Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Sat, 07 Dec 2019 19:18:26 UTC Sat, 07 Dec 2019 19:18:26 UTC 1800 Five Minute Puscas Hat-Trick Steals Win George Puscas ended his goalscoring drought in dramatic fashion as he smashed in a second half hat-trick in just five minutes to give Reading a big win on the road at Wigan. The Royals looked to be heading for a defeat, with Puscas looking largely anonymous, until his three goals turned the fixture around and gave Reading three points as they pulled further away from the bottom three. <br/><br/> Reading were behind for most of the game after Wigan took the lead just after the half hour mark. Rafael made a save from a header after a corner but couldn't stop the rebound being scored from close range. Despite Reading having plenty of the ball in the first half they rarely threatened and instead it was Wigan that might have doubled their lead before half time but the ball defelcted just wide of Rafael's post. Puscas failed to take an opportunity towards the end of the half and it was looking like it might be another one of those days for the Reading striker. <br/><br/> However, Puscas pulled Reading level on 79 minutes, putting his penalty straight down the middle after Boye was fouled in the area. A minute later Puscas twisted through the Wigan defence to put Reading ahead and get his second with an excellent finish. Garath McCleary, enjoying his time back in the Reading team, was provider with the cross that saw Puscas complete his dramatic quick-fire hat-trick - and an important win for Reading - on 84 minutes. <br/><br/> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/301119/Wigan_1_Reading_3"><strong>Wigan 1 Reading 3</strong></a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/826/Five_Minute_Puscas_Hat-Trick_Steals_Win 826 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 11:03:42 UTC 2019-11-30 Late Goal Sees Royals Miss Out On Point Leeds United moved to the top of the table with a late goal to deny Reading a point they had worked so hard to achieve. The goal came from a very quick counter attack after John Swift's free kick from just outside the box had been saved by the Leeds 'keeper Casilla. United streamed forward in numbers catching the Royals off guard. Costa's deflected cross was headed in from close range by Jack Harrison at the far post. It was a cruel blow for Reading who had defended magnificently against a Leeds side who had played some superb passing football throughout the game. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/261119/Reading_0_Leeds_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/261119/Reading_0_Leeds_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Leeds United 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/824/Late_Goal_Sees_Royals_Miss_Out_On_Point 824 Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:39:07 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? What you might have missed in the Royals' loss to Leeds <p>The Royals recently suffered their second successive defeat at the hands of Leeds United on November 26, at the Madejski Stadium. It was the 87th minute header scored by Jack Harrison that caused the first home loss for the Royals manager.</p> <p>On the whole, it was a pretty harsh result for the hosts as they played some really spirited defensive football, and did their best to keep the Whites as far away as possible from their half of the pitch, for most part of the game. However, right when it seemed that both teams will need to settle with a point each, the Leeds winger finished off his side's quick counter attack with a well-connected header. The game had a lot of money riding on it in the betting markets, and considering the fact that football is the most popular amongst all the <a href="https://www.jackpotcitycasino.com/blog/leading-sports-gambling-markets/">top sports betting markets</a> of the world, everyone had hoped for a nail-biting encounter. Let's now tell you about some bits from the game that you might have missed.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yGU8iWD9zR4" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <h2>McDermott watching on</h2> <p>One extremely interested spectator who just couldn't let his eyes off the game was former Royals manager Brian McDermott. He sported a wry smile on his face as he saw his two former clubs clash on the football pitch, standing in the Director's box. The 58 year old was in charge of Reading FC from 2019 to 2013, and successfully guided them to championship victory in 2012. He later joined Leeds United, but didn't stick around for more than a year at Elland Road. He was joined in the box by Steve Holland, the England assistant boss and Nigel Adkins, the fellow former Royals manager, who is pretty regular at their matches.</p> <h2>Cheeky celebration of Patrick Bamford</h2> <p>It wasn't for the first time that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford received some treatment from the Reading fans. Some woeful finishes last season also saw him getting a lot of flak. There wasn't much for him in the Tuesday night's game, however, even when he did get a chance, he couldn't convert it into goal. Nevertheless, even a slight bit failure was enough for Reading fans to mock him well. However, when <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/11/26/leeds-united-march-back-top-jack-harrison-breaks-readings-resistance/">Harrison scored the late winner</a> for the team, Bamford couldn't stop himself from taking a cheeky dig at the home team supporters. He could be seen mocking the fans and sending a few selective words in their direction.</p> <h2>Honouring a young fan</h2> <p>The 19th minute of the game witnessed a large round of applause in honour of Ryan Duval, a young fan of Reading. He was an ardent Royals fan and had designed a unique shirt for the team that they wore for a game in 2015. The former Tilehurst pupil passed away recently. Reading fans showed everyone how much they love their own by honouring the teenager in a unique way and breaking into a round of applause during the first half in his remembrance.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/825/What_you_might_have_missed_in_the_Royals'_loss_to_Leeds 825 Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? First Defeat For Bowen As Reading Manager A packed Griffin Park experienced what was always going to be a tight game with both teams currently in a run of good form. It was high tempo encounter from the start but Reading dictated play for sufficiently long periods of the first half to cause concern amongst the home fans without threatening the Brentford goal. Puscas wasted their best opportunity with a poor touch and a delayed decision to shoot allowing Raya to come off his line and snuff out the danger. The second half was a very different story with Brentford putting the Royals defence under considerable pressure from the re-start. They attacked with width and pace exposing the gaps created by Yiadom and Richards getting forward. That pressure finally paid off with good ball into the box from Jensen and a well-executed header from Watkins after sixty-two minutes. Reading struggled to create chances in spite of Mark Bowen making use of all three of his attacking options on the bench and Brentford held on to their lead to secure the points. <br/> <strong><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/231119/Brentford_1_Reading_0">Read more...