Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Thu, 08 Dec 2022 08:42:00 UTC Thu, 08 Dec 2022 08:42:00 UTC 1800 Reading Go Into World Cup Break Back In Top Half Reading will go into the World Cup break on the back of an important win after a late, late own goal gave the Royals victory at Hull City. Reading's form has been poor of late, but this win, and how it came about after being a goal behind, will provide a big boost as Reading find themselves back in the top half of the table. <br/><br/> Hull took the lead after just nine minutes, heading home from a corner which Reading failed to defend. Given our recent record the expectation was firmly on another Reading defeat, however on 32 minutes Reading were level after scoring from a corner of their own with Meite finishing at the far post. The match looked to heading for a draw in the second half as both sides seemed to have settled for that. However deep in stoppage time Ince provided the cross which was played on by Andy Carroll who found Hull's Longman who played the ball into the back of his own net. <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/121122/Hull_1_Reading_2">Hull City 1 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/1011/Reading_Go_Into_World_Cup_Break_Back_In_Top_Half 1011 Mon, 14 Nov 2022 16:26:22 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Slide Down The Table Continues Reading's slide down the table continues to gather pace after another defeat on the road - this time away at Watford. Reading extended their poor run to just one win in nine Championship fixtures and are now 13th in the table after being 3rd only eight games ago. Despite some good periods of possession at Watford and some reasonably determined defending, the Royals looked short on ideas going forward and never looked likely to get anything from the game after going behind after 15 minutes. <br/><br/> Ovie Ejaria wrapped his arm around Watford's Joao Pedro and the striker went down spectacularly for a clear penalty before stepping up, sending Lumley the wrong way, and putting the home side ahead. Lumley was forced to leave the pitch later in the first half with a foot injury to be replaced by Bouzanis in the Reading goal. The last 15 minutes of the first half saw Reading enjoy the better possession for the first time in the game but there was no threat to the Watford goal. Reading's only shot on target came very late in the second half as the Watford keeper had a very quiet evening. <br/><br/> There were some signs of a fight back in the second half from Reading but too often the ball would end up coming backwards with no route through. Rare attempts from Reading to pass the ball through the final third ended in lost possession. With nothing up top from Reading, Meite and Carroll eventually came off the bench - but with only ten minutes to play they were never likely to make an impact. A scrappy period of play from both teams saw the game drift until Pedro scored his second when Reading failed to deal with a cross from the right and the ball came out to Pedro with plenty of time to fire in an impressive shot to seal the win for Watford. In truth this was a straight forward win for Watford - an easy three points that sees them rise to fifth, six points ahead of Reading. <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/081122/Watford_2_Reading_0">Watford 2 Reading 0</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/1009/Slide_Down_The_Table_Continues 1009 Wed, 09 Nov 2022 09:49:25 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? After Defeat As Reading Now One Win In Eight After such a poor performance it is important to keep Reading's recent run of disappointing defeats, and their slide into mid table, in perspective. The absurdity of playing a World Cup in the middle of the season has resulted in all Championship sides playing nine matches in thirty five days which must have an impact on the quality of performances of all teams. Reading have suffered particularly with tough away games ending in narrow defeats at Swansea, QPR and Burnley which probably did not reflect the overall quality of their performances in October. That said, last night's defeat was on the whole, self-inflicted.<a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/041122/Reading_1_Preston_2">Read More...</a> <ul> <li> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/041122/Reading_1_Preston_2">Reading 1 Preston North End 2 - Match Report and Fan Opinion</a> </li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/1008/After_Defeat_As_Reading_Now_One_Win_In_Eight 1008 Mon, 07 Nov 2022 10:05:39 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Denied Points At Leaders Burnley Reading left Turf Moor with nothing despite going ahead in the second half and having a clear penalty denied. The home side, sitting top of the Championship table, claimed a late 2-1 victory, four minutes into stoppage time to deny Reading any points. Meite provided for Tom Ince to score just before the hour mark, but the home side equalised ten minutes later. The late goal sealed Reading's fourth defeat in five league games as they slipped to 11th place. http://www.royals.org/news/1007/Reading_Denied_Points_At_Leaders_Burnley 1007 Mon, 31 Oct 2022 16:42:47 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading End Winless Run Shane Long and Andy Carroll, Reading's former Premier League strikers, came off the bench combining to create and score a stoppage time goal which had Premier League quality written all over it, to secure a well-deserved home win. In a match full of endeavour but generally lacking in quality, Reading were the most potent force going forward, and having taken the lead shortly after half time through Loum, never looked like losing. City made several changes after falling behind and put the Reading defence under pressure but ultimately failed to register an attempt on target throughout the entire match. