championship play-offs, but the season is quite long and they must take every single game very seriously if they are to finish the 2016/2017 campaign in top six. Sheffield Wednesday crushed Norwich City (5-1) in their penultimate home fixture in the English second tier, with experienced attacker Jordan Rhodes scoring twice against Alex Neil's troops. Rhodes aims to add more goals to his account and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in Friday's clash. Carlos Carvalhal's men have been impressive at their Hillsborough Stadium so far this season and it has to be noted that they are eyeing their 13th home win.</p> <p>Last win at Wednesday back in 2009</p> <p>Reading coach and former Dutch centre-back <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaap_Stam" target="_blank">Jaap Stam</a> is on a quest to bring glory days back to Madejski Stadium. The Royals sit in the play-offs places ahead of the trip to Sheffield, but their job is half-done. Reading are on a six-game unbeaten run at home ground and they did well to hold Newcastle United to a goalless draw in their last home fixture. Nonetheless, their away record is anything but impressive and, no doubt, the visitors would be happy with one point from Friday's showdown against Wednesday. Jaap Stam's team recorded their last win at Hillsborough Stadium back in 2009 and considering that the Owls are tough to beat at home, I do not believe that the Royals are capable of putting an end to the negative trend. When the two teams met at Madejski Stadium earlier this season Reading emerged triumphant, with Roy Beerens scoring a brace for the hosts. Former Bournemouth attacker Yann Kermorgant is widely expected to lead the attack for the visitors against Sheffield. The Frenchman is the team's top scorer, meaning that the opposition back-line should have him at bay.</p> <p>Prediction</p> <p>Both Sheffield Wednesday and Reading are desperate to book their place in the Championship play-offs and many football predictions suggest that both sides will go for a win in Friday's derby. As we have already mentioned, the Owls have turned their Hillsborough Stadium into a real fortress and they are likely to find the net on Matchday 38. However, seeing that Carlos Carvalhal's men failed to keep a clean sheet in previous four home games in the league, we predict that the Royals will score in the Hillsborough Stadium clash as well. You should bear in mind that both teams found the net in each of their last three meetings in the English second tier.&nbsp;There is plenty of decisive matches coming up in this round of the Championship. You can find more of Galllagher and his team's work on <a href="https://footballpredictions.com/footballpredictions/championshippredictions/">https://footballpredictions.com/footballpredictions/championshippredictions/</a></p> http://www.royals.org/news/653/Sheffield_Wednesday_vs_Reading_preview 653 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:03:24 GMT Eddie Gallagher Reading Aim To Remove Preston From Play Off Race The tough games against teams at the top of the Championship continue to arrive at a fast rate for the Royals. Having secured a useful point at home to table toppers Newcastle United mid-week, this weekend Reading have a really good chance to effectively eliminate Preston North End from the play-off race. With 10 League games of the season remaining, Preston are 11 points behind the Royals in ninth place. A Reading victory would surely end any realistic chance Preston have of taking a play-off place from the Royals - and take Reading one huge step closer to a top six finish. However, as is always the way, a win for Preston would see Reading looking nervously at the chasing pack as they close the gap on sixth spot. <br/><br/> Jaap Stam's choice for starting eleven really is anyone's guess. It changes every week and he certainly doesn't like to be predictable with players out of position and those who'd you'd expect to be playing left out on the bench. Liam Moore has been excellent all season for Reading but will have to miss out after picking up a hamstring injury and limping off on Tuesday night. The arrival of Jordan Obita off the bench against Newcastle coincided with a strong finish to the game from Reading. Obita is clearly a better left back than Blackett - so the obvious choice is Blackett to move into the middle to replace the injured Moore and Obita to be recalled to the starting eleven on the left. However, Stam may have other plans. <br/><br/> Liam Kelly only managed the first half against Newcastle before being substituted. It appeared tactical but Stam hinted it was due to a hamstring issue. Either way he may find himself swapped out for the trip to Preston. Kelly is another player who has been excellent this season but wasn't his best against the Magpies on Tuesday. <br/><br/> Preston have only lost once in the League in their last seven games. That was a 1-3 reverse at Fulham who are rapidly closing in on Reading and the top six. Those last seven games may have only included 3 wins, but all of those have come at home. In the whole of 2017 Preston have only dropped two points at home over five league games and will be hoping to continue that run - and in doing so keep their season alive. Reading have only picked up one point from their last three away games - although that did include defeats at Huddersfield and Brighton. The last time the two sides met was on the opening day of the season when Preston were defeated 1-0 at the Madejski Stadium thanks to a debut goal from John Swift. <h3>Recent Meetings With Preston North End</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">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> </table> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/history/Preston">View full archive of meetings between Reading and Preston North End</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/652/Reading_Aim_To_Remove_Preston_From_Play_Off_Race 