Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:55:37 UTC Wed, 24 Feb 2021 19:55:37 UTC 1800 Back To Winning Ways At Bristol City A typical Lucas Joao finish and a rare goal from Michael Morrison gave Reading a much needed three points to halt a run of two successive defeats. It was a comfortable win over a really poor Bristol City side bereft of ideas and confidence. Injury to Laurent forced Veljko Paunovic to make a change in midfield but Samedo filled the vacant defensive midfield role extremely well as is indicated by another clean sheet. Yiadom and Richards returned after being rested on Saturday and Esteves was given his chance to play in midfield to increase Reading's attacking potential.<br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/160221/Bristol_C_0_Reading_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/160221/Bristol_C_0_Reading_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Bristol City 0 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/905/Back_To_Winning_Ways_At_Bristol_City 905 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 12:29:22 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Slip To Second Defeat Reading lost ground in the promotion chase suffering their second home defeat in four days against a very physical Millwall side. After Millwall had failed to intimidate Reading with their typically brutal physical start to the game Reading began to play some good football and took an early lead through a brilliant Samedo opportunist goal. There were flashes of brilliance from Olise, Ejaria and Joao but the vital second goal eluded Reading. Millwall stuck to their game plan, mainly due to the limitations of their squad, and finally got a couple of lucky breaks late in the game and nicked two goals. In short a typical Championship fixture against a side not good enough to go up but not bad enough to go down. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/130221/Reading_1_Millwall_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> http://www.royals.org/news/904/Royals_Slip_To_Second_Defeat 904 Wed, 17 Feb 2021 12:28:18 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Great Effort But Unbeaten Run Ends This evening I strongly suspect we saw Reading lose to a team destined to take one of the automatic promotion places this season. Reading matched Brentford in every department for forty-five minutes with an impressive all round display. There was little to choose between the teams as the score line reflected. Joao converted a penalty and Dasilva scored an outstanding equaliser. The second half was a different story. Reading unable to maintain the effective pressing game of the first half and the pace and power of Brentford up front looked more menacing as the game progressed. Mistakes and poor decision - making began to creep into Reading's play and their passing lost its fluency going forward. Goals from Dasilva and Toney in the last four minutes gave Brentford a deserved win with but a slightly flattering margin of victory. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/100221/Reading_1_Brentford_3">Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/100221/Reading_1_Brentford_3"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 Brentford 3</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/903/Great_Effort_But_Unbeaten_Run_Ends 903 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 10:33:04 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Tough Test For Reading As Brentford Visit Reading face a huge test tonight as they take on Brentford behind closed doors at the Madejski Stadium. The Bees are flying high and looking to go top after an amazing run of 20 league games unbeaten in the Championship. Brentford were 4-1 away winners at Middlesbrough on Saturday - a result that saw them climb into second place and just a single point behind leaders Norwich with a game in hand. That game is hand is of course tonight against Reading and they will be hoping and almost expecting a draw or win that will see them become league leaders. <br/><br/> Brentford are firm favourites for victory given their amazing form - <a href="https://www.sportsbetting24.in/betting-sites/">find here on sportsbetting24</a> However, Reading are also on a good unbeaten league run of seven matches that stretches back to 19 December last year. That defeat was of course the 1-3 reverse at Brentford. Hopefully things will turn out different for the Royals this time with players back from injury compared to our last messing. We will also have the slight advantage of playing at home. A Reading win would close the gap on the top two and keep our own automatic promotion hopes alive. <br/><br/> The Royals have no new injury worries and should be able to put a stronger side than the one than last time when we were missing Swift, Joao, Meite, and Richards. Tonight's game kicks-off at 19:00 but is not being screened on Sky. <br/><br/> <h3>Recent Meetings With BRENTFORD</h3> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>ATT</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>POS</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORERS</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>19 December 2020 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/191220.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/191220.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">0</td> <td class="fixtures">8</td> <td class="fixtures">S Aluko</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>30 June 2020 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/300620.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/300620.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">0</td> <td class="fixturesh">16</td> <td class="fixturesh"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>23 November 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/231119.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/231119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">11892</td> <td class="fixtures">18</td> <td class="fixtures"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>13 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/130419.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16892</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> <td class="fixturesh">Y Meite, Y Meite</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>29 September 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/290918.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/290918.