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Royals Score From Corner - And Collect Point

23 January 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading secured a point against Sheffield Wednesday at home, after trailing for most of the match, thanks to a Jake Cooper goal from a corner. Oliver Norwood supplied the delivery from the right on 74 minutes and Cooper headed home to make it 1-1 and complete a very rare conversion of a corner. It was the least Reading deserved after being much the better team in the second half. However, Reading had another poor start to thank for failing to pick up the full three points.

McDermott opted to start with new signing George Evans in midfield, but the new look starting eleven looked disjointed from the start. The visitors could have moved ahead but hit the base of the post with an early shot. On ten minutes they were in the lead when the ball from cut back from the right, and the defence failed to close Hooper down allowing him to score. Vydra looked set to pull Reading level not long after when he was taken down in the area despite running away from goal. It was a bad penalty to concede but Vydra failed to follow up on his Tuesday night hat-trick and instead saw his spot kick come back out from the post.

Piazon was replaced by second new signing Kermorgant after the break and Reading started to gain control of the match. We improved further when John replaced Evans just after the hour mark, eventually leading to the goal. Reading might have gone on to win the match with superior possession and some decent football but Wednesday held on for the draw.


Discussion On This Story:

 Ian Royal

» 23 Jan 2016 19:11

Well not the best but a decent point.

Game of two halves really. Wednesday started well brayed on by their loud fans. We started like we were intimidated. We couldn't cope with their high press. But they decided to settle fot 1-0 and tine waste from at least as early as the half hour mark. Dirty, cynical, cheating Northern barstewards.

Al-Habsi 7 didn't do much wrong. When he doesn't drop a howler he inspires confidence.
Gunter 6 great block 2nd half but every time he receives the ball his first reaction is cautious control. He always dithers and has to play negative. Same with throws.
Obita 6 not lost the silly fouls drom his game but ok.
Ferdinand 7 too casual with his passing firat half
Cooper 7 scored but too casual first half and gave them the ball for their goal.
Norwood 6 off the boil first half and way too deep
Evans 6 looked to have class but played too deep, there was a point when he and Norwood were in CB positions with Cooper and Ferdie at fullback
Williams 5/8 first half anonymous, utterlywasted and useless out wide. In the middle everything we'd missed driving us forward and taking players out the game
HRK 6/7 played well when he switched to the right, otherwise ok
Vydra 7 missed the pen but caused loads of problems, got no protection from being fouled endlessly
Piazon 5 anonymous

John 7 tries to do too much
Kermorgant 6 looked lively! But i think it was him who missed what looked an easy free header to win it

still good signs there, lost McCleary at the wrong time though. Should have won, not bad considering we looked hopelessly outclassed in the first 20.

 Maneki Neko

» 23 Jan 2016 19:14

OK in the end. Could have won.
Wish brian would start picking the right team and system for the first half instead of waiting for the 2nd

 John Madejski's Wallet

» 23 Jan 2016 19:21

Least he's getting it right it the second half.

That's 45min better then the previous 2 managers

 Pepe the Horseman

» 23 Jan 2016 19:22

Thought Wednesday were the best team we've played for the first 15, and could've given us a real spanking if they hadn't sat back after they scored.

Vydra did brilliantly to win the pen, shame he then fluffed his lines again.

Gunts and Hal both very good, particularly in the second half.

Williams was good once he moved back into CM.

Yann looked decent, his header looked like an absolute sitter though.

Evans was pretty poor, but I'm sure he'll get better.


» 23 Jan 2016 19:26

Pleased with a point. Played well after we went behind....Wednesday were so negative and came for a point. I was really surprised by that because the few times they hit us on the break, they looked an excellent team. Overall, we could have nicked all 3 points with an excellent 2nd half display BUT we have to stop giving teams a goal start. As an aside I thought Obita defended really well today and was much better at not diving in and getting beaten.

 Pepe the Horseman

» 23 Jan 2016 19:26

I liked the look of their right back.

 John Madejski's Wallet

» 23 Jan 2016 19:27

Enjoyed that last 30 min to be fair. Once John came on and Williams went into the middle we looked good for a goal or two.

I am a massive critic of HRK, but he was very, very good on the right. He can play there again. Kermogant looks decent and will hopefully partner Vydra well. Speaking of Vydra, he put in a right shift today but not much came off.

Obita got forward well, but I think we looked weaker defensively without Taylor there.

Evans seems ok, but I don't get why we signed him. With Quinn and Tishbola to come back, he's unnecessary and far too much like Norwood. We looked really weak with him and. Norwood together in the middle as they were both playing far too deep

Still, came away fairly upbeat


» 23 Jan 2016 19:27

We really should have won that.

Debut for Evans that was a 4 or 5 out of 10. We had to accommodate him by playing Williams wide and that _really_ screwed us. It really wasn't worth it, for all the hype he did nothing of note expect shoot wide a couple of times when the least you'd hope for is a shot in target. I'd much rather have Quinn playing.

Same for Kermogant, as the song says "what can I say. you've been totally shit from the start" and he did nothing to dispel that, missed a header (badly) and pretty well did nothing else.

I really wonder what McD thinks we play, there's no apparent system. Having said that it was good to see Obita back.

 Pepe the Horseman

» 23 Jan 2016 19:29

Disagree on Kermie. Looked strong. Good in the air (apart from the sitter!), and some nice touches. We were much better with him on the pitch.

 John Madejski's Wallet

» 23 Jan 2016 19:31

Disagree on Kermie. Looked strong. Good in the air (apart from the sitter!), and some nice touches. We were much better with him on the pitch.
^^ 'greed

He was looking to put Vydra through when he could too. Liked the look of him

 Ian Royal

» 23 Jan 2016 19:31

On the pen, I've got to say weds showed a masterclass in how to put off a striker.

Defender who gave it away stayed down pretending injury to make Vydra wait.

Another player gets in Vydra's ear, doubtless psyching him out

Keeper takes his time drying his hands just when Vydra thought it was go time to sap the moment from him.

Ref failed to stamp his authority on them all game.

 Basingstoke Royal

» 23 Jan 2016 19:32

Who was that new number 9 for Reading?

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