652 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:24:22 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading 0 Newcastle United 0: Things We Learned <p> If the build-up to Tuesday's game was anything to go by, it was a biggun. Reading FC were taking on fellow promotion hopefuls Newcastle United, both arriving at the Madejski Stadium with the aim of securing three points. </p> <p> Despite shots from both sides rebounding off the goalposts, the score was to end 0-0 and the points shared. Here are some things to come out of the game. <p> <strong>Possession Play On Point</strong><br/><br/> From the off it was clear what the Newcastle tactics were- sit back and try and hit Reading on the counter. On several occasions in the first half, it nearly worked. As the game went on, however, Reading were dominating play in terms of possession. The most impressive aspect was that, despite playing against one of the top two teams in the division, the Royals remained composed right up until the final whistle. At full-time Reading had maintained 70% possession.<br/><br/> While shooting opportunities were at a minimum, it was encouraging to see Reading performing so well. Paul McShane and Joey van den Berg put in performance to remember (for all the right reasons) and Garath McCleary will feel disappointed to have not snatched the win at the death.<br/><br/> At times the possession style of football can be boring to watch (to the point where it feels time is moving slower than normal) but that was not the case on Tuesday. </p> <p> <strong>Thanks For The Atmosphere</strong><br/><br/> Much has been said in recent times about the attendances at the Madejski Stadium in support of a team chasing promotion. Largely they have been disappointing but that was not the case against Newcastle.<br/><br/> The fans heard Jaap Stam's comments about needing their support loud and clear and turned up in their droves. The large turnout from Newcastle fans was definitely a help, with a call and respond rapport often being built between the rival fan bases. <br/><br/> It has to be said that the atmosphere created by the home fans was noticeably better than usual. As if recognising the importance of the game, the supporters got behind their team throughout and it was great to hear.<br/><br/> Against such a large club like Newcastle, the 23,000 attendance was always inevitable even on a weekday evening. It is now important to make sure that similar crowds turnout to games against Leeds, Blackburn, Rotherham and Wigan. <p> <strong>Life Without Liam</strong><br/><br/> It was not a good day if you were a Reading player named Liam. <br/><br/> Liam Kelly has emerged this season as a very promising player for the Royals. It was a disappointing performance from the midfielder, however, as he increasingly gave away possession. <br/><br/> Many will have assumed that his half-time substitution was due to his performance but he has apparently picked up a hamstring injury. The most concerning moment of the game was when Liam Moore dropped to the ground with what also appeared to be a hamstring injury.<br/><br/> The "Player of the Month" for February has been vital for the Royals in the centre of defence throughout the season. With McShane only recently returning to the squad himself and Tiago Ilori still out, it is less than ideal ahead of what will be a very important run of games. </p> <p> <strong>What To Do About Grabban</strong><br/><br/> One player who seems to be getting a lot of stick on social media is Lewis Grabban. The Bournemouth man has not set the world alight since his arrival in January and it has not gone unnoticed amongst the fans.<br/><br/> The issue with the striker is that he is not playing consistently and when he is he is often being asked to play in all kinds of weird and wonderful places. As a central midfielder or a winger, he has struggled to make an impact. Up front by himself he has also come up short.<br/><br/> Everyone knows about the partnership that Grabban and Yann Kermorgant developed while playing for the Cherries. The reality of the situation at Reading, however, is that nine times out of ten Jaap will play a formation that has room for only one striker.<br/><br/> Against Newcastle I was surprised to see Grabban playing on the wing ahead of natural wingers such as Adrian Popa, Roy Beerens or Yakou Meite. I will be even more surprised if he features there in the next game. </p> http://www.royals.org/news/651/Reading_0_Newcastle_United_0:_Things_We_Learned 651 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:54:23 GMT Alex Bower Reading And Newcastle Share Points On an evening of outstanding entertainment both teams can feel more than satisfied with their contribution to a game which ended goalless but lacked nothing else. United brought a huge following, as you would expect for a team surely destined for the Premier League next season, and a with good turn out from the home fans contributed to the kind of atmosphere which seems to inspire good football. <br/><br/> Having beaten both of the teams immediately below them away from home in the past week or so, United were clearly going to provide the sort of opposition to test the Royals promotion credentials. United did indeed look a very good side, and a string of saves by Al Habsi was required to keep Reading on level terms by half time - not that Reading played badly. In the second half Reading looked the stronger side and came within a whisker of a remarkable victory in the last seconds of stoppage time when McCleary's strike from the narrowest of angles hit the crossbar. In the end a draw was a fair result. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/070317/Reading_0_Newcastle_0"><strong>Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/070317/Reading_0_Newcastle_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Newcastle United 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/650/Reading_And_Newcastle_Share_Points 650 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:43:10 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Newcastle Expected To Claim Another Away Win It feel like Mission Impossible for the Royals tonight as table toppers Newcastle United visit the Madejski Stadium, to play in front of what is expected to be a near sell out crowd. Newcastle are in amazing form, having gone 10 League games without defeat, and find themselves five points clear at the top of the table. Consecutive away victories over second placed Brighton and third placed Huddersfield have made Newcastle firm favourites to win the league and promotion back to the Premier League. <br/><br/> On paper this is a guaranteed away victory, especially if you factor in Reading's poor form against teams at the top of the table. Reading have also just had those two away fixtures and our fortunes were reversed with a 0-1 defeat at Huddersfield and a really poor performance against Brighton as we went down 0-3. The only factor in Reading's favour is we are at home - but that's unlikely to trouble The Magpies. <br/><br/> Garath McCleary was rested during Reading's 2-1 home win against Wolves at the weekend, but may make a return against Newcastle. It's a different starting eleven every match under Jaap Stam - and that's partly due to the huge number of options he has available. There seems certain to be more tweaks to the side, and many fans will be hoping that Jordan Obita is preferred to Tyler Blackett at left back. One player who surely will be playing will be central defender Paul McShane who marked his full return from injury with a great performance and a match winning goal. Mutch will probably find himself remaining on the bench - but hopefully Stam can find room for Liam Kelly who was an unused substitute on Saturday despite his amazing performances so far this season. <br/><br/> Earlier this season Reading were thrashed 1-4 at Newcastle. We will of course be hoping to avoid a repeat of that, but you can't help feel that it's a possibility. It's no wonder that the visitors are firm favourites for the win. However they are around evens, which could be worth a judas bet this evening and you can find some of the best football odds at William Hill Ireland online with complete list of different matches across the globe. <!--a href="http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-ie/betting/y/5/Football.html" target="_blank">Find some of the best football odds at William Hill Ireland online.</a--> <br/><br/> <a href="http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-ie/betting/y/5/Football.html"> <img src="/images/williamhill-footballodds-irelandonline.png" alt="Find some of the best football odds at William Hill Ireland online" title="Find some of the best football odds at William Hill Ireland online" width="500" height="300"></img> </a> <h3>Recent Meetings With Newcastle</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">17 August 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170816.html">Newcastle (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-4</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170816.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">19 January 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premier League</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190113.html">Newcastle (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190113.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">29 September 2012 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premier League</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/290912.html">Newcastle (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/290912.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">13 April 2010 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130410.html">Newcastle (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130410.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">15 August 2009 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/150809.html">Newcastle (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/150809.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">05 April 2008 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premiership</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/050408.html">Newcastle (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/050408.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">27 October 2007 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premiership</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/271007.html">Newcastle (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/271007.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">30 April 2007 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premiership</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/300407.html">Newcastle (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/300407.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">06 December 2006 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premiership</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/061206.html">Newcastle (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/061206.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> &nbsp;<br/> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" colspan=2><strong>Reading and Newcastle - Head to head record (since August 1994)</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Games Between Reading and Newcastle</td> <td class="fixtures graytext">9</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" bgcolor="#E4E4FF" align="right">Reading Wins</td> <td class="fixtures bluetext">3</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Newcastle Wins</td> <td class="fixtures burgtext">5</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Draws</td> <td class="fixtures graytext">1</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" bgcolor="#E4E4FF" align="right">Reading Goals</td> <td class="fixtures bluetext">11</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Newcastle Goals</td> <td class="fixtures burgtext">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Average Goals Per Game</td> <td class="fixtures graytext">3.33</td> </tr> <!