Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:30:40 BST Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:30:40 BST 1800 Reading Bottom: Another Narrow Defeat It was business as usual for the Royals this weekend as they enjoyed some good spells of football against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground before leaving with a 0-1 defeat. Reading have lost their opening two games of the Championship season and sit bottom of the table, as they continue the form that finished last season's disappointing campaign. There are some signs for optimism, but the truth is that despite the signings of Baldock and McNulty the Royals are dramatically lacking up front. There seems little doubt that Reading face a tough season ahead of them. Most Reading fans remain confident that Reading will avoid the drop but there are no signs that we should expect anything more with the current squad. <Br/><br/> Playing away from home against a team expected to challenge for promotion this season, Reading did a good job in limiting Forest's chances. Despite Liam Moore staying at Reading he was again missing from the match day squad, allowing Ilori and McShane to continue in the centre of defence. The defence dealt with Forest with no issues for most of the game. After few chances it was 0-0 at half-time and it was Reading that went closest after the break with Meite putting a header just wide. However, it was a quiet afternoon from Baldock who found himself replaced by McNulty on the hour. McNulty also had no success up front and instead it was Forest that claimed the win on 68 minutes as they gradually too control of the game. <Br/><br/> The Royals were never likely to come back from a goal down away from home - they last time we scored on the road was way back in March. Reading have now scored just a single league goal in their last five games and Clement appears to have a massive job ahead of him to turn things around. Despite the early pressure Clement remains confident of a Reading revival as the season continues: "It was too not bad a performance, particularly away from home against a team that played very well in their last game here... we had the advantage... The reality is we're an improving team. I can see the improvement so I'm not worried." <Br/><br/> Reading now face Birmingham City at home on Tuesday night in the league cup before Bolton Wanderers visit next weekend. Reading will fancy their chances of some first league points of the season against Bolton who struggled last term and just survived the drop. However, Bolton will arrive with confidence after picking up four points from their opening two games. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/110818/Nottm_Forest_1_Reading_0">Nottingham Forest 1 Reading 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/748/Reading_Bottom:__Another_Narrow_Defeat 748 Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:23:38 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Quiet Transfer Deadline Day For Royals Transfer deadline day passed quietly for the Royals as they hung on to central defender Liam Moore, who had been expected to move away from the club during the summer. Last season's player of the season was widely expected to join Brighton but failed to move after Reading considered and rejected offers that didn't match their value of the player. With no signings coming in on deadline day either it appears that Reading wrapped up their transfers early on, although there is still the possibility of loan moves until the end of August. <br/><br/> Prior to the transfer window closing, Reading wrapped up the signings of striker Sam Baldock from Brighton and goalkeeper Sam Walker from Colchester last week. Both players were eligible to play as the Royals kicked off their season with a disappointing 1-2 home defeat against Derby County last Friday. Walker was on the bench with Mannone continuing in goal while Baldock got to player the last 20 minutes or so after coming off the bench to replace Swift. Meanwhile summer signings Yiadom and Meyler also made their competitive debuts for the Royals after signing last month. <br/><br/> Liam Moore was missing ahead of his expected move but could now return to the starting eleven as the Royals travel to Nottingham Forest for their second game of the new season this weekend. For Forest it will already be their third league game after two 1-1 draws against Bristol City and West Brom. With four points already dropped they will be hoping to pick up three points against a Reading side widely tipped for relegation. <p> <strong>Summer signings - summary:</strong> </p> <p> <strong>Players In</strong> </p> <ul> <li>Sam Baldock (Brighton)</li> <li>Sam Walker (Colchester)</li> <li>Marc McNulty (Coventry) &pound1M</li> <li>Darren Sidoel (Jong Ajax)</li> <li>John O'Shea (Sunderland)</li> <li>David Meyler (Hull City)</li> <li>Andy Yiadom (Barnsley)</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Players Out</strong> </p> <ul> <li>George Evans (Derby)</li> <li>Sam Smith (Oxford) - Loan</li> <li>Lewis Ward (Northampton) - Loan</li> <li>Joey van den Berg (NEC Nijmegen) - Loan</li> <li>Yann Kermorgant (Retired)</li> <li>Tennai Watson (AFC Wimbledon) - Season Loan</li> <li>Andrija Novakovic (Fortuna Sittard) - Season Loan</li> <li>Sandro Weiser (Contract Terminated)</li> <li>Stephen Quinn (Released)</li> <li>Joseph Mendes (Released)</li> <li>Deniss Rakels (Released)</li> <li>Jonathan Bond (Released)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (KSV Roeselare) - Season Loan</li> http://www.royals.org/news/747/Quiet_Transfer_Deadline_Day_For_Royals 747 Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:40:39 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Pre-Season Continues With Draw At Besiktas Sam Smith and new signing Marc