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, 20 Nov 2017 11:16:34 GMT Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:16:34 GMT 1800 Reading Beaten As Wolves Return To Top Reading paid the price for their inability to take their chances as Wolves returned to the top of the league with an efficient away performance and two well taken goals. The league leaders looked good going forward but Reading certainly created sufficient openings to earn a point. It is the quality of finishing which determines success in football and in that respect Reading's season seems destined to be blighted by coming up short in that department.   <br/><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/181117/Reading_0_Wolves_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/181117/Reading_0_Wolves_2"><strong>Reading 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2</strong> - Report and Fan Opinion</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/708/Reading_Beaten_As_Wolves_Return_To_Top_ 708 Sun, 19 Nov 2017 21:54:04 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Back In Action As Wolves Visit After the International break, the Royals return to Championship football this weekend with table toppers Wolverhampton Wanderers visiting the Madejski Stadium. After sixteen games played, Wolves have been beaten just three times, and find themselves two points clear in first place, after a recent run of 5 wins from 6 games. Their only recent league defeat was on the road at QPR at the end of October - a 1-2 defeat with QPR scoring the winner with nine minutes left to play. Wolves immediately followed that up with a 2-0 win at Norwich and a home win over Fulham by the same scoreline to underline their promotion credentials. <br/><br/> Meanwhile, at the same time as Wolves dropped three points, Reading were on a run of just one win from 8 league games, and we would all have been certain that Reading would be facing certain defeat when they came up against Wolves. However, times have changed, the Royals appear to have turned a corner with two excellent victories against decent teams and scoring 7 goals in the process. No one saw such a dramatic turn around and the victories over Nottingham Forest and Derby in our last two games have seen optimism return to Reading fans. <br/><br/> Should Reading continue the same style and determination they demonstrated before the break then they should give high flying Wolves a good game at least. Wolves are obviously firm favourites for the win, but Reading should relish the chance to continue their run and prove they could yet make something of this season. The result will hugely depend on if Reading are able to continue their news fast, postitive style of play. <br/><br/> Reading had a few injury concerns before the break, but should now have players back ready for selection. Tiago Ilori is expected to be available for action after his head injury suffered in a collision with Liam Moore. Moore has kept on playing through all bandaged up, but could be in the side without his distinctive head bandage this weekend. Joey van den Berg will be back in the squad and we may see Jon Dadi Bodvarsson in contention - if Jaap Stam thinks he is a useful option with Reading starting to find the goals and Yann Kermorgant now fully fit and hoping to get more match minutes behind him. <br/><br/> The Royals have a reasonable recent record against Wolves. Although we lost 0-2 away from home last season, we were 2-1 winners at home in March 2017 with Kermorgant and McShane scoring the vital goals. Reading have won 5 out of the last 10 meetings between the sides and Wolves have won just two of those fixtures - both at their place. You have to go back over 12 years to find Wolves last win at Reading - a disappointing afternoon that effectively ended our play-off chances with a game of the season left to play. That match is well back in history and Reading will be hoping to continue their recent league form and their form at the Madejski Stadium against Wolves. <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="fixturesh">04 March 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/040317.html">Wolves (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/040317.html">Read report...</a> </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> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">30 April 2005 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/300405.html">Wolves (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/300405.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">04 December 2004 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/041204.html">Wolves (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-4</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/041204.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/707/Reading_Back_In_Action_As_Wolves_Visit 707 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:48:49 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Deliver Halloween Treat The gloom which surrounded the Madejski Stadium following a poor performance and a defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough on Saturday was dispelled with an emphatic victory over a Forest side in the middle of a run of good results which has seen them climb in to the top half of the table. The Royals, in control of the game from the kick off, took an early lead with a well taken goal from Swift. Although Forest enjoyed the majority of the possession, Reading always looked in command and added two further goals in the second half before Osborn tucked away a consolation goal for Forest four minutes from full time. <Br/><br/> Jaap Stam, needing to shake things up a bit after dire performance on Saturday, replaced Kelly, Beerens and Ilori with Bacuna, Edwards and Barrow and it worked a treat. Bacuna imposed himself on the game from the start. Playing at right back he had time and space to make forward runs and pick out passes through the Forest midfield to keep the visitors on the back foot. Collectively everyone was pressing and looking to get forward. Smith epitomised the determination in the side chasing back fifty yards into his own half to win back the ball and set up an attack. He was not alone in his desire to win possession and get at the Forest defence. <br> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/311017/Reading_3_Nottm_Forest_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/311017/Reading_3_Nottm_Forest_1"><strong>Reading 3 Nottingham Forest 1</strong>: Report and Opinion </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/706/Royals_Deliver_Halloween_Treat 706 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:55:41 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Slump To Another Home Defeat The Royals inability to find the net resulted in yet another disappointing defeat this time at home to a Middlesbrough side also in poor run of form. The stadium emptied soon after the visitors scored their second, and crucial, goal with a little over fifteen minutes left to play. It has become an all too familiar pattern of possession football with no end product from Reading. Defeat was compounded by a serious head injury to Ilori after twenty-eight minutes when he collided with Liam Moore as both players attempted to head the ball clear on the edge of the penalty area. Reading have now lost over half of their opening thirteen fixtures and, although the defence has been generally quite solid, a meagre return of only eleven goals has seen worryingly them slide down the table. <br/><strong><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/281017/Reading_0_Middlesbro_2">Read More...