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Another Point Towards Safety

10 March 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Although Reading once again failed to secure the win they so desperately need, the point gained today was achieved with a significantly more positive performance. Reading were aggressive and direct in their attacking play, took an early lead with a superbly created and finished goal from Bodvarsson in the sixteenth minute but could not take advantage of some excellent football to extend their lead and once again conceded just before half time due to sloppy defensive play. Leeds took advantage of another Reading error early in the second half only to concede within a couple of minutes when Reading equalised courtesy of an O'Kane own goal. It is easy to see why both sides are finding it so difficult to win matches recently, neither of them seemed capable of holding on to a lead.
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 John Madejski's Wallet

» 10 Mar 2018 18:48

Frustrating game. The first 35 min was everything we want from this team. Fast, incisive passing. Intent. Should have been 3 up.

But then the Ilori factor kicked in to full swing, half-arsed balls into feet when the player is facing our goal and has a man on his back, and it all crumbles. Cut Jansi reverting to punching an easy collection and we're back to 1-1 and nearly 1-2.

Whatever Stam said at half time, we just reverted to slow, pass-back sh*t and a Leeds goal was inevitable. That goal from pointless lazy passing from Kelly.

Stroke of luck for the equaliser, our tails are up, the stadium is rocking, we start attacking for the win..... and f#cking Jaap f#cking Stam decides for the first time in his career to make an early double substitution and kill all momentum and threat.

Cue more sh*t playing around at the back and they nearly get a comedy goal from our own lame backwards free kick.....just what was with Gunter second half :shock:

Anyway. Entertaining, some very good football, some very bad football. I'm going to try and cling to those first 35 min :)

 Sutekh

» 10 Mar 2018 18:55

And now onto Wolves :o

 Hound

» 10 Mar 2018 18:57

From the highlights certainly looked like we should have been 2-3 up. Some good play there

Second half looked useless though

 Denver Royal

» 10 Mar 2018 19:08



Hear what you say, and the subs didn't really pan out. Its interesting, though, because at the time the subs were made they were lauded as being good subs and incisive on the match thread. Guess you can't please everyone. Might want to get Swift back in the staring lineup because he isn't doing much for me when he comes on as a sub right now.

Still no Sat home win (there, I said it first, so nobody else needs to pile on :wink: ), but a much improved performance, I thought. As you say, should have been at least 3-0 up at HT. I thought for sure Barrow would bury his one-on-one with the keeper but instead got off a tame shot.

Our defense is so fragile, though, esp. Ilori. Not sure what his best position is, but he's currently masquerading as a central defender in the Champ. Its as if he needs a 6'5 lump playing with him for protection so that he can then do whatever it is he actually does. Its like we have to score about ten goals to win a game currently, and even then it might not be enough. We couldn't win a game 1-0 to save our lives right now.

 PieEater

» 10 Mar 2018 19:12

For once Stam picked a pretty standard team and formation and surprise surprise we did ok

First half we played well and should have been 2 or 3 nil up at half time, but some how we miss our chances then Leeds get a goal just before half time, A complete injustice

Then second half they get one and we equalise and give then up and settle for the draw

We really should have won that game comfortably from the first half performance, but if we play like that we'll be ok.

 Kitsondinho

» 10 Mar 2018 19:20

Much, much better performance. Really enjoyed that today! Yes, the subs weren’t great, Evans was our driving force in midfield but Edwards just couldn’t match that when he came on. I think a point is fair overall. Special mention to Aluko who had a really good game for the most part....mainly because he stayed out wide (I may have mentioned this before!). I’m trying to be really positive so I won’t mention our defence! :wink:

 finchroyal

» 10 Mar 2018 19:25

Just got in , those Leeds fans can sing champions of what.

 John Madejski's Wallet

» 10 Mar 2018 19:34



Hear what you say, and the subs didn't really pan out. Its interesting, though, because at the time the subs were made they were lauded as being good subs and incisive on the match thread. Guess you can't please everyone..
Really?

Everyone around me was really confused. It's so unusual for him to make a sub (usually we're screaming for him to make a change at 1-0 down and 80min gone), so to make a double sub so early, and at a point in the game we had momentum was just :? . And for it to be a straight swap for two CMs who were playing ok was even more baffling. It got a lot of people's backs up as we went backwards from there

 Denver Royal

» 10 Mar 2018 19:48



Yeah, peach of a thru ball, first time, to Dadi for our opener. Hopefully will help his confidence, and there was certainly more about him today.

Our D? Yeah, we need to score about 10 goals to win a game, it seems.

 windermereROYAL

» 10 Mar 2018 19:49

Agree with the OP, I mean WTF, tails up, momentum, then a double sub killed it all off, I was fuming at the time, but after a few beers I'm even more angry.
Cant really complain about the first half performance, just about as good as we have been all season, but you could always see complimentary goal before half time coming.

 leon

» 10 Mar 2018 19:52



Hear what you say, and the subs didn't really pan out. Its interesting, though, because at the time the subs were made they were lauded as being good subs and incisive on the match thread. Guess you can't please everyone..
Really?

Everyone around me was really confused. It's so unusual for him to make a sub (usually we're screaming for him to make a change at 1-0 down and 80min gone), so to make a double sub so early, and at a point in the game we had momentum was just :? . And for it to be a straight swap for two CMs who were playing ok was even more baffling. It got a lot of people's backs up as we went backwards from there

That was dreadful. I don’t give care how entertaining it was - we need to win.

We attacked really well in the first 40 mins, and the goal was nicely worked. Their keeper made some fantastic saves but even then our midfield was getting walked through and the defence. Jesus Christ.

Leeds played the overlap on our right several times and for the first goal 2 defenders on one man and the other just waltzed past them. Easy.

Second half we were just crap.

The second goal was a combination of a shit midfield and shit defence.

Let’s be clear Leeds were very poor. They could have won it from more disorganisation at the back.

What does Stam do with this team? We are totally incompetent.

 Zip

» 10 Mar 2018 20:12

Thank God for the bottom three because we cannot win for love nor money. I thought Bodvarsson was superb today. He ran his heart out but did he really score the second goal? I thought it an own goal.

There was an idiot in the ED stand celebrating Leeds second goal who left with his tail between his legs just after we equalised.

An enjoyable game and a fair result. I thought Leeds number ten was excellent.
Jaakkola did well but dear God that near calamity summed up our season. A Reading free kick on the half way line goes all the way back to the keeper and we nearly concede an absolute shocker.

Good atmosphere at the game and just for a few fleeting minutes in that second half Aluko showed us what has been missing. There is a good player in there.


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