McNulty scored late goals as Reading drew 2-2 at Austrian side Besiktas. The Royals were two goals behind with ten minutes to play before the late comeback prevented another pre-season friendly defeat. McNulty, who signed earlier this month in a four year deal thought to be around one million pounds from Coventry City, made his friendly debut in last weekend's draw at Fulham and again come on late in the game. After swapping most of the team in the last third of the game both Smith and McNulty came off the bench to score. <Br/><br/> The Royals have already lost 1-2 at non-league Eastleigh and needed a late goal from Bacuna to draw level only for the home side to immediately find the winner. That defeat was followed by another defeat as the Royals went down 2-4 at AFC Wimbledon with Sam Smith and Adrian Popa hitting the target. Reading are yet to record a pre-season victory after the defeats against AFC Wimbledon and Eastleigh were followed up with a 0-0 draw against Fulham and the 2-2 draw at Besiktas. <Br/><br/> Meanwhile Reading have signed Darren Sidoel on a three year contract from the Ajax youth side. The 20 year old defender had a successful season butwas yet to break into the first team before his move to the Royals. <Br/><br/> <strong>Players In So Far</strong> <ul> <li>Marc McNulty (Coventry) &pound1M</li> <li>Darren Sidoel (Jong Ajax)</li> <li>John O'Shea (Sunderland)</li> <li>David Meyler (Hull City)</li> <li>Andy Yiadom (Barnsley)</li> </ul> <strong>Players Out So Far</strong> <ul> <li>Yann Kermorgant (Retired)</li> <li>Tennai Watson (AFC Wimbledon) - Season Loan</li> <li>Andrija Novakovic (Fortuna Sittard) - Season Loan</li> <li>Sandro Weiser (Contract Terminated)</li> <li>Stephen Quinn (Released)</li> <li>Joseph Mendes (Released)</li> <li>Deniss Rakels (Released)</li> <li>Jonathan Bond (Released)</li> <li>Danzell Gravenberch (KSV Roeselare) - Season Loan</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/746/Pre-Season_Continues_With_Draw_At_Besiktas 746 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:45:46 BST Hob Nob Anyone? New Season Fixtures Released: Derby First Game Reading will start the new 2018/2019 season with a Friday night fixture at the Madejski Stadium against Frank Lampard's Derby County on 3 August. The game will be the first Championship game of the season as it was picked out by Sky Sports to be screened live, due to the interest in Lampard's first game in charge of the Rams after becoming their new manager this summer. <br/><br/> Our Boxing Day fixture this season will be a trip to Millwall, and as well as starting the season at home, the Royals will end the campaign with a home fixture against Birmingham City on Sunday 5 May. <br/><br/> <a href="/fixtures.html"><strong>Reading FC 2018/2019 - Fixture List >></strong></a></li> <P> <strong>Reading FC 2018/2019 - New Season Fixtures in full:</strong> </p> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <th class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <th class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <th class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <th class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>H/A</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Fri 3 August</td> <td class="fixturesh">Derby County </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 11 August</td> <td class="fixtures">Nottingham Forest </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Mon 13 August</td> <td class="fixturesh">Birmingham City </td> <td class="fixturesh">League Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 18 August</td> <td class="fixturesh">Bolton Wanderers </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Wed 22 August</td> <td class="fixtures">Blackburn Rovers </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 25 August</td> <td class="fixtures">Aston Villa </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 1 September</td> <td class="fixturesh">Sheffield Wednesday </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 15 September</td> <td class="fixtures">Preston North End </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Wed 19 September</td> <td class="fixturesh">Norwich City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 22 September</td> <td class="fixturesh">Hull City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 29 September</td> <td class="fixtures">Brentford </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Tue 2 October</td> <td class="fixturesh">Queens Park Rangers </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 6 October</td> <td class="fixtures">West Bromwich Albion </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 20 October</td> <td class="fixturesh">Millwall </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Wed 24 October</td> <td class="fixtures">Birmingham City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 27 October</td> <td class="fixtures">Swansea City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 3 November</td> <td class="fixturesh">Bristol City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 10 November</td> <td class="fixturesh">Ipswich Town </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 24 November</td> <td class="fixtures">Wigan Athletic </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Tue 27 November</td> <td class="fixtures">Leeds United </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 1 December</td> <td class="fixturesh">Stoke City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 8 December</td> <td class="fixturesh">Sheffield United </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 15 December</td> <td class="fixtures">Rotherham United </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 22 December</td> <td class="fixturesh">Middlesbrough </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Wed 26 December</td> <td class="fixtures">Millwall </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 29 December</td> <td class="fixtures">Queens Park Rangers </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Tue 1 January</td> <td class="fixturesh">Swansea City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 12 January</td> <td class="fixturesh">Nottingham Forest </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 19 January</td> <td class="fixtures">Derby County </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 26 January</td> <td class="fixtures">Bolton Wanderers </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 2 February</td> <td class="fixturesh">Aston Villa </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 9 February</td> <td class="fixtures">Sheffield Wednesday </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Wed 13 February</td> <td class="fixturesh">Blackburn Rovers </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 16 February</td> <td class="fixtures">Sheffield United </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 23 February</td> <td class="fixturesh">Rotherham United </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 2 March</td> <td class="fixtures">Ipswich Town </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 9 March</td> <td class="fixturesh">Wigan Athletic </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Tue 12 March</td> <td class="fixturesh">Leeds United </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 16 March</td> <td class="fixtures">Stoke City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 30 March</td> <td class="fixturesh">Preston North End </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 6 April</td> <td class="fixtures">Hull City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Tue 9 April</td> <td class="fixtures">Norwich City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sat 13 April</td> <td class="fixturesh">Brentford </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Fri 19 April</td> <td class="fixtures">Bristol City </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Mon 22 April</td> <td class="fixturesh">West Bromwich Albion </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures"> Sat 27 April</td> <td class="fixtures">Middlesbrough </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures">A</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh"> Sun 5 May</td> <td class="fixturesh">Birmingham City </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh">H</td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/745/New_Season_Fixtures_Released:_Derby_First_Game 745 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:50:10 BST Hob Nob Anyone? John O'Shea Agrees Move To Reading Reading have agreed the signing of defender John O'Shea, who will complete his move from Sunderland when his contract expires this summer. O'Shea is Reading third summer signing, and like midfielder David Meyler and full back Andy Yiadom he will also arrive at Reading on a free transfer after failing to agree a new contract at his existing club. Thirty-seven year old O'Shea appears to looking for a final chance at Championship level after Sunderland were relegated to League One at the end of the season. He recently retired from International football, playing his last match for the Republic of Ireland last weekend. He played the first 33 minutes to earn his 118th cap for Ireland as they defeated the United States 2-1. <Br/><br/> Opinion is split on the signing of a player at the end of his career who has been involved in consecutive relegations with Sunderland. However there is no doubt, as Reading manager Paul Clement points out, that "John has played and won at the very highest level". After retiring from International duty, O'Shea has signed a one year contract at Reading and will be hoping to make a final impact after an impressive career with Manchester United and Sunderland. From 1999 to 2011 he made 256 appearances for United, scoring ten goals, and played in every position for the club. In the summer of 2011 he moved to Sunderland for an undisclosed fee and went on to record a further 226 appearances - the vast majority in the Premier League. http://www.royals.org/news/744/John_O'Shea_Agrees_Move_To_Reading 744 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:35:08 BST Hob Nob Anyone? David Meyler To Join On A Free Midfielder David Meyler has become Reading's second confirmed signing of the summer, following full back Andy Yiadom who will sign a four year contract with Reading next month when his contract at Barnsley expires. Meyler will join Reading, signing a two year contract, from Hull City and will also be a free signing when his contract at Hull expires this summer. <br/><br/> Twenty nine year old Meyler spent his youth at Cork City before moving to Sunderland, then in the Premier League. He failed to secure a regular first team place at Sunderland before moving to Hull City in November 2012, initially on loan. After impressing on loan he was signed up for 1.5 million pounds before the January transfer window closed and went on to become a regular in Hull's side as they secured promotion to the Premier League. <br/><br/> Meyler then went on to make 78 Premier League appearances for Hull over two spells in the top tier, and he leaves Hull after failing to agree a new contract after the club struggled in the Championship last season. His Hull City career saw him make 191 appearances and scoring 19 goals. During his successful time at Hull he also managed to hit the headlines for being on the receiving end of Alan Pardew's infamous touchline headbutt. <br/><br/> Meyler is a current Republic of Ireland International and came on as a second half substitute in Ireland's 0-2 defeat in France last week. http://www.royals.org/news/743/David_Meyler_To_Join_On_A_Free 743 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 11:52:41 BST Hob Nob Anyone? End of the Season: Now a Look into Preseason <p><img src="/images/clement2.jpg" style="max-width:100%"></p> <p>The summer holidays don't exist for a manager, that can probably be more so said for Paul Clement who wasn't exactly handed over the finest squad from Jaap Stam at the back end of the season.