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/231119/Brentford_1_Reading_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Brentford 1 Reading 0</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/823/First_Defeat_For_Bowen_As_Reading_Manager 823 Mon, 25 Nov 2019 10:39:42 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Another Win As Royals Climb Table The remarkable transformation of Reading's season continued with a thoroughly convincing three goal victory over struggling Luton. Raphael beat away Crainey's shot on eight minutes which proved to be The Hatters only attempt on target in the entire match. With better finishing Reading would have been out of sight by half time such was their dominance in all areas of the pitch. However they had to settle for a comfortable two goal cushion at the interval with well taken goals from Morrison and Ejaria. There was perhaps a little concern amongst the home fans of a repeat of the previous home win over Millwall in which The Royals hung on to a two one win after leading by the same margin at half time. They need not have worried, for although Luton enjoyed a long spell of possession after the interval, Raphael was not called upon to make a save. Substitute McCleary finally removed any lingering doubts of a Luton revival with a winner eleven minutes from time. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/091119/Reading_3_Luton_0"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/091119/Reading_3_Luton_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 3 Luton Town 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/822/Another_Win_As_Royals_Climb_Table 822 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:05:28 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Seven Points From Nine Under Bowen Reading's revival under new manager Mark Bowen continued with a second successive home win against a Millwall side also adjusting to playing under a new boss. Brilliant strikes form Obita and Baldock proved to sufficient to secure the points in spite a spirited response from the visitors following a Jed Wallace goal against the run of play after sixty three minutes. Reading were not helped by losing Luke Moore due to a recurrence of his recent shoulder injury early in the second half. There were some anxious moments in the Reading penalty area in final twenty minutes but determination and a little luck enabled them to produce a win which continues the momentum gained in recent games. <Br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/021119/Reading_2_Millwall_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/021119/Reading_2_Millwall_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Millwall 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/821/Seven_Points_From_Nine_Under_Bowen 821 Mon, 04 Nov 2019 12:55:38 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Bowen Starts Managerial Career With Victory Reading secured a much needed dramatic victory in the eighth minute of stoppage time when Matt Miazga fired home the rebound from Jordan Obita's superb strike from outside the box. Newly appointed Mark Bowen could not have wished for a better start to his tenure as Royals manager. Bowen's impact was immediate and obvious for all to see and his reward of three points was richly deserved. In a refreshing change of tactics, the tedious exchange of passes around their own penalty area were replaced by a desire to get the ball forward quicker and more directly. Defensively the marking was tighter and every Reading player was quick to close down opponents on the ball to such an extent North End were restricted a mere four goal attempts on target to Reading's twelve. The players looked more comfortable with the change in tactics and the fans went home happy for the first time since the win against Cardiff way back in August. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/191019/Reading_1_Preston_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/191019/Reading_1_Preston_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 Preston North End 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/820/Bowen_Starts_Managerial_Career_With_Victory 820 Tue, 22 Oct 2019 13:41:34 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Mark Bowen Set To Be Named Manager Mark Bowen is expected to be named as the new Reading first team manager, to replace Jose Gomes who was sacked last week. Bowen has been at Reading since March of this year, arriving as a consultant before becoming "sporting director" in August 2019. Bowen was expected to be in charge of finding a new manager for the club but instead will now become manager himself. <br/><br/> It is being widely reported that Bowen agreed terms with the club last night to become the new boss. It an appointment that seems underwhelming, particually as he follows on from a manager that fans thought capable of turning the fortunes of the club around, before having his contract cut dramatically short. Bowen has a tough act to follow and will do well to remain long-term manager given the recent managerial history at Reading FC. <br/><br/> Bowen will take control with his team already in the bottom three of the Championship. Although fans had high hopes at the start of the season, Bowen will now been seen as a success if he can simply prevent Reading from dropping into League One. Expectations have dramatically changed at the club since Gomes led the Royals into the top half of the table less than two months ago. <br/><br/> Bowen's signed a temporary playing contract with Reading in 1999 after a long playing career that included spells at Spurs, Norwich, West Ham United and Charlton before arriving at Reading. He made a single appearance for the Royals in the first round of the Auto Windscreens Shield, playing 90 minutes as the <a href="https://www.royals.org/matdoc/081299.html">Royals beat Leyton Orient 1-0 in front of 1,561 fans at the Madejski Stadium</a>. He never played for the Royals again and instead hung up his boots to become assistant manager of Wales under Mark Hughes. Most of Bowen's coaching career has involved following Hughes as assistant manager. <br/><br/> Apart from a brief spell as caretaker manager at QPR, Bowen has been assistant manager almost non-stop since taking the role with Wales. He was reserve manager