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Reading Bottom: Another Narrow Defeat

13 August 2018
By Hob Nob Anyone?

It was business as usual for the Royals this weekend as they enjoyed some good spells of football against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground before leaving with a 0-1 defeat. Reading have lost their opening two games of the Championship season and sit bottom of the table, as they continue the form that finished last season's disappointing campaign. There are some signs for optimism, but the truth is that despite the signings of Baldock and McNulty the Royals are dramatically lacking up front. There seems little doubt that Reading face a tough season ahead of them. Most Reading fans remain confident that Reading will avoid the drop but there are no signs that we should expect anything more with the current squad.

Playing away from home against a team expected to challenge for promotion this season, Reading did a good job in limiting Forest's chances. Despite Liam Moore staying at Reading he was again missing from the match day squad, allowing Ilori and McShane to continue in the centre of defence. The defence dealt with Forest with no issues for most of the game. After few chances it was 0-0 at half-time and it was Reading that went closest after the break with Meite putting a header just wide. However, it was a quiet afternoon from Baldock who found himself replaced by McNulty on the hour. McNulty also had no success up front and instead it was Forest that claimed the win on 68 minutes as they gradually too control of the game.

The Royals were never likely to come back from a goal down away from home - they last time we scored on the road was way back in March. Reading have now scored just a single league goal in their last five games and Clement appears to have a massive job ahead of him to turn things around. Despite the early pressure Clement remains confident of a Reading revival as the season continues: "It was too not bad a performance, particularly away from home against a team that played very well in their last game here... we had the advantage... The reality is we're an improving team. I can see the improvement so I'm not worried."

Reading now face Birmingham City at home on Tuesday night in the league cup before Bolton Wanderers visit next weekend. Reading will fancy their chances of some first league points of the season against Bolton who struggled last term and just survived the drop. However, Bolton will arrive with confidence after picking up four points from their opening two games.


Discussion On This Story:


» 11 Aug 2018 18:45

Another game and another defeat. Forest away normally is so no real difference from any past season there. Last time we went there for an August fixture we lost 4-1 so an improvement on that

Overall there does seem to be some improvement in the team and the way it plays and anyone who was expecting anything more than mid table at best with this current rebuild is deluded.

An unluckiy loss to Derby and now this result shouldn’t set alarm bells ringing but it does heighten the main issue which is a serious lack of attacking prowess.

Desperately need midfield invention to challenge and cover the seemingly permanently crocked Swift for a start.

Anyway speed your ramblings below.


» 11 Aug 2018 18:54

About time you got your act together


» 11 Aug 2018 19:24

Thought we played well for the most part and didn’t deserve to lose but it’s painfully apparent where we are going to struggle. So impotent up front.


» 11 Aug 2018 19:33

Just got back. I really enjoyed that. Yes we lost, but we weren’t outclassed. We played well and created chances. Forest were no better or worse than us, they created a few half chances....but most of their best chances came from our mistakes. Grabban’s 1 on 1 with Vito, the close header and the goal. I thought Vito played well, but had little chance with the goal. I was impressed with the back 4 and our central midfield. Attacking wise, it seems to be slowly coming together, but we didn’t use Barrow nearly enough. I really like Meite, but he clearly still needs time to develop his game. He has a real hunger and works hard for the team.....however, he may not be the answer this season. Overall no need to panic yet, however obviously if we don’t start scoring a few more of our chances then it’ll be a long old season!!


» 11 Aug 2018 19:40

Seen the long season quotes on quite a few outlets this evening. in truth it won`t be any longer than any other team.


» 11 Aug 2018 19:54

In other words we’re fcuked.


» 11 Aug 2018 20:13

In other words we’re fcuked.
Yeah, but in a really positive, much improved way.....


» 11 Aug 2018 20:35

I’m going to start with ratings.

Mannone 5 - remarkably unremarkable.

Yiadom 7 - quickly becoming my favourite player. Best right back we’ve had for almost a decade.

Ilori 8 - hard to pick between him and Yiadom but was once again excellent, mature and commanding performance.

McShane 6 - less of a liability but too uncultured often giving away possession by hoofing it where there was perhaps a better option. Is seemingly forming a decent partnership with Ilori though so think it would be harsh to drop him. As much as it pains me to say it I’d persist atm.

Blackett 4 - quite a Blackett performance, some good some bad, some very very bad.

Meyler 5 - didn’t notice him too much which might be a good thing. Did have a tendency to just lump it back in but probably solid enough.

Kelly 5 - saw a lot of the ball and found some good passes down the left but still not enough cutting edge creatively. Average set piece delivery at times.

Barrow 5 - was marked out of the game didn’t have much joy at all but still managed to get into a couple of dangerous areas.

Bod 6 - a lot of running and commitment and endeavour but lacks quality. Nothing we don’t already know.

Meite 6 - would be worth £20 million if he had a first touch, unfortunately he doesn’t. Still very raw. Didn’t realise how much of a beast he is in the air. Happy to persist with him especially if it’s at the expense of Aluko.

Baldock 5 - still don’t really know what to make of Baldock but he didn’t have a sniff. We need to find a way of linking up our strikers but we’re a long way off the mark there. Never really had the ball in any dangerous areas.

Cba to do subs but good to see McNulty. Did absolutely nothing but not really his fault.

Referee utterly atrocious, beyond belief the amount of shit he let Forest get away with, to see he didn’t book one of their players is incredible.

Forest looked very average, won’t be causing anyone any trouble based on that.

Our overall performances certainly haven’t warranted us being bottom with zero points and whilst our inadequate strike force and attack means we will struggle for goals this season, I’ve seen enough in our play to suggest we should be ok, but the longer we go on without a win (or a draw for that matter) the quicker confidence will sink and the harder it will be.


» 11 Aug 2018 21:04

Whens McNulty going to get a shot considering he is prolific and our front line is far from it?


» 11 Aug 2018 21:07

v Brum next week


» 11 Aug 2018 21:14

I think the strike force will score goals given time. Baldock is a quality player who will do well once settled imo, and Bod despite his clear limitations is a pain in the arse to play against, and will score 10+ for us

McNulty is a bit of an unknown but Im hopeful he’ll acclimatise

Meite and the likes of Swift and Barrow should chip on with a few as well. Happy to be fairly patient for the moment. There are enough good signs I think, but I’d feel massively better if we are sitting on 3 points this time next week


» 11 Aug 2018 21:26


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