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Late Rotherham Goal As Points Shared

15 December 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading caretaker boss Scott Marshall remains without a win after his second game in charge ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw at fellow strugglers Rotherham United. After last week's 0-2 home defeat to Sheffield United, where Reading were very much second best, Marshall opted to make a few changes to the trip to Rotherham who were 3 points ahead of the Royals. Twenty year old Tom McIntyre, obviously very well known to Marshall, made his first team debut in defence. Up front youngster Danny Loader was back on the bench with Baldock making a start.

The Royals started strongly and were much the better side in the opening half. The choice of Baldock up front paid off inside the opening ten minutes. After sending an early effort just wide of the post it wasn't long before he was on the scoresheet. Minutes later a great pass from Sims into the area set Baldock up and he finished well to give Reading an early lead. It was Reading's first goal away from home since our 1-2 defeat at Birmingham in the middle of October.

Baldock continued to look dangerous and could have doubled Reading's lead before half time, putting one just over the crossbar and missing the target when he really should have done better. Sims, who had a decent game, nearly scored but his effort found the post, and the impressive Swift saw his goalbound shot well saved by the Rotherham keeper. Last weekend Reading failed to register a single shot on target, so this could definitely be seen as improvement.

However, the match flipped around after the half time break as Reading began to hang on. Jaakkola was again in good form with some good saves to prevent the equaliser. With Reading set to collect a rare three points the inevitable goal came with a minute left to play when Mattock scored from close range with little resistance from the Reading defence. It could have been worse when Rotherham put the ball just wide in stoppage time.

The point was enough to take the Royals out of the bottom three - above Millwall on goal difference. Reading travel to Millwall on Boxing Day in a match where they must avoid defeat. Before that we face sixth placed Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium next weekend.


Discussion On This Story:


» 15 Dec 2018 18:06

That was possibly the most frustrating game I’ve been to this season. First half we were miles better than Rotherham. We deserved to be ahead. Swift was at his imperious best and Baldock took his goal really well.

2nd was coming....I really can’t be bothered to pull it apart. The bottom line is, we threw two points away through our own ineptitude once again. We are in serious trouble.


» 15 Dec 2018 18:38

The first half can be summed up by the oft repeated phrase by the commentators "his touch let him down there". We counter attacked very, very well and then the ball got out to Sims and... back on defense.

The second half was a classic Clement. Suffering for 15 minutes while crying out for a substitution and alienating our attackers by allowing the team shape to be abandoned.

Yiadom was good, Jaakkola was good, Swift was good and the rest were varying degrees of 'ok'. Nobody stood out as bad actually (maybe Sims who despite the assist lost the ball half the time and hit the post) and I think the guys were actually let down by Marshall. I think he should have seen the need for a change in response to the domination Rotherham were showing and he really should have seen Sims and McCleary became totally ineffective.

I'm honestly still too furious to finish this right now. Might edit it later.


» 15 Dec 2018 18:44

Just seen the highlights. Another very poor goal conceded.


» 15 Dec 2018 18:51

That Baldock chance... :shock:


» 15 Dec 2018 19:05

People went?


» 15 Dec 2018 19:07


 Royals and Racers

» 15 Dec 2018 19:10

Myself and 432 others !!!


» 15 Dec 2018 19:12

Just seen a stat, if games finished at HT we would be 7th.


» 15 Dec 2018 19:20

Ha, don’t

Certainly sums up our season that

 Elm Park Kid

» 15 Dec 2018 19:23

I thought that Rotherham were poor - and that a Reading team with more confidence would have won the game without too much issue. But it was obvious to me from the start of the second half that we were going to concede; i'm not even that disappointed.

It was an ok trip though - couple of good pubs, I liked the stadium and it's located pretty close to the station. Stupid cold though . . .


» 15 Dec 2018 19:36

Myself and 432 others !!!
I can make that another 429, as I went with 2 of my kids.....


» 15 Dec 2018 19:54

Desperately need some wingers, McCleary is past it, Sims can't control the ball (although his ball for the goal was exquisite to be fair), Barrow has a poor attitude and is a bit predictable and Aluko isn't really a winger. Bod, Meite and Baldock are good striking options, midfield has improved recently with Rinomhota and we've also got Ezatolahi to come back. We will get out of this hole, we're a couple of players away from actually becoming a half decent team, they've just got to show it on a more consistent basis!

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