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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."


Discussion On This Story:

 Notts Royal

» 22 Jan 2020 23:32

“Nottingham’s happened again” :lol:

A decent performance in a match we pretty much controlled...interestingly I was told we only had 44% possession which is odd as it felt John Swift had the ball just outside our 18 yrd box most of the game!

My main issue is TEMPO - all good and well controlling the game in your own half but this team could be so much better if we played it at pace. I know we’d likely lose it more but we’d also create more space

Rafael 7 - didn’t really have much to do
Gunter 8 - played really well tonight, read the game well, some great interceptions
Blackett 7 - another sturdy display
Moore 8 - was very impressed by him tonight, led well
Morrison 7 - solid

Pele 7 - played well and some great Adam-esque balls to Obita
Ejaria 6 - stop dwelling on the ball mate
Swift 7 - beautiful to watch at times, awareness of those around him is getting better too
Obita 7 - got forward well tonight, plenty of space given to him by Cash, end product lacking slightly though
Olise 8 - what a player we have on our hands if he can keep playing like that. Glides through the pitch with ease at times. Seems to have more about him than Loader

Puscas 5 - starting to think it’s not going to work out for him here and maybe he’s not settled. He’s evidently got something there, but for £7m I’d expect him to have a better 1st touch and a much better awareness of the game. Was surprised we didn’t start with Baldock partnering him as that would suit him more. Still...he has to do more

Baldock 8 - great turn for the goal. He’s always lively. Should have come on earlier,although I understand why he didn’t as the game was finely poised before a they scored
Loader n/a - not enough time

An enjoyable evening overall!


» 22 Jan 2020 23:44

Good write up. Bowen briefly explained that whilst he prefers playing a duo up top, he wants control in the midfield

Disappointed to see Ejaria not being at the races again tonight, he seemed to hit a good spell in the our winning run but not been at it since Fulham. Bit of a dilemma for next game because I’d look to bring Adam in but for who? By all accounts, Obita did quite well last night


» 22 Jan 2020 23:44

It happened again!! :lol:
Excellent point and absolutely deserved. Although Forest created more, we always looked dangerous on the break. Super performances from the back 4 and Raf. Moore, Gunter and Blackett were particularly great. Olise was quality ! Gomes and Obita did well but faded into the 2nd half. Swift and Ejaria brilliant and frustrating....often doing both at the same time!! Obviously the only negative was the fact Baldock didn’t appear for so long. Puscas looked lost and unfit tonight. He clearly needs a partner up there....he just can’t hold the ball up. With time a space he played a couple of intelligent lay-offs...but he just won’t get that long in the Championship. Baldock must start in Cardiff in the league game.


» 23 Jan 2020 00:21

Chant of the night “One nil and you fcuked it up”

When it wasn’t being a library The City Ground crowd was bloody loud.

Although Baldock put a stop to that :lol:

 Royal Monkey

» 23 Jan 2020 03:18

Definitely need to play with a bit more tempo very slow in the first half and I’ve never seen Swift drop so far back to bring the ball out he was behind the CB’s at times but we were just too sloppy and lost the ball too easily. Nothing went for Puscas he really struggled to hold it up but tbf Watson was absolutely glued to him a lot but a quality striker needs to be more mobile shake defenders off and create themselves some space.
Much better second half but why do we leave it so late to really start going for it normally after the opposition have scored! Baldock as usual was lively worked hard and scored what more can ask for in a 12 minute appearance. Thought he did really well to get that shot off with 3 defenders around him their keeper must be gutted he didn’t save it, it didn’t look like the hardest of shots.
Back 5 were all pretty solid for the most part thought Gunter had a really good game some really good tackles and interceptions. Bit disappointed Moore couldn’t stop that pass to Grabban for their goal their guy mis kicked it and it just seemed to go straight thru him. At the risk of upsetting the Olise love in I didn’t see a performance that was absolute quality worthy of the highest rating out of all our players as some have given. Yes he played very well for a young lad but I thought Obita was the better wide player got in some decent crosses in the second half and had a decent shot on goal that their keeper fumbled away at the end of the first. Olise twice in the second half had the ball on the edge of their box that I thought he could have got a shot off but he passed sideways out to the wing. I’m prob being a bit over critical now he’s a young lad and he did do well especially as he’s hardly been in the first team of late.
Great point overall against a team right up there going for promotion and great to shut them up within minutes for the second time in a couple of weeks.


» 23 Jan 2020 07:30

Has Olise earned a start against Bristol City?

 lightning strikes

» 23 Jan 2020 07:45

Olise is class, I'd like him to start every game so we can see as much as possible of him before he goes to a champions league club.
Does need to work on his fitness though and give a bit more defensively. Their goal came from the full back overlapping and Olise not going with him.

 Snowflake Royal

» 23 Jan 2020 08:29

All the praise for Olise makes it all the stranger he didn't get a chance when Swift and Ejaria were out.


» 23 Jan 2020 08:43

Would imagine he wasn't hitting the standards expected in training at the time and we were nearer the bottom of the table so more of a "risk" - with a 12 point buffer to that (13 now) and only a slim chance of a play-off push, better scenario to put him in and for him to perform. He also performed very well at Blackpool.

We may well see more of him over the next 17 games esp. if/when our play-off chances retreat further.


» 23 Jan 2020 08:51

I'd say that time is already with us. Our playoffs strategy is essentially "Play as well as we can and see if something unexpected happens". We're not in a pressurized race for the top 6. If Olise is ready, throw him in and get some good experience. Should certainly be ahead of McCleary and Boye, neither of whom will be here next season.


» 23 Jan 2020 08:51

Would imagine he wasn't hitting the standards expected in training at the time and we were nearer the bottom of the table so more of a "risk" - with a 12 point buffer to that (13 now) and only a slim chance of a play-off push, better scenario to put him in and for him to perform. He also performed very well at Blackpool.

We may well see more of him over the next 17 games esp. if/when our play-off chances retreat further.

I also think Bowen only having a contract until the end of the season played a little into it as well. Not really much of an incentive to plan for the future when you've only 6 months to establish your credentials in the job.

That said Bowen Has been pretty consistent in stating what the younger players need to show him to be in contention, mainly to do with work off the ball. Clearly Barrett didn't take it on board (or demonstrate to Bowen he had) but the penny has dropped with Olise.


» 23 Jan 2020 08:55

Yes that Brum game where Bowen got his selection badly wrong. In fairness it was still early days for Bowen so he deserves a bit of slack.

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