Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:01:49 BST Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:01:49 BST 1800 Twentieth Placed Finish After Goalless Draw Reading may not have finished the season on a high note but at least it ended on a happy one. With nothing at stake for either side in this final fixture of a difficult season, a goalless outcome was always on the cards. Reading should have won, and deserved to win, due to the chances created, and a greater desire to play some attacking football. Jose Gomes took advantage their hard earned Championship safety to play three academy players up front, and the skill and confidence demonstrated by those three (Loader, Olise and Barrett) gave Reading the edge in a lively first half. Reading had three very good chances to take the lead but let City off the hook on each occasion. There was a party atmosphere to celebrate surviving the relegation battle and the success of manager Jose Gomes in arresting the decline of the club in the second half of the season. Jose, I am sure, appreciated the Portuguese influence evident in shirts, banners and flags amongst the crowd. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/050519/Reading_0_Birmingham_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/050519/Reading_0_Birmingham_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Birmingham City 0</a> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/797/Twentieth_Placed_Finish_After_Goalless_Draw 797 Tue, 07 May 2019 09:42:15 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Loader Goal - First Of Many? Despite defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday it was still a very satisfactory weekend for the Royals. Although we were already safe from relegation, it was mathematically confirmed with a game spare as Rotherham were beaten at West Bromwich Albion. That defeat meant <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47994364">Rotherham were relegated</a> and will join Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town in League One next season. There was more good news for Reading fans as England youth International Danny Loader got off the mark with his first senior goal for the club. And what a strike it was as he collected the ball from a Gunter throw on the left, turned past his marker and unleased a fantastic effort from outside the box into the top right corner of the Middlesbrough goal. <br/><br/> As well as immediately becoming a contender for Reading's goal of the season it got conversation going on what the future holds for Loader as he become one of Reading's youngest ever goal scorers. At just 18 years old to have already established himself in the first team and got on the scoresheet is a huge achievement. Neil Webb remains as Reading's youngest scorer, despite playing in midfield, after making his Reading debut when 16 years old and scoring his first goal only a month after his 17th birthday. Neil Webb went on to make 72 appearances for the Royals, scoring 22 goals before his career took him to Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest, Manchester United, Nottingham Forest and of course England. He is perhaps the most successful player to have began his career at Reading. He went on to earn 26 England caps, scoring 4 goals for the three lions. <br/><br/> Everyone will be hoping the club manage to hold on to Danny Loader as he is sure to attract interest from other clubs. If he does stay with the Royals then he is currently 190 goals behind the Reading FC's record goal scorer, <A href="http://www.readingfcformerplayers.co.uk/news/52/After_the_Football_-_Trevor_Senior">Trevor Senior</a>. Senior scored an insane number of goals off all parts of his body during two stays with the club, including hitting an incredible 41 goals in the 1983-1984 season. It seems unthinkable that any Reading striker will ever come to Senior's haul in that season. His strike rate was over a goal every two games across his Reading career which made him such a prolific goalscorer. <br/><br/> Reading's top league goalscorer of all time is Ron Blackman who scored 158 league goals, and a further 9 FA Cup goals. While Trevor Senior got his goals over 362 appearances, Blackman was just 24 goals short of Senior's record despite playing 240 times for the Royals. Sandwiched between Senior and Blackman in our top scorers table is Jimmy Wheeler with one more goal in all competitions than Ron Blackman. It's hard to appreciate just how many goals those three legends scored. Jimmy Quinn 'only' scored 94 for the Royals, although he hit 40 goals in just one season in 1993-1994. In more recent times fans like to remember Dave Kitson and Jamie Cureton, but they are both much further down the list with 62 and 55 goals respectively. <br/><br/> With Oliveira and Meite both out injured for Sunday's final game of the season, at home against Birmingham City, it will be interesting to predict the result and who might get on the scoresheet. Apart from Loader and Meite our only other scorers in the last 9 games are Rinomhota, Baker and Barrow. Many people like to track goals scored in past games to help figure out how the next game might play out, as this way they can make more accurate bets on sites like <a href="https://sport.netbet.co.uk/">NetBet sports betting</a>. Without this information, understanding the odds of a game would be certainly more difficult. <br/><br/> Reading have struggled to find a consistent goal scorer in recent seasons, and have struggled as a result. Meite will finish the season as leading goalscorer with just 