at Crystal Palace before spells at Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke and Southampton before arriving at Reading earlier this year. <br/><br/> Bowen is expected to bring former Reading coach Eddie Niedzwiecki back to the club to become his assistant. Former Chelsea goalkeeeper Niedzwiecki was caretaker manager of Reading for nearly a month in April 1991 after the departure of Ian Porterfield. http://www.royals.org/news/819/Mark_Bowen_Set_To_Be_Named_Manager 819 Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:13:41 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Club Confirm Jose Gomes Departure After it was widely reported throughout yesterday, Reading Football Club have officially released a statement to confirm the departure of manager Jose Gomes. The brief statement confirms that the club took the decision to sack Gomes after a return of just two wins from the opening 11 games of the new Championship season. There is no news just yet on who the club intend to bring in to replace Gomes, although former Wales, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and Southampton manager Mark Hughes remains favourite: <blockquote> Reading Football Club can announce that Jose Gomes has left his position as first team manager. <br/><br/> Gomes joined the club at the end of December 2018 and successfully steered the club away from the threat of relegation. <br/><br/> However, following just two wins in the first 11 league games in 2019-20, owner Mr Yongge Dai has made the difficult decision to part company with Gomes and make a change at first team level. <br/><br/> We would like to sincerely thank Jose for his hard work during his tenure as manager at Reading Football Club and we wish him the very best of luck in his future career. <br/><br/> The club will make no additional comment at this time but will provide further updates as soon as possible. </blockquote> http://www.royals.org/news/818/Club_Confirm_Jose_Gomes_Departure 818 Wed, 09 Oct 2019 16:04:20 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Jose Gomes - His Short Career At Reading After yesterday's talks between Reading Football Club and Jose Gomes, it now only seems a matter of time before official confirmation that Gomes has been dismissed as first team manager following a short run of poor results. As we wait for the club to confirm what is hugely disappointing news, we take a look at all the games in his short tenure as Reading manager. <Br/><br/> Jose Gomes was confirmed as Reading manager on 22 December 2018, just after a 0-1 home defeat against Middlesbrough. That game saw caretaker manager Scott Marshall finish with just one point from his three games in charge. The Royals dropped to 21st in the Championship table. So Gomes is set to leave the club with the Royals lower in the table than when he started after we dropped to 22nd at the weekend following a defeat at Bristol City. <br/><br/> His first nine games in charge returned just a single win, before form improved and the Royals ended the season with 5 wins from 15 games. It was still hardly amazing form, but it was a reasonable turn around in a short space of time and Reading finished the season in 20th place and safe from relegation. Club and fans agreed that Gomes had succeeded in his first objective as Reading manager and he was allowed to make dramatic changes to the playing squad over the summer. <br/><br/> Despite that Reading started the season in familiar fashion with two straight defeats. A victory at Wycombe, although only on penalties, in the League Cup appeared to kick-start the season and was followed by that impressive win over Cardiff where Reading played the best football they had played in years. An impressive 1-1 draw at West Brom was followed by a 2-0 win at Huddersfield and Reading found themselves officially in the top half of the table. Another League Cup win - 4-2 at Plymouth and there was genuine excitement that Reading were set for a strong season. <br/><br/> But how quickly things can change. Reading then went on to collect just a single point from the next 6 league games, scoring just three league games as all the early season hope fell away leaving Reading back in the relegation positions and Gomes looking for a new job. <br/><br/> <h2>Jose Gomes Full Record As Reading Manager</h2> <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>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>ATT</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>POS</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>26 December 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/261218.html">Millwall (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/261218.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">12202</td> <td class="fixtures">23</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>29 December 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/291218.html">QPR (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/291218.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">15721</td> <td class="fixtures">23</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>01 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/010119.html">Swansea (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-4</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/010119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">15644</td> <td class="fixturesh">23</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>05 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/050119.html">Man Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/050119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">73918</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>12 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/120119.html">Nottm Forest (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/120119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">15034</td> <td class="fixturesh">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>19 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/190119.html">Derby (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">26404</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>29 January 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/290119.html">Bolton (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/290119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">12195</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>02 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/020219.html">Aston Villa (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/020219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17458</td> <td class="fixturesh">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>09 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/090219.