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McDermott Aims To Build Run Against Fulham

04 March 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Brian McDermott will be aiming to build a run of form as he continues to slowly turn Reading Football Club around. McDermott arrived in the middle of a woeful mid-season run and has since steadied the ship and guided Reading to the FA Cup quarter finals. The Royals are now on a run of five games undefeated and have three consecutive victories under their belt ahead of the visit of Fulham this weekend. Reading found themselves back in the top half of the table after the dramatic 4-3 victory over Charlton Athletic last weekend. A good run to finish the season and end up well in the top half would be the perfect boost ahead of next season and, hopefully, another attempt at promotion back to the top flight.

Our last two league wins have been against teams in the bottom three - Rotherham and Charlton. Fulham are also just two places outside the drop zone and Reading, with home advantage on their side, must surely fancy their chances of a third straight league win to make it four in all competitions. Reading as a team are starting to build in confidence, but individuals are starting to find their feet too. Yann Kermorgant was key in Reading's win at Charlton, scoring two goals against his former club and setting up another to guide Reading to victory. Deniss Rakels also hit his first Reading goal to secure the three points late on. Vydra has found his form in the FA Cup before injury. Vydra is fit again and may find himself on the bench against Charlton as McDermott finds himself with few injury worries.

One player that won't be back on the bench is Rowan Liburd who has joined League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on a months emergency loan. Liburd had finally broken into the first team with three appearances from the bench in November and December. He has found his chances limited with the news arrivals of Kermorgant, Rakels, and Simon Cox returning from his loan spell. Liburd will be expecting to get straight into the Wycombe side to build up some much needed Football League experience.

Last season Fulham and Reading shared a win each with Reading 3-0 winners at the Madejski Stadium. Earlier this season the Royals were defeated 2-4 away from home despite goals from former player Orlando Sa and Lucas Piazon. Reading have won four out of their last 11 meetings with Fulham. The games are traditionally high scoring matches and, after last weekend's 4-3 win, Reading fans will be expecting some goals.

24 October 2015 Championship Fulham (Away) L: 2-4 Read report...
17 January 2015 Championship Fulham (Away) L: 1-2 Read report...
13 September 2014 Championship Fulham (HOME) W: 3-0 Read report...
04 May 2013 Premier League Fulham (Away) W: 4-2 Read report...
27 October 2012 Premier League Fulham (HOME) D: 3-3 Read report...
12 April 2008 Premiership Fulham (HOME) L: 0-2 Read report...
03 November 2007 Premiership Fulham (Away) L: 1-3 Read report...
14 April 2007 Premiership Fulham (HOME) W: 1-0 Read report...
25 November 2006 Premiership Fulham (Away) W: 1-0 Read report...
05 April 1999 Division Two Fulham (HOME) L: 0-1 Read report...
23 February 1999 Division Two Fulham (Away) L: 1-3 Read report...


Discussion On This Story:

 Gunny Fishcake

» 01 Mar 2016 18:52

It was the 50th minute on Saturday 24th October infront of nearly 4000 travelling fans that our season imploded. Two nil up and cruising we all know what happened next as we went from looking like potential Champions to mid table mediocrity in ten minutes or so.

So I would love us to batter Fulham and think we will continue to build on recent good form so will go for a confident 2-0 win


» 01 Mar 2016 19:14

2-0 agreed. Kermo and Rakels to score


» 01 Mar 2016 19:55

Really want us to win this one considering how we lost at their place. Not sure we have it in us to win 3 on the bounce (league) at the moment.


 Royal Ginger

» 02 Mar 2016 01:35

Going back in with goalless again.


» 02 Mar 2016 11:29

Everything's going great at the moment, and I think they'll keep up the momentum barely with a 2-1, John and Rakels.


» 02 Mar 2016 11:33

Agreed on the Craven Cottage debacle. Those six minutes were truly a turning point in the season, and I think we all knew it was as well.

Bit of revenge will do nicely.



» 02 Mar 2016 12:02

2-1 to make it 4 wins on the bounce.


» 02 Mar 2016 12:06

Can see this being another goal fest.
Fulham have got some very decent forwards, and Stearman will be missing in defence.
Our forwards seem to have worked out where the net is, and our defence seems a little shaky at times.
Could easily be another best of 7 type affair, which means it will be goal less.
Despite all that I'm going 3-1 to us, at least one from a set piece and at least one each for Kormagent and Denniss.


» 02 Mar 2016 12:09


The march continues.


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» 02 Mar 2016 12:32


I'm working on using a different variation every time I mention him. I reckon I can cope with an 18 month contract...


» 02 Mar 2016 13:24

Fulham have got some quality players and I am genuinely surprised to see them so low down in the table. I fear that Dembele might tear us a new one, 1-3.

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