13 goals. Last season Barrow and Bodvarsson were top of the charts for the Royals but only found the net 10 times. The last time we had a striker that hit more than 20 goals in a season was Shane Long, now the holder of the fastest ever Premier League goal, when he scored 25 goals all the way back in the 2010-2011 season. After another disappointing campaign we will be hoping for a big improvement next season - and hopefully a striker emerging who can consistently find the back of the net. It would be unfair to put that level of expectation on Loader at such an early stage of his career, but hopefully he can chip in at least with a few more goals next season to help us on our way to a higher placed finish. http://www.royals.org/news/796/Loader_Goal_-_First_Of_Many? 796 Wed, 01 May 2019 17:16:36 BST Hob Nob Anyone? John O'Shea Confirms Retirement John O'Shea may have played his last game for Reading after officially confirming his retirement from playing. O'Shea has had an incredible career but only came to Reading at the start of the season on a one year contract as a back-up player. As a result, he only featured for the Royals ten times this season, playing eight Championship games and two league cup games. His last appearance was when he came on as a 72nd minute substitute in our 1-1 home draw against Rotherham on 23 February 2019. O'Shea will be expected to use his long and varied experience in the game to take up a coaching role in the future. <Br/><br/> His time at Reading will be easily forgotten after his success in the game came much earlier in his career with Manchester United. He played more than 250 times for the Red Devils and earned 118 caps for the Republic of Ireland. While with Manchester United he won 14 trophies, including the Champions League, before moving to Sunderland in 2011. At Sunderland things gradually went downhill as he was part of the team relegated to the Championship and then relegated again to League One. As Sunderland went down O'Shea took the opportunity to move back to the Championship with Reading but found his opportunities to start matches limited, despite Reading struggling at the wrong end of the table. http://www.royals.org/news/795/John_O'Shea_Confirms_Retirement 795 Wed, 01 May 2019 12:58:55 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Safe After Entertaining Draw With West Brom Reading virtually guaranteed their place in the Championship next season with a gutsy performance against promotion chasing Albion. The point gained in such a spirited manner coupled with a Rotherham's home defeat at the hands of Birmingham City left Reading six points clear of the Yorkshire side with only two games remaining and a goal difference thirteen goals inferior to Reading. Make no mistake about it, Reading are safe and deservedly so. The celebrations which greeted the final whistle were certainly not premature. Relief and joy were evident in equal measures amongst players and fans alike. <Br/> <A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/220419/Reading_0_West_Brom_0"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/220419/Reading_0_West_Brom_0">Match Report: Reading 0 West Bromwich Albion 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/794/Safe_After_Entertaining_Draw_With_West_Brom 794 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:52:51 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Another Big Step Towards Safety Buoyed with confidence gained from a magnificent away draw against league leaders Norwich in midweek Reading raced into an early lead with two superbly taken goals from Yakou Meite in the opening fifteen minutes. Typically Reading settled for consolidating that lead instead of pushing on for third goal and almost paid the price after Brentford's hopes were revived by a disastrous sequence of events just before half time which allowed Maupay to slot home his twenty-sixth goal of the season. The second half saw a familiar scenario for Reading fans as they watched their team hanging on desperately to claim three absolutely vital points. However, all is well that ends well, and it was a deserved victory overall although Reading made hard work of beating an average Brentford side they looked capable of blowing away before half time. <br/><strong><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130419/Reading_2_Brentford_1">Read More...</A></strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130419/Reading_2_Brentford_1">Matc Report and Fan Opinion: Reading 2 Brentford 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/793/Another_Big_Step_Towards_Safety 793 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 12:29:15 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Important Win As Relegation Fears Ease Mo Barrow and Yakou Meite combined twice in space six minutes in the first half to score the goals which gave Reading a much needed and thoroughly deserved victory over a Preston side looking for their seventh successive away win to boost their chances of making the play-offs. On the half hour Barrow's pace took him clear of the North End defence to deliver a perfect cross for Meite to slide in and finish at the far post. Meite reciprocated six minutes later flicking on a long ball to put Barrow in behind the North end defence again. Once again Barrow's pace proving too much for the visitor's defence as he nipped in between centre back and 'keeper and slipped the ball into an unguarded net. <br/><br/> This was a significant win in terms alleviating the fear of relegation and boosting confidence we enter as the crucial final phase of the season. Three wins, a draw, and only one defeat in the last three games is indicative of a good run of form. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/300319/Reading_2_Preston_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/300319/Reading_2_Preston_1"><Strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 2 Preston North End 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/791/Important_Win_As_Relegation_Fears_Ease 791 Mon, 01 Apr 2019 09:51:26 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Another Game - Another Must Win Reading face Preston North End at the Madejski Stadium this weekend knowing only a victory will do as they attempt to avoid relegation. Every game is vital now, with just eight games of the season remaining and the Royals just a single point out of the bottom three. With a difficult run in to the end of the season, a home match against Preston might even be considered one of our better chances of picking up three points despite the visitors sitting in 7th place and only outside the play-off places on goal difference. Preston have won four out of their last five league games and will be favourites for the win. <br/><br/> The Royals also have to play top of the table Norwich City away, 4th placed West Brom at home, and 5th placed Middlesbrough away. Our other home games are Brentford and Birmingham City on the final day of the season. With Birmingham City now just four points ahead of Reading after their nine point deduction it's possible that final game could have implications for both sides. Apart from the game against Birmingham all our remaining fixtures are now against sides in the top thirteen places in the table. It's difficult to see where all the points are going to come from to enable us to survive the drop. <br/><br/> Midfielder Andy Rinomhota is likely to still be missing from the starting eleven, but could make the bench, as he returns to training this week after missing most of the season so far injured. Sam Baldock, who scored for Reading against Preston back in September, is in a similar situation as he looks to return from injury but may not be quite ready for the visit of Preston. Nelson Oliveira remains out with his hamstring injury but is looking to take part in Reading's relegation battle before the season wraps up. <br/><br/> Last season Reading were 1-0 winners over Preston at the Madejski Stadium and earlier this season we were 3-2 winners on the road. That 3-2 win was our first league win of the season and Reading will have a rare chance to pick up six points off one team this season on Saturday afternoon. <br/><br/> <strong>Reading's Remaining Fixtures</strong> <ul> <li>Sat 30 March: Preston North End (Home) </li> <li>Sat 6 April: Hull City (Away) </li> <li>Wed 10 April: Norwich City (Away) </li> <li>Sat 13 April: Brentford (Home) </li> <li>Fri 19 April: Bristol City (Away) </li> <li>Mon 22 April: West Brom (Home) </li> <li>Sat 27 April: Middlesbrough (Away) </li> <li>Sun 5 May: Birmingham City (Home) </li> </ul> <br/><br/> <table cellpadding=3 cellspacing=1 width=95%><tr><td colspan=15 class=table_a>Championship COMBINED FORM Table at: 26 March 2019</td></tr><tr><td class=table_b>POS.</td><td class=table_b>&nbsp;</td><td class=table_b>Pl</td><td class=table_b>W</td><td class=table_b>D</td><td class=table_b>L</td><td class=table_b>F</td><td class=table_b>A</td><td class=table_b>GD</td><td class=table_b>POINTS</td><td class=table_b>LAST 6 GAMES</td></tr> <tr><td class=table_2 >4</td><td class=table_2 >Preston North End</td><td class=table_2 >6</td><td class=table_2 >4</td><td class=table_2 >2</td><td class=table_2 >0</td><td class=table_2 >8</td><td class=table_2 >3</td><td class=table_2 >+5</td><td class=table_2 >14</td><td class=table_2 ><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='won'>W</span></td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >12</td><td class=table_3 ><strong>READING</strong></td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >11</td><td class=table_3 >-5</td><td class=table_3 >8</td><td class=table_3 ><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span></td></tr> </table> <Br/><br/> <table cellpadding=3 cellspacing=1 width=95%><tr><td colspan=15 class=table_a>Championship Table at: 26 March 2019</td></tr><tr><td class=table_b>POS</td><td class=table_b>&nbsp;</td><td class=table_b>Pl</td><td class=table_b>HW</td><td class=table_b>HD</td><td class=table_b>HL</td><td class=table_b>HF</td><td class=table_b>HA</td><td class=table_b>AW</td><td class=table_b>AD</td><td class=table_b>AL</td><td class=table_b>AF</td><td class=table_b>AA</td><td class=table_b>GD</td><td class=table_b>POINTS</td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >7</td><td class=table_3 >Preston North End</td><td class=table_3 >38</td><td class=table_3 >7</td><td class=table_3 >9</td><td class=table_3 >3</td><td class=table_3 >34</td><td class=table_3 >24</td><td class=table_3 >8</td><td class=table_3 >3</td><td class=table_3 >8</td><td class=table_3 >24</td><td class=table_3 >26</td><td class=table_3 >+8</td><td class=table_3 >57</td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >21</td><td class=table_3 ><strong>READING</strong></td><td class=table_3 >38</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >9</td><td class=table_3 >25</td><td class=table_3 >29</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >9</td><td class=table_3 >8</td><td class=table_3 >15</td><td class=table_3 >27</td><td class=table_3 >-16</td><td class=table_3 >37</td></tr></table> http://www.royals.org/news/790/Another_Game_-_Another_Must_Win 