--tr> <td class="fixturesh" align="right">Average Score</td> <td class="fixtures">Reading 1 Newcastle 2 &nbsp;</td> </tr--> </table> &nbsp;<br/> http://www.royals.org/news/649/Newcastle_Expected_To_Claim_Another_Away_Win 649 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:12:33 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading 2 Wolves 1: Things We Learned <p> Reading returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory against Wolves at the Madejski Stadium. Yann Kermorgant opened the scoring when he deflected a Danny Williams shot into the net. Wolves levelled moments later through Ben Marshall when he was allowed to tap in from close range. It was captain Paul McShane, however, who was to head the Royals in front and secure all three points. </p> <p> Here are some of the talking points from the game:</p> <p> <strong>Points Make Prizes</strong><br/><br/> After two back-to-back defeats to fellow promotion candidates Huddersfield and Brighton, Reading needed to win against Wolves. While the performance was by no means pretty, the win stopped the rot and brought back some much needed confidence ahead of Tuesday's game against Newcastle.</p> <p> <strong>Lacklustre Attendances Continue</strong><br/><br/> No one thought at the beginning of the season that Reading would be challenging for promotion. The reality of the situation, however, is that they are. The problem for the Royals is that there is no direct correlation between the league positioning and the attendances. When your local team is challenging for promotion to the Premier League, you would expect people to flock to games.<br/><br/> Despite the end of the season creeping ever closer, attendances still fall well behind those of their promotion rivals. Even Jaap Stam this week has commented on how poor it is considering their league positioning.<br/><br/> The main argument for people not coming to the game will be the style of football. Yes at times it is not the most exciting thing to watch. Yes it has the potential to go wrong with the pitch in the state it is. But at the end of the day the Reading players have performed above expectations this season and deserve the attendances to reflect that.</p> <p> <strong>Stewarding Scenario</strong><br/><br/> It is an issue that has gained increased coverage across social media and one that does not show signs of stopping. Everyone who attends games at the Madejski Stadium knows how often home fans get rightfully mocked for the near silent atmosphere. Reading could be winning the game comfortably and you could still be able to hear a pin drop.<br/><br/> This is why the fans in Y25 and Y26 are vital. Unfortunately those who are responsible for generating the majority of noise are being punished for standing during games. With the Reading players often pleading for an improved atmosphere, it is difficult when the stewards are encouraging the exact opposite. <br/><br/> Yes health and safety is important but game after game the away fans are allowed to stand for the duration. Fans buy tickets in that stand to purposely make noise and get behind the team. Forcing them to sit or potentially leave will only be a detriment to the team.</p> <p> <strong>Popa Looks Promising</strong><br/><br/> The surprise change ahead of the game was the introduction of Adrian Popa in place of Garath McCleary. McCleary has been a vital component in the Reading machine this season but in recent times has appeared somewhat off his usual standards. As a result I was happy to see him rested ahead of the Newcastle game.<br/><br/> As for Popa (the first Romanian to play for Reading) I was largely impressed. The winger showed that he had plenty of pace and a willingness to run at defences - arguably qualities that have surprisingly been missing from McCleary's game in recent times.<br/><br/> One of the best qualities he possesses is his willingness to chase down defences when he doesn't have the ball (unlike Roy Beerens on the opposite flank). The only concern will be his current lack of an end product. Given his lack of game time this is somewhat unsurprising. As the season comes to a close, he could be a real asset if given the opportunity.</p> <p> <strong>Much Ado About Blackett</strong><br/><br/> I'm sure many will be with me when I say that I am tired of singling out Tyler Blackett after games. Unfortunately, the left-back put in another disappointing performance against Wolves. It has to be said that in the first half in particular the Reading performance in general was pretty poor, but Blackett is a repeat offender. Somewhat strangely, however, the errors in his game only seem to happen when he is playing at left-back.<br/><br/> While he is somewhat error-prone, I do at times feel sorry for him. When Roy Beerens is playing, Blackett is often left to contend with numerous opponents by himself. That said, the misplaced passes to teammates and dawdling on the ball are worrying events that continue to occur.