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Resilient Royals Hold Out To Stay In FA Cup
25 January 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?
Reading will be in the draw for the Fifth Round of the F.A. Cup on Monday having survived a late second half onslaught from a very physical Cardiff City team. The Royals fought a gritty rearguard action with a very youthful side depleted by the loss of both centre backs Matt Miazga, due to injury, and McIntyre's dismissal due a second yellow card after eighty minutes. In the final ten minutes Reading's back four consisted of four very youthful and relatively inexperienced squad members ably supported by the experienced McCleary and Charlie Adam. Reading deserved to earn a replay for their team spirit, resilience, and resolve against a bombardment of long throw-ins, corners and free kicks. Cardiff's best chance to press home their numerical and territorial advantage was squandered by Bamba ten minutes from time when the Cardiff centre back remarkably put his header wide from two yards at the far post with Walker stranded by the other post. Possibly a contender for the miss of the season.
More Late Goals And Another 1-1 With Forest
23 January 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?
For the second time in the last three Championship League games, Reading faced Nottingham Forest and fans were treated to something of a repeat performance. After a dramatic 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium eleven days earlier, it all happened again with Forest looking to have secured a late win only for Reading to hit back with an even later equaliser. At the Madejski Reading were much the better side in the second half but looked to have lost it when Forest scored deep into injury time. The Royals immediately took the ball down the other end and Obita's cross was turned into his own net by Figueiredo as the game finished 1-1.
Back up to Nottingham for our re-arranged Championship game, a week and a half later, and again Reading came from behind to share the points in another 1-1 draw. This time former Reading player Lewis Grabban scored with just ten minutes to play. Again the Royals showed some great character to hit back - this time taking three minutes to draw level thanks to Sam Baldock. Baldock had only been on the pitch for five minutes, coming on to replace the the ineffective Puscas before his vital goal that ensured Reading have only lost one match out of the last eleven.
There were more bright signs for Reading who deserved another point on the road against a side fifth in the table. Sharing the points in both games against a side that will be in the mix for promotion at the end of the season shows Reading really should expect to finish in the top half of the table this season - which is great progress given recent seasons. Again the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game with both teams fairly equal on both possession and shots. Real goalscoring opportunities were limited for the Royals but both sides registered four shots on target during the 90 minutes.
Manager Mark Bowen was happy with the performance talking after the match: "I thought we edged it slightly in terms of our play in the second half. We were the team that looked more comfortable in possession. It was a bit like the first game where we defended resolutely in the first half against a side who've been in and around the top six all season. Yet again we showed our resilience to come back from going behind. We shrugged it off and I had a strange feeling we would get a chance."
Three Memorable Games From The Last Decade
22 January 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?
The last decade for Reading Football Club will be remembered a decade where the Royals started strong and gradually faded out. However the 2011/2012 season, where we won promotion back to the Premier League and topped the Championship table probably gives us the better memories.
The 2014/2015 season will also go down in the history books after only our second FA Cup semi-final apperance. The Royals impressed at Wembley in the semi-final against Arsenal but the Bradford City quarter final at the Madejski Stadium was a memorable night.
With team manager Mark Bowen starting to improve things on the pitch as we enter the new decade, and having recently appointed Brazilian Alexandre Mattos as our new executive, we will be hoping they can take the club to new heights.
It’s worth noting that Reading FC isn't only supported by the fans on and off the pitch, but also attracts a great deal of activity in the betting markets too. A good number of reputed sports betting portals where you can find best odds on the Championship, English Premier League, Champions League Odds etc. offer betting opportunities on multiple markets in the games involving the Royals. Let's tale a look at three memorable games from the last decade:
This will be remembered as the night Reading secured promotion back to the Premier League with a 1-0 win on home ground against Nottingham Forest. Being aware that West Ham had only managed to draw their game against Bristol City, Reading required just one goal during the closing stages to seal promotion. In a nutshell, it was an extremely nervy affair throughout.
The entire stadium was ringing with the chants of 'one goal and we are going up' before Mikele Leigertwood successfully converted from a free-kick into the box from Ian Harte to give Reading the advantage. All that needed to be done was to hold that advantage till the final whistle. The team managed to do that, sparking amazing scenes of celebrations at the final whistle, both inside and outside the Madejski Stadium. The fans flooded onto the pitch to celebrate the team's second-ever promotion to the Premier League.
The away win over Southampton at St Mary's with a 3-1 scoreline was perhaps our best performace of the season - perhaps of the decade. Southampton were top of the table before kick-off and our victory saw us move above them and set us up to win the League. With a big gap to third place, the game all but secured the team's return to the EPL. This was a very special evening indeed. The early opening goal scored by Jason Roberts was cancelled by Rickie Lambert's effort, before Adam Le Fondre delivered arguably the best cameo performance ever by a Reading substitute. Brought into the game at the 64th minute when the score was 1-1, he scored two stunning goals to give the team 3 valuable points, helping them create a nine-point gap from West Ham, with four more games to go.
Bradford - Home - March 2015
An FA Cup quarter final at the Madejski Stadium, with Reading securing a comprehensive 3-0 win over Bradford City makes this one to remember. Reading went through to the FA Cup semi-final, to face Arsenal at Wembley, after a gap of 88 years. The first game had finished goalless and Reading fans were expecting it to be yet another tense evening as both the sides looked determined to beat the odds to secure their place at Wembley. However, Steve Clarke's team didn't show any nervousness and got themselves a two-goal lead within the first 10 minutes of the game with goals from Robson-Kanu and McCleary. That put the game beyond Bradford early on before Jamie Mackie scored the third with 22 minutes left to play and triggered huge celebrations as Reading fans could look forward to a day out at Wembley.
Late Drama As Royals Get Deserved Point
11 January 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?
In a frantic final two minutes of added time Reading fell behind to a controversial goal then dramatically snatched a thoroughly deserved point when Figueirido defected Jordan Obita's superb cross in to his own net. The sense of injustice over Forest's goal was more than matched by the euphoria of Reading's immediate reply. It had been a very good game between two sides looking to extend their winning run. Something had to give, and in the end a draw was a fair result.