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Royals Look For Four In A Row

16 September 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading will be looking to make it four consecutive wins tonight as Millwall visit the Madejski Stadium for Championship action. The Royals have picked up three straight wins in League and Cup, without letting in a single goal, and continued the run in some style on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Fulham. Reading looked very comfortable against the Cottagers with Glenn Murray marking his debut after arriving on loan from Crystal Palace with two well taken goals. After heading home a goal in each half, thanks to the excellent service of left back Jordan Obita, Murray might well have claimed a hat-trick if he hadn't been replaced by Pogrebnyak just after the hour mark. Murray and Obita weren't the only ones to impress in a great team performance with Norwood getting singled out for his excellent cross field passes. It looked like the kind of football Adkins dreams of, and the recent additions seem to lend themselves to the style of play.

After so much uncertainty in the close season and during the transfer window things seem to have settled down and Reading have a great opportunity to build on what now appears to be a solid start to the new season. Although many players are still on that long injury list some key names are starting to filter back into availability for selection. Suddenly Adkins is spolit for choice up front with Pogrebnyak back from injury and Blackman and Murray grabbing the goals at the weekend. Reading are up to ninth in the table, while visitors Millwall are two places above the Royals but on the same points. After a good start Millwall have lost three out of their last four games, including a 2-0 away defeat at Ipswich on Saturday.

Reading will be hoping for a continuation of their excellent recent form against Millwall. Reading have lost just once against Millwall in the last 14 meetings. That single defeat was way back in August 2004 when we lost away by the single goal. Since then we have picked up six wins and three draws from the last nine games. The aggregate over those nine games is 19-6 to Reading. Our last meeting was a 3-0 away win with Pogrebnyak, Pearce and Williams scoring the goals last February. Our home fixture last season saw a 1-1 draw with a last minute Millwall penalty cancelling out Morrison's early goal.


Fulham Visit Reading As League Action Returns

12 September 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading return to league action this weekend after a two week break thanks to International fixtures. Fulham will be the visitors at the Madejski Stadium, and they will be looking to turn around a terrible start to the season that follows their relegation from the Premier League. Fulham have picked up just a single point from their opening five fixtures - that was a 1-1 home draw against Cardiff two weeks ago. The Cottagers started the season with straight league defeats against Ipswich, Millwall, Wolves, and a 1-5 away thrashing at Derby County. In those five games Fulham have scored just three goals - although they can add one goal on for their 1-0 League Cup victory away at Brentford.

The Royals had hoped that the long break would help reduce the size of their huge injury list and make some players available for selection again. However, the news is that Anton Ferdinand, who was ruled out before due to a lack of match fitness, is now on that injury list due to a hamstring injury. He is expected to be unavailable for at least 4 weeks. Shaun Cummings is out for even longer after his knee surgery that followed his injury at Scunthorpe in the League Cup. Stephen Kelly, Hal Robson-Kanu, Nick Blackman and Craig Tanner are all unlikely to be involved due to injury, but Danny Guthrie is back in training and may make the subs bench. Some rare good news is that Reading will have a new player who is expected to play - striker Glenn Murray who arrived on loan on transfer deadline day from Crystal Palace is expected to make his debut. Adam Federici will of course be in goal as he is set to make his 200th start for Reading.

Reading's last home game against Fulham was in the Premier League back in October 2012. Leigertwood, McCleary and Robson-Kanu scored the goals in a 3-3 draw after the game was just 1-0 at half time. It's highly likely that out of the 14 players involved for Reading that day, just two years ago, none will be involved for the Royals this time as they have either moved on haven't returned from injury. During the same season the Royals picked up a 4-2 away victory at Fulham - so what is expected to be the Madejski Stadium's biggest crowd of the season so far will be hoping for plenty of goals.


Win Jordan Obita's Boots

10 September 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

The Reading FC Former Players' Association are offering fans the chance to win a pair of Jordan Obita's match boots. Jordan has kindly donated the boots to support the Association and will personally dedicate and sign the boots to the lucky winner.

Jordan enjoyed a wonderful 2013/14 season which saw him establish himself as a regular in Nigel Adkins' first team; receive a call-up to the England Under 21 side and win the Reading FC supporters’ Player of the Year vote. To be in with a chance of winning his boots, just answer the simple question on the Former Players' Association website by Monday, October 6.

The Reading FC Former Players' Association is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide support for former players and managers of Reading Football Club. The Association provides social and welfare support to former players and also runs events to raise money for former player causes and for local charities.


Glenn Murray Signs - But Only On Loan

01 September 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

As the transfer deadline passed Reading fans were left waiting for official confirmation that the Royals had signed Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace. When confirmation did come through it only confirmed a loan signing. Murray completed his medical during the afternoon and appeared to be heading to Reading on a permanent deal. However as the deadline passed it was reported that the transfer will be just a loan that will last until January 2015. The deal was delayed while Crystal Palace completed other activity in the loan market, which threatened to cause some late disappointment. Palace were only willing to let Murray go if Kevin Doyle or another striker arrived on loan. As the Doyle loan was confirmed it enabled Murray free to complete a loan transfer to Reading.

After the confirmation during the afternoon that Royston Drenthe had completed a loan arrangement to join Sheffield Wednesday until January, all went quiet. It quickly become clear that Reading were only chasing the one signing. Earlier this morning the rumours of possibly signing Dean Hammond, Yun Suk-Young and John Fleck were all dismissed - leaving Reading chasing the single target of Glenn Murray. No other names were linked with the Royals, and it seems we have managed to keep hold of the rest of the squad. Shipping Drenthe out on a loan is a big achievement - as is signing a much needed striker, even if only on loan.

Glenn Murray has had a successful career at Crystal Palace despite an injury ruling him out of most of last season. He signed for 300,000 pounds from Brighton in the summer of 2011 after a successful spell with Rochdale. At Brighton he scored 56 goals over a two and a half year spell. In the 2012/2013 season at Crystal Palace he was in amazing form scoring 31 goals in the season including two hattricks. He hasn't got back to that kind of form since injury but he certainly has the potential in his first full season back. Palace fans appear bitterly disappointed with the prospect of him moving on, which can only be good news for Reading. You'd hope, if Murray does well at Reading, the deal could still become permanent in January.