</a></strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/281017/Reading_0_Middlesbro_2"><strong>Rading 0 Middlesbrough 2</strong> - Report and Opinion </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/705/Reading_Slump_To_Another_Home_Defeat 705 Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:01:52 BST Hob Nob Anyone? First Half Goal But Still No Points Reading's dismal start to the season continued today with another home defeat against an in-form City who chalked up their fourth successive away win. In a tight game neither goalkeeper had much to do. All three goals came from set pieces with City's winner coming after some extremely poor making from Tyler Blackett allowed Jerome to head past Manone unmarked at the far post. <br/><br/> Reading fell behind after ten minutes to a superbly struck free-kick by Maddison. Their lead lasted only three minutes, the Reading equaliser coming from a determined header by Moore getting on the end of an Aluko free-kick floated invitingly to the far post. Jerome's winner came early in the second half and Reading struggled to find any rhythm and rarely threatened to find a second equaliser as Norwich controlled the game well to maintain their lead and secure the points. Reading worryingly slipped further down the table into twentieth place. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/300917/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/300917/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 Norwich City 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/704/First_Half_Goal_But_Still_No_Points 704 Sun, 01 Oct 2017 17:14:31 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Fans Hope For Different Approach Against Norwich In form Norwich City come to Reading this weekend on the back of two straight away wins in a run of five league games undefeated. Ominously for Reading, the Canaries have kept five straight clean sheets in the League - which could be a problem for a Reading side that has struggled to find the net this season. Reading are nine Championship games into the season and are yet to score a league goal in the opening 45 minutes of a match. With that in mind, and Jaap Stam asking negative fans not to attend, there's not a big incentive to rush to this fixture. On top of that kick-off is at 5:30pm at the Madejski Stadium to allow Sky TV to screen the game live. It feels a strange choice of fixture given Reading's recent lack of entertainment. <br/><br/> Unless something is dramatically different with this match, it seems a reasonable bet it could develop into a big switch off for the neutral fan. However, something has to change, and hopefully this is the match where Reading can start positive and actually take a lead in at the half time break. It has to happen at some point this season. Things will have to change if Reading fans are going to be satisfied at half time. The Royals have gone five games without a win in all competitions and have scored just three goals in those five games. The Royals have scored just one goal in their last three home games, and that was an 87th minute equaliser from the boot of Bodvarsson, who Stam seems so keen to leave on the bench. Reading are clear leaders of the Championship possession table, but are 21st for goals scored and have only scored 4 goals in the league from open play all season. Possession alone does not win points. <br/><br/> After a poor run of form, Stam finds himself under some unexpected early season pressure. It may be early days still, but another Reading defeat would leave Reading fans looking at the relegation positions and Stam forced to justify himself to both fans and owners. There is expectation that the Reading manager will shuffle his squad around again for this match to try and earn some points. Will that mean that Reading will play a striker? With Kermorgant and Mendes still both out through injury, will Bodvarsson get a start? Stam may well have Mo Barrow back in his squad after the player completes his return from a knee injury, but Jordan Obita remains out after being stretched off the pitch at the end of the home draw against Hull City. <br/><br/> The last time Reading faced Norwich was in April when we were on the wrong end of a 1-7 scoreline at Carrow Road after being 1-6 down after just 41 minutes. Earlier last season we had much more success with a 3-1 home win. Kermorgant, McCleary and Harriott scored the goals for Reading on Boxing Day - but only after a very poor first half of entertainment. Kermorgant's goal came just before the break and Reading then went on to secure an impressive victory. So, perhaps the same again isn't that unlikely after all, and would provide much relief all round at Reading FC. <br/><br/> <h2>Recent Games Against Norwich City</h2> <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">08 April 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/080417.html">Norwich (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-7</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/080417.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">26 December 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/261216.html">Norwich (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/261216.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">28 December 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/281214.html">Norwich (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/281214.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">29 November 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/291114.html">Norwich (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/291114.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">20 April 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">Premier League</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200413.html">Norwich (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200413.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">10 November 2012 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Premier League</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101112.html">Norwich (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101112.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">12 February 2011 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/120211.html">Norwich (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/120211.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/703/Fans_Hope_For_Different_Approach_Against_Norwich 703 Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:50:05 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Another Defeat On The Road For Reading Just three days after Jaap Stam asked negative fans to stay away the Madejski Stadium, it was business as usual as Reading dominated possession against Millwall but came away from The Den with nothing. Stam's radio rant after the 1-1 home draw with Hull City focused the spotlight on him and his tactics as Reading's sluggish start to the season continued. He would have done little to relieve the pressure as Reading looked to be heading for a very rare away win only to conceed two late goals as Millwall claimed victory. It was a familiar story with Reading failing to take their chances and once again failing to find the net in the first half. <br/><br/> Things had looked bright for Reading when Dave Edwards put Reading ahead with just 17 minutes left to play. Sone Aluko's corner was headed home by Edwards for his first Reading goal. It appeared to be a vital goal for the Royals but the lead only last 7 minutes. Another header saw Millwall pull it back to 1-1 and that was followed up with the winner for the home side five minutes later. As usual we dominated possession, but also recorded more shots and corners than Millwall, however failed to make that advantage count. <br/><br/> Despite coming off the bench to secure a late point on Saturday, Bodvarsson was again left out of the starting eleven. He eventually appeared from the bench inside the last ten minutes when the game had already swung Millwall's way. With a lack of a striker once again, it's not obvious how Stam expects to win matches. There was also no game time for the excellent Liam Kelly. It is of course early days in the season, but after nine games the Royals are averaging a point a game, which is hardly the form of team that were expected to be pushing for promotion this season. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/260917/Millwall_2_Reading_1">Millwall 2 Reading 1</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/702/Another_Defeat_On_The_Road_For_Reading 702 Wed, 27 Sep 2017 10:18:06 BST Hob Nob Anyone? 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?