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/090219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">23412</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>13 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/130219.html">Blackburn (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">11271</td> <td class="fixturesh">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>16 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/160219.html">Sheff Utd (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-4</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">26513</td> <td class="fixtures">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>23 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/230219.html">Rotherham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/230219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">15958</td> <td class="fixturesh">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>02 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/020319.html">Ipswich (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/020319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">23009</td> <td class="fixtures">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>09 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/090319.html">Wigan (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/090319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">15401</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>12 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/120319.html">Leeds (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/120319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17101</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>16 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/160319.html">Stoke (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">24368</td> <td class="fixtures">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>30 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/300319.html">Preston (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/300319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16771</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>06 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/060419.html">Hull (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/060419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">11268</td> <td class="fixtures">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>10 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/100419.html">Norwich (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/100419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">26662</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>13 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/130419.html">Brentford (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/130419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16892</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>19 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/190419.html">Bristol C (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/190419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">23309</td> <td class="fixtures">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>22 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/220419.html">West Brom (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/220419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17255</td> <td class="fixturesh">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>27 April 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/270419.html">Middlesbro (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/270419.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">22003</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>05 May 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/050519.html">Birmingham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/050519.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17247</td> <td class="fixturesh">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>03 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/030819.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/030819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16319</td> <td class="fixturesh">24</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>10 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/100819.html">Hull (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/100819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">10673</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>13 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/130819.html">Wycombe (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>League Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">W: 1-1 (pens)</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/130819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">4802</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>18 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/180819.html">Cardiff (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/180819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">14252</td> <td class="fixturesh">17</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>21 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/210819.html">West Brom (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/210819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">21803</td> <td class="fixtures">15</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>24 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/240819.html">Huddersfield (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">21847</td> <td class="fixtures">11</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>27 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/270819.html">Plymouth (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>League Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 4-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/270819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">8365</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>31 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/310819.html">Charlton (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16906</td> <td class="fixturesh">16</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>14 September 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/140919.html">Middlesbro (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/140919.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">19414</td> <td class="fixtures">17</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>21 September 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/210919.html">Blackburn (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/210919.