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Reading 2-2 Crystal Palace: Point proves enough – Champions!

April 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Federici 8; Cummings 8, Pearce 7, Gorkss 7, Harte 8; Robson-Kanu 6 (Le Fondre 8), Leigertwood 7 (Tabb), Mullins 7 (Gunnarsson), McAnuff 8; Hunt 7, Roberts 7

What a difference two hours makes. After ten-man Reading battled to a draw against Crystal Palace at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon, most supporters expected the title showdown with Southampton to come down to the last day of the season. But at 7.15pm, the relief and delight was felt all across town as Middlesbrough beat the Saints, ensuring Reading’s second promotion to the top flight would also see them crowned champions for the second time. Reading made one change to the team which sealed Premier League football on Tuesday night – Hal Robson-Kanu came in on the right wing for Jimmy Kebe, who had been carrying a knee injury for a few games.

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Reading 2-0 Leeds United: Royals leave it late to dismiss lousy Leeds

April 6, 2012 6 comments

Federici 8; Cummings 7, Gorkss 7, Pearce 7, Harte 7; Kebe 5, Karacan 7 (Robson-Kanu 6 (Mullins)), Leigertwood 7, McAnuff 7; Roberts 7, Hunt 6 (Le Fondre 8)

As a fan, it’s not often that you come out of a game you’ve won with your main emotion being one of anger, subset by a peculiar combination of disbelief and relief. Especially a game that sees your team return to the top of the Championship table for the first time in nearly 6 years. But today’s match against Leeds saw exactly that reaction from most Reading fans, as two late goals from Adam Le Fondre became a mere subplot in the one-hundred-plus minutes the players spent on the pitch. The Royals kept the same starting XI which triumphed at Upton Park a week ago, but Hayden Mullins and Adam Le Fondre replaced the injured Jay Tabb and Benik Afobe on the bench.

(If you’d like to read about the actual football played in this match, skip about 2/3 of the way down the page.)

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Reading 3-1 Blackpool: Royals lead race for 2nd by a head

March 26, 2012 2 comments

Federici 7; Cummings 7, Pearce 8, Gorkss 8, Harte 8; Kebe 7, Leigertwood 8, Karacan 8, McAnuff 8; Afobe 7 (Church 6), Hunt 7

Harte celebrates his goal. Credit: Reading OS

As Reading enter the home straight, every game becomes even more vital than before. With Southampton a couple of lengths out in front, and West Ham and Reading comprising the chasing pack with the other contenders left way behind, every slip-up from here on in could make the difference between automatic promotion and the play-off “lottery”. Reading’s first blip came away at Peterborough on Tuesday night – the third away game in eight days for Brian McDermott’s men seeing them lose for the first time in eleven games to set Royals’ fans nerves tingling. They were aiming to resume normal service at the Mad Stad against Blackpool. Jason Roberts picked up a hamstring injury against the Posh and was replaced by new Arsenal loanee Benik Afobe up top. Shaun Cummings replaced another loanee, Hayden Mullins, in the only other change for Reading.

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Middlesbrough 0-2 Reading: Royals dismiss Boro to complete a fruitful February

February 28, 2012 8 comments

Pearce, Hunt and McAnuff. Credit to Reading OS

Federici 7; Connolly 7, Pearce 7, Gorkss 7, Harte 8; Kebe 7, Leigertwood 7, Karacan 7, McAnuff 7; Roberts 7, Hunt 7

Another victory for Reading means that the Royals have now won their last five League matches to nil. Whilst the performances haven’t been thrilling all-out attack from McDermott’s men, one word has been the pivotal descriptor: effective. Federici and company have blocked out the opposition entirely for 474 consecutive minutes, with the forward line grabbing the goals to steal the points. This review is going to be slightly different from usual, with me trying to summarise “Zonal Marking” style just how the Royals came away with victory at the Riverside.

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Reading 2-0 Coventry City: Flying Royals defeat Sky Blues

February 12, 2012 3 comments

Federici 8; Connolly 7, Pearce 7, Gorkss 7, Harte 7; Kebe 8 (Cywka), Karacan 7, Leigertwood 6 (Tabb), Mills 6; Roberts 7, Hunt 6 (Church 5)

After a two-week break owing to the Doncaster match falling foul of the weather last weekend, Reading finally got down to business in February. With the transfer window having drawn to a close, it was finally time to see if the Royals’ January transfer business could help guide the team to a playoff place come May. Jason Roberts retained his place up front for the visit of Coventry, who had lost all five of their last away games. Another new signing, Matthew Connolly, made his debut at right back, whilst Joseph Mills played in front of Ian Harte at left wing.

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Transfer Roundup – 25th January 2011

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

With Thames Sports Investment having agreed to buy 51% of Reading Football Club, and provide manager Brian McDermott with limited funds to buy players before the transfer deadline next Tuesday, The Tilehurst End looks at the players who could be plying their trade at the Madejski Stadium in February and beyond…

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Newsbites – 11th January 2012

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

January is here and that means one thing – transfer rumours galore!

One player the Royals are known to be interested in is Republic of Ireland U21 international Karl Sheppard. The striker is available on a free transfer from Shamrock Rovers and Reading are in the driving seat for his signature, according to the Reading Post.

The Reading Guide also gives it’s take on the story

Jimmy Kebe has been offered a new two-and-a-half year deal at Reading but the latest club to be linked with the Malian winger is Stoke City (FootballFriendsOnline), after a host of clubs including West Ham and Leicester.

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