Hob Nob Anyone? - Reading Football Club News Archive 2010-2012

Danny Guthrie Signs On Free
Added by HNA? on 29/06/12
Reading have announced a major new signing - former Newcastle United midfielder Danny Guthrie. Guthrie signed today on a three new contract as Reading continue to build their squad for the return to the top tier. There was even better news - he was snapped up on a free transfer after his contract with Alan Pardew's Newcastle ended. Guthrie comes to Reading with an excellent reputation and clearly ticks all the boxes after four very successful seasons with Newcastle. The Magpies originally signed the Liverpool trainee for 2.5 million four years ago and you would have thought his value had increased after adding 19 appearances to his career record during Newcastle's impressive season.

  • Guthrie Signing Discussion

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    Premier League Fixtures Released
    Added by HNA? on 18/06/12
    Fixtures for the new 2012/2013 Premier League season have been released - and Reading will kick-off life back in England's top flight with the visit of Stoke City to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday 18th August. The Royals then travel to Sunderland the following weekend. Manchester United visit Reading on the 1st December and Arsenal visit just two weeks later in a tough festive month that also sees Reading travel to Manchester City. Boxing Day is home against Swansea City. The final home game of the season is the visit of defending champions Manchester City, with the final game being a trip to West Ham United on the 19th May 2013.

  • 2012/2013 Premier League Fixtures - In Full
  • Discuss the new season fixtures

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    End Of Season Awards
    Added by HNA? on 12/06/12
    The dust has settled on another fantastic season at Reading Football Club - with the Royals back in the Premier League after winning the Championship. I think it's fair to say that Reading far exceeded everyone's expectations as they put a poor start behind them to march up the table and claim promotion and then the top spot with games spare. But which was the performance of the year for you - and who was Reading's player of the season?

  • End of Season Awards 2011/2012 - Vote Now!

  • Rumour Rating: Definite

    TSI Take Majority Share
    Added by HNA? on 29/05/12
    Thames Sports Investment, owned by Anton Zingarevich, have become the majority shareholder in Reading Footbal Club as the takeover finally completed today. The takeover was expected to complete shortly after the January announcement by delays were added to delays after the Royals won promotion to the Premier League. The takeover sees changes in the boardroom with Anton Zingarevich, Christopher Samuelson and Andrew Obolensky becoming directors at the club. John Madejski remains technically in charge with Nigel Howe joining Ian Wood-Smith at director level. Thames Sports Investment now own 51% of the club. Supporters will now be interested to see how much investment TSI are willing to put into the club via incoming transfers. The Royals have already secured the services of Garath McCleary from Nottingham Forest on a free transfer but there is high expectation that Reading will strengthen further in a bid to remain in the top tier next season.
    Rumour Rating: Definite

    Reading Are League Champions
    Added by HNA? on 22/04/12
    Reading have been confirmed as League Champions after a point against Crystal Palace was enough to take the Championship title. After clinching promotion last Tuesday, Reading effectively wrapped up a stunning season by confirming a first place finish with a game still to play. Second placed Southampton kicked off later in the day and needed to at least match Reading to have a chance of heading up the table next weekend. However the Saints 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough left Reading four points clear at the top with just one game of the season to play. Reading now head to Birmingham on the last day of the season with nothing at stake, other than a chance to finish on a high in front of a sea of inflatables. Birmingham are also safe in the play-offs (unless Reading score twenty or so) meaning the pressure is off for both sides. However, it's sure to be an excellent atmosphere at Birmingham as the celebrations continue. The only bad news is that the Champions will be without Jason Roberts who was judged to have used his elbow and picked up a straight red card just before the break against Palace. Reading were looking to continue their amazing run of wins but were forced to settle for a draw after playing the whole second half with ten men. Reading went in 1-1 at the break after Gorkss had scored an equaliser. The Royals looked on course for another win when Le Fondre scored on 53 minutes but the visitors made it 2-2 inside the last 15 minutes.
    Rumour Rating: Definite

    Reading Promoted To Premier League
    Added by HNA? on 18/04/12
    We've done it! And with two games to spare. Reading have been promoted to the Premier League for the second time in their long history after a 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest at the Madejski Stadium. The performance was a long way from being a classic as Reading put in a rare nervy performance following constant talk of imminent promotion. Reading simply had to put in a result better than West Ham United to secure a third season in the top tier of English football. The first half saw few chances for either side. Reading did manage to get the ball into the net but play had already been stopped for a foul on the keeper. After the break super-sub Le Fondre appeared and Reading started to increase the pressure. Le Fondre looked set to put Reading ahead after breaking through but saw his effort go inches side of the right post. With ten minutes left on the clock news filtered through that West Ham's match had ended in a 1-1 draw at Bristol City - a victory would be enough to confirm Reading as a Premier League side for next season. Moments later the celebrations began. The Royals won a free kick deep on the left hand side that was crossed in by Harte. Leigertwood was in the middle to connect and strike home the promotion winning goal. The Stadium erupted. Despite a few nervous moments, including a clearance off the goalline from Pearce as Forest hunted a late equaliser, Reading hung on to make it an amazing 15 wins from 17 league fixtures. The final whistle saw emotional scenes of mass celebration as the fans poured on the pitch from all directions to celebrate. This was a night to remember.
    Rumour Rating: Definite

    Added by HNA? on 17/04/12
    We are Premier League!
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    West Ham Keep Up Chase
    Added by HNA? on 16/04/12
    West Ham United kept up their chase of automatic promotion with a 6-0 victory over Brighton at the weekend, in response to Reading's 3-1 away victory at Southampton in the battle of the top two sides. Reading are top of the pile, and are suddenly firm favouries for automatic promotion as the three sides compete for the two two spots.
    Despite West Ham's big win, The Royals can still seal promotion on Tuesday night if they beat Nottingham Forest and West Ham fail to win at Bristol City. Reading will also be promotion if they draw and the Hammers lose. Reading are best placed - top of the table and three points clear of second placed Southampton - and it is also Reading that appear to have the best run in to finish the season. The Royals have two home fixtures out of the final three while Southampton and West Ham both have two trips on the road.

