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Royals Back To Winning Ways

10 December 2016
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Two second half goals from Roy Beerens earned three points to keep Reading in touch with Newcastle and Brighton at the top of the league. After a dreary first half and a sloppy opening ten minutes of the second, Reading took the lead with a deflected Roy Beerens strike from the edge of the box. Beerens added a second with as composed a finish as you are likely to see in the Championship this season with just under a quarter of an hour left to play.

The Royals appeared to be cruising to a comfortable fourth successive home win until substitute Fletcher nodded home at the far post two minutes into the generous six minutes of stoppage time allocated by referee Harrington. In a frantic finish Reading could have conceded an equaliser or added a third, but held out for deserved win. Read More...


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» 10 Dec 2016 19:12

Well that was a lucky result. First half I could only see one winner an it wasn't us, then we get a lucky deflected goal and started playing better. The second was a long ball, flick and a cracking composed finish from Beerens.

Ref was shit for both sides, but otherwise chalk that up to Stam, team spirit and a bit of luck.

Oh and oxf*rd off with Sweet Caroline, slight less intrusive but still forced down our throats.


» 10 Dec 2016 19:19

First half was a complete stalemate. Neither side created anything and the only likely result was a 0-0.
Second half we stuck our chances away and on chances created the right team won. It was one of those games though that you'd feel disappointed to not get a point from.
Not sure it was a Lucky result though.....


» 10 Dec 2016 19:25

Lets not forget however we missed two sitters 2nd half.

Al 7: Two good saves, usual howler of a pass out.
Gunts 6: Normal, more good than bad-just.
Obita 8 : Played really well both as defensive cover and in attack.
McShane 8: Back to his best-dodgy tackle just before the melee
Moore 8: Normal service resumed.
Blackett 5: Had some very poor moments; but at least he was up for a battle.
Evans 6: Missed a sitter and silly booking
Joey 5: Hardly in the game
Beerens 8: Give him the credit for two goals-but ducked out at the end when the fur was flying
Samuels 5: Felt sorry for him really, but had no service to speak of
Macca 6: Just couldn't get going

Kelly 6: Poor start but battled hard and got better
Kermit 7: Will start next week
Mendes : Looked very awkward when his chance came

Ref, makes a change, but pretty good-not enough really to send Wallace off

Sheff Wed: Why do they bother with those two useless lumps up front-Bannaman a class apart at this level


» 10 Dec 2016 19:29

First half was dismal. Clearly a hangover from Fulham, but I guess going in without conceding was job done

2nd half was great, really enjoyed it. As soon as we scored, I thought we were excellent, tackled hard and moved the ball around nicely

Seeing the highlights again on sky, not sure how Wallace got away without a red - and had that been given think it would have been 3 or 4. The last minute save was pretty routine from the look of it

Thought Moore was excellent, Blackett and McShane decent. Midfield struggled a bit to create - but are obviously missing Swift badly, and to a lesser extent Williams. Beerens played well 2nd half. :idea:

McCleary is a class act, and sadly Yann was a massive improvement on Samuel

Wednesday were solid and obviously missing their top striker, but considering they spent 7 mill on a very unremarkable left back, didn't impress me too much


» 10 Dec 2016 19:41

How did the Kermorgant-McCleary partnership look?
This was the first time Kermie has played since we've gone 3-5-2 I believe.

 Reading Aloud

» 10 Dec 2016 19:46

Good solid performance.

Got lucky with the first goal and probably against the run of play. But it certainly lifted the team. Roy very composed with the second.

Predictable onslaught towards the end but we defended well overall.

Have also seen the reply on Sky and their left back should definitely got a red for that.

Onwards and upwards


» 10 Dec 2016 19:48

Back home now, happy with my 55/1 winnings. That was an equal affair really, reminded me of the Brighton home game.

How the oxf*rd did 33 (Wallace?) not get sent off? How many chances did the ref give him?

Mendes is our new Baseya!


» 10 Dec 2016 19:49

He played at Barnsley.


» 10 Dec 2016 19:54

He played at Barnsley.

In a 3-4-3.


» 10 Dec 2016 20:15

Looked good to me. Definite potential


» 10 Dec 2016 20:27

Poor 1st half. Started 2nd a bit slow. improved after the goal could have won it by more. Wednesday looked good but we restricted them to mostly blazing long distance shots over.


» 10 Dec 2016 20:31

Am I the only one who thought Sheff Weds were pretty poor? No real passing, proper hoofball for virtually the entire game (tbf Westwood kicks it a mile). Their No 19 was MoTM for that miss when it was 0-0. Would have been very pissed off if we had lost (or even drew) that. Fulham were a different class.

I thought we were OK - pretty comfortable. I still don't like JVDB and Evans playing together but we don't have a lot of options right now.

Moore is probably the best centre back in the league. Very consistent and I like the three with McShane and Blackett (who I thought was really up for it and had a good game overall) and McShane is just a warrior. He was like a pig in shit in the last 20 minutes.

Kermogant in midfield, I guess was a necessity. Mendes looked like a rabbit in the headlights at the end.

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