Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Sat, 18 Sep 2021 01:34:30 BST Sat, 18 Sep 2021 01:34:30 BST 1800 Reading Get Second Win Of Season An exquisite free kick by John Swift after sixty-four minutes brought this dour struggle to life and sparked a furry of late goals to secure Reading's much needed second victory of the season. Having broken the deadlock, Puscas set up Dele-Bashiru for Reading's second three minute later as Peterborough fell apart. The visitors managed to recover their composure and pulled a goal back through Thompson with a far post header. Given the frequency with which the Royals have conceded late goals recently, the home fans could be forgiven for fearing another late collapse. Learning from recent disasters Reading managed the game well and went for a third goal which duly arrived in spectacular fashion from Dele-Bashiru two minutes from the end of normal time. Swift slipped him a pass outside the box and Peterborough gave him sufficient time and space to beat Pym with an outstanding dipping and swerving strike. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/140921/Reading_3_Peterborough_1">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/140921/Reading_3_Peterborough_1"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 3 Peterborough 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/932/Reading_Get_Second_Win_Of_Season 932 Wed, 15 Sep 2021 09:28:05 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Transfer Window Closes Reading failed to sign a striker as the summer transfer deadline passed. Free agent Andy Carroll remained a solid rumour throughout transfer deadline day but he failed to sign after being released by Newcastle United in the summer. Reading are left with a stronger midfield and defence after a busy final week of the window but fans will be left frustrated by the lack of a goalscorer with long term injuries to our better striking options. <br/><br/> Paunovic would have started the season feeling reasonably confident about the back line, despite the lack of a left back, with Moore and Morrison in the middle. However, our goalscoring issues have been overshadowed at the back where Reading have suffered so far this season. We have already conceeded a whopping 16 goals in just 6 games. With that in mind the signing of centre-back Scott Dann is a big boost. The 34 year old was released by Crystal Palace and will bring loads of experience to Reading after signing a one-year contract. He made over 180 appearances for Palace and will hopefully look comfortable after dropping down a division. <br/><br/> More experience arrived after former Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater joined Reading on a season loan from Chelsea. Drinkwater has struggled recently with injuries and issues off the pitch after his high profile move to Chelsea after Leicester won the Premier League. His impressive performances atr Leicester not only led to trophies but an England call up where he made three appearances for the Three Lions. He comes to Reading looking to get his career back on track after some tough times where he has struggled to get matches. If he can rediscover even some of his form at Reading then he could be a massive signing this season as Reading look to turn a poor start around. <br/><br/> <h3>Reading's Summer Signings</h3> <li><strong>Abdul-Rahman Baba</strong> - Chelsea left back - signed on loan</li> <li><strong>Danny Drinkwater</strong> - Chelsea midfielder - on loan</li> <li><strong>Tom Dele-Bashiru</strong> - Watford Midfielder - on loan</li> <li><strong>Alen Halilovic</strong> - Midfielder - free transfer</li> <li><strong>Junior Hoilett</strong> - Winger - free transfer</li> <li><strong>Scott Dann</strong> - Defender - free transfer</li> http://www.royals.org/news/931/Transfer_Window_Closes 931 Wed, 01 Sep 2021 15:56:07 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Thrashed At Huddersfield Reading's poor start to the season continued as Huddersfield enjoyed a straight forward victory. The Royals are quickly getting used to conceeding goals this season, but these four with no reply will heap the pressure on the manager as his side slip to 21st in the early Championship table. Reading are the only side to have already conceeded double digits goals in the opening five games having let in 13. The next closest is eight. The league table is not a pretty sight. <br/><br/> Reading did not get close in this match and recorded just a single shot on target compared to the home side's eight. New signings Alen Halilovic and Junior Hoilett were both names in the team with Hoilett starting and Halilovic coming on for his debut with twenty minutes left to play. Neither made an impression as Huddersfield were dominant. They could have been ahead from a free kick before taking the lead before half time. After the break it was all one way traffic as three more were conceeded. Reading were thankful to keep things slightly respectable by holding out for the final 22 minutes at 