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/221022/Reading_2_Bristol_C_0"><strong>Reading 2 Bristol City 0</strong> - Read More...</a> http://www.royals.org/news/1005/Reading_End_Winless_Run 1005 Mon, 31 Oct 2022 16:31:34 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Down To Ninth After Third Straight Defeat Reading squandered a two goal lead at Swansea City to end up on the wrong end of a 3-2 score line, which made it three straight defeats. After a promising start to the season, the Royals have now picked up just one point from a possible twelve and have dropped to ninth in the table. This was always expected to be a tough away fixture and it was Swansea that got off to the better start. Reading, with Meite starting up front and Joao and Carroll both on the bench, scored against the run of play after 26 minutes. Hoilett crossed for Loum to record Reading's first shot of the evening. The ball came back off the keeper to allow Meite to put Reading ahead. The Royals doubled their lead just six minutes later with Meite turning provider for Ince to put the ball over the advancing goalkeeper and into the back of the Swansea net. That was where Reading's contribution to the game ended with Swansea taking full control of the game. <br/><br/> The home side pulled one back before half time from a corner and pulled level on the hour mark. A winner for Swansea was always likely and it came on 74 minutes with an impressive long range effort that beat Lumley back in the Reading goal. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/181022/Swansea_3_Reading_2">Swansea City 3 Reading 2 - Read More</a> http://www.royals.org/news/1003/Royals_Down_To_Ninth_After_Third_Straight_Defeat 1003 Wed, 19 Oct 2022 10:28:41 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Suffer Another Defeat Rejuvenated by the appointment of interim manager Richard Beale following the sacking of manager Steve Bruce at the beginning of the week, the Baggies produced a perfect away performance to lift themselves out of the bottom three with only their second victory of the season. Royals' fans will be disappointed with the result, but Albion were sharp and focussed from the kick off, playing with an intensity in the first quarter of the match which put Reading on the back foot and produced the opening goal after twenty-five minutes. A sweeping cross field pass by Gardner-Hickman found Phillips wide on the right who shrugged off a feeble challenge by an isolated Guinness-Walker, who overall played well, to beat Bouzanis at the near post. The level of communication between the Albion players when defending was evidence of a team immediately benefitting from the fresh and positive influence of an interim manager. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/151022/Reading_0_West_Brom_2"><strong>Reading 0 West Bromwich Albion 2: Read More...</strong> http://www.royals.org/news/1002/Reading_Suffer_Another_Defeat 1002 Mon, 17 Oct 2022 10:23:01 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Impressive Defensive Display Holds Norwich Slowly but surely Reading are establishing their credibility as a top six side in this league. This was a solid, rather than spectacular, performance against one of the strongest contenders to achieve automatic promotion this season. Second placed City dominated possession, but it was Reading who posed more of threat going forward. Reading were a disciplined unit defensively, and always looked capable of opening up City's defence. Reading had the better chances to take the lead in the first half, but it was City who scored with their first attempt on target just after half time from a corner. It was a scrappy goal to say the least, the ball finding its way through a crowded six yard box to Hanley to drive home from close range. Only then, as Reading committed players forward in search of the equaliser, did City begin to create chances on the counter attack. Deservedly the equaliser arrived courtesy of Jeff Hendrick, and from that point it was anyone's game. As the final whistle approached it appeared both sides were happy to settle for a point, which was probably a fair result. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/041022/Reading_1_Norwich_1"><strong>Reading 1 Norwich City 1 - Read More...</strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/1001/Impressive_Defensive_Display_Holds_Norwich 1001 Thu, 06 Oct 2022 09:24:01 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Enjoy Easy Home Win Over Huddersfield A good crowd at the SLC Stadium, boosted by the presence of hundreds of young fans taking advantage of the reduced prices, sat in the sunshine and enjoyed seeing Reading cruise to their fifth home win of the season. The result never looked in doubt. Tom McIntyre headed Reading into the lead after twenty-nine minutes from an Ince corner, and seven minutes later Town defender Lees deflected Hendrick's cross past 'keeper Nicholls to give Reading a two goal cushion. Although Huddersfield's toothless attack never looked likely to penetrate Reading's defence, the crucial third did not arrive until ten minutes from the end when Meite muscled his way past a couple of Town defenders, continuing his run to tap in his first goal of the season with Nicholls stranded. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/011022/Reading_3_Huddersfield_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/1000/Reading_Enjoy_Easy_Home_Win_Over_Huddersfield 1000 Mon, 03 Oct 2022 11:16:58 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Could 30 Year Old Defender Be Set For Third Royals Spell <p>As we come out of the September international break and football resumes this weekend, Reading continue to sit in third place in the Championship table, just five points behind current leaders Sheffield United and manager Paul Ince has continued looking at options to improve the overall quality of the squad. <br> <br>This week it has been confirmed that former Royal and Chelsea defender <a href="https://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/news/22815820.former-chelsea-defender-training-reading-fc-search-deal/" target="_blank">Michael Hector</a> had returned to the club on a trial basis a few weeks ago and as well as taking part in training, it is believed he also featured in a behind closed doors friendly with Brentford on Friday. <br> <br>The 30-year-old has been without a club since his release by Fulham over the summer, so even though the summer transfer window is obviously closed, if a deal makes sense, Ince can still add him to the squad given his status as a free agent. It is not, however, believed that a deal is close at this stage, but it is certainly one to watch given he originally came through our ranks all those years back prior to Chelsea snapping him up. In his original spell with us, he had numerous loan spells out for experience and went on to make 54 starting appearances before he left for Stamford Bridge in 2015 for a reported &pound;4 million fee. He returned to us immediately on loan, and added a further 28 starts to his name, so if he does sign up for a third spell - and you would probably get goods odds on the likes of <a href="https://www.betstation.com/sports-betting-sites/" target="_blank">BetStation</a> of that happening - it will not take him too long at all to hit the 100 club appearances milestone. <br> <br>In other defensive news, unfortunately Naby Sarr has suffered a fresh set back as he looks to regain his fitness after picking up a calf injury. The 29-year-old French centre half has been limited to only two appearances so far in the 2022/23 campaign after his lengthy free transfer switch from Huddersfield Town over the summer. <br> <br>Having been withdrawn by Ince at half time in our clash at Bramall Lane, he has not featured since and although it was initially thought that he might return shortly after the international break had finished, it is now believed that he could be out for several more weeks. <br> <br>With a hectic fixture list for the club as we have to shoe horn in yet another international break - but this time for the World Cup out in Qatar in the middle of November - it is hardly the news that anyone wanted. We now face a run of seven games in 28 days, with eleven in total to play prior to the league pausing itself on November 12 and it begins this Saturday as we host Sarr&#39;s former club, <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/teams/reading/scores-fixtures/2022-10" target="_blank">Huddersfield</a>. <br> <br>As build up to that game continues, there is some good news for the <a href="https://royals.org/" target="_blank">gaffer</a> though, as midfielder Ovie Ejaria is expected to make his return to the squad following his own injury issues. Like Sarr, the 24-year-old has also only featured twice for us having tweaked his hamstring in the Cardiff City game. Experienced striker Shane Long should also be fit for contention again having spent the last two matches out after picking up a virus. <br> <br>All eyes to Saturday's clash.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/999/Could_30_Year_Old_Defender_Be_Set_For_Third_Royals_Spell 999 Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:25:45 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Carroll Returns On Short Term Contract Striker Andy Carroll has completed his return to Reading after a time training with the first team. Carroll has signed a short term four month deal that will see him stay with the Royals until the middle of January. Carroll played 8 times for Reading last season scoring two league goals. After his short stay in Berkshire, Carroll went to West Brom where he played 15 times, scoring a further three goals. The 33-year old former Newcastle, Liverpool and West Ham player has been without a club so far this season. http://www.royals.org/news/998/Carroll_Returns_On_Short_Term_Contract 998 Thu, 15 Sep 2022 17:36:50 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Home Run Ended By Sunderland Last night, Reading's unbeaten home run came to an end in spectacular fashion. Sunderland dominated possession from start to finish, scored two goals in quick succession on the break shortly before half time, and finished off an extremely poor Reading team with a simply superb third goal midway through the second half. However, it has to be said Reading made a huge contribution towards their own demise. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/140922/Reading_0_Sunderland_3"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/140922/Reading_0_Sunderland_3"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Sunderland 3</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/997/Home_Run_Ended_By_Sunderland 997 Thu, 15 Sep 2022 17:00:09 UTC Hob Nob Anyone?