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">10045</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> <td class="fixtures">J Bodvarsson, J Swift</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>20 January 2018 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/200118.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/200118.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17893</td> <td class="fixturesh">18</td> <td class="fixturesh"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>16 September 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/160917.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160917.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">9739</td> <td class="fixtures">18</td> <td class="fixtures">L Kelly</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>14 February 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/140217.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/140217.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">15710</td> <td class="fixturesh">4</td> <td class="fixturesh">J Swift, D Williams, R Beerens</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>27 September 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/270916.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-4</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/270916.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">9679</td> <td class="fixtures">8</td> <td class="fixtures">Y Kermorgant</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>28 December 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/281215.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/281215.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">20563</td> <td class="fixturesh">12</td> <td class="fixturesh">G McCleary</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>29 August 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/290815.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/290815.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">10206</td> <td class="fixtures">13</td> <td class="fixtures">O Sa, N Blackman )</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>25 April 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/250415.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/250415.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">20048</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> <td class="fixturesh"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>04 October 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/041014.html">Brentford (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/041014.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">10776</td> <td class="fixtures">13</td> <td class="fixtures">S Cox</td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/902/Tough_Test_For_Reading_As_Brentford_Visit 902 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 15:56:08 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Unbeaten Run Continues At Stoke It is easy to see why Stoke City have now gone ten games without win. They successfully stifled Reading's attacking threat for most of the game but lacked the ability to create many scoring opportunities themselves. Reading certainly struggled to cope with City's effective pressing game and the long ball option was also fruitless against the likes of the towering Soutter, Collins and Batth who won just about everything in the air at the back. Up front Fletcher was winning more than his share of headers too against Morrison and McIntyre. Reading's first and only shot on target came from Ejaria after seventy-nine minutes which reflected the amount of time they spent passing the ball around in their own half especially in the first forty-five minutes. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/060221/Stoke_0_Reading_0">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/060221/Stoke_0_Reading_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Stoke City 0 Reading 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/901/Unbeaten_Run_Continues_At_Stoke 901 Mon, 08 Feb 2021 11:55:15 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Devastating First Half Defeats Bournemouth A devastating first half performance gave Reading an unassailable half time lead over promotion rivals Bournemouth. There was a score to settle from their previous encounter this season when the Royals surrendered a two goal advantage to suffer a frustrating defeat. The transformation of Reading has been gradual since that fixture and their focus, energy, skill and organisation was simply too much for a strong Bournemouth side. Bournemouth made three changes at half time, but in spite of dominating possession, found Reading's defence a tough nut to crack. Courtesy of a basic defensive error from a free-kick the Cherries clawed a goal back but Reading closed the door on hopes of a comeback in the final phase of the game to achieve the victory their performance deserved. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/290121/Reading_3_Bournemouth_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/290121/Reading_3_Bournemouth_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 3 Bournemouth 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/900/Devastating_First_Half_Defeats_Bournemouth 900 Mon, 01 Feb 2021 09:58:26 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Concentrate On The League It was clear from the team selection of both managers where their priorities lie this season. In each case nine changes were made to the starting line-up for this Third Round FA Cup tie. Given Reading's dreadful run of injuries leading up to Christmas, Veljko Paunovic probably had more justification for resting most of his first choice players. Reading fans will no doubt be disappointed not to progress in the competition but they should be pleased with the performance of some of the young players drafted in for the game. Luton shaded the first half and scored a good goal, but the second half was a different story as Reading played some flowing passing football and certainly deserved at least to take the game into extra time. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/090121/Luton_1_Reading_0"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/090121/Luton_1_Reading_0"><strong>Report:</strong> Luton Town 1 Reading 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/899/Reading_Concentrate_On_The_League 899 Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:00:30 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Joao Gets Two On Return From Injury Bolstered by the return of Lucas Joao, John Swift and Omar Richards to the starting eleven, Reading were in control of this tough away game for most of the match. In spite of going behind after only six minutes, The Royals came from behind to win the game with two superbly taken second half goals from Joao. Having won their previous five home games Huddersfield would have expected to take something from this game, but Reading, almost back to full strength, were solid at the back and carried much more of goal threat going forward than the home side. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/020121/Huddersfield_1_Reading_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/020121/Huddersfield_1_Reading_2"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Huddersfield Town 1 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/898/Joao_Gets_Two_On_Return_From_Injury 898 Mon, 04 Jan 2021 16:19:22 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Hold Out For Point At Swansea Reading rode their luck at times this evening at The Liberty stadium against in from Swansea but Veljko Paunovic's selection and tactics produced a performance which earned his team a valuable point which keeps them in the top six. Still deprived of key players, The Royals played with real desire and team spirit from start to finish. It was not pretty to watch, but with 'keeper Raphael in outstanding form and some resolute and disciplined defending, Reading kept a clean sheet and even had a chance to win the game near the end. Taking four points from the last two games with so many players unavailable is an impressive achievement. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/301220/Swansea_0_Reading_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/301220/Swansea_0_Reading_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Swansea City 0 Reading 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/897/Reading_Hold_Out_For_Point_At_Swansea 897 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 10:15:01 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Continue Slide Down Table The outcome of this game was decided within the first thirty minutes with a good Brentford side taking full advantage of some poor defending and a dreadful goalkeeping error by Raphael to race into an early three goal lead. A more spirited showing and a headed goal from substitute Aluko in the second half maintained a respectable score line, but in truth Reading never looked likely to recover from their poor start. There was no lack of fight and spirit in this defeat but the errors keep coming thick and fast and have proved costly in recent games. Reading have now slipped out of the top six, and the sooner the players currently out of action due to injury return, the better. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/191220/Brentford_3_Reading_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/191220/Brentford_3_Reading_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Brentford 3 Reading 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/896/Reading_Continue_Slide_Down_Table 896 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 09:45:45 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Injury Hit Royals Suffer Narrow Defeat Norwich moved three points clear at the top of the Championship with this narrow victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium this evening, but for Reading fans the performance of their team was of greater significance. Deprived of their leading strikers, Veljko Paunovic put together a team which provided stubborn opposition for a City team considered to be one of the leading contenders to win the title. Paunovic's tactics and selection almost paid off. An uncharacteristic error by Andy Rinomhota gifted City an early goal. Reading's response was swift, and with aid of a strike by Ejaria which deflected off Olise, the Royals were level three minutes later. Pukki scored the winner early in the second half from the penalty spot after Aarons was brought down by Moore. In a late flurry Reading forced three corners in stoppage time and it took a very good save from McGovern to prevent Olise's free kick from dipping under the bar. Had it gone in nobody could argue Reading did not deserve a point. Certainly not the Reading fans who applauded their team off the pitch at full time. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/161220/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/161220/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Norwich City 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/895/Injury_Hit_Royals_Suffer_Narrow_Defeat 895 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 11:27:20 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Poor Start Sees Royals Defeated At Home Reading paid the price for a lack lustre first half performance against a well organised and physical Birmingham City side. It was a poor first half showing from the Royals in every respect. There was a marked lack of energy and creativity in midfield with Joao and Meite tightly marked Reading failed to register a shot on target before half time. The Royals defence were practising social distancing around their own penalty area and City's Toral took full advantage scoring two goals from the edge of the box leaving Reading an uphill task in the second half. Ejaria and Olise were disappointing to say the least. Revitalised by the introduction of Samedo and Esteves, Meite reduced the lead with a close range finish and then won a penalty. Joao capped an indifferent performance by failing to tuck a way the spot kick and Reading lost the momentum gained from the goal even though Dean’s dismissal in conceding the penalty had reduced City to ten men for the last twenty minutes. City continued to waste time at every opportunity and broke up the play with incessant fouls all over the pitch and comfortably saw out the ten additional minutes of stoppage time to claim the points.<br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/091220/Reading_1_Birmingham_2"><Strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><A href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/091220/Reading_1_Birmingham_2"><Strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Birmingham City 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/894/Poor_Start_Sees_Royals_Defeated_At_Home 894 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 17:10:55 UTC Hob Nob Anyone?