    Reading's Remaining Fixtures
    17 Apr: Nottingham Forest (Home)
    21 Apr: Crystal Palace (Home)
    28 Apr: Birmingham City (Away)

    Southampton's Remaining Fixtures
    17 Apr: Peterborough United (Away)
    21 Apr: Middlesbrough (Away)
    28 Apr: Coventry (Home)

    West Ham United's Remaining Fixtures
    17 Apr: Bristol City (Away)
    21 Apr: Leicester City (Away)
    28 Apr: Hull (Home)

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    Reading Go Top
    Added by HNA? on 13/04/12
    Reading took a huge step to securing automatic promotion to the Premiership with a 3-1 victory over previous leaders Southampton tonight. The two sides were level on points before kick-off but the win sees Reading go three points clear of Southampton at the top of the table and, more importantly, nine points clear of West Ham who lie third. With four games left to play the Hammers have a massive task ahead of them to close the gap on the Royals. A win and a draw from the final three games will see Reading promoted, but it could be less if West Ham fail to win all four of their final fixtures.
    Southampton dominated the fixture in terms of possession and shots on targets but, despite enjoying most of the game, Reading were the most clinical up front and were solid in defence. Southampton could well have been a few goals up early on but for the brilliance of Federici in the Reading goal. Against the run of play Roberts headed home on 19 minutes to make it 1-0. The home side equalised after the break and for a while looked most likely to pick up the three points, until Le Fondre game off the bench with less than thirty minutes to play. Le Fondre scored the vital second and Southampton then seemed out of the game leaving Le Fondre to score his second on 90 minutes to wrap up a vital victory. It's now all eyes on West Ham as they play Brighton on Saturday, and the possibity of clinching automatic promotion on Tuesday night as Forest visit the Madejski Stadium.

  • Latest Championship Table

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    Doncaster End Run But Royals Second
    Added by HNA? on 14/03/12
    Reading's eight game winning run finally came to an end, but the Royals remain undefeated in nine after a respectable 1-1 draw at Doncaster Rovers. With West Ham United and Southampton not playing, the result saw Reading climb into the top two for the first time this season and move to two points behing the league leaders Southampton. Reading were a goal down at half time before Alex Pearce drew Reading level six minutes into the second half. The Royals had enough chances to leave with the full three points but in the end shouldn't be too disappointed with another point from a tough away fixture.

  • Doncaster Rovers 1 Reading 1

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    Another Game, Another Win
    Added by HNA? on 12/03/12
    Reading's relentless winning streak was stretched to eight league games this weekend with a convincing 3-1 home victory over Leicester City. Reading drew level on points with second placed West Ham United and are just three points behind leaders Southampton with a game in hand. The race for automatic promotion from the Championship has suddenly turned into a three horse race for two places - with the Royals the side in top form. Leigertwood set Reading on the way inside 15 minutes with a spectacular effort from the edge of the box that flew into the top corner. Jason Roberts - who has seen Reading win every league game since his arrival - hit the second deep into the second half before Church grabbed the third to seal the victory. The visitors scored a late consolation goal - only the second the Royals have let in during the eight game run.

  • Reading 3 Leicester City 1

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    Another Great Week For Reading
    Added by HNA? on 25/02/12
    Despite already clocking up four straight league wins and becoming solid play-off contenders, this week must go down as Reading's best of the season so far. The best news was manager Brian McDermott pledging his future to Reading as rumours flew around about a possible move to Wolves. Rather than snap up a quick jump to the Premiership, McDermott responded by negotiating a new contract with Reading Football Club to keep him signed up until 2015. Everyone, except Wolves, was a winner, with McDermott getting some rare and deserved public exposure and I'm sure a pay-rise; and Reading hanging on to one of the best managers in the game at the moment. The team responded with a solid 2-0 away victory at Middlesbrough. A reverse would have seen the home side move above Reading, but instead, yet another three points saw Reading move back into third position. Talk is now of being automatic promotion contenders rather than play-off hopefuls - helped by West Ham United dropping two points. The table doesn't lie. Middlesbrough enjoyed more possession and shots but Reading were the more ruthless and clocked up their fifth straight win and fifth straight clean sheet with goals from Hunt and Harte.
    Rumour Rating: Definite

    Promotion Push Gathers Pace
    Added by HNA? on 20/02/12
    Reading continue to close the gap on the top two Championship sides with a 1-0 victory over Burnley on Friday night. New signing Jason Roberts scored his third Reading goal in four starts as Reading jumped to a season high of third place in the table. The latest win completed a run of four straight victories - which has also seen four consecutive clean sheets as Reading pick up further momentum. The Royals are five points off top placed Southampton but have a game in hand and are three points behind West Ham in second who have played a game less. Reading travel to Middlesbrough this weekend, who are also in the promotion frame, where a victory might be considered the result of the season so far alongside the home demolition of West Ham United in December.
    Rumour Rating: Definite

    2011 Ends Well
    Added by HNA? on 06/01/12
    Reading ended 2011 in excellent form - with a fourth straight league victory taking them to fifth place in the Championship table. It was a successful Christmas for the Royals with a 3-0 home victory against Brighton on Boxing Day with two goals from McAnuff and an own goal making up the total. Those three points were followed up by a 1-0 home win against Ipswich Town with Alex Pearce scoring the only goal. 2012 didn't start quite so well with a sound beating against fellow play-off placed side Cardiff City on the second day of the new year. Reading were 1-3 down at half time with McAnuff scoring just before the break, and that was the final score as the Royals looked well beaten.

    Rumour Rating: Definite

    Royals Move Into Play-Off Places
    Added by HNA? on 28/12/11
    Reading moved into the play-off positions over Christmas with a convincing 3-0 home victory over Brighton at the Madejski Stadium. Two first half goals from McAnuff were enough to send Reading on their way to victory and to make it five wins from six games. After an indifferent start to the season the Royals have climbed from mid-table to 6th position and, for the first time since the start of the season, can now be considered serious promotion contenders. Reading now face Ipswich at home before an interesting tie at fellow play-off placed side Cardiff City on the 2nd January 2012 - that should give an indication of how far Reading have progressed - or not.

  • Reading 3 Brighton 0
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    Reading Aim To Continue Climb
    Added by HNA? on 02/12/11
    Reading will be aiming to continue their climb up the Championship table after a run of three wins from four games has taken them from 16th to 9th. The Royals travel to Blackpool on Saturday looking for another win against a side immediately above them in the table on the same number of points. Reading continue to be a late scoring team despite Church scoring a rare first half goal on Tuesday night to set-up a 3-2 home victory against Peterborough. The other two goals came inside the last 12 minutes. Last weekend Reading secured another three points with a 3-2 win and scored the equaliser and the winner with 90 minutes on the clock to overcome Ipswich Town.

  • Ipswich Town 2 Reading 3
  • Reading 3 Peterborough United 2

  • Rumour Rating: Definite

    Another Draw As Run Continues
    Added by HNA? on 31/10/11
    Reading's unbeaten run was extended to eight games with a 0-0 draw at high flying Crystal Palace this weekend. Despite remaining unbeaten, the result was Reading's fifth draw from the eight and saw them drop to 16th place in the Championship table. Reading were, once again, unlucky not to pick up the full three points when Gorkss saw a seemingly legitimate goal ruled out in the dying moments of the game.

  • Crystal Palace 0 Reading 0
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    Reading Extend Unbeaten Run
    Added by HNA? on 20/10/11
    Following a run of five straight defeats, the Royals have turned their fortunes around with a six game unbeaten run in the Championship. Reading have moved up to 14th in the league table after a run that has included three league wins and three draws. After an injury time winner from Karacan at Burnley at the weekend, to earn a deserved victory, Reading followed it up by coming from behind twice to draw 2-2 at home to Derby County. Le Fondre scored twice in a performance that should have been good enough to pick up all three points. Top of the table Southampton visit the Madejski Stadium on Saturday as Reading look to notch up another game to add to the unbeaten tally.

  • Burnley 0 Reading 1

  • Reading 2 Derby County 2

  • Rumour Rating: Definite

    Losing Run Ends
    Added by HNA? on 19/09/11
    Le Fondre scored his first Reading goal as the Royals ended a five game losing streak with a 2-0 home victory over bottom of the table Doncaster Rovers. After last week's poor showing against Watford, Reading boss Brian McDermott made a number of changes which included starts for Cummings, Tabb, Hunt and Church. The changes had a positive impact as Reading put in a much improved showing. Simon Church scored Reading's other goal as Reading netted twice in the second half to move out of the bottom three and up to 14th in the Championship table.

  • Reading 2 Doncaster Rovers 0
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    Royals Suffer Fourth Straight Defeat
    Added by HNA? on 30/08/11
    Reading slumped to a fourth straight defeat this weekend, going down to a single second half goal at Hull City. The run of four defeats, all by a single goal, includes three league fixtures and sees the Royals drop to 20th in the table and also make an exit from the League Cup. Reading are now without a game for two weeks, due to the international break, and return to action hoping to reverse the current poor run of form at home against Watford on 10th September.

  • Match Reports

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    Charlton Game Now On 23rd
    Added by HNA? on 10/08/11
    Reading's first round League Cup fixture at Charlton, which was postponed from last night due to the recent riots in London, has been rearranged for Tuesday 23 August.

  • 2011/2012 Fixtures

  • Rumour Rating: Definite

    So Long Shane
    Added by HNA? on 10/08/11
    Shane Long has finally completed his departure from the club after many months of speculation, joining Premiership West Bromwich Albion on a three year deal. After hitting 25 goals last season Long quickly became a much talked about player destined for a return to the Premiership with a different club. The deal is rumoured to involve rising payments and is worth 6 million to the Royals. Following the sale of Matt Mills in the summer, the club are sitting on a major transfer income after limited expenditure once again. Long had a successful six years with the club after signing for just 30,000 from Cork City, but he reserved his best for the second half of last season when he proved himself to be the best striker outside the Premier league.
    Rumour Rating: Definite

    Charlton Game Postponed
    Added by HNA? on 09/08/11
    Tonight's League Cup fixture scheduled to be at Charlton has been called off due to the continued problems with riots in London. Charlton's ground is close to some of the troublespots of recent nights and the game has been postponed on police advice.

  • 2011/2012 Results and Fixtures

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    Season Kicks Off With Draw
    Added by HNA? on 09/08/11
    Reading started their 2011/2012 Championship campaign with an entertaining 2-2 home draw against Millwall at the Madejski Stadium. The Royals had to come from two goals down to secure a late point thanks to substitute Manset who scored two goals in the last four minutes. Manset's first was a long range effort and the second a headed goal from a Jimmy Kebe cross. After a goalless first half the visitors looked to be taking the points after goals from ex-Royal Henderson just after the break and Marquis just after the hour mark.

  • 2011/2012 Results and Fixtures
  • Reading 2 Millwall 2
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    Shane Long Wins Double
    Added by HNA? on 21/07/11
    For the first time ever in 13 years of on-line voting, there is a double winner in the Hob Nob Anyone? End of Season awards. Shane Long picks up both titles - for player of the season and for most improved player - showing just what an amazing season the player has had. Long was a massive way ahead of the field for player of the season, but had competition for most improved player with Shaun Cummings and Jem Karacan not far behind. This time last year Reading fans were confidently predicting a play-off finish for the Royals in this vote - and they were spot on as Reading finished 5th in the table. This time around fans are expecting a mid-table finish for 2011/2012. Lets hope we're wrong and the season can provide a bit more than that.
    Votes were collected between during June and July 2011.

  • End Of Season Voting - 2010/2011 Season
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    New Season Fixtures Released
    Added by HNA? on 17/06/11
    The fixtures for the new 2011/2012 Championship Season were released this morning and schedule Reading to kick-off their season with a home game against Millwall on Saturday 6 August. That game is followed up a week later with a trip to Leicester City. The traditional boxing day fixture is another home game, with Brighton the visitors to the Madejski Stadium. Reading have a tough end to the season with away trips to West Ham United, Brighton, Southampton, and Birmingham on the final day of the season. Mixed in with those games are home fixtures against Leeds, Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace.

  • 2011/2012 Season - Full New Season Fixture List

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    End Of Season Awards
    Added by HNA? on 16/06/11
    Better late than never - it's time to cast your votes in the Hob Nob Anyone? End of Season Awards for 2010/2011. In typical "modern Reading" style it was a season that will stick in the memory after an unexpected, yet magnificent, rise up the table. Reading languished in 12th place in February, put togehter a storming run in the second half of the season and finished in 5th place at the end of the regular season. A 3-0 victory at Cardiff in the second leg of the play-offs set up a trip to Wembley, where 40,000 Reading fans saw another entertaining play-off final end in yet more misery for the Royals. So who were the heros of the season? And which game was the best Reading performance of the campaign? Vote now!

  • End of Season Awards 2010/2011
  • Reading 2 Swansea City 4 - Championship Play-Off Final
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    Last Chance To Win Tickets
    Added by HNA? on 26/05/11
    The Hob Nob Anyone? / Coral.co.uk competition to win tickets to the play-off final at Wembley closes tomorrow at 5pm - so if you're yet to enter then please see details below. The figures we've been given indicate there haven't been many entries so far, so if you enter now you've actually got a reasonable chance of winning the tickets. To enter you can either send a text message or sign up to Coral.co.uk using the competition tracked link below:

  • Enter Via Online Registration - Enter the competition online to take advantage of the free bet offer
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    Leigertwood Signs
    Added by HNA? on 26/05/11
    Reading have completed the signing of Mikele Leigertwood from QPR on a three year contract, effective from the start of June. The news will give Reading a big boost ahead of Monday's play-off final, with Leigertwood playing a huge part in Reading's promotion push this season. The player has a remarkable record after signing initially on loan and playing his first Reading game at the end of November. The fee is not disclosed, however he originally signed for QPR for 0.9million in the summer of 2007.
    Rumour Rating: Definite

    Wembley Tickets Sell Out
    Added by HNA? on 25/05/11
    Both Reading and Swansea have fully sold out their ticket allocations for Monday's play-off final at Wembley. A small set of additional tickets were released this morning and sold immediately, and no further tickets are expected to be available. The additional allocations mean each club will be taking over 40,000 fans to the game as the sides battle for the final place in the Premiership. Both sides have had their fair share of play-off misery over the years and both sets of fans will be forgiven for their nerves ahead of the final. Swansea have been successful once back in 1988 but since then continue to miss out. In 1997 they lost their play-off final to a last minute goal and in 2006 were beaten on penalties. Add into that two further defeats over two legs and form suggests both clubs are expected to lose on Monday - so perhaps a draw and the absolute horror of penalties awaits?
    Rumour Rating: Definite

    Win A Pair Of Play-Off Final Tickets
    Added by HNA? on 23/05/11
    We have a pair of play-off final tickets up for grabs thanks to on-line bookmakers Coral. To have a chance of winning you need to be over 18, and of course a Reading fan. You can enter either by sending a standard rate text message and answering a competition question - or by signing up to the Coral website, using the special competition link and placing a 25 bet (you'll get a free 25 bet after you place the first bet). The competition is run by Coral.co.uk who will be in touch directly with the winner. To enter, use one of the following methods before 5pm on Friday 27th May:

    1. Register Online: Registering using this tracked link will give you automatic entry into the draw to win tickets to Wembley. You will also get a free 25 bet when you bet 25 on-line.
    2. Answer the competition question via text message: Question: Who scored the last goal in the 3-0 2nd leg win over Cardiff in the Play-off semi-final? To Enter: Text CORAL + Answer + Your date of birth and send to 60006 (e.g. CORAL SMITH 31/3/75)
    Terms and Conditions: Over 18's only. One entry per tracked Coral.co.uk account or mobile number. Texts sent to 60006 are charged at your normal standard network rate and there is no charge to you for receiving texts from Coral.co.uk. By entering you are opting-in to receive marketing messages by SMS from Coral.co.uk. Closing date 5pm Friday 27th May 2011. We will inform winner by SMS; win details are available by sending an SAE to Royals.org Football League Competition, c/o Coral.co.uk, Globe House, Victoria Way, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6DD. Free bet stakes are not returned. Prize draw will take place at 6pm May 27th 2011. Coral.co.uk will arrange for ticket collection at Wembley for the winner.
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    Wembley Ticket Details
    Added by HNA? on 18/05/11
    Championship play-off final tickets for Reading's trip to Wembley on 30th May will go on sale tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 9am to season ticket holders. The Royals have an allocation of just over 39,000 tickets for the game. Season ticket holders will be able to get two tickets each on either Thursday or Friday. Tickets then go on sale to all members, one ticket per member, on Saturday and Sunday (whatever happened to "Royalty" points?). Ticket prices vary greatly between 36 and 98 for adults - but only 5,000 tickets are available in the cheapest bracket with most tickets costing either 52 or 64. The club have put a seating plan up just here:

  • Play-Off Final Ticket Details
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    Royals Through To Play-Off Final
    Added by HNA? on 18/05/11
    Who would have expected that? We might have hoped for a victory but after a tense first half with Reading going two goals up, possibly against the run of play, the Royals ended up cruising to a straight forward big win in the second half. This was a very special night, and an excellent all round team performance. Reading can be very, very proud of their work and are perfectly set-up for a big day out at Wembley on 30th May. This is a magical end to the season that promised so little at the start of the year. Reading are now just one game from the Premiership and look very capable of completing the task. The final against Swansea is going to be quite some game.

    This was quite some game too. The 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium in the first leg of this fixture appeared to set Cardiff City up as favourites to progress to Wembley. For the opening 25 minutes of the second legthat seemed to be the most likely outcome - Reading had to defend hard as Cardiff enjoyed dominance in possession. It all changed on 28 minutes when the Cardiff City goalkeeper charged out of his area, thumped the ball against Shane Long and then saw Long superbly lob the ball high in the air and dip it perfectly under the crossbar and into the back of the net. Cardiff struggled to convert possession into chances are were limited to a couple of headers that found Federici in the right place at the right time to catch. Long's second goal, just before the half time break was crucial and effectively finished the home side. Mills was held back in the area and a penalty was rightly awarded. Long was cool once more, this time strolling up to the penalty spot, sending the keeper the wrong way and putting the ball into the right side of the net. So, two goals up at half time and there was to be no way back for Cardiff.

    The second half was entirely different as Reading comfortably held their lead and looked to extend it. Possession stats reversed with Reading confident on the ball and Cardiff were clearly short on ideas. To Reading's massive credit they continued to attack and press for a third to kill the game. It might have came when Shane Long crossed and Hunt sent the ball against the post, but it did come with six minutes left to play when McAnuff, who had been overshadowed by suprise selection Cummings excellent performance on the other wing, scored a superb individual goal. McAnuff twisted between a couple of players, took the ball to the edge of the box and then finished with style to seal the 3-0 victory.

  • Cardiff City 0 Reading 3
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    Added by HNA? on 17/05/11

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    All Square After First Leg
    Added by HNA? on 16/05/11
    Cardiff City have the advantage, according to the bookmakers at least, after securing a 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium in the first leg of the play-off semi-final. The result appeared much better for the visitors, who were clearly happy to settle for a draw as the game progressed on Friday night. The result means the first leg is effectively irrelevant as the Royals face a one-off game in Cardiff as they attempt to win through to a possible play-off final at Wembley for a place in the Premiership. Obviously Reading would have looked for a win in their home game, but the result was far from a disaster, and Reading have their excellent away form in cup competitions to reflect on ahead of a tough return leg. The draw was probably a fair reflection of the game on Friday, but Reading were the more adventurous, particually in a second half where Cardiff shut up shop and were keen to play out time. The Royals struggled to create many openings in a game of few chances and a lively first half turned in a disappointing disjointed second half showing, although there was certainly no lack of effort from Reading. There were plenty of positive signs and Reading shouldn't have anything to fear in Cardiff, in what should be a very different game, with both sides knowing that only a win will do this time round. We're due some luck in the play-offs, maybe this could finally be our year?

  • Reading 0 Cardiff City 0 - Play Off Semi Final, First Leg

  • Rumour Rating: Definite

    Royals Face Cardiff In Play-Offs
    Added by HNA? on 09/05/11
    Reading will face Cardiff City, over two legs, in the Championship play-offs after finishing the regular league programme with a 2-1 home victory over Derby County securing fifth position. With a play-off finish already guaranteed, the Royals rested key players and put out a much changed side for what was a typical end of season fixture. Harte gave Reading the lead from the penalty spot before the visitors equalised with a rare meaningful attack. Harte should have put Reading ahead again from the penalty spot but his effort hit the base of the right post. The second half saw Gunnarsson and Taylor come off the bench and their introduction led to the winner from Robson-Kanu.
    Tickets are now on general sale for the home leg of the play-offs, which will take place at the Madejski Stadium on Friday evening. Tickets for the away game in Cardiff on Tuesday 17th May are on sale based on loyalty points bands.

  • Reading 2 Derby County 1
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    Second Place Slips Away
    Added by HNA? on 26/04/11
    Reading lost the opportunity to keep alive the possibility of automatic promotion to the Premiership after taking just a point from two fixtures over the Easter weekend. Although the play-offs are still not a mathematical certainty, it now seems the most likely outcome to the campaign. A quick glance at the table suggests a probable outcome will see Reading face Swansea City over two legs. Swansea have already beaten Reading twice this season in the league with two single goal victories. Reading's stunning run of eight consecutive victories, which made the season suddenly come alive, ground to a halt with a 0-0 draw at Leeds. This was followed on Monday by a shock 2-3 home defeat against relegation candidates Sheffield United. Reading started very well to take a two goal lead thanks for Hunt and Robson-Kanu, only to collapse after the visitors pulled a goal back. United pulled level before the break and then took the lead after half time and coasted to victory with Reading looking short on ideas.

  • Leeds United 0 Reading 0
  • Reading 2 Sheffield United 3

  • Rumour Rating: Definite

    Royals Close In On Second Place
    Added by HNA? on 14/04/11
    Second half goals from Shane Long and Ian Harte, from the penalty spot, set up another victory as Reading's remarkable winning league run extended to seven games. Reading have gone from midtable to a seemingly secure play-off position over seven games, and now find themselves just three points away from second place. Talk of automatic promotion to the Premiership is no longer so far fetched with Reading very much in touch with five games of the season remaining. The latest win came after a scrappy first half ended goalless. After the break the game took a while to get going before eventually found themselves in control with two goals in the space of six minutes.

  • Scunthorpe United 0 Reading 2
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    Promotion Push Continues
    Added by HNA? on 11/04/11
    Reading's promotion push received another massive boast this weekend as the Royals won in dramatic style over play-off rivals Nottingham Forest. The result saw Reading climb to fifth place in the table and increase their cushion inside the play-offs to six points and better goal difference. Appearing in the play-offs is starting to seem a likely outcome to the season for the first time, but Norwich City remain in sight. It may be unlikely, but the manager is quite rightly refusing to rule out automatic promotion - after this weekend Reading are just six points outside the top two. In an action packed fixture in Nottingham, Reading were 4-3 winners with a stoppage time winner from Simon Church. After taking the lead through a Harte free-kick Reading found themselves 1-2 down in the second half before goals from Karacan and Kebe restored the lead. Forest looked to have snatched a draw with their second penalty kick with two minutes to play before Church made it 4-3. Shane Long had a chance to increase Reading's lead further but saw his spot kick saved.

  • Nottingham Forest 3 Reading 4
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    Fifth Straight League Win
    Added by HNA? on 06/04/11
    Reading consolidated sixth position in the Championship table with a fifth straight league victory against Preston North End at the Madejski Stadium. After a successful weekend that saw Reading climb into 6th place, this was Reading's game in hand that saw them gain three points over all their play-off rivals. The game was nothing spectacular and it was only in the last quarter of the game that Reading came to life as they chased the win. Kebe put Reading ahead in the first half making the most of a deflection, but the visitors drew level in the second half when the ball bounced back and went in off the back of McCarthy in the Reading goal. With time running short Reading increased the pressure and had a number of chances to score before Robson-Kanu's effort secured the full three points.

  • Reading 2 Preston North End 1

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    Royals Back In Play Off Position
    Added by HNA? on 05/04/11
    Reading find themselves back in the top six for the first time since December 2010, after securing another win to make it four consecutive Championship victories. Reading's late season surge has seen them rise from 12th position in February to a play-off position as the season reaches its final stages. The Royals were 2-0 winners over Portsmouth on Saturday with two more goals from in-form Shane Long. His first was an excellent strike from outside the box, and the second was from the penalty spot as the visitors were reduced to ten men. Returning Dave Kitson had opportunities to put Portsmouth back in the game but Reading played out time to move up the table. Preston North End visit the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night as Reading have an opportunity to move further ahead of Nottingham Forest and cement sixth place.

  • Reading 2 Portsmouth 0

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    Everton In Round Five
    Added by HNA? on 21/02/11
    Reading will travel to Everton in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on Tuesday 1st March, after Everton beat Chelsea on penalties in their replay this weekend. The winner of that fixture has been drawn away to either Manchester City or Aston Villa on the weekend of 12 March.
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    No Concerns Over Boxing Day Game
    Added by HNA? on 23/12/10
    The club have no concerns about Sunday's home fixture against Bristol City going ahead. Despite the big freeze continuing there has been no recent snow in the Reading area. The pitch, stadium and surrounding areas are now clear of snow. The forecast remains for a cold but sunny Boxing Day with the chance of snow only later that night. All routes in and out of town are also completely clear, so travelling fans are unlikely to face any problems with their journey to the game assuming they can get to Berkshire. Temperatures rose above freezing yesterday allowing the club to turn off underpitch heating, and the pitch is claimed to be in excellent condition. Reading will be looking to build on their recent victory to keep in touch of the play-offs. Bristol City are 19th in the table but just four points behind the Royals.
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    Long Double End Run Of Draws
    Added by HNA? on 23/12/10
    Two goals from Shane Long, including one from the penalty spot, saw Reading finally end a run of five straight league draws and six games without a win. The victory, a long time coming, lifted Reading back up to seventh in the table much to the relief of the 100 or so travelling fans that managed to battle through the snow to get to the game. The Royals were a goal up just before the break when Long was taken down in the box and converted the spot kick. After half time Derby drew level, and the game appeared to be heading towards Reading's sixth draw in a row thanks to an excellent performance from Adam Federici. With two minutes left on the clock Long scored his second, and the crucial goal for Reading to pick up the full three points.

  • Derby County 1 Reading 2
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    Royals Bounce Back With Big Win
    Added by HNA? on 27/10/10
    Reading made up for two straight 0-1 defeats in the Championship with a solid 4-0 away victory at Burnley. The Royals were already two goals up after a penalty from Long and a strike from McAnuff when the home side were reduced to 10 men midway through the second half. Antonio and Church scored late goals to seal an emphatic victory. Reading climbed to 8th place in the table.

  • Burnley 0 Reading 4
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    Happy Return For Rodgers
    Added by HNA? on 18/10/10
    Brendan Rodgers made a happy return to the Madejski Stadium as his Swansea City side scored the only goal of the game to earn three points and jump above Reading in the Championship table.

  • Reading 0 Swansea City 1

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    Rasiak Hits Extra Late Winner
    Added by HNA? on 12/08/10
    Reading recorded their first win of the new season with a dramatic late extra time winner at Torquay United in the first round of the league cup. After ninety minutes without a goal, extra time looked to be heading the same way until Rasiak fired home the winner from a Howard free-kick after the 120 minutes were up. It had been a game that either side might have won and the Royals will be pleased to both claim a clean sheet and become the first side to score in 900 minutes at Torquay. The Royals will face Northampton in the second round of the cup at the Madejski Stadium. The win was much needed after a disappointing start to the season as Reading went down 1-2 against Scunthorpe United on Saturday in the first league fixture of the season.

  • Torquay United 0 Reading 1
  • Reading 1 Scunthorpe United 2
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    End Of Season Voting Results
    Added by HNA? on 25/06/10
    A fascinating season of two halves has produced the clearest cut results ever in the Hob Nob Anyone? end of season voting for the 2009/2010 season. Before the season kicked off Reading fans were predicting a mid-table season and they were to be proved correct. However no one predicted a season where Reading looked set for relegation under Brendan Rodgers only to rediscover form under Brian McDermott and finish not far short of the play-offs. Congratulations to Gylfi Sigurdsson who has been voted Hob Nob Anyone? player of the season for 2009/2010. Sigurdsson's excellent play making and great run of goals from midfield stood him out as Reading's best player during the season. Gylfi was a clear winner with 64% of the vote, with Ryan Bertrand winning runner up after a very impressive season. Sigurdsson was a clear fans favourite this year and also took a reasonable share of the vote in the Most Improved Player category to finish second to eventual winner Jimmy Kebe. Kebe thoroughly deserved the votes, and won by a long distance, after suffering under Rodgers in the early part of the season before discovering stunning form that made him Reading's most exciting player to watch. Votes were well shared in the Worst Performance category, but in the Best Performance there could only be one winner. Reading's stunning FA Cup victory at Anfield was the highlight of the season after the Royals came from a goal behind in the FA Cup Third Round replay to win in extra time - thanks to a last minute penalty from Sigurdsson right at the end of normal time before Long headed home in extra time. That was a game that will live very long in the memory. Looking to next season and Reading fans seem confident of a play-off place at the end of the season.

  • End Of Season Awards 2009/2010
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    New Season Fixtures Released
    Added by HNA? on 17/06/10
    The fixtures for the new 2010/2011 season have been released this morning and are available in full using the link below. The fixtures see Reading both start and finish the season at the Madejski Stadium, with Scunthorpe United kicking off the season at Reading on Saturday 7 August 2010. The Royals wrap up the season at home against Derby County on Sunday 8 May 2011. The traditional festive Boxing Day fixture has also been kind to Reading with a home tie against Bristol City. Reading's first away fixture is a local trip to relegated Portsmouth.

  • 2010/2011 Season Fixtures In Full
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    End Of Season Awards
    Added by HNA? on 18/05/10
    Reading's amazing season of two halves is already long finished after the Royals completed a stunning 2010 with a ninth place finish in the Championship. 2009 was a season of doom and gloom, and in January the Royals were languishing two places off the foot of the table and relegation looked more likely than not. Brendan Rodgers was shown the door and in came Brian McDermott to save Reading's season. A memorable FA Cup run followed and a steady climb up the league. Cast your votes on Reading's 2009/2010 campaign now.

  • End Of Season Awards 2009/2010 - Vote Now!
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    Royals Retain Mid Table Position
    Added by HNA? on 06/04/10
    Reading's Easter weekend returned three points to maintain a very respectable mid table position. Defeat at Ipswich, thanks to the controversial first half dismissal of Matt Mills, was followed by a comfortable home win against Coventry as Reading's season continues to finish strongly. The result at Ipswich on Saturday might have been different if Reading hadn't been forced to play 60 minutes with ten players. The club are appealing against the harsh sending off, which McDermott branded a 50/50 challenge. The Royals went two goals down before half time but battled hard to force a tight finish after Sigurdsson pulled one back right at the end. It was back to winning ways on Monday as Reading outclassed Coventry City at the Madejski Stadium. The game was won at half time as Reading took a three goal lead in at the break. It could have been more as the Royals dominated the first half with goals from Rasiak, Church from the penalty spot, and Jimmy Kebe.

