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Reading Still Looking For League Win

06 February 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading were left still looking for that elusive league win after they shared a point in a disappointing 0-0 home draw with Wolves. The draw made it five games without a victory for Reading as they continue to drift in the middle of the Championship table.

The draw was probably a fair reflection of the play after both sides failed to make a real impression on the game. Ali Al Habsi was definitely the busier of the two goalkeepers, but chances for either side were few and far between. Reading had more of the ball but rarely seemed brave enough to work themselves into a position to shoot on target. The Royals finished the stronger side but couldn't make the most of some late chances. It was another dull day at the Madejski Stadium all round as the football failed to inspire on a cold, wet, and windy afternoon.

It was the same old story as Reading made a very slow start to the game and only really got going in the later stages of the game when Ola John made his appearance from the bench. Hal Robson Kanu looked lively later on and Deniss Rakels had chances when he made his expected late appearance from the bench. Reading appeared to have a clear penalty when Rakels went down in the area - but the referee was having nothing of it. However, a Reading win would have been more than they had deserved. McDermott has plenty of work to do to prevent Reading drifting into trouble.


Discussion On This Story:


» 06 Feb 2016 18:19

Fairly even... but Wolves had the better chances. I still can't believe how they didn't score early in the first half after a dodgy backwards header from McShane, who made up for it later with a superb late block.

We rarely looked threatening and were far too pedestrian in the final third. Rakels looked lively when he came on.

EmbarrassIng booing and seat rattling at the end.


» 06 Feb 2016 18:23

Drab football from Reading. Ikeme had such an easy day.

We need to improve massively to get anything when playing opposition 'at our level'. We need to be a bit more 'orrible to the opposition. Brian playing down any passion is not going to help our toothless bunch.

A nice run of home games to look forward to. Unfortunately I think Rotherham at home might see our first PANTS DAY for over a decade.

Only positives - Rakels looked a battler. Ola John is a tryer - much like a Stephen Hunt of old.

Dellor just wrapped it up by saying look down the squad list. Who can you honestly say has had a really good season?

 Maneki Neko

» 06 Feb 2016 18:23

Take the point.
Bit shit.

Norwood and vydra poor.
Lacking General effort and umph

Liked rakels when he came on
Yann won a few headers up front
Didnt concede.


» 06 Feb 2016 18:25

Pretty much agree with genome, especially the pathetic booing, we gonna boo every game we don't win now?

It seems there's almost something there but we make too many mistakes on the final ball


» 06 Feb 2016 18:29

I guess just can't wait for this season to end now .... boring.


» 06 Feb 2016 18:33

Our strikers are sh*t, our wingers can't cross for toffee and our midfielder couldn't pass wind. The transfer window has gone and we are stuck with this pile of dung till the end of the season.


» 06 Feb 2016 18:34

Two toothless teams, Readind attack scared to try anything much.

Obita and Habsi 7's
6's the rest

Not sure what Rakels was (not) doing with Johns' cross into the box.

Ref not very good


» 06 Feb 2016 18:42

Boring, turgid, windy and cold.

Ref - worst this season. Seemed to go from giving everything under the sun to ignoring everything.

McCleary looked totally out of it - was he injured or just unfit still?
Cooper was a liability today.

MOTM? - no idea.

Expecting much from the Latvian Throatslitter.


» 06 Feb 2016 18:46

Was it Gunter who decided to kick the ball across our own box after we'd only just got away with the mix up between Mcshane and Al Habsi?


» 06 Feb 2016 18:50

No, Gunter headed it past Al Habsi. McCleary then put in his one and only decent cross of the match when attempting to clear it :D


» 06 Feb 2016 18:51

Defence played pretty well.
No link between midfield and attack.
Williams good going forward but pretty awful on anything else.
Kanu usual disappointment
Kermogant looks to be a pretty average buy
Vydra back to his worst
Rassels looks promising

Both midfield and attack need refreshing

Hector defensive midfielder
Quinn ball winner
Norwood push forward behind Rassels

 John Madejski's Wallet

» 06 Feb 2016 18:51

Vydra's sole plan today seemed to be to dink the ball back to the person who passed to him. Regardless of what was around him and regardless of whether that player was still there. Very annoying

That was a struggle to watch and the weather was nasty, so happy to take that point.

Our new psycho looked decent enough

HRK is MILES better on the right. He needs to stay there

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