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Downward Spiral Gathers Pace Under Gomes

01 January 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Matters came to head this afternoon when Reading, in front of their own fans were humiliated by a useful, but nevertheless, mid table Championship side. You do not have to be genius to work out there are significant problems at Reading Football Club on and off the pitch, and not just this season. The underlying issue is that certain individuals within the hierarchy of the club with insufficient knowledge and understanding of the game are making decisions which are clearly in the long term not going to take the club in the right direction. The debate in the media typifies the absurdity of the situation the club now finds itself in. Clearly in November they felt the problem was the manager. Newly appointed Chief Executive Nigel Howe made his mark immediately. Paul Clement was blamed and then sacked for not producing the desirable results, ironically after his team had just begun to show signs of improvement.
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 John Madejski's Wallet

» 01 Jan 2019 17:52

Stayed to the end out of perverse enjoyment.

Positives. Rhimota looking better with every game and we are so much better when Bod is on the pitch. Also nice to see Harriett.

Everything else....utterly abject.
Just playing it out of the back when under pressure, no thought, just coached stupidity. Just the worst of Stam.

Don't get excited by the nice play from the last 30min, Swansea didn't even try once they went 4 up.

 Hound

» 01 Jan 2019 17:59

About right

Going to massively disagree on the Stam bit though. Asking the keeper to try to pass out is the only thing in common. Otherwise we play nothing like the Stam era at all imo

Know it will be controversial with the anti-Swift crew, but thought he did ok as well. Put some nice passes about. Him and Rino did ok, as did all 3 of the subs

On the negative side - before starting on the defence - what the utter fcuk were those performances by Barrow and Meite? Abysmal. And Meite pottering off the pitch when subbed was piss poor as well

Considering that 4 of the 5 at the back are pretty experienced - that was utterly embarrassing. What is O Shea bringing? An unorganised mess. Jaakkola was poor today as well

Genuinely thought Swansea were the worst side to visit us bar Hull. Slow plodding possession and continuously losing the ball. If we are losing 4-1 to that we have absolutely no hope at all

Be amazed if we stay up

 Hound

» 01 Jan 2019 18:13

SS highlights don’t put things in any better light. Really poor defending. Disorganised mess

Their Pen though - watched it back about 6 times - where was the foul? If it was McCleary surely outside the area. But none of the players even bothered to argue.

Ref was a bit w@nk tbh. Their 23 threw the ball away on a yellow and somehow the ref just ignored it. same for some clown who booted it miles in the first half after a free kick given away.

 Dick Habbin's hairdo

» 01 Jan 2019 18:13

Agree with both those comments above - with the exception of I feel really sorry for Swift. Yet again the only person with any nouse, skill, creativity and workrate .... he must feel really shit playing in such a shit team. (Sorry, Rino was off the pace today as well....)

Meite - just get rid. He isn't even league 1 standard. Much brighter with Bod and Loader adds nothing, either.

Barrow - get rid. Another couldn't be arsed, couldn't stay wide to give some width and couldn't track back or take on a defender.

 notloyalenuffroyal

» 01 Jan 2019 18:14



Thought he was excellent at turning in circles!!! Only began to play once Swansea backed off and he had a bit more time. Thought he was dreadful and would have been my first sub.

 Maneki Neko

» 01 Jan 2019 18:16

We are so lightweight and the football was turgid and ponderous.

Could see ilori losing his man for the first from about 30 seconds before, saying - dont just wander off, stay with him. Stay with him, dont drift, stay with.... Oh, you wandered off and left him wide open in the box.
The second was a succession of powderpuff defensive challenges as they just bundled It slowly toward the net. Possibly offside? And by then it was game over.

We were mentally shot after the first, gomes has a huge job rebuilding confidence before he rebuilds the team.
Really cannot see where the points are coming from.
Doom. Gloom

 Denver Royal

» 01 Jan 2019 18:23


Not easily done, given that Clement recently gave him a 5 yr contract.

 Old Man Andrews

» 01 Jan 2019 18:35

Bunch of utter c*nts.

 sandman

» 01 Jan 2019 18:37




What the oxf*rd is Meite supposed to do with that behind him? What did they create? Nothing. In fact he put in the only decent cross we put in the 45 minutes I was there before giving up on the stupid C U Next Tuesday's.

 John Madejski's Wallet

» 01 Jan 2019 18:38

Also......WTF happened with that Barrow corner? :? :lol:

Did he accidently kick it? or intentionally play a short corner not realising any reading players were there?

 John Madejski's Wallet

» 01 Jan 2019 18:39




What the oxf*rd is Meite supposed to do with that behind him? What did they create? Nothing. In fact he put in the only decent cross we put in the 45 minutes I was there before giving up on the stupid C U Next Tuesday's.
I'd agree with you if Bod didn't manage to create so much space for himself, make good runs, and hold the ball up in his brief spell

 Hound

» 01 Jan 2019 18:40




What the oxf*rd is Meite supposed to do with that behind him? What did they create? Nothing. In fact he put in the only decent cross we put in the 45 minutes I was there before giving up on the stupid C U Next Tuesday's.

He was just so stagnant though. Lost everything that came his way. Genuinely looked disinterested. Sulked off the pitch when subbed

Million miles from last time I watched him vs Brizzle


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