News and Views

Dull Defeat

23 November 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

It is hard to know where to begin to analyse this extremely poor performance from a Reading team which has often passed the ball well, shown resilience and character defensively and created and scored some very good goals. Last night what occurred can only be described as a collective failure by the team and the manager and his coaching staff. Against a Sheffield United side struggling to score goals and going into this match on a run of four games without a win, Reading managed only one shot on target and allowed their opponents to dominate possession overall. Until an appalling defensive error by Rahman was punished by Jayden Bogle after fifty-seven minutes to give United a deserved lead, neither team looked capable of even creating chances, never mind scoring a goal.
Reading 0 Sheffield United 1:

Reading Earn Home Point

20 November 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading fans had barely had time to settle into their seats before they saw their team 'switch off' defensively and allow Forest's Zinckernagel weave his way unchallenged through their team's midfield and defence and drill the ball past an unprotected Luke Southwood. With the news of a six point deduction during the week which saw Reading drop perilously close to the relegation zone, this was not the start required to boost morale. To their credit for the remaining eighty plus minutes Reading were resolute in the their defending, enterprising going forward, and ultimately salvaged a well-deserved and much needed point courtesy of a second half equaliser from Scott Dann.

Six Point Deduction Confirmed

17 November 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

It has been confirmed that Reading have a six point deduction for "exceeding the EFL's Profit and Sustainability limits", which will be immediately applied to the Championship table. A further six point deduction may be applied next season if Reading fail to meet "an agreed business plan going forward".

The points deduction has been hanging over the club for a long time now and it feels like a massive relief to finally get the deduction applied - and an even larger relief that only six points will be deducted for now. There had been a lot of talk of a twelve point deduction, and to only have six applied this season means Reading have a very good chance of Championship football next season.

The deduction sees Reading drop from 16th place to 19th place and the Royals remain four points outside of the bottom three.

Moving forward, Reading will find their activity in the transfer market will continue to be limited as spending on players will be capped to keep in line with the EFL agreement.

Andy Carroll Signs Short Term Contract

15 November 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading have confirmed a temporary contract has been agreed with Andy Carroll to bring him to the club until mid-January. The Royals had been linked with the out-of-contract striker since the summer but have finally confirmed his arrival at Reading's injury problems up front continue. With Puscas struggling with form and a huge injury list that includes virtually all our other options up front Reading will be hoping that Carroll can make an immediate impact. We will of course be assuming that Carroll arrives at Reading match fit to come straight into the squad and that he can stay injury free during his short time at the club.

Carroll has been without a club this season after leaving Newcastle United in the Summer. Perhaps his most successful time of his career came during his first spell at Newcastle between 2006 and 2011 after he turned professional at the club. He made 80 league appearances for Newcastle, scoring 31 goals before making a 35-million-pound move to Liverpool, making him one of the most expensive footballers in the world at the time. He left after two and a half years, and West Ham were still happy to pay 15 million for his services. After six years with the Hammers, and another 26 league goals, he moved back to Newcastle on a free transfer. Carroll also has nine England caps and two goals for his country. There's no doubt that Carroll is a massive name, and he is still only 32, but time will tell to see what he can bring to Reading in the Championship.