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/647/Reading_2_Wolves_1:_Things_We_Learned 647 Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:54:36 GMT Alex Bower Wolves Preview: Royals Need Win After Recent Defeats Reading are back at home this weekend as Wolves come to town hoping to make the most of Reading's dip in form. After being in touch with the top two for most of the season, the Royals finally had to say goodbye to any outside chance of automatic promotion after defeats at Huddersfield and Brighton. Having slipped to fifth in the table, Reading are still well within the play-off positions, but will need more points to secure a top six finish this season. With Newcastle visiting on Tuesday night, and Reading winning just once in their last five league games, Saturday's visit of Wolves becomes a "must win" match. <br/><br/> While Reading need to points to maintain the chance of promotion via the play-offs, Wolves are also in desperate need as they find themselves just two points outside the drop zone. Wolves will be pleased to see the back of February after the month saw them play five games and lose all five. One of those was their cup exit to Chelsea, but the four league defeats included three defeats at home. The pick of the bunch was a 0-1 home defeat to relegation rivals Wigan. A word of warning for the Royals though - Wolves have won three out of their last fives away games in all competitions - including a 2-1 FA Cup victory at Liverpool. The outcome of this match is far from a definite. <br/><br/> There is nothing new to report on the injury front, with no new worries for Jaap Stam. Competition for places remains fierce and it will be interesting to see what changes Stam makes this week after two recent defeats. Stam never seems to like fielding the same team two matches in a row and is sure to tinker with his starting eleven once more as he still attempts to find his ideal starting line-up. Swift and Kelly both came off the bench during the defeat at Brighton and both probably deserve a starting place given their form this season - but will Stam shuffle things up in their favour. Loanee players Grabban and Mutch are yet to make an impression - perhaps Kermorgant and Swift will be favoured over them this weekend. <br/><br/> Our last five meetings with Wolves have seen just a single Reading win. You have to go all the way back to 2009 to find our last home win, when a second minute Wolves own goal separated the sides. We lost 0-2 at Wolves at the start of this season, drew 0-0 at home the season before, and also failed to score the game before that with a 0-1 defeat on the road. Reading are certainly due a goal against Wolves. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/history/Wolves"><strong>Reading -v- Wolves - Match Report Archive</strong></a></li> </ul> <h3>Recent Meetings With WOLVES</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">13 August 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/130816.html">Wolves (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/130816.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">06 February 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/060216.html">Wolves (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/060216.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">26 December 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261215.html">Wolves (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261215.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">07 February 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/070215.html">Wolves (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/070215.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">28 September 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/280914.html">Wolves (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 3-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/280914.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">27 January 2009 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270109.html">Wolves (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/270109.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">30 September 2008 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/300908.html">Wolves (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/300908.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">18 March 2006 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/180306.html">Wolves (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/180306.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">26 December 2005 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261205.html">Wolves (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261205.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/646/Wolves_Preview:_Royals_Need_Win_After_Recent_Defeats 646 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:09:51 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Last Chance To Challenge For Top Two Reading travel to Brighton this Saturday knowing that only a victory will keep alive any outside chance of automatic promotion this season. Following Tuesday night's 0-1 defeat at promotion rivals Huddersfield, the Royals are 8 points behind second placed Brighton but have also played an extra game. An unlikely Reading win would keep the dream alive, but any other result will realisitically confirm that the Royals only chance of promotion this season will be through the play-offs. Reading are currently well clear of seventh placed Fulham but will still need to maintain decent form to finish in the top six. <br/><br/> Neither Reading or Brighton have any new injury problems ahead of the game, and Jaap Stam has options to shuffle things around after Tuesday's defeat. Paul McShane was back from injury mid-week but ended up being an unused substitute. Reading only conceeded the single late goal at Huddersfield but McShane may still find himself back alongside the ever reliable Liam Moore as Reading look to keep Brighton out. <br/><br/> Joey Van den Berg is fit but may find that he unable to get back in the starting eleven after Stam strengthened his squad during the transfer window. Grabban and Kermorgant again were not paired together with Kermorgant replacing Grabban from the bench with 20 minutes to play - perhaps Stam may change things up front as Reading will need to find the net. Popa looked very lively when he played the last half an hour and will be hoping for more involvement this weekend. <br/><br/> Reading have lost to Brighton