Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Mon, 18 Oct 2021 20:29:02 BST Mon, 18 Oct 2021 20:29:02 BST 1800 Fifth Win In Six As Royals Climb Table A brilliant solo goal from John Swift after seventy-seven minutes secured another win for a below par Reading in a match which looked to be drifting towards a goalless draw. A now fully fit Scott Dann was the unlikely provider of the assist of which Swift took full advantage. Controlling the ball on his chest a making a direct run at the Barnsley goal, Swift waltzed through the Barnsley defence and past Barnsley 'keeper Collins, before clinically drilling the ball past Helik on the line. The goal provided the only real moment of real quality in game of erratic passing and poor finishing from both sides. From a Reading perspective nobody will be concerned about the performance after making it five wins out of six taking the Royals to within one point of the top six. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/161021/Reading_1_Barnsley_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/161021/Reading_1_Barnsley_0"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Barnsley 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/935/Fifth_Win_In_Six_As_Royals_Climb_Table 935 Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:30:26 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Royals midfield ace John Swift attracting top-flight attention <p><img src="https://p0.piqsels.com/preview/999/495/660/footballs-football-premier-league-soccer.jpg" style="max-width:100%"></p> <p>EFL Championship top scorer John Swift is rumoured to have caught the eye of multiple Premier League teams since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. With seven goals in his first eight appearances this term, the Royals would have been in a spot of bother had it not been for the 26-year-old's goals. Having been at the Select Car Leasing Stadium since 2016, Swift appears to be entering the prime of his five-year spell, having joined Reading from Chelsea following a successful loan spell at Brentford. </p> <p>Swift is now in the last 12 months of his current contract with the Royals, so his blistering start to the season will heap pressure on Reading's hierarchy to either offer him a new deal or decide whether to sell him in the January transfer window. A trio of top-flight outfits are thought to be keeping tabs on Swift's progress, with former loan club Brentford one of them, along with Aston Villa and Newcastle United.</p> <p>With Swift set to be available on a free transfer next summer, Newcastle would certainly be a credible destination given their lack of financial muscle in recent seasons. It has been something of a struggle for Magpies boss Steve Bruce in the transfer market, with the club's controversial owner Mike Ashley permitting just one big-money signing in the shape of Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock.</p> <p>The 21-year-old has no doubt brought a spark to the Magpies after a successful loan spell last season. In Newcastle's recent home clash with Leeds leading football tipster Tom Love, who provides betting <a href="https://www.oddschecker.com/tips/football">predictions across the EPL</a>, Championship and beyond, tipped Willock to score at any time against Marcelo Bielsa's Whites. Although Willock didn't score, Newcastle held Leeds to a 1-1 draw, which will unlikely appease the fans that continue to call for Bruce's departure. There is certainly a sense that the Magpies would benefit from the box-to-box abilities of Swift however, considering the lack of form and fitness of the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Jeff Hendrick.</p> <h2>Swift could be an ideal option for Brentford's progressive squad</h2> <p><img src="https://p2.piqsels.com/preview/901/52/31/bleachers-chairs-empty-goal.jpg" style="max-width:100%"></p> <p>It's also unsurprising to see Brentford's scouts keeping tabs on Swift. His seven-goal return in 27 appearances for the Bees in 2015/16 made him hot property that Reading were able to snare on an initial three-year deal. The Bees have made a hugely encouraging start to life in the EPL, picking up eight points from their first five games in the top-flight. This included an impressive home victory over Arsenal on the opening day of the season.</p> <p>Brentford's savvy transfer recruitment is heralded by many as the reason behind the Bees' rise through the English football pyramid. Owner Matthew Benham made his millions in the sports betting industry and has long specialised in making data-driven sports decisions. For several seasons now, Brentford have signed players based largely on a player's data attributes. Head coach Thomas Frank then has the role of moulding those players into a cohesive unit. Ivan Toney is a perfect case in point – a player that had shown huge promise in League One with Peterborough United and was plucked from relative obscurity to help take the Bees into the EPL. Frank and the Bees' recruitment department may look at Swift's data and realise that his performances are maturing and that he is developing a greater consistency to his output at both ends of the pitch.