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Hunt For Away Win Continues At Cardiff

26 August 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading travel to Cardiff City this weekend, with both sides looking for only their second league wins of the new campaign. It has been an indifferent start for both clubs in the Championship with Cardiff sitting in 15th in the early Championship table - a point ahead of the Royals who are 21st after four games. It's still very early days of course, but Jaap Stam's Reading could really do with at least a point to follow up on our decent point taken against Brighton in our last league game.

Reading have beaten Cardiff twice in our last 16 attempts - with the wins both coming away from home in the FA Cup and in the Championship Play-Off first leg. Excluding those fixtures, which were wins in the important games, Reading have struggled against Cardiff in recent history. Last season we lost 0-2 in Cardiff before picking up a 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium later in the season.

The Royals scraped through on penalties against MK Dons in midweek but appeared to seriously suffer with fitness as the game entered extra time. Luckily Stam has plenty of players to choose from as he is certain to make changed to the League Cup side. Striker Rakels will be unavailable after picking up a first half injury on Tuesday night. Al Habsi is likely to be recalled in goal to reaplce Jaakkola. Meanwhile third choice goalkeeper Bond has left to join Gillingham on loan and to pick up some vital first team action after dropping down the ranks at Reading.

Cardiff-v- Reading - Form

Cardiff-v- Reading - Form

Cardiff-v- Reading - Form

Cardiff-v- Reading - Form

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Royals Get Brighton In League Cup

24 August 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading have been drawn away at Brighton and Hove Albion in the third round of the League Cup. The game follows last weekend's 2-2 home draw in the Championship against Brighton.

The Royals made it to the third round after victories over Plymouth Argyle in round one and last night's penalty shootout victory over MK Dons - both at the Madejski Stadium.

Brighton have scored four goals in both of their League Cup fixtures so far this season. They started with a 4-0 home win over Colchester before reaching round three with a 4-2 away victory at Oxford United last night.

Royals Scrape Past MK Dons

24 August 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Jordan Obita hammered home the crucial fourth spot kick to send Reading through to the third round of the EFL Cup on penalties after the Royals had made hard work of a match they should have won comfortably. Both managers used the tie as an opportunity to take a look at new and relatively inexperienced players. Jaap Stam included debutants Liam Moore, Danzell Gravenbach and Liam Kelly in his starting eleven in a team loaded with promising youngsters and recent signings. It was far from Reading's strongest team but still far superior to a similarly experimental MK Dons eleven.

For over half an hour the visitors found it hard to get out of their own half as Reading played the same system as in recent games passing the ball patiently across the back, retaining possession and looking to pass their way through and around their opponent's defence. Everything was going to plan apart from the final ball and the quality of finish. Harriot looked particularly sharp going past his man and firing in a couple of fierce shots from wide positions. Reading were forced to make a change when Rakkels sustained a nasty injury in a challenge on a Dons defender near the corner flag. Beerens came on to replace him on the left. On the other flank Harriot and Watson were combining well and getting behind the visitors defence. MK Dons were gifted the lead on thirty-five minutes when Cooper sold 'keeper Jaakola short with an unbelievably sloppy back pass. Jaakola did his best to recover the situation as Tshimanga raced through, but appeared to clip the Dons forward and miss the ball on the edge of the box. The referee's verdict was a penalty and a yellow card. (It might have been worse as there was no cover behind Jaakola.) The experienced Bowditch stepped up and confidently put the penalty in the net. Read More...

Tyler Blackett and Liam Moore Confirmed

22 August 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading have confirmed the signings of Liam Moore from Leicester City and Tyler Blackett from Manchester United as Stam strengthens his defence.

Blackett, 22, signs a three year contract with the Royals after spending last season on-loan at Celtic. After signing professional terms with United in July 2013 he went on loan to Blackpool and then Birmingham before returning to Manchester to become a regular in the first team squad in the 2014/2015 season. He immediately picked up a full 90 minutes to start the season and went on to make 12 appearances for the Red Devils that season.

Central defender Liam Moore has gone one better and has secured a four year contract to move from Leicester to the Royals. Despite making over 60 appearances for Leicester City, Moore failed to make a Premier League appearance last season as his club won the title. He was forced to settle for a single League Cup appearance before moving to Bristol City on loan. He faced the Royals in two games last season as Reading picked up six points over his loan club. Moore, 23 years old, had an extended run in the Leicester side in the 2014/2015 Premier League season and followed it up with appearances for the England Under 21 side in their European Championship campaign. He has also had loan spells at Brentford and Bradford City.

The two new additions to Jaap Stam's squad bring his total signings up to eleven as he has effectively rebuilt the team over the summer. The latest signings continue the theme of young players with bags of potential and both players already have plenty of experience at the highest level of English football.