just twice in their last 15 meetings (both 0-1 away defeats) and have won 8 of those fixtures. This season we drew 2-2 at the Madejski Stadium back in August before a surprise 2-1 victory at Brighton in the League Cup. Quinn and Swift were on the scoresheet that evening. Unfortunately our last league game in Brighton was one of those 0-1 defeats - and it will be Brighton who are firm favourites for the victory and another big step towards a top two finish and a place in the Premier League. <br/><Br/> The game is being screened live on Sky Sports this Saturday, with a 5:30pm kick-off. <h3>Recent Meetings With Brighton and Hove Albion:</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">20 September 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures">League Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200916.html">Brighton (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200916.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">20 August 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200816.html">Brighton (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200816.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">15 March 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/150316.html">Brighton (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/150316.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">31 October 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/311015.html">Brighton (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/311015.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">10 March 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/100315.html">Brighton (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/100315.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">26 December 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261214.html">Brighton (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261214.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">08 March 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/080314.html">Brighton (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/080314.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">04 January 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/040114.html">Brighton (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/040114.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">15 September 2013 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/150913.html">Brighton (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/150913.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">10 April 2012 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/100412.html">Brighton (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/100412.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">26 December 2011 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/261211.html">Brighton (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/261211.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/645/Last_Chance_To_Challenge_For_Top_Two 645 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:57:53 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Tough Run Starts At Huddersfield Tonight It's third versus fourth tonight as Reading make the trip to Huddersfield looking to cement a place in the top six and keep in touch with the top two. With a visit to Brighton coming up at the weekend it's make or break time on an outside chance of automatic promotion. Only six points will do if Reading want to stay as contenders for a top two finish. The gap between Reading and seventh place is nine points but that could soon be eroded if these two games bring two defeats. Many, both inside and outside the club, still think that Reading's position in the table is somehow "false" rather than just suprising. Tonight's game is a real chance to prove our promotion credentials - if only we can avoid defeat. <br/><br/> When Huddersfield visited the Madejski Stadium earlier this season it was Reading that picked up the three points thanks to Roy Beerens who scored the only goal of the game. That was way back in September, but after the game Huddersfield were second and Reading were fourth - so little has changed since then. Both sides have had dips in form inbetween but it has been a suprisingly consistant league season from both clubs. Last season we were beaten 1-3 in the League at Huddersfield but drew 2-2 in the FA Cup before winning the replay 5-2 at home after being two goals down. There is a lot of recent history between the sides and the record is very evenly split. <br/><br/> Having waited a week for a game after last Tuesday night's dramatic 3-2 victory over Brentford, Reading have no new injury concerns. The Royals will have both Paul McShane and Joey van den Berg available for selection after they have completed their returns from injury. The return of McShane is great news as Reading look to tighten the defence and Jaap Stam is seriously spoilt for choice with loan defender Reece Oxford having to sit it out on the bench. Oxford will have to keep waiting with McShane and van den Berg probably both above him in the selection order. <br/><br/> Stam is also spoilt for choice in midfield. Swift scored an important first goal of the game against Brentford but Reading looked much improved after a triple substitution that included Evans joining the action as Reading turned the game around. Beerens will also be hoping to start but may find the competition for a starting place too tough. Grabban is yet to make a real impression at the club but Kermorgant looked strong when he played the last twenty minutes against Brentford. So many options! <h3>Recent Meetings With Huddersfield</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">24 September 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/240916.html">Huddersfield (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/240916.