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16906</td> <td class="fixturesh">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>25 September 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/250919.html">Wolves (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>League Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">L: 1-1 (pens)</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/250919.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">20702</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>28 September 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/280919.html">Swansea (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/280919.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">16036</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>01 October 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/011019.html">Fulham (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-4</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/011019.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">13809</td> <td class="fixturesh">21</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>05 October 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/051019.html">Bristol C (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/051019.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">21419</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/817/Jose_Gomes_-_His_Short_Career_At_Reading 817 Wed, 09 Oct 2019 09:45:36 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Gomes To Get The Boot Reading are set to dispose of the services of manager Jose Gomes, after yet another short term appointment at the club. The constant sacking of managers is getting Reading nowhere, and Gomes dismissal is a ridiculous decision after he has spent less than 10 months at the club. Just over a month ago, after three wins from four games, everyone was saying Jose Gomes was one of the best things to happen to the club and he was set to lead Reading on a promotion push. Fast forward just seven games and Reading find themselves in the bottom three and the club seem to think the solution is to sack the manager rather than give him time. <br/><br/> Gomes came into the club at the end of last year and did enough to keep Reading in the Championship. He was allowed to spend big over the summer and brought in a number of exciting signings. For a while it looked like we had turned the corner after a couple of poor seasons. A 3-0 home demolition of Swansea sent fans away the happiest they had been for some time, and that was followed by a win and a draw on the road as Reading climbed to 11th in the table and a couple of points outside the top six. <br/><br/> The fans, the press, and everyone connected with the club were hailing Gomes as a genius appointment. It feels bizarre that it can all change in such a short space of time and that Reading will be on the hunt, yet again, for another first team manager. Once again whoever gets the job will know that unless there is some kind of miracle they too will be looking for a new job inside a year. http://www.royals.org/news/815/Gomes_To_Get_The_Boot 815 Tue, 08 Oct 2019 20:40:26 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? What Are the Best Bets on Reading This Season? <p>Whether it's <a href="https://www.winningroom.com/en/live-casino/roulette">live roulette</a> or online slots, we all love a flutter every now and then. Sports betting is no exception. But with so many teams and an array of markets, it can tricky finding a successful route.</p> <p>While many punters opt for the safe bets like Manchester City and Liverpool, these often come with narrow &ndash; and fortune favours the bold! If you want to win big, you're much better looking for more specific markets in games where the result is a bit less predictable.</p> <p>So, what about Reading? Despite a poor start to the 2019-20 season, there are still a range of decent bets on the Royals for supporters or just neutrals...</p> <h2>Don't back Reading - yet</h2> <p>After 8 points from their opening 11 league matches, it's fair to say you shouldn&rsquo;t back Reading just yet this season. The Royals opened the season with back to back defeats, before gaining seven of their eight points in a string of three league fixtures to close August.</p> <p>Since then, they've lost five and drawn one away to Swansea. Unfortunately, that's left Reading 22<sup>nd</sup> in the <a href="https://www.efl.com/clubs-and-competitions/sky-bet-championship/league-table/">Championship table</a> just short of safety, with Huddersfield above on goals scored.</p> <p>Broken down into home and away form, there's a bit more success on the road. Reading have picked up five points away from home, compared to three at the Madejski, with both their draws coming in away matches. By and large, however, it's nothing worth betting on, and there are some more interesting trends to look at...</p> <h2>Both teams to score</h2> <p>Results aside, one thing that is promising is that Reading have a tendency to score goals, even when they don't manage to win the game. The Royals have only failed to score in three of their eleven matches this season. Considering that their leaky defence has kept just two clean sheets in the league, both teams to score could be a good bet.</p> <p>That's especially the case on 22<sup>nd</sup> October, when Reading travel to QPR for a midweek clash. Sitting 9<sup>th</sup> in the table with 19 points from 11 matches, the Rs have had a relatively good start to the season. However, they've still conceded 19 goals - the fourth highest number in the league.</p> <p>Quite impressively, they've managed to stay within touching distance of the playoffs without keeping a single clean sheet. Needless to say, it&'s pretty likely both teams will score in that one.</p> <h2>Over 2.5</h2> <p>Football is a low-scoring game, with 0-0, 1-0 and 0-1 the most common scores every season. However, with Reading freely scoring and conceding goals, they're quite a good team to back for matches to exceed the 2.5 mark. Out of Reading's opening 11 matches, almost half (five) have had three goals or more.</p> <p>More specifically, four of their five league matches at the Madejski have exceeded 2.5 goals. The only exception being a <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49456274">0-2 loss to Charlton</a>, where a strong save prevented John Swift's late free kick from taking the match total to three goals.</p> <p>Of course, this still requires some judgement. After facing Preston, Millwall and Luton at home, Reading will come up against Leeds at the end of November. With league's strongest defence, it's fair to say the Leeds fixture could be an exception to the rule when it comes to backing over 2.5 goals. They've kept a league-high five clean sheets and conceded just seven goals in 11 games.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/816/What_Are_the_Best_Bets_on_Reading_This_Season? 816 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 09:00:00 UTC Hob Nob Anyone?