  • Ipswich 2 Reading 1
  • Reading 3 Coventry 0
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    Royals Look To Extend Run
    Added by HNA? on 23/03/10
    Reading travel to Leicester City tomorrow night looking to extend an impressive run of form that has seen them rise from 23rd to 13th in the Championship table under the command of Brian McDermott. The Royals are on a run that has seen 8 wins, 1 draw and just 1 defeat from the last ten games, making them the in-form team in the Championship. Relegation fears have disappeared at last as Reading look to consolidate their healthy midtable position following a good point at Middlesbrough on Saturday. After a goalless first half Reading went behind just after the break but hit back when Jimmy Kebe did all the hard work and saw his cross turned in for an own goal. It was the least that Reading deserved after they edged the fixture against a side that had hopes of reaching the play-offs. Reading are just two points behind Middlesbrough with two games in hand. After four straight home league wins (Sheffield Wednesday 5-0, Derby County 4-1, Bristol City 2-0, and QPR 1-0) Reading have completed one tough away fixture but the visit to Leicester should be harder again. City seem play-off certainties and are on an excellent run themselves with just one defeat in their last twelve league games. Reading could be without Ivar Ingimarsson who picked up a hamstring injury on Saturday and is doubtful for Wednesday night's game.

  • Middlesbrough 1 Reading 1
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    Royals Climb The Table
    Added by HNA? on 11/03/10
    Reading made it six wins from seven league games to rise to a season high of 17th position in the Championship table, with an easy 4-1 victory over Derby County. The game was over at half time after the visitors were reduced to ten men when their substitute keeper was sent off for taking down Tabb in the area. With Reading already 2-1 up Shane Long blasted the ball high over the crossbar from the spot with replacement keeper Robbie Savage to beat. The second half saw Reading add two more goals but it really should have been more against a Derby side that could do nothing but try and limit the damage. The first half had been much more entertaining with Reading playing some excellent football to move ahead when Kebe and Long combined to see Long finish with style. Derby pulled level against the run of play before Kebe found the back of the net to restore the lead. Reading should have had more to put the game well beyond Derby before the sending off changed the pattern of the game. Bertrand finished well to make it 3-1 before Church scrambled a fourth home. This was an impressive scoreline that see's Reading pull further clear of the relegation places, but there was a feeling that we could have done more after a sensible second half performance playing out time.

  • Reading 4 Derby County 1
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    Harsh Exit After Long Double
    Added by HNA? on 08/03/10
    It was a classic game of two halves as Reading's FA Cup run finally came to an end against Aston Villa. Reading dominated the first half to take a deserved two goal lead in at the break. All the hard work was for nothing in the second half as Villa hit back in stunning fashion, scoring three goals in ten minutes immediately after the break. Reading threatened to pull level with Villa clearing off the line but instead Villa added a fourth right at the end of the game from the penalty spot. It was another day for what might have been as Reading worked so hard and looked so comfortable at two goals up. Long, back from suspension, was superb. He put Reading ahead with a header from a corner on 27 minutes and then had Kebe to thank for an excellent run and impressive cut back to provide him with a straight forward second. We knew Villa would come out a different side in the second half but we didn't know how different. Bertrand failed to clear on 47 minutes and Villa took full advantage to pull one back. Then Villa swarmed forward and Reading were powerless to prevent two more goals. Eventually the game calmed down and Reading had a couple of opportunities to bring it back level - but those chances came and went and it was clear there was no way back. This was an excellent performance from Reading - another to be proud off - let's hope the league form continues.

  • Reading 2 Aston Villa 4
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    Win FA Cup Tickets
    Added by HNA? on 02/03/10
    Thanks to those kind folk at E.ON we have a pair of tickets for Reading's quarter final match against Aston Villa to give away in a Hob Nob Anyone? competition. The Royals take on Villa this Sunday in the E.ON sponsored FA Cup. To be in with a chance of winning you need to send in the correct answer by e-mail, using the link below, by 10am on Wednesday 3rd March. You must send us your full name and postal address so we can post the tickets to the winner. No names and addresses are retained - only the winners details will be passed to E.ON's agency to get the tickets to you.
    To enter the competition you need to correctly answer this question:
    Who provided the cross to set-up Martin Butler for Reading's third goal during the 4-0 FA Cup first round victory against Grays Athletic in 2000?

  • The correct answer was Jamie Cureton. Congratulations to Mark Sugar who answered correctly and won two tickets for the quarter final fixture.
  • Previous Seasons Database
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    Wednesday Thrashed
    Added by HNA? on 01/03/10
    Resurgent Reading's impressive recent record continued with a demolition of relegation rivals Sheffield Wednesday at the Madejski Stadium. There was only one team ever likely to take victory as Reading hit five past a poor side to move four points clear of the relegation zone. The Royals have won six of their last eight games, moving from 23rd place to 18th place in the League and reaching the quarter finals of the FA Cup. Happy days! It was a question of how many we would win by after Kebe and Rasiak finally broke down the visitors' defence to put Reading 2-0 up at the break. Church scored the goal of the game with an excellent turn and a superb shot from the edge of the box to make it three. Rasiak scored his second before Kebe got his second - his fifth goal in five games - to make it 5-0.

  • Reading 5 Sheffield Wednesday 0
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    Reading Reach Quarter Final
    Added by HNA? on 25/02/10
    The Sig - Action Images / John Sibley LivepicReading reached the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1927 after a dramatic extra time victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Reading's third FA Cup victory of the season over higher ranked opposition set up a home tie against Aston Villa on Sunday 7 March. It was a night full of drama as Reading progressed thanks to a spectacular extra time winner from Sigurdsson after securing extra time deep in injury time thanks to a Howard goal at the death. The game got off to a lively start with both sides scoring in the opening ten minutes. The home side took the lead only to see Jimmy Kebe level the match three minutes later on nine minutes. After the break a terrible mistake from Reading goalkeeper Federici looked to be sending West Brom in the next round, only for Kebe to set up Howard on 92 minutes to keep Reading in the competition. Sigurdsson's long range effort was the goal of the game and sparked massive celebrations in the away end. Those celebrations continued at the final whistle but the home stewards did their best to sour the mood by holding the Reading players back. In the resulting confrontation McAnuff was shown the red card by the referee and some idiotic stewarding nearly caused the situtation to spiral out of control. It wasn't clear why McAnuff was shown red so there must be a chance to appeal. Meanwhile you would hope the FA get involved and some West Brom stewards are shown the door by their club. Reading's victory sees another set of fixture re-arrangements and the Royals now have a run of five straight home fixtures that will determine their season.

  • West Bromwich Albion 2 Reading 3 (After Extra Time)
  • Results and Fixtures
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    Royals Drop Back To Twentieth
    Added by HNA? on 22/02/10
    Reading dropped back down to twentieth in the Championship table as a winning run of four games came to a disappointing end at Blackpool this weekend. The Royals were well beaten in a poor performance quite unlike our form of late. The home side scored a goal in each half as Reading offered little resistance, and perhaps should have won by more as Reading rarely ventured forward.

