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Tough Challenge Expected For Reading At West Brom

05 October 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading travel to fourth placed West Bromwich Albion this weekend hoping to put the midweek defeat against QPR behind them. After a poor start to the season there were signs things might be beginning to pick up for the Royals, after they recorded their first and second league wins of the season in the space of three games. That was followed by a good showing at Brentford where we were unlucky to just get the single point. However it was back to reality with a dismal first half against QPR and a resulting 0-1 home defeat - our fifth home defeat from six games.

That latest defeat leaves Reading with just nine points from eleven games. Meanwhile West Brom are just a single point from the top of the league after a solid start to the season that has included a 7-1 victory over QPR.

Reading were without top goalscorer Jon Dadi Bodvarsson on Tuesday night after he was injured before the match and both he and Sam Baldock are expected to be missing from the starting eleven at The Hawthorns. Despite being on five bookings already this season, Meite will be eligible as one came in the League Cup and he will be expected to start after signing a new four year contract in the week to keep him with the Royals until 2022.

Young forward Danny Loader will be hoping to make his league debut from the bench after being an unused substitute on Tuesday night. Meanwhile John O'Shea returns from suspension and will make the journey. Paul McShane and Garath McCleary are also both in contention as they attempt to complete their returns from injury.

Former Reading player Hal Robson-Kanu is almost certain to appear at some point later in the game from the bench. After scoring two goals so far this season after coming on as a late substitute, he will of course fancy his chances again his former club as they struggle at the wrong end of the Championship table.

Recent Meetings With WEST BROM

DATE COMPETITION OPPOSITION SCORE REPORT
20 February 2016 FA Cup West Brom (HOME) W: 3-1 Read report...
12 January 2013 Premier League West Brom (HOME) W: 3-2 Read report...
22 September 2012 Premier League West Brom (Away) L: 0-1 Read report...
08 January 2011 FA Cup West Brom (HOME) W: 1-0 Read report...
27 March 2010 Championship West Brom (HOME) D: 1-1 Read report...
24 February 2010 FA Cup West Brom (Away) W: 3-2 Read report...
13 February 2010 FA Cup West Brom (HOME) D: 2-2 Read report...
17 October 2009 Championship West Brom (Away) L: 1-3 Read report...

Royals Make It Five League Defeats From Six At Home

02 October 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Consistency is the key to success in any sport, and Reading came up short at home again as their stuttering start to the season continues with a fifth defeat in their six league games at the Madejski Stadium this season. Credit has to be given to a Rangers side having a similarly difficult time for a classic away performance. They simply played with an energy which the Royals did not match. The tone was set in the opening minutes when Kelly was caught in possession just inside his own half and immediately Reading's back four were under pressure. Rangers continued to stifle Reading's attempts to attack and passed and moved with a fluidity which should have given them a half time lead. The goal they threatened to score eventually came in the sixty-fourth minute when Leinster hammered home in a goalmouth scramble following a corner. The visitors then managed the game well sitting on a slender lead successfully to take all three points.
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Fourth Straight Home League Defeat

19 September 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Following an encouraging away win at the weekend, Reading's poor form at home continued with their fourth successive defeat by the odd goal. City, a physically strong and competent passing side, imposed themselves on the game in the early stage, taking the lead with a superbly taken goal from Pukki after fourteen minutes. The Royals dug in and prevented further damage, but apart from a good effort from Meite, did not threaten City's lead. The second half was a different story as Reading, lifted by the introduction of Barrow and Bodvarsson, deservedly leveled the scores with twenty minutes remaining. Remarkably City were back in front within a minute, Vracic finding the corner of the net through a crowded goal mouth as the Reading defence fell apart. The frustration on the pitch was mirrored in the crowd. City managed the game well to keep their lead and left Reading firmly anchored at the bottom of the league.
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Watford Cruise To League Cup Victory

29 August 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

The gulf in class between the Premier League and the Championship was underlined this evening as Reading were eliminated from the Carabao Cup by a very good second string Watford team. Sloppy play provided Watford with two opportunities who full advantage with two well taken goals. The Premier League side controlled the game throughout and looked far more menacing around the box than Reading. The Royals could not be faulted for their effort and commitment but they were no match for a pacey, slick passing Watford.
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