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Brentford Outclass Reading

30 June 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

There was a worrying inevitability about this comprehensive defeat at the hands of promotion chasing Brentford. Make no mistake Brentford are a good side, but they hardly needed to get out of second gear to beat a toothless and predictable Reading side. In a nutshell, Reading never looked like scoring, and three currently typical glaring defensive lapses contributed to Brentford's three goals.
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Defeat At Derby

27 June 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

A much improved second half showing from The Royals almost produced the two goals required to salvage an away point at Pride Park this afternoon. Derby led two nil at half time having dominated the play, but appalling goalkeeping by ex-Reading 'keeper Ben Hamer presented Andy Rinomohta with the opportunity to reduce their lead with a header seventeen minutes into the second half. Reading appeared to have the momentum to go on to draw level, but after the drinks break and several substitutions, they seemed to lose their grip on the game.
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Loader To Leave After Rejecting Contract

26 June 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Young striker Danny Loader is set to officially leave the club next week as his contract comes to an end. The club had offered a contract extension to the player, but presumably his agent has recommended he turns it down, and the player will now have to find a new club over the summer. It is a disappointing end to the Reading career of a player that had so much potential but failed to come up with the goods in a Reading shirt. He leaves the Royals after scoring two very well taken goals but failing to make a real impression on the first team despite a very successful record for both England and Reading youth teams.

Loader was expected to leave in the last transfer window to Premier League club Wolves but terms between clubs could not be agreed, but now he is free to join Wolves or whoever is prepared to stump up the cash his agent is working to secure for the player. We fully expect to hear his name again in the future, but any future success will unfortunately not be in Berkshire.

Meanwhile all other players who had contracts ending in June have agreed short term extensions to allow them to complete the season as Reading players.

Reading Draw In First Game Back As Fans Locked Out

20 June 2020
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Championship football is back with us again and The Royals got off to a flying start. Joao opened the scoring after seven minutes with a delightful finish from Meite's cross, which I missed as the ifollow system predictably struggled to cope with everyone logging in just before kick-off. After a bright thirty minutes, the Reading striker unfortunately was forced to leave the pitch with a significant looking hamstring injury. Morrison might have extended Reading's lead early in the second half, but was blatantly fouled in the box in the second half. The referee somehow failed to notice the infringement. To round the afternoon off, a stoppage time equaliser from Stoke denied Reading their first win behind closed doors. It's good to be back!
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