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Reading Frustrated As Fans Stay Away

12 January 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

In a game in which Reading dominated possession without ever testing the Rangers 'keeper, John Mackie seized his opportunity midway through the first half to inflict a second home defeat of the season on his former club. It was a workmanlike performance from the visitors, content to sit back and frustrate Reading, and take advantage of mistakes to break out of their own half; and there were plenty of mistakes. It was not a good night for Reading or their fans. Having seen their team significantly underperform they heard Jaap Stam expressing frustration doubts about the uncertainty of ownership and future direction of the club on their journey home.


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» 12 Jan 2017 21:45

Started writing this with 6 minutes left on the clock because it was so obvious to absolutely everyone that we were never getting anything out of this.

oxf*rd atrocious. One of the worst performances of the season, almost as frustrating as Wolves away.

So sloppy, so disjointed, complacency everywhere, no anticipation, second best to everything, unnacurate, soft, careless, clueless and generally shit.

I'd say it's an off day at the office but this is how we played for most of Bristol City and we were just as inept against Utd (better quality of opposition admittedly)

Moore and McCleary the only ones to really come out of that with any modicum of respectability.

Al-Habsi 5

Gunter 4
Moore 6
Obita 2

Swift 4
Kelly 5
Williams 3

McCleary 6
Kerm 4
Beerens 2

Stam 0 - Wrong tactics, wrong line up, wrong (lack there of) subs.

Only going one where playing like this and it's not oxf*rd up. I've had enough football for this week oxf*rd me this has possed me off. Ineptitidude of the highest order.


» 12 Jan 2017 21:46

We were better on Saturday. Which is hardly complimentary.


» 12 Jan 2017 21:48



 Avon Royal

» 12 Jan 2017 21:49


 Ian Royal

» 12 Jan 2017 21:49

For all the negativity that there'll be (much of it fully justified), we were still only a whisker away from getting an equaliser a couple of times and rescuing a thoroughly underserved point. Obviously if QPR were any good they'd have scored several more themselves given the utter shambles our defence was, particularly JVDB.

For me, this is just pretty par for the course given where we're at and how we play. If the passing works well and we get an early goal, we'll do very well in a game. If we get frustrated and especially if the opposition knicks a lead, we'll huff and puff and commit suicide at the back repeatedly, and look absolutely shocking.

It's performances like this that make me think we aren't ready for promotion and certainly won't get it.

There's lots of positives to take forward for this team, if not this performance. But there are just way too many weak links right now.


» 12 Jan 2017 21:51

Potato ..... potatoe :wink:


» 12 Jan 2017 21:52

Difficult to see reason in the mood I am right now, but good post.



» 12 Jan 2017 21:52

Awful, absolutely nobody seems up for this game tonight, including the fans given the crowd (understandable turnout with the weather around the area). How thing felt flat.

Every player off the pace, no invention and for the first half QPR were happy for us to have the ball as they knew we would give it back to them in our own half and give them an easy break. They took one and Mackie should have had two by HT.

We have 9 days to sort this out before Derby. Another performance like that and we will be ripped to shreds up there and confidence may start to disappear.


» 12 Jan 2017 21:53

Anyone else quite like the look of Meite when he came on? Fast and strong.

 Ian Royal

» 12 Jan 2017 21:54

Difficult to see reason in the mood I am right now, but good post.


I'm missing a decent season, but it's much easier to maintain perspective when you don't have to travel 80 miles to watch your team be shit every other week.

An absolute stone cold must is that we don't fall apart and nosedive like we have done the last three seasons.


» 12 Jan 2017 21:54

Should have come on at 60 minutes for the the god awful Beerens.


» 12 Jan 2017 21:55

Did we only make 2 subs?

How can that be justified. Sure i can see that if we were having shot after shot saved and basically raping the goal keeper.

But we weren't. Why not make a sub?

If we did make 3 subs then disregard and consider myself embarrassed

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