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McCarthy Next Out Of The Door

21 August 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy looks set to be the next player to leave the club as the summer clear out of experienced players continues. The transfer window closes on Monday 1st September and it seems that Reading are not finished in the transfer market just yet. Unfortunately it still looks like players are set to leave despite Reading already relying on a very young squad of academy graduates.

Premier League QPR are rumoured to have offered a bid of three million pounds for McCarthy. If the bid is really that big then it would be very difficult for the club to turn down. McCarthy has become second choice goalkeeper this season behind Adam Federici and has less than a year to run on his contract. With McCarthy losing his starting place there's a strong possibility that a new contract would be difficult to negotiate and the Royals could face McCarthy leaving on a free transfer next summer. With McCarthy getting the chance to step up a division and Reading set to cash in, when money remains tight, it would seem a done deal if that size transfer fee is put forward. Of course it would be better if the club could negotiate a new contract and turn down multi-million pound offers for their prized assets but, with or without the pending takeover, the funds are just not there.

Meanwhile, the club are finally expected to confirm an incoming signing today. Huddersfield midfielder Oliver Norwood should complete his 1.2 million pound move. Norwood played in Huddersfield's first two games of the season and has failed to appear since due to negotiations on his move to Reading. He was watching his current club take on Reading on Tuesday night in the Madejski Stadium stands. He joined Huddersfield from Manchester United where he came through as a trainee but failed to make a first team appearance. He has made 90 appearances and scored 9 goals for the Terriers. He shouldn't increase the average age of the squad too much as he's just 23 years old.

Huddersfield Deliver First Defeat

20 August 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Huddersfield picked up their first points, and condemned Reading to their first defeat, of the new season. The visitors were 1-2 winners against a Reading side that took a long time to spring to life after defensive mistakes saw them go in 0-2 down at the break.

Reading had dominated possession in the first half but seriously lacked penetration. The visitors were happy to sit back and punish Reading's lack of experience. Despite hardly touching the ball their two goal half time cushion was enough for the win despite a much improved second half from Reading.

Aaron Kuhl made his Reading debut, starting the second half and injecting some life into Reading's game. Craig Tanner made only his second appearance, replacing Taylor with twenty minutes left to play. Jamie Mackie, on loan from Nottingham Forest, also made his Reading debut from the bench. The changes saw Reading stage a late attempt at a comeback. Simon Cox scored his first ever Reading goal on 79 minutes and Reading nearly took a late point with Pearce just missing the target.

With so many experienced players leaving in the summer, it still feels like Adkins needs to find his best team from the group of youngsters he now has to pick from. There's plenty of potential at Reading FC but as has been said so many times this season looks certain to be transitional and midtable would seem to be a successful outcome on that basis.


Huddersfield Look For First Points

19 August 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Huddersfield visit the Madejski Stadium this evening looking for their first Championship points of the season. The Terriers started the season with a 0-4 home trashing dished out by Bournemouth. Things failed to improve for Huddersfield as they went down 1-3 to Cardiff City on Saturday. Reading have, by contrast, enjoyed a surprisingly good start to the campaign with a point at Wigan followed by a 1-0 victory over Ipswich. In the middle of that the Royals also picked up a league cup victory to make it an undefeated season so far. Considering the squad's massive lack of experience they should feel hugely proud of achievements so far.

Little has changed on the injury list and Ferdinand is still unlikely to be considered for a starting place, leaving Nigel Adkins with a squad much the same as the weekend. Therefore the Royals will again put out a young side, the majority of which have come through the Reading FC Academy. Jack Stacey and Jake Cooper were the latest trainees to make their senior debuts last weekend and will be hoping to be involved again. Aaron Kuhl and Aaron Tshibola were on the bench and will also be looking to make their Reading debuts.

Four out of the last five meetings between the two sides have ended in a 1-0 victory for Reading. Adkins would certainly be happy with that this evening. The last fixture was last March when points were shared after a 1-1 draw at the Madejski. Both goals were in the opening seven minutes on that day with Pogrebnyak equalising from the penalty spot.


Reading Hold On To Defeat Ipswich

16 August 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading clung on to secure three points with a 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town this weekend. The visitors did everything apart from find the equaliser as a much depleted Reading FC squad continued to enjoy a solid start to the season. The Royals have been forced to rely on products of the Academy - even more so after Morrison completed his move to Championship rivals Cardiff City. With a serious lack of incoming transfers, and no serious activity in the market expected, it's essentially a Reading development squad that are attempting, and so far succeeding, in competing at the right end of the Championship table.

Our young and inexperienced squad have a very tough job ahead of them but will continue to grow in confidence after an important win that keeps them undefeated in league and cup. Craig Tanner, an unused substitute for this game, scored on his debut on Tuesday night. This time around Jake Taylor scored his first Reading goal from only his second league start. Taylor was delighted after his longest league appearance in a Reading shirt saw a confident goal midway through the first half become the only goal of the game. A solid start to the season was probably vital to give us a fighting chance this season and that's what we've got. It could be an interesting season.