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">08 March 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/080316.html">Huddersfield (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/080316.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">19 January 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/190116.html">Huddersfield (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 5-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/190116.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">09 January 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/090116.html">Huddersfield (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/090116.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">03 November 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/031115.html">Huddersfield (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/031115.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">24 February 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240215.html">Huddersfield (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240215.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">03 January 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/030115.html">Huddersfield (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/030115.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">19 August 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/190814.html">Huddersfield (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/190814.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">29 March 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/290314.html">Huddersfield (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/290314.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">14 December 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/141213.html">Huddersfield (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/141213.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/644/Tough_Run_Starts_At_Huddersfield_Tonight 644 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:35:56 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Legend to Head Rangers - Expected or Not? <h1></h1> <p>The news has it that Graeme Murty, legendary Royals player, has been elevated to temporary manager of Rangers after the resignation of current manager Mark Warburton and his assistant David Weir. However, there seems to be a bit of confusion in the move as it appears as though Warburton didn't know the change was taking place. Was it just sooner than he expected or did he not actually tender his resignation? While it may seem like a moot point at this juncture, any amount of tension could interfere with Rangers' performance and this might set <a href="https://bookmaker-ratings.com/bookmakers-homepage/" target="_blank">bookmakers throughout the country</a> at odds in how to calculate odds when taking bets! Here is what we know so far.</p> <p><strong>News Hits the Stands 11 February</strong></p> <p>Our own <a href="http://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/reading-fc-legend-graeme-murty-12590316" target="_blank">getreading.co.uk</a> had a write up on the Reading great, Graeme Murty, stating that he had been named interim manager of the Scottish football club, Rangers after Warburton and Weir resigned. It was posted that Warburton acted surprised at being replaced as did Weir and Frank McParland who is also said to have resigned from his position as recruitment head. This leads fans throughout the UK to ponder the move and if there were really resignations prior to moving Murty up or if those were unexpected events that the owners felt would be good for the club. </p> <p><strong>Statement Issued by Dave King</strong></p> <p>Amidst Warburton's denial of having turned in a resignation, Dave King, the chairman of Rangers <a href="http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/766142/Mark-Warburton-resigns-Rangers-chairman-Dave-King-statement" target="_blank">made an official statement</a> that the club had accepted Warburton's resignation. The controversy surrounds how the resignation was handed in and whether or not the three had any knowledge of what their agent was doing. According to King, he was approached by the agent who said they would resign immediately if Rangers would waive any compensation agreement coming from a new club the trio wished to sign with. In respect to who delivered the resignation to the Rangers' chairmen, there is some amount of controversy because there is still the question as to whether or not it was official or precipitous on the part of the Rangers' chairman.</p> <p><strong>Can Royals Legend Lead the Rangers to a Championship?</strong></p> <p>Then there is the fact that Royals legend, Graeme Murty who captained the Royals to an astounding <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_1/4933632.stm" target="_blank">championship back in 2006</a>, was already with Rangers from last August of 2016. Being familiar with the team and working with them for the past half year may make a difference in the transition, albeit a temporary one. It was his lead of Reading to the 2006 promotion that took them to the Championship with 106 points. After eleven years with the Royals, diehard fans are eager to see Murty succeed, except at the cost of their own Royals. Another tension, for sure! A Royals legend leading another club to victory? It's debated how fans will take that news if and when it comes but at the moment, Royals fans are proud of their former player and wish him well.</p> <p> Because such things as management do affect the way in which players function on the field, bookmakers are yet unsure how to calculate odds, not having many games to judge by. It will all work out in the end once the change is made clearer and if Warburton gives up willingly, but in the meantime, you may find various odds between bookmakers as each has a different take on how to rate players and teams. For the time being, the Royals are proud of their former star, Rangers have a temporary manager and Warburton and King can duke it out, off the field.