</p> <p>Recently relegated Sheffield United tried very hard <a href="https://talksport.com/football/736067/transfer-sheffield-united-reading-john-swift/">to secure the services</a> of John Swift in this summer's transfer window. Blades boss Slavisa Jokanovic is said to be a keen admirer of Swift's talents and although the deal was never completed, Jokanovic and United continue to hold a strong interest.</p> <p>Reading's precarious financial situation is well-documented. Despite his impressive form and his importance to Reading's 2021/22 season, selling Swift in January could be essential in keeping the Royals afloat. Swift would slot seamlessly into Brentford or Villa's system due to their possession-based game. Whether he would fit as well under Steve Bruce's regime on Tyneside remains to be seen, but after a bout of injuries Swift certainly deserves another crack at the big time as he enters his prime.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/934/Royals_midfield_ace_John_Swift_attracting_top-flight_attention 934 Fri, 01 Oct 2021 10:33:13 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Another Win Despite Injuries And Off-Pitch Worries Without a single recognised centre back available, and a makeshift pairing of Laurent and Yiadom at the heart of the defence, Reading kept their first clean sheet of the season and extended their unbeaten run to four games. A second half strike by Halilovic gave the Royals their third successive victory as they moved into the top half of the table. Reading played some superb flowing football at times and sliced open the Middlesbrough defence on several occasions. Had their finishing matched their approach play they could have won comfortably. With so many accomplished players on the pitch and Swift pulling the strings in centre of midfield the quality of Reading's passing and movement was mesmerising at times. Considering the threat of a points deduction hanging over them, a transfer embargo and an ever growing list of injured regular first choice players, it was a remarkable performance. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/250921/Reading_1_Middlesbrough_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> http://www.royals.org/news/933/Another_Win_Despite_Injuries_And_Off-Pitch_Worries 933 Mon, 27 Sep 2021 09:20:24 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Get Second Win Of Season An exquisite free kick by John Swift after sixty-four minutes brought this dour struggle to life and sparked a furry of late goals to secure Reading's much needed second victory of the season. Having broken the deadlock, Puscas set up Dele-Bashiru for Reading's second three minute later as Peterborough fell apart. The visitors managed to recover their composure and pulled a goal back through Thompson with a far post header. Given the frequency with which the Royals have conceded late goals recently, the home fans could be forgiven for fearing another late collapse. Learning from recent disasters Reading managed the game well and went for a third goal which duly arrived in spectacular fashion from Dele-Bashiru two minutes from the end of normal time. Swift slipped him a pass outside the box and Peterborough gave him sufficient time and space to beat Pym with an outstanding dipping and swerving strike. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/140921/Reading_3_Peterborough_1">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/140921/Reading_3_Peterborough_1"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 3 Peterborough 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/932/Reading_Get_Second_Win_Of_Season 932 Wed, 15 Sep 2021 09:28:05 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Transfer Window Closes Reading failed to sign a striker as the summer transfer deadline passed. Free agent Andy Carroll remained a solid rumour throughout transfer deadline day but he failed to sign after being released by Newcastle United in the summer. Reading are left with a stronger midfield and defence after a busy final week of the window but fans will be left frustrated by the lack of a goalscorer with long term injuries to our better striking options. <br/><br/> Paunovic would have started the season feeling reasonably confident about the back line, despite the lack of a left back, with Moore and Morrison in the middle. However, our goalscoring issues have been overshadowed at the back where Reading have suffered so far this season. We have already conceeded a whopping 16 goals in just 6 games. With that in mind the signing of centre-back Scott Dann is a big boost. The 34 year old was released by Crystal Palace and will bring loads of experience to Reading after signing a one-year contract. He made over 180 appearances for Palace and will hopefully look comfortable after dropping down a division. <br/><br/> More experience arrived after former Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater joined Reading on a season loan from Chelsea. Drinkwater has struggled recently with injuries and issues off the pitch after his high profile move to Chelsea after Leicester won the Premier League. His impressive performances atr Leicester not only led to trophies but an England call up where he made three appearances for the Three Lions. He comes to Reading looking to get his career back on track after some tough times where he has struggled to get matches. If he can rediscover even some of his form at Reading then he could be a massive signing this season as Reading look to turn a poor start around. <br/><br/> <h3>Reading's Summer Signings</h3> <li><strong>Abdul-Rahman Baba</strong> - Chelsea left back - signed on loan</li> <li><strong>Danny Drinkwater</strong> - Chelsea midfielder - on loan</li> <li><strong>Tom Dele-Bashiru</strong> - Watford Midfielder - on loan</li> <li><strong>Alen Halilovic</strong> - Midfielder - free transfer</li> <li><strong>Junior Hoilett</strong> - Winger - free transfer</li> <li><strong>Scott Dann</strong> - Defender - free transfer</li> http://www.royals.org/news/931/Transfer_Window_Closes 931 Wed, 01 Sep 2021 15:56:07 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Thrashed At Huddersfield Reading's poor start to the season continued as Huddersfield enjoyed a straight forward victory. The Royals are quickly getting used to conceeding goals this season, but these four with no reply will heap the pressure on the manager as his side slip to 21st in the early Championship table. Reading are the only side to have already conceeded double digits goals in the opening five games having let in 13. The next closest is eight. The league table is not a pretty sight. <br/><br/> Reading did not get close in this match and recorded just a single shot on target compared to the home side's eight. New signings Alen Halilovic and Junior Hoilett were both names in the team with Hoilett starting and Halilovic coming on for his debut with twenty minutes left to play. Neither made an impression as Huddersfield were dominant. They could have been ahead from a free kick before taking the lead before half time. After the break it was all one way traffic as three more were conceeded. Reading were thankful to keep things slightly respectable by holding out for the final 22 minutes at 0-4. <br/><br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/280821/Huddersfield_4_Reading_0">Huddersfield 4 Reading 0</a> - Fan Opinion http://www.royals.org/news/930/Reading_Thrashed_At_Huddersfield 930 Sun, 29 Aug 2021 09:00:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? The Royals Looking to Make Loan Move http://www.royals.org/news/929/The_Royals_Looking_to_Make_Loan_Move_ 929 Mon, 23 Aug 2021 08:00:00 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Lose To Stoppage Time Goal Reading came agonisingly close to earning much needed a point away from home against a City side enjoying their best start to the season in fourteen years. They were denied by the questionable time-keeping of a weak referee, and poor game management by a Royals side who had battled hard and deserved to take something for the game. With the scores level after the allocated six minutes of additional time had elapsed, Reading won a corner. Having been under considerable pressure in the second half and repelled the onslaught of a City comeback, the obvious decision would be to keep the ball in the corner and run the clock down to earn a point. Unfortunately Reading unwisely launched the corner kick into the City box. The referee for some reason decided to add a further two minutes and City grasped the opportunity provided by Reading's poor tactical decision and the referee's generosity to counter attack and score the winner through substitute Godden. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/210821/Coventry_2_Reading_1">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/210821/Coventry_2_Reading_1">Match Report: Coventry City 2 Reading 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/928/Reading_Lose_To_Stoppage_Time_Goal 928 Sun, 22 Aug 2021 22:44:56 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Two More Scored But Royals Defeated Reading again found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-3 defeat after a disasterous opening 15 minutes set up Bristol City for victory. With Joao joining the long term injury list alongside Meite, Puscas was given a chance up front but failed to deliver on a disappointing evening. Apart from that change the side was the same as the one that has delivered against Preston at the weekend, but this performance was far below that one. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/170821/Reading_2_Bristol_C_3">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/170821/Reading_2_Bristol_C_3"><strong>Report and Fan Opinion:</strong>Reading 2 Bristol City 3</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/927/Two_More_Scored_But_Royals_Defeated 927 Wed, 18 Aug 2021 09:55:43 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Sign A Player! Midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru has signed for Reading on a years loan from Premier League Watford. Tom is Reading's first signing of the summer and joins the Royals in time to be included in the squad for Saturday's first home League game of the season as we face Preston North End. Dele-Bashiru appears to be a very exciting young prospect and he joins Reading looking to kick-start his career that has so far failed to get going due to injury. <br/><br/> He came through the Manchester City youth set-up and made a single appearance for City in the league cup before securing a long term contract with Watford. In his first season at Watford he failed to break into the team and played just three times in the League and FA Cups. He scored his only goal of his career so far in the FA Cup in January 2020 when he played all of a 3-3 draw with Tranmere. Last season he was limited to just two appearances in the Championship - first coming off the bench in a 1-0 home win over Luton in September 2020, and then making his first league start for the Hornets the following week against the Royals. The Royals went on to win that game 1-0, but for Dele-Bashiru the result was the least of his worries as he picked up a anterior cruciate ligament injury that kept him out for the rest of the season. <br/><br/> Tom Dele-Bashiru comes to Reading with plenty of potential and will be keen to impress. He is described by Reading manager Veljko Paunovic as "a very creative, clever, talented young player who adds much-needed strength to our midfield." With Reading looking to rely on academy players to play their part this season, he is likely to come straight into the first team squad where we hope he can make a big impact. Welcome to the club Tom! http://www.royals.org/news/926/Reading_Sign_A_Player! 926 Fri, 13 Aug 2021 10:08:22 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Academy Side Exit League Cup Reading went out of the League Cup in the first round after Paunovic opted to protect his slim first team squad by playing an academy side. The inclusion of George Puscas prevented the side from being a complete set of academy product players. Whoever is in charge of adding names to the academy board at the Madejski Stadium reception is going to have a busy job this week. The average age of players who were involved was 19 with six players making their first team debuts and an additional two players making their first start for the first team. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/100821/Reading_0_Swansea_3"><strong>Read More...</strong> http://www.royals.org/news/925/Academy_Side_Exit_League_Cup 925 Wed, 11 Aug 2021 09:48:47 BST Hob Nob Anyone? New Season Kicks-Off With Defeat At Stoke Reading kicked off the new season with a trip to Stoke City with a much depleted squad, and were perhaps unfortunate to come away with no points. <br/><br/> The summer has seen Reading make no new signings due to transfer restrictions; and the departure of Olise, Aluko, Walker, Smith, Richards, and Baldock. On top of that Semedo and Esteves also left the club after finishing their loan spells with the Royals. Reading's squad is thin to say the least and it leaves a very difficult job ahead for the manager. <br/><br/> The Royals stepped out in their smart new Simod Cup winning style away kit but could only name five substitutes out of the allowed seven. Ethan Bristow and Femi Azeez stepped into the starting eleven to make their first Championship starts for Reading and could be proud of their efforts as Reading kicked-off their first league game in front of travelling fans for a very long time. The crowd of just over 19,000 were treated to a good game of football but Reading will be disappointed not to take a point after being 2-2 with five minutes left to play. <br/><br/> The game came to life after 25 minutes when three goals in three minutes saw Reading go a goal behind. Stoke went ahead only to see John Swift equalise after making the most of a defensive mistake. Reading goalkeeper Rafeal failed to make a save, jumping over the ball when he really should have done better for Stoke to immediately restore their lead. <br/><br/> In the second half Swift's corner from the right was met with a superb Liam Moore header to draw Reading level with half an hour left to play. Reading looked like they might hold out but the vital goal came on 85 minutes. The home side made a controversial fourth sub as the game entered the last minutes and then held out for the win. There were positives to take as Reading found the net twice and nearly drew on the road but it feels like a point dropped. <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/070821/Stoke_3_Reading_2">Stoke City 3 Reading 2</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/924/New_Season_Kicks-Off_With_Defeat_At_Stoke 924 Mon, 09 Aug 2021 10:51:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone?