Reading FC Match Report: 2021/2022 Season - Championship
READING 2 PRESTON 1
Reading: F Azeez (28), J Swift (69)
Preston: D Johnson (pen 61)
Post Match Fans' Opinion
John Madejski's Wallet
» 14 Aug 2021 17:53
Lauren was immense and Joao and Swift look like perfect pair (hope to fukk Joao isn't out too long)
Azeez looked lively, must be ace to score in your first league home game. Though second half he was drifting everywhere and that greedy break really irked me. We need points and but for the keeper saving us twice in injury time that greed would have cost us. All in all I liked the cut of his jib and we look good going forward with him
Bristow was ok, not great (certainly defensively, kept leaving big gaps) but hopefully he grows and grows as we're gonna need these youngsters
But fukking hell that defence
Please Pauno for the love of God let our defenders do what they're good at (hint, making space isn't it)
» 14 Aug 2021 18:19
Out my thoughts on the other threads. Thought we were pretty good up to the last 10-15 when we feel apart (tiredness?). Rafael saved us at the end and the back 3 didn’t do their job at all in that period
Was comfortable before that. Azeez, Swift, Laurent star men. Add some depth and we’ll be good
» 14 Aug 2021 18:21
Also well done RFC on the well engineered COVID super spreader event in C1871. Food only available inside at 1 massively crowded and slow moving bar. Genius not to have even 1 food place outside in the massive parking area. Someone needs firing for that.
» 14 Aug 2021 18:22
» 14 Aug 2021 18:36
Moore had a few hiccups and Mac had some good and bad moments in equal measure;the rest however performed really well.After last weeks reports I was expecting the worst from Bristow,but the lad did OK .Femi should have done more with his opportunities in the 2nd half;but his mobility means he is an upgrade on Puscas.Poor old George,his touch totally deserted him when he came on,and it was all a bit embarrassing.
Don’t know what sort of physical shape we are going to be in on Tuesday;a couple of players were out on their feet.Fingers crossed.
» 14 Aug 2021 18:37
Defence a worry, it's OK to put your foot through it once in a while.
Should have won by more with the chances we created.
Hanging on during an injury time that would have probably been shorter if the brainiacs in Club1871 hadn't lengthened it by playing catch for a minute earlier in the half.
» 14 Aug 2021 18:40
» 14 Aug 2021 18:56
As for c1871......I chatted to a couple of PNE fans in the hotel bar after the game. I quote "Those bastards to our right never stopped singing. What a racket". I echo these sentiments...take a bow c1871, you have your critics from those that know no better, but you were IMMENSE.
Great day. Sunshine. Three points. Roll on Tuesday. And for those that moan or complain or stay away....please continue staying away
» 14 Aug 2021 19:00
Preston look like relegation material and apart from the injury time stuff and the pen they really deserved nothing from the game.
If we can keep Swift and Joao fit we'll be ok.
Nice to be back!
» 14 Aug 2021 19:53
» 14 Aug 2021 20:04
I'd be surprised if Joao plays Tuesday or even next Saturday. Puscas will need to stand up and lead the line.
I liked the energy we showed today, I've not seen that from a Reading team for a long long time. That could help set us towards a reasonable season.
We looked ok overall. We lacked cutting edge and there was some poor decision making going forwards on a few occasions. We had enough quality to capitalise on poor Preston defensive attributes. It's early days but I think they'll be one of the teams we'll need to be beating to stay up. Even though we played well today, this season's going to be a long slog and we're banking on having injury luck on our side.
Most of the team played well at a 7/10 or above except Moore and Morrison. A note about Bristow who did a job today, he doesn't look quite ready to play week in week out but he was well protected. Possibly helped by Preston being poor and being easy to counter. Against better sides we won't get away with that.
As for Azeez, amazing he got his first goal for us. He deserved a goal on his performance. He'll learn from his missed chances. Hopefully playing alongside Swift and Ejaria will aid his development and decision making.
» 14 Aug 2021 20:09
» 14 Aug 2021 20:11
Overall we deserved the win and it was vital that we held on.
Swift is huge for us. He was really struggling in the final stages though with his passing going awry.
He linked up very well with Joao.
Azeez did well but Yids was furious when he went for glory instead of passing through to Joao or playing out to Yids.
» 14 Aug 2021 20:13
3 valuable points in what is going to be a challenging season.
» 14 Aug 2021 20:27
If he can adjust that radar on his left foot he’ll score plenty
He actually seemed to be playing up top with Joao at times and it definitely added a dimension to the forward line
» 14 Aug 2021 23:17
Bristow was a warm body in a position we need cover. Maybe he’ll be good, maybe that’s all he is but today he was one of the weaker links.
Yiadom was very good.
Swift was imperious but part of the usual pattern.
Brilliant teams sit on him dominated by a defence injured for months
Rafael saved the game but his distribution has somehow got worse?
Preston are in trouble. CBs were carved open repeatedly and were saved embarrassment by our guys taking too many touches.
Full Time: 2-1
Half Time: 1-0
Referee: Josh Smith
Reading: Rafael, M Morrison, T McIntyre, A Yiadom, L Moore, A Rinomhota, J Swift, E Bristow, J Laurent, F Azeez, L Joao (G Puscas, 85).
Subs not used:Tom Dele-Bashiru, L Southwood, J Clarke, K Leavy, D Tetek, T Holmes
Preston: D Iversen, J Storey, L Lindsay, A Hughes, D Johnson, S van den Berg, R Ledson (B Whiteman, 70), G Cunningham (S Maguire, 81), A Browne, E Ris Jakobsen (B Potts, 63), S Sinclair.
Subs not used:P Bauer, D Rudd, J Rafferty, J Rodwell-Grant.
Bookings / Red Cards
Reading: J Laurent, M Morrison, E Bristow
Championship on 14 August 2021
This Championship game took place 595 days ago in the 2021/2022 season.