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Ince Avoids Press After Home Defeat

05 March 2022
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading's status as a Championship club is beginning to look distinctly precarious. Another goal conceded from a set piece (apparently the twentieth this season) resulted in yet another defeat with Derby County and Barnsley snapping at their heels. Reading face a run of three matches against teams pushing for promotion which could well see their five point cushion disappear. More worryingly the impact of new manager has done nothing to inspire confidence. Chasing the game against a Millwall side happy to drop deep and defend their first half lead delivered by former Royal centre back Jake Cooper, Ince remarkably declined the option of introducing a fully fit and proven goal scorer Yakou Meite until five minutes from the end. The last straw for me was Ince's decision to duck out of the post interview, leaving Michael Gilkes to field the awkward questions about a distinctly avoidable defeat. It is hard to respect a manager who delegates a difficult aspect of his job to his assistant. It brings into question his leadership which is key factor in a relegation battle.

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