</p> <p>Results weren't exactly superb since Clement took the job, winning just two in eight, so he'll be desperate to make a few signings early this summer.</p> <p>The rumour mill is already starting as bookmakers release their Championship odds for next season. </p> <p>Reading are fourth favourite to go down next season and it's looking likely most will be putting their money in that direction.</p> <p>You'll get some great odds on the Royals to go up though. It's worth shopping around for odds, with a good <a href="https://www.freebets.co.uk/coral/">Coral bookmaker review</a> for the new season looking a good punt.</p> <p>It wasn't long ago Reading were in the Play Off Final, so a good summer from Clement could sent them back towards the top. </p> <p><strong>How Will Clement Approach Preseason?</strong></p> <p>The former Swansea man has already suggested he'll be a busy man, reviewing the huge imbalance within the squad.</p> <p>It's likely he will be sending plenty out of the door and has mentioned quality over quantity being the operative term.</p> <p>How much he will have to spend will be interesting. There has already been rumours that Liam Moore may leave for a bigger club. Of course, most would want to see him stay at the Madejski, but if he was to leave he would demand a huge fee.</p> <p>An experienced centre half would then be needed, but Clement may want to strengthen here anyway given the large number of goals conceded last term.</p> <p><strong>A Midfield Clearout?</strong></p> <p>The club have a huge amount of midfielders within the squad and it's likely Clement will aim for a mass clearout in replacement for added quality.</p> <p>Someone with a creative spark or box-to-box man would be ideal, and you'd think adding quality to the midfield will be at the top of the shopping list. </p> <p>The same will apply to the wing, with the club <a href="http://www.readingchronicle.co.uk/sport/16226297.READING_FC__Winger_Ronan_Curtis_on_Royals__radar/">apparently monitoring Ronan Curtis</a>, Derry's talented attacking midfielder, while Steve Sidwell is also rumoured.</p> <p><strong>Another Striker!</strong></p> <p>It seems like it happens every season, but Clement will surely be on the lookout for a man who can find the net regularly. </p> <p>If the club want to place at the top end of the table next season then they're going to have to put away more chances. </p> <p>Bodvarsson was consistent enough throughout the season but still only bagged 10 in all competitions. It's an issue that needs resolving but could be heavily dictated by the kitty available.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/742/End_of_the_Season:_Now_a_Look_into_Preseason 742 Fri, 25 May 2018 17:27:44 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Safe As Disappointing Season Finally Ends Reading finished their hugely disappointing season with an impressive result at Premier League bound Cardiff City. The 0-0 draw would have been enough to keep Reading up regardless of other results, but with Burton and Barnsley both losing, Reading were always going to be safe on the final day of the Championship season. Cardiff found themselves in a similar situation with Fulham's defeat also meaning they were promoted as runners-up whatever the scoreline with the Royals. With Cardiff already promoted and Reading already safe from relegation, and with home fans eager to get on the pitch to celebrate promotion the last few minutes were spent with Reading just knocking the ball around the defence waiting for the final whistle. That summed up the game perfectly - perhaps with scorelines elsewhere the early pressure quickly evaporated and both teams then lacked urgency and were happy to settle for a point with time running out. <br/><br/> Before the match everyone was expecting Reading to take a battering at the hands of Cardiff. Before heading to a side who will be playing in the top tier next season, the Royals had let in seven goals and scored none in their last two league defeats. Reading's last 16 games had seen them earn just 2 wins. Meanwhile Cardiff had secured 11 wins over the same period and despite a wobble towards the end of the season they had still won three out of their last four games. It was a surprise to find Reading deep in Cardiff territory for the opening five minutes but soon enough the game turned and it was Reading who found the ball in their half for most of the rest of the game. <br/><br/> Despite beginning to dominate the game Cardiff struggled to really test Mannone, and were limited to longer range efforts that failed to find the target. Despite a bright start Reading found themselves on the defensive for the rest of the game and finished after notching up just a single off-target shot in the entire game. I imagine the neutral watching on Sky TV had turned off long before the final whistle. Despite taking it to the last day of the season, you always felt that Reading would stay up. Next season could be a different story if this form and this football continues. <br/><br/> Reading finished the season in 20th place and three points away from the drop. That's our lowest placing since our promotion out of the third tier in 2002. Paul Clement has a tough job ahead of him to turn Reading's fortunes around next