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/643/Royals_Legend_to_Head_Rangers_-_Expected_or_Not? 643 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:16:24 GMT Guest Post Reading 3-2 Brentford: Things We Learned <p><br/> Reading fought their way back to victory on Tuesday evening with the eventful fixture against Brentford ending 3-2. Despite going ahead through John Swift, the Royals let their lead slip in the second half. Goals from Jota and Lasse Vibe after the hour mark gave Brentford a 2-1 lead. Danny Williams led the Reading comeback with his goal before substitute Roy Beerens fired into an open net for what would be the winner. After an eventful game, here are some of the things we learned. </p> <p> <strong>Passion And Belief Grows By The Game</strong> <br/><br/> While the game didn't exactly go to plan for Reading, it was a hard fought win for the home side. In previous seasons the squad would have collapsed when they went behind but this season it is clear their mental toughness is on a different level. Yes, some of the players had a few choice words to say to each other when Brentford took the lead, but it is obvious that this team believes they should be winning and will push themselves in order to do so. <br/><br/> All you need to do is have a look at the picture of Liam Moore that circulated on social media straight after the game to see what it meant to the squad. The defender wasn't alone, however, with the team urging the crowd to make some noise (including Garath McCleary who made the effort to appeal to those in attendance despite being run off his feet). <br/><br/> As a Reading fan it was at times a stressful one to watch but the atmosphere after the third goal and at full-time is why we keep coming back. </p> <p> <strong>Defensive Frailties</strong> <br/><br/> It's something that is talked about a fair amount in recent games but against Brentford in particular it was a worry. As Reading fans will be all too aware, Captain Paul McShane, Joey van den Berg and Tiago Ilori are all currently missing through injury. Tyler Blackett has done a fairly good job at filling in at centre-back in the past but their absence is being felt. <br/><br/> The other concern will be for Reece Oxford. Apparently rather than play a natural centre-back in that position, Stam would rather play Chris Gunter there and drag Danny Williams back to right full-back. While it is impressive that Reading are still winning without their steadying influences at the back, the sooner they return the better. </p> <p> <strong>More In Midfield</strong> <br/><br/> One of the main concerns during the game was the ease at which Reading gave the ball away in midfield. John Swift, in particular, has not been the same player he was prior to his injury but is still managing to pick up goals. On several occasions, however, it was his passes that failed to find their target. <br/><br/> In fact the final ball was a problem for the Royals for a large portion of the game with a lot of attacking plays collapsing due to a poorly placed pass. One player who has stood out to me in recent times is George Evans. His steady influence in front of the defence is much needed and he showed his class when brought on against Brentford. <br/><br/> Whether it was due to tiredness or just lack of concentration, there were far too many errors being made in midfield that will hopefully be ironed out before the next game. </p> <p> <strong>Player Positioning</strong> <br/><br/> As has been mentioned, Stam has several injuries to contend with and that has been shown with his recent squad selections. Those teams would also suggest that the manager definitely has his favourite players in the squad who he wants to play regardless of position. <br/><br/> Take, for example, Garath McCleary. The winger has done an amazing job this season for the Royals and has subsequently been a vital player for the team. Against Brentford he lined up as a striker alongside Lewis Grabban. In the past he has also played as a winger and a full-back. Despite being a similar kind of player to Grabban, Stam opted to play the pair up front. <br/><br/> McCleary is most effective when he is running at defenses down the wing. At times it seems that Stam needs him in the team but plays him in different positions as to where he can fit him in that day. It's a similar scenario for players like Grabban who has already played as a central midfielder and striker, Williams as a central midfielder and full-back and a variety of left/right-backs filling in at centre-back. Oh and don't forget striker Yann Kermorgant the part-time defender. <br/><br/> At times it has worked, at times it hasn't. You can't help but think, however, that the straightforward option of playing squad members in their best positions would be the most effective plan. </p> <p> <strong>A Win Is A Win</strong> <br/><br/> One thing that Reading fans are particularly good at (myself included) is analysing games in depth regardless of results. Each game there will be things teams do well and things that they don't do as well. At the end of the day, however, you just have to take every game as it comes and do what you can to win. <br/><br/> Reading took the lead, lost control of the game for a large spell and then lost the lead to boot. They didn't give up, however, and thanks to some great substitutions from Stam (which arguably could have been a little earlier) they managed to grab the win. There will be things for Stam and his squad to work on before the next game but the most important thing is that Reading have kept up with their promotion rivals ahead of some very tough games. </p> http://www.royals.org/news/642/Reading_3-2_Brentford:_Things_We_Learned 642 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:25:04 GMT Alex Bower