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Reading Get Win In Spain

17 July 2019
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Reading followed up a 0-0 morning draw with Malaga B to beat second tier Spanish side Extremadura in the evening. Danny Loader scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the second half after winning the penalty following a tricky run into the box. Reading used the second half of their squad out in Spain after the morning game, but some players from the morning also got extra game time as substitutes. Walker impressed in goal making some vital saves to enable the Royals to pick up their second clean sheet of the game. Yiadom was back in action after returning from International duty, while Howe and McIntryre also made further starts for Reading in defence.

 

Discussion On This Story:

 Sutekh

» 15 May 2019 09:52

All off to Estepona in Spain for 2 weeks on 7th July



Games will all be behind closed doors though

Final pre-season game will be at the Mad Stad on 28th July.

 CountryRoyal

» 15 May 2019 10:12

Ffs why the relatively sudden boner for playing pre seasons behind closed doors. Yawn.

 10539.4 Miles Away

» 15 May 2019 10:15



Trialists playing? New formations / tactics being experimented with? Gives players the freedom in a semi competitive match to try to test themselves without the pressure of judgement being made by fans / on t'internet? The fact that the results really don't matter as long as they're not all loses (like our past 2 seasons)

I agree that I'd love them to be open but understand theres many reasons they wouldn't be.

 Hound

» 15 May 2019 10:38

was some mention of trying to stream them via social media, which would be nice

 Hendo

» 15 May 2019 10:41



Can seem them doing this on Facebook/Instagram, if not the games, I think there will be a lot of content from the camp, which would still be nice to see.

 Victor Meldrew

» 15 May 2019 11:03

2 weeks sounds like a hell of a long time to be away together-it will either lead to great bonding or massive fall-outs. :wink:

 10539.4 Miles Away

» 15 May 2019 11:05



Lol. In which case ignore my post above. If they're streaming the lot then surely there's no good reason it's behind closed doors. Unless it's to keep stadium/policing costs down?

 muirinho

» 15 May 2019 11:12



Lol. In which case ignore my post above. If they're streaming the lot then surely there's no good reason it's behind closed doors. Unless it's to keep stadium/policing costs down?

Actually I'd say that's very likely - there's probably required staffing levels etc as soon as you let the public in.

Be interesting to see what pre-season games are lined up for when they come back. so far just the one mentioned at the MS.

 Victor Meldrew

» 15 May 2019 11:16



Lol. In which case ignore my post above. If they're streaming the lot then surely there's no good reason it's behind closed doors. Unless it's to keep stadium/policing costs down?

Actually I'd say that's very likely - there's probably required staffing levels etc as soon as you let the public in.

Be interesting to see what pre-season games are lined up for when they come back. so far just the one mentioned at the MS.

There won't be a lot of time will there?

 muirinho

» 15 May 2019 11:27



Actually I'd say that's very likely - there's probably required staffing levels etc as soon as you let the public in.

Be interesting to see what pre-season games are lined up for when they come back. so far just the one mentioned at the MS.

There won't be a lot of time will there?

Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. Like I'm not bothered about whether preseason games abroad are open to the public or not - but I'm wondering are they using extra long trip to ensure there aren't many preseason games with us plebs allowed in at all.

I don't think you'd get the issues about the cost of opening up a stadium for 50 people if we were playing say Charlton, or AFC wimbledon

Also - seriously, are preseason games against European teams as good preparation as preseasons against lower league opposition here?

 paultheroyal

» 15 May 2019 13:43



Club will think they have softened the blow somewhat with at long last a decent home friendly lined up. Should be the biggest crowd we will have all season lol.

 Sutekh

» 15 May 2019 14:24



Club will think they have softened the blow somewhat with at long last a decent home friendly lined up. Should be the biggest crowd we will have all season lol.

Guess behind closed doors enables the club to keep costs down and easily arrange games against local opposition as well as other teams "on tour".

Presumably there'll be a couple of "big name" clubs that they'll play out in Spain and I'd expect at least one if not a couple of games will be subjected to a Tim Dellor commentary.

Hope there'll be a couple of games before they go away though.


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