season. <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/060518/Cardiff_0_Reading_0"><strong>Cardiff City 0 Reading 0</strong></a> - Fan Opinion<a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/741/Reading_Safe_As_Disappointing_Season_Finally_Ends 741 Thu, 10 May 2018 09:57:24 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Set To Lose At Cardiff But Stay Up Reading enter the final day of the Championship tomorrow knowing that there is still an outside chance of relegation, after a hugely disappointing season. The Royals will be relegated to League One if they lose at Cardiff, Birmingham draw or win, and both Barnsley and Burton also win their games. It's a hugely unlikely situation and the most likely outcome remains a solid defeat for Reading at Cardiff City and Reading staying up thanks to someone else dropping vital points at the bottom of the table. <br/><br/> Cardiff City need a victory to guarantee second place in the table and promotion to the Premier League. Reading are seen as perfect opposition to pick up the three points they need. However, if Reading could somehow cause a shock, then just a single point would guarantee our survival regardless of other results. Sky have chosen to screen the game live (12:30pm kick-off) so they can capture the scenes as Cardiff secure promotion. It will be a strange day for Reading fans if everything goes as expected and we secure safety on the back of another heavy defeat. <br/><br/> <strong>Final Day Fixtures - How Reading could still go down:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>Cardiff -v- Reading</strong> - First of all we would have to lose at Cardiff - obviously very likely.</li> <li><strong>Birmingham -v- Fulham</strong> - Birmingham would need at least a point to move above us, which is going to be very difficult against a Fulham side who themselves have to win to have a chance of second place. Fulham will need Reading to help them out at Cardiff or it's the play-offs for them.</li> <li><strong>Derby -v- Barnsley</strong> - Barnsley have to win at Derby. However Derby need at least a point to be sure of a play-off finish.</li> <li><strong>Preston -v- Burton</strong> - Burton have to win at Preston. Preston must win to have any chance of catching Derby and stealing the last play-off place.</li> </ul> <p> All the teams that need to get results to send Reading down are playing against teams that themselves need results to have a shot at promotion. It's unthinkable that both Barnsley and Burton could win on the road against play-off chasing teams. With everything considered it seems very unlikely that Reading could end up in the bottom three on the final day - but it's definitely not impossible. </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/740/Royals_Set_To_Lose_At_Cardiff_But_Stay_Up 740 Sat, 05 May 2018 22:26:37 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Still Not Safe After Late Collapse If Reading manage to hang on to their Championship status next week they can count themselves very lucky indeed after today's inept performance. All the shortcomings of the current Reading squad surfaced in the final twenty minutes of the most important game of an extremely poor season. Individual errors and a lack of character contributed to an unbelievable capitulation to a fairly average Ipswich side. The lack of application and commitment was inexcusable from a group of professional footballers. The result puts Reading at greater risk of taking a drop in to League One and yet remarkably they still may survive even if they get thrashed away to a Cardiff City side playing for an automatic promotion spot next week. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/280418/Reading_0_Ipswich_4"><Strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/280418/Reading_0_Ipswich_4">Reading 0 Ipswich Town 4</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/739/Reading_Still_Not_Safe_After_Late_Collapse 739 Sun, 29 Apr 2018 15:13:21 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Three Games To Secure Championship Football Reading hit the road this weekend hoping to take some of their home form with them on their travels. Since Paul Clement took over as Reading boss after the departure of Jaap Stam, the Royals have picked up 7 points from a possible 9 to ease relegation fears. Although Reading are still not yet safe from the drop, a victory at Sheffield Wednesday would almost certainly mean that the Royals will be playing Championship football again next season. <Br/><br/> However, a Reading defeat combined with a Barnsley victory at Leeds United would make for very nervous times as the season draws to a close. After Saturday's trip to Hillsborough, Reading wrap up the season with a home game against Ipswich Town before ending the season at promotion chasing Cardiff City. With just three games left it is definitely all to play for as Reading, Bolton, Birmingham and Barnsley all look to drop each other into the final relegation place with Sunderland and Burton already looking doomed. Reading fans will be keeping their eyes on the scores at Birmingham who play at home against Sheffield United and Bolton who host already promoted Wolves. Reading could off course stay up without winning another game, but it would be great to secure some points and avoid the bottom three due to our own efforts. <Br/><br/> Sheffield Wednesday themselves weren't far from the bottom three earlier this year, but four wins from their last six games has guaranteed them a mid-table finish and they will go into the game with nothing to play for. Having picked up form recently they are favourites for the win and also have the luxury of the return from injury of a number of first team players. Clement will have the same squad to pick from this week after last weekend's 2-2 home draw with Sunderland. Bacuna will still be missing