Reading Football Club News: February 2021

Royals Keep In Play-Off Hunt With Away Win

27 February 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading made it clear from the start they were not going to accept anything other than three points from this tough away fixture. It was fast and furious from the kick-off to the final whistles and the Royals responded with character, resolve and essentially, the quality to overcome a physically superior side. Amidst the chaos the only glimmer of decent football came from Reading with Olise and Ejaria having the courage to keep possession long enough to put together some passes and play some telling passes. Had Joao been at anywhere near his best it would have been a more comfortable victory. The Millers dominated to aerial battle overall, but to a man, Reading more than matched them for a willingness to chase every ball and commit fully to winning every loose ball. Once Morrison's determination had given Reading the lead it was clear United were going to need more than physical strength to save a point. In the end Reading held them at bay for the three points they desperately needed and thoroughly deserved.

Back To Winning Ways At Bristol City

16 February 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

A typical Lucas Joao finish and a rare goal from Michael Morrison gave Reading a much needed three points to halt a run of two successive defeats. It was a comfortable win over a really poor Bristol City side bereft of ideas and confidence. Injury to Laurent forced Veljko Paunovic to make a change in midfield but Samedo filled the vacant defensive midfield role extremely well as is indicated by another clean sheet. Yiadom and Richards returned after being rested on Saturday and Esteves was given his chance to play in midfield to increase Reading's attacking potential.

Royals Slip To Second Defeat

13 February 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading lost ground in the promotion chase suffering their second home defeat in four days against a very physical Millwall side. After Millwall had failed to intimidate Reading with their typically brutal physical start to the game Reading began to play some good football and took an early lead through a brilliant Samedo opportunist goal. There were flashes of brilliance from Olise, Ejaria and Joao but the vital second goal eluded Reading. Millwall stuck to their game plan, mainly due to the limitations of their squad, and finally got a couple of lucky breaks late in the game and nicked two goals. In short a typical Championship fixture against a side not good enough to go up but not bad enough to go down.

Tough Test For Reading As Brentford Visit

10 February 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading face a huge test tonight as they take on Brentford behind closed doors at the Madejski Stadium. The Bees are flying high and looking to go top after an amazing run of 20 league games unbeaten in the Championship. Brentford were 4-1 away winners at Middlesbrough on Saturday - a result that saw them climb into second place and just a single point behind leaders Norwich with a game in hand. That game is hand is of course tonight against Reading and they will be hoping and almost expecting a draw or win that will see them become league leaders.

Brentford are firm favourites for victory given their amazing form - find here on sportsbetting24 However, Reading are also on a good unbeaten league run of seven matches that stretches back to 19 December last year. That defeat was of course the 1-3 reverse at Brentford. Hopefully things will turn out different for the Royals this time with players back from injury compared to our last messing. We will also have the slight advantage of playing at home. A Reading win would close the gap on the top two and keep our own automatic promotion hopes alive.

The Royals have no new injury worries and should be able to put a stronger side than the one than last time when we were missing Swift, Joao, Meite, and Richards. Tonight's game kicks-off at 19:00 but is not being screened on Sky.

Recent Meetings With BRENTFORD

19 December 2020 Brentford (Away) Championship L: 1-3 Report... 0 8 S Aluko
30 June 2020 Brentford (HOME) Championship L: 0-3 Report... 0 16
23 November 2019 Brentford (Away) Championship L: 0-1 Report... 11892 18
13 April 2019 Brentford (HOME) Championship W: 2-1 Report... 16892 19 Y Meite, Y Meite
29 September 2018 Brentford (Away) Championship D: 2-2 Report... 10045 20 J Bodvarsson, J Swift
20 January 2018 Brentford (HOME) Championship L: 0-1 Report... 17893 18
16 September 2017 Brentford (Away) Championship D: 1-1 Report... 9739 18 L Kelly
14 February 2017 Brentford (HOME) Championship W: 3-2 Report... 15710 4 J Swift, D Williams, R Beerens
27 September 2016 Brentford (Away) Championship L: 1-4 Report... 9679 8 Y Kermorgant
28 December 2015 Brentford (HOME) Championship L: 1-2 Report... 20563 12 G McCleary
29 August 2015 Brentford (Away) Championship W: 3-1 Report... 10206 13 O Sa, N Blackman )
25 April 2015 Brentford (HOME) Championship L: 0-2 Report... 20048 19
04 October 2014 Brentford (Away) Championship L: 1-3 Report... 10776 13 S Cox

Unbeaten Run Continues At Stoke

06 February 2021
By Hob Nob Anyone?

It is easy to see why Stoke City have now gone ten games without win. They successfully stifled Reading's attacking threat for most of the game but lacked the ability to create many scoring opportunities themselves. Reading certainly struggled to cope with City's effective pressing game and the long ball option was also fruitless against the likes of the towering Soutter, Collins and Batth who won just about everything in the air at the back. Up front Fletcher was winning more than his share of headers too against Morrison and McIntyre. Reading's first and only shot on target came from Ejaria after seventy-nine minutes which reflected the amount of time they spent passing the ball around in their own half especially in the first forty-five minutes.