790 Fri, 29 Mar 2019 16:09:03 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Leeds Cruise To Straight Forward Win Taking on Leeds looking for three points to go top of the league with a team significantly weakened by injuries presented a severe test of character and resilience for The Royals, and although losing by three goals at home is never a good thing, with so many key players missing, and teams around Reading also losing, it made little difference to the relegation battle. In fact to get this fixture out of the way without losing ground on their immediate rivals was not a bad outcome for The Royals. Leeds had the game won by half time with three well taken goals and for a while it looked like Reading were heading for an even bigger defeat than Theresa May. United however could afford to keep something back for their bigger battle against third placed Sheffield United on Saturday, and with a better second half performance Reading limited the damage to their goal difference. <br/><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/120319/Reading_0_Leeds_3"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/120319/Reading_0_Leeds_3"><strong>Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 Leeds United 3</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/789/Leeds_Cruise_To_Straight_Forward_Win 789 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:05:01 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Climb Table With Dramatic Late Win The course of a game, or even a season, can often hinge on a single moment, and in the sixty-ninth minute of this dramatic home win for Reading, we witnessed one of those moments. An astonishing save from Martinez prevented Powell from scoring from close range when the Wigan forward met a perfect low cross from Massey. Had he converted the chance it would have given Wigan a two goal lead and put the result beyond doubt. Having been guilty of careless distribution which led to Wigan's second goal, Martinez made amends with his outstanding save which arguably gave a Reading a lift, at a crucial point in the game sparking a revival which turned the game in their favour. Whether or not that was the case we can't be sure, but it certainly kept Reading in the game. <br/><br/> Encouraged by some extremely weak refereeing by Andy Davies, Wigan attempted to bully Reading, disrupt play, and waste time at every opportunity but ultimately justice was served in a fitting manner. With a couple of minutes of normal time remaining Reece James went down and lay motionless as if suffering a serious head injury. Judging by the way he miraculously 'recovered' so quickly his reaction was somewhat exaggerated. His intention was clearly to run down the clock. The fact that it also halted a promising attack for Reading was, from Wigan's point of view, a bonus. It backfired horribly for them when, from the resulting drop ball, Barrow received the ball some thirty yards out and drilled a magnificent equaliser past Jones. Reading now had the upper hand and in the seventh minute of stoppage time (mainly accumulated through Wigan's time wasting) Meite headed home powerfully from a corner to complete an exhilarating comeback. The Madjeski Stadium was in a state of euphoria the like of which had not been experienced for very long time. Jose Gomes and Meite were booked for their celebrations, but I don't think anyone cared at that point. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/090319/Reading_3_Wigan_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/090319/Reading_3_Wigan_2"><Strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 3 Wigan Athletic 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/788/Royals_Climb_Table_With_Dramatic_Late_Win 788 Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:29:49 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Fail To Hold On Against Rotherham Reading paid the price for their over cautious approach to this crucial match against fellow strugglers Rotherham. A golden opportunity to move three points clear of the drop zone was squandered in attempting to hold on to a narrow one goal lead, as once again the Royals failed to hold on to a lead and conceded late in the game. United rely almost exclusively on set plays from free-kicks, corners, and long throw-ins to create scoring opportunities. Reading's second half tactics played right into their hands. Sitting back simply provided Rotherham with more opportunities to launch more high balls into the Reading box and almost predictably a chance fell to Ajayi eleven minutes from the end, who scored from close range when the ball dropped to him from a Robertson header at the far post. It could have got even worse for Reading when Newell shot narrowly wide in stoppage time after a late flurry of chances were wasted by the Royals. This was not a disastrous result for Reading but a worrying performance nonetheless. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/230219/Reading_1_Rotherham_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/230219/Reading_1_Rotherham_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 Rotherham United 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/787/Reading_Fail_To_Hold_On_Against_Rotherham 787 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 17:57:15 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Out Of Bottom Three With Dramatic Win An outstanding finish from Nelson Oliveira gave Reading the win they desperately needed as they climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since Boxing Day. Rovers dominated possession in the first half, flooding the midfield and stifling any attempts by the Royals to play their passing game. Then in stoppage time a penetrative run and pass by Yiadom found Swift in the box, who shifted the ball out of his feet and squeezed the ball past 'keeper Raya inside the far post. <br/><br/> Reading came out for the second half on the front foot and, with Meite replacing Aluko, looked a far more potent attacking force. Inside the last ten minutes Bell broke through on the left and levelled the scores giving Reading fans that familiar sinking feeling. Rovers were in the ascendency and sensed they might even push on to take all three points. Oliveira had other ideas, and when Swift's excellent long ball found him deep in the Rovers half he ran at the visitors defence, cut inside the centre back, and hammered the ball past Raya. The Madejski Stadium erupted as the home fans acclaimed what proved to be the winning goal. <br/><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130219/Reading_2_Blackburn_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130219/Reading_2_Blackburn_1"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 2 Blackburn Rovers 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/786/Reading_Out_Of_Bottom_Three_With_Dramatic_Win 786 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:29:08 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Five Wins All Season: Can The Royals Beat The Drop? <p><img src="/images/josegomes.jpg" style="max-width:100%; width:100%"></p> <p>Reading have just 16 games to rescue their season and could require as many as 24 points to earn survival if Championship history is to go by.</p> <p>The Royals find themselves in a real dogfight having picked up just 25 points from 30 games but sit just one point away from safety with a significantly better goal difference.</p> <p>Bookmakers like 888sport and bet365 are currently tipping Jose Gomes' men for survival, favouring Ipswich, Bolton and Rotherham to be playing League One football next season. </p> <p>Many <a href="https://freebets.uk/">UK betting sites with their latest betting offers</a> are pricing Reading at around 8-11 for relegation, with Championship rivals Rotherham priced at 1-2 with bookie bet365.</p> <p>The club face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this weekend, where they go into the game as 2/1 underdogs with with bookmakers Ladbrokes and William Hill following two wins on the spin for the South Yorkshire club. </p> <p>Gomes has won just one game since taking over in late December, but could need to win as many as half the club's remaining fixtures in order to guarantee survival. The Reading manager also finds himself amongst the favourites to be the next Championship manager to be sacked and is priced at 3/1 to face the chop.</p> <p>History suggests that teams finishing in 21st place <a href="https://www.football.london/reading-fc/number-points-reading-fc-need-15785984">average around the 49.2 points mark</a>. Currently, the Royals season form marks them to finish on 38 points, 11 short.</p> <p>However, as it stands Rotherham, Millwall and Wigan Athletic are also set to fall short on that target, meaning there's every chance Championship football can remain at the Madejski.</p> <p>There are a number of fixtures that will be integral to this. The club faces both Rotherham and Ipswich in the coming weeks and maximum points will go a long way into securing the club's future in the second tier. </p> <p>First up for the club is the Millers on February 23. The two sides drew just before Christmas on the day Gomes was appointed Reading manager, and he'll be desperate to get points to close the gap on relegation rivals. </p> <p>Ipswich away follows the Rotherham game on the opening weekend of March with Wigan, a side just seven points from the club following that, meaning a huge fortnight of football is in store for the club. </p> <p>Pick up nine points and chances of survival would be well in their favour and would build huge momentum going into the final few months of the season.</p> <p>It's not going to be an easy ride for the club who are looking to avoid ending up in the third tier of football for the first times since 1989. There are enough struggling teams surrounding them to avoid that, but a record of one win in eight is going to have to be bettered if Gomes' men are going to make it. </p> <p>Gomes believes it will be tough this weekend for his Reading side, who take on Wednesday in Steve Bruce's first game in charge. He'll be wanting to get off to a good start, but should he pull off a result, it's game on from now until the end of the season.</p> <p><u><a href="https://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/2019/february/itll-be-tough-for-us--but-well-make-it-tough-for-them/">He said</a></u>, 'We need to win. If we win, we will get closer to being in a safe position. That's what we hope and what we are trying to do this Saturday.</p> <p>'And we will put all of our focus on the next game. We cannot split our focus to the next two or three games - we have to put all of our focus on the next game, which is against a good team with an experienced manager. It'll be a tough game for us and we'll make it a tough game for them.'</p> <p>A lot of fight is required over the coming weeks. Can Gomes pull it off? We certainly hope so.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/792/Five_Wins_All_Season:_Can_The_Royals_Beat_The_Drop? 792 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:12:52 GMT Hob Nob Anyone?