from the team due to suspension after his red card at Fulham. On-loan Tommy Elphick, who looked so good on his arrival, could return before the end of the season as he has returned to training but this game will come too soon. <Br/><br/> Reading's recent form against Sheffield Wednesday has been excellent despite our FA Cup defeat at Hillsborough earlier this season. Before that we were undefeated in six games against them including a 2-0 away win in our last league fixture at their place. Kermorgant and Popa scored the all important goals in that fixture roughly this time last year. Earlier this season we shared the points in a game with no goals at the Madejski Stadium. <Br/><br/> <h3>Recent Meetings With Sheffield Wednesday</h3> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">26 January 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures">FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260118.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260118.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">25 November 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/251117.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/251117.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">17 March 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170317.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170317.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">10 December 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101216.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/101216.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">23 January 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230116.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230116.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">19 August 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190815.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190815.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">31 January 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">20 September 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh">08 February 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh">Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures">02 November 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures">Championship</td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-5</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Read report...</a> </td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/738/Three_Games_To_Secure_Championship_Football 738 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:54:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Paul Clement Asks Royals To Step Up For Final Games <p><img src="/images/clement.jpg" style="max-width:100%;"></p> <p>Paul Clement described Reading&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/140418/Reading_2_Sunderland_2">2-2 draw against bottom side Sunderland</a> a missed opportunity and has issued a rallying cry to his players to step up and secure their Championship status after a truly forgettable season.</p> <p>Their draw against the Black Cats perhaps sums up the clubs problems, with the club being saved by a late equaliser from Yann Kermorgant. That leaves them five points ahead of the drop zone with three to play.</p> <p>Barnsley have the opportunity to close that gap by three points with their game in hand against Nottingham Forest next Tuesday, which means there&rsquo;s still plenty to play for.</p> <p>Clement wasn&rsquo;t impressed with Saturday&rsquo;s performance and has encouraged the players to play smarter. Following the game he said, &ldquo;The more we play like we did against Sunderland, the more it&rsquo;s in the lap of the gods what will happen.&rdquo;</p> <p>Despite this, Clement has lost only two of his five games in charge of the Royals, both against teams challenging for automatic promotion, while they&rsquo;ve also picked up vital wins against Preston and QPR.</p> <p>Sheffield Wednesday is next for Clement. Bookmakers across sites like <a href="http://www.top100bookmakers.com">www.top100bookmakers.com</a> are placing the South Yorkshire side as clear favourites, despite sitting just three places above Reading in 16th.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a big game for the club, who could help calm the nerves of those around the Madejski with a win, but Ipswich at home the following weekend is the one that could really put daylight between them and the bottom clubs with a win. </p> <p>Ipswich are without a manager and have one just one of their last five games, so are there for the taking. Clement is <a href="https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/clement-issues-rallying-call-to-reading-fc-players-for-final-three-matches/">staying calm about the situation</a>, following a relegation battle with Swansea last season.</p> <p>He added, &ldquo;We need points in the next three games to make sure we're safe but we have to make sure we don't get in the situation where we have to get a result otherwise there is a consequence.&rdquo;</p> <p>So far this season Reading have managed to avoid that. They&rsquo;re yet to enter the relegation zone this season and their fate will remain in their own hands if Clement can continue their current run of form. </p> <p>He believes his side are ready to step up to the challenge, and next week&rsquo;s Ipswich game could be the day it gets sealed. It&rsquo;s certainly the game where the points look available. Going to Cardiff on the last day of the season needing a result is not where Clement wants to be. </p> <p>It&rsquo;s not where we want to be either!</p> http://www.royals.org/news/737/Paul_Clement_Asks_Royals_To_Step_Up_For_Final_Games 737 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:08:45 BST Hob Nob Anyone?