NewCorkSethSnowflake RoyalNewCorkSeth Yeah ok... I guess that means Michael Owen is actually a genius pundit.
Mick Gooding played intelligently in midfield for years, one of the best for Reading. He's managed at Championship level and has been a co-commentator on Reading for about a decade.
He's good at his job, insightful and knowledgeable. Of course, he's not perfect and he may occasionally get things wrong.
In comparison, I'm struggling to think of anything you've got going for you. You're certainly not right about how we're playing and the qualities of the various players as much as Gooding. Though I'll concede you're not as bad as Dellor.
From my quick re-reading of your BFTG there wasnt too much different in our opinions but thats not a surprise as it was fairly obvious how the players performed so I'm not getting your attack on my opinions. I'm not paid to do it.
I may be in the minority here but I dont think he is good at his job. He is slow to respond to questions, often gives no insight beyond a vague or boring statement (like when asked about Yiadom in the first he said "I like him, he's fast"), frightfully dull in his apres-match analysis (imo seemingly picking the first player to come to his mind when selecting his MOTM), overly critical of seemingly random and often innocuous incidents and most annoyingly completely against any tactics or players that dont fit into his expectations of a footballer. Its like listening to all those pundits calling Ozil shit because he doesnt run really fast. Anelka and Berbatov dealt with it too. Not every player has to run about like a lunatic, pressing everyone near the ball.
In fact if you re-watch the match both the first and second chance were created specifically because Swift was not closing down, he was lurking seemingly out of harms way waiting to pounce on a bad pass which he did to great effect. For the first chance the pass would never have been made if Swift was up in his mans arse pressuring him. Just a shame Bod was a bit short in the stretch for that one.
I know you missed the first 35 minutes so I'll let you know he spent the first half saying Bod shouldnt be playing only to change his tune at the end of the game with the benefit of hindsight. Cracking insight there. The player I said was shit scored our only goal so I guess hes my MOTM.
And I'm not just picking on him for this game. I have never liked his punditry. It's like listening to a less volatile John Giles.
I like him but he agrees with EVERYTHING Tim Dellor says which is just ridiculous.