0-4. <br/><br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/280821/Huddersfield_4_Reading_0">Huddersfield 4 Reading 0</a> - Fan Opinion http://www.royals.org/news/930/Reading_Thrashed_At_Huddersfield 930 Sun, 29 Aug 2021 09:00:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? The Royals Looking to Make Loan Move http://www.royals.org/news/929/The_Royals_Looking_to_Make_Loan_Move_ 929 Mon, 23 Aug 2021 08:00:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Lose To Stoppage Time Goal Reading came agonisingly close to earning much needed a point away from home against a City side enjoying their best start to the season in fourteen years. They were denied by the questionable time-keeping of a weak referee, and poor game management by a Royals side who had battled hard and deserved to take something for the game. With the scores level after the allocated six minutes of additional time had elapsed, Reading won a corner. Having been under considerable pressure in the second half and repelled the onslaught of a City comeback, the obvious decision would be to keep the ball in the corner and run the clock down to earn a point. Unfortunately Reading unwisely launched the corner kick into the City box. The referee for some reason decided to add a further two minutes and City grasped the opportunity provided by Reading's poor tactical decision and the referee's generosity to counter attack and score the winner through substitute Godden. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/210821/Coventry_2_Reading_1">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/210821/Coventry_2_Reading_1">Match Report: Coventry City 2 Reading 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/928/Reading_Lose_To_Stoppage_Time_Goal 928 Sun, 22 Aug 2021 22:44:56 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Two More Scored But Royals Defeated Reading again found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-3 defeat after a disasterous opening 15 minutes set up Bristol City for victory. With Joao joining the long term injury list alongside Meite, Puscas was given a chance up front but failed to deliver on a disappointing evening. Apart from that change the side was the same as the one that has delivered against Preston at the weekend, but this performance was far below that one. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/170821/Reading_2_Bristol_C_3">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/170821/Reading_2_Bristol_C_3"><strong>Report and Fan Opinion:</strong>Reading 2 Bristol City 3</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/927/Two_More_Scored_But_Royals_Defeated 927 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 09:55:43 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Sign A Player! Midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru has signed for Reading on a years loan from Premier League Watford. Tom is Reading's first signing of the summer and joins the Royals in time to be included in the squad for Saturday's first home League game of the season as we face Preston North End. Dele-Bashiru appears to be a very exciting young prospect and he joins Reading looking to kick-start his career that has so far failed to get going due to injury. <br/><br/> He came through the Manchester City youth set-up and made a single appearance for City in the league cup before securing a long term contract with Watford. In his first season at Watford he failed to break into the team and played just three times in the League and FA Cups. He scored his only goal of his career so far in the FA Cup in January 2020 when he played all of a 3-3 draw with Tranmere. Last season he was limited to just two appearances in the Championship - first coming off the bench in a 1-0 home win over Luton in September 2020, and then making his first league start for the Hornets the following week against the Royals. The Royals went on to win that game 1-0, but for Dele-Bashiru the result was the least of his worries as he picked up a anterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for the rest of the season. <br/><br/> Tom Dele-Bashiru comes to Reading with plenty of potential and will be keen to impress. He is described by Reading manager Veljko Paunovic as "a very creative, clever, talented young player who adds much-needed strength to our midfield." With Reading looking to rely on academy players to play their part this season, he is likely to come straight into the first team squad where we hope he can make a big impact. Welcome to the club Tom! http://www.royals.org/news/926/Reading_Sign_A_Player! 926 Fri, 13 Aug 2021 10:08:22 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Academy Side Exit League Cup Reading went out of the League Cup in the first round after Paunovic opted to protect his slim first team squad by playing an academy side. The inclusion of George Puscas prevented the side from being a complete set of academy product players. Whoever is in charge of adding names to the academy board at the Madejski Stadium reception is going to have a busy job this week. The average age of players who were involved was 19 with six players making their first team debuts and an additional two players making their first start for the first team. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/100821/Reading_0_Swansea_3"><strong>Read More...</strong> http://www.royals.org/news/925/Academy_Side_Exit_League_Cup 925 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 09:48:47 BST Hob Nob Anyone? New Season Kicks-Off With Defeat At Stoke Reading kicked off the new season with a trip to Stoke City with a much depleted squad, and were perhaps unfortunate to come away with no points. <br/><br/> The summer has seen Reading make no new signings due to transfer restrictions; and the departure of Olise, Aluko, Walker, Smith, Richards, and Baldock. On top of that Semedo and Esteves also left the club after finishing their loan spells with the Royals. Reading's squad is thin to say the least and it leaves a very difficult job ahead for the manager. <br/><br/> The Royals stepped out in their smart new Simod Cup winning style away kit but could only name five substitutes out of the allowed seven. Ethan Bristow and Femi Azeez stepped into the starting eleven to make their first Championship starts for Reading and could be proud of their efforts as Reading kicked-off their first league game in front of travelling fans for a very long time. The crowd of just over 19,000 were treated to a good game of football but Reading will be disappointed not to take a point after being 2-2 with five minutes left to play. <br/><br/> The game came to life after 25 minutes when three goals in three minutes saw Reading go a goal behind. Stoke went ahead only to see John Swift equalise after making the most of a defensive mistake. Reading goalkeeper Rafeal failed to make a save, jumping over the ball when he really should have done better for Stoke to immediately restore their lead. <br/><br/> In the second half Swift's corner from the right was met with a superb Liam Moore header to draw Reading level with half an hour left to play. Reading looked like they might hold out but the vital goal came on 85 minutes. The home side made a controversial fourth sub as the game entered the last minutes and then held out for the win. There were positives to take as Reading found the net twice and nearly drew on the road but it feels like a point dropped. <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/070821/Stoke_3_Reading_2">Stoke City 3 Reading 2</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/924/New_Season_Kicks-Off_With_Defeat_At_Stoke 924 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 10:51:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Michael Olise: Replacing the irreplaceable? http://www.royals.org/news/923/Michael_Olise:_Replacing_the_irreplaceable? 923 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 12:20:57 BST Louis Roberts Olise Leaves For Eight Million Michael Olise has joined Crystal Palace for an eight million pound transfer fee. It sounds like a lot of money but certainly isn't enough for a player of his potential, and Reading fans will be hoping the club at least would benefit from any future transfer. Olise leaves the Royals after making his first team debut in March 2019 and going on to become one of the first names on the team sheet, making 73 appearances and scoring seven goals. Olise was always expected to leave this summer to move up to the Premier League after Reading failed to finish in a play-off position. http://www.royals.org/news/922/Olise_Leaves_For_Eight_Million 922 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 17:00:24 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Omar Richards Joins Bayern Munich Left back Omar Richards has signed for German side Bayern Munich after failing to agree a new contract with the Royals. His contract expires this summer so he will join the German champions on a free transfer. Although this was always expected to happen as his contact ran down it is a big blow to see such a huge talent depart the club. It is disappointing he wasn't tied down on a longer contract before the season just finished even got underway. After making 34 appearances in the 2019/2020 season it was obvious he was a huge asset and would go on to bigger things. <br/><br/> Richards had been at Reading since 2014 when he joined the Academy and is another Academy success story after working his way into the first team and then becoming a first team regular during last season. He made his first team competitive debut during the first game of the 2017/2018 season coming off the bench on the hour mark. His first start then came in November 2017 at Reading were 4-2 winners at Derby. That season he went on to score two league goals and leaves after making over 100 appearances for the Royals. <br/><br/> Richards has signed a four year contract with Bayern Munich. http://www.royals.org/news/921/Omar_Richards_Joins_Bayern_Munich 921 Thu, 27 May 2021 10:21:59 BST Hob Nob Anyone?