  • Blackpool 2 Reading 0
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    Winning Run Continues
    Added by HNA? on 19/02/10
    Reading's fine form continued this week with another excellent win - taking the current run to four straight league wins. Brian McDermott's transformed team defeated relegation rivals Crystal Palace to jump to the heights of 18th in the table and move out of the bottom three convincingly. It's the first time since the start of December the Royals have enjoyed such a position in the table and convidence is clearly sky high. Palace had a bright enough start forcing a couple of saves from Federici but Reading soon looked the more comfortable side. The Royals were a goal up before the break thanks to Simon Church when the striker volleyed in after a cross from the right. After the break the Royals were two up when another cross from the right saw a calm finish from in-form Jimmy Kebe. Palace pulled one back before Reading sealed the victory with Church's second goal of the game with a close range finish.

  • Crystal Palace 1 Reading 3
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    Royals Make It Three Wins From Three
    Added by HNA? on 10/02/10
    Reading closed the gap at the edge of the relegation zone after securing a late winner from the penalty spot against relegation near-certainties Plymouth Argyle. The late victory made it three wins from three league games as Reading's impressive results under near manager Brian McDermott continue. Despite failing to get out of the bottom three, the Royals are now just two points away from 16th place in the table as the club continue to dramatically improve their chances of survival. This was far from the best performance under McDermott but the result was what mattered. The first half was nearly completely forgettable as Reading enjoyed by far the greater share of possession without managing to look dangerous. Ingimarsson failed to get a couple of efforts in front of goal on target and Church was also responsible for failing to take a good chance after taking too long on the ball. The visitors showing little quality and had to wait until seven minutes before half time before getting their first shot in. The second half was much improved as the tempo of the game increased and Federici, stood still under falling snow for the first half, was called into action to produce a couple of excellent stops. Plymouth looked to be taking control of the game until Long burst through and fired an unstoppable shot across goal and into the far corner to put Reading ahead. Reading really should have extended their lead to put the game beyond Plymouth but instead found the game level on with twenty minutes to play. It looked at though we would have to settle for a point until, inside stoppage time, substitute Robson-Kanu burst through and into the area before going down under a challenge. Man of the match Shane Long was quick to grab the ball and slam it into the back of the net to earn the three points.

  • Reading 2 Plymouth Argyle 1
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    McDermott Gets League Win
    Added by HNA? on 01/02/10
    New Reading manager Brian McDermott, finally appointed from his caretaker role during the week, clocked up his first league victory as Reading defeated Barnsley by a single goal this weekend. Home wins remain a rare treat for Reading fans, although this game was more about the result than the entertainment. McDermott saw plenty to be happy about as his side looked a much better team than the visitors. He will also be pleased that we created plenty of chances - but he'll be disappointed that we only managed to find the back of the net once when Long scored from close range midway through the first half. We really should have put the game well beyond Barnsley long before the end, but the three points are vital and saw Reading climb one place to third from bottom.

  • Reading 1 Barnsley 0 - Report and Opinion
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    Royals Fall Into Bottom Two
    Added by HNA? on 27/01/10
    Reading slipped into the bottom two in the Championship, after a 0-3 defeat at Sheffield United, as relegation begins to look a more likely bet than survival for perhaps the first time this season. Caretaker boss Brian McDermott still appears to be favourite to secure the position of Reading manager despite picking up just two points from five league fixtures. McDermott's cup heroics have done him plenty of favours and may swing Madejski's opinion but those impressive victories will mean nothing when we eventually exit the cup and are faced with a tough battle for survival. As McDermott stated after the game it was another tale of missed opportunities: "They took their chances and we didn't." Reading could have pulled the game level at 1-1 but failed from the penalty spot - and instead the home side extended their lead before the break to leave Reading defeated.

  • Sheffield United 3 Reading 0
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    Burnley Defeated. West Brom Next.
    Added by HNA? on 25/01/10
    Reading claimed victory over another Premiership side to move into the last sixteen in the FA Cup. Burnley were dispatched at the Madejski Stadium thanks to a late strike from Sigurdsson with three minutes left to play. However it was a deserved victory that reflected Reading's superiority over the ninety minutes. The Royals had the better of the first half with the visitors rarely venturing outside of their own half. The second half gradually saw the game spring into life with both sides having chances to move ahead. Federici was in fine form and made a string of excellent saves but it was Reading that finished stronger. Reading had a clear penalty denied and it seemed to galvanise our efforts as we threw everything at Burnley. The eventual winner saw Griffin, who had an excellent performance, set up Sigurdsson who finished with style, placing his finish to put Reading through. High flying Championship side West Brom will be next to visit the Madejski Stadium in the Cup on the 13th February as Reading look to continue what is becoming a memorable FA Cup run.

  • Reading 1 Burnley 0
  • Results and Fixtures
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    McDermott Still Hunts League Win
    Added by HNA? on 18/01/10
    Brian McDermott is still without a league win in his current stint as Reading manager as Reading failed to take advantage of Forest playing the last twenty minutes with ten men. Former Reading player Nicky Shorey was sent off after conceeding a penalty mid-way through the second half after taking down Kebe in the area. Howard was responsible for failing to take advantage from the penalty spot after seeing his kick saved by the Forest keeper. The missed penalty was crucial as Reading finished the strongest side and Kebe's late goal from a Karacan cross served only as a consolation rather than earning some points. The home side, pushing for an automatic promotion spot, had dominated the first half and took a two goal lead into the break leaving Reading with a tough job to pull it round. After Shorey's dismisal the Royals carved out a couple of good efforts on goal only to see the Forest keeper in fine form to deny Church. We should have perhaps left with at least a point but instead defeat leaves Reading fourth from bottom of the Championship table - and four points behind Scunthorpe who lie twentieth in the table. McDermott helped the Royals perform a miracle in the FA Cup and he will probably be glad to return to FA Cup action this Saturday with a record of just two points from his four league games in charge.

  • Nottingham Forest 2 Reading 1
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    Liverpool Defeated. Joy For McDermott.
    Added by HNA? on 13/01/10
    What a night. What a result. An excellent away performance at Anfield resulted in a thoroughly deserved victory in the FA Cup Third Round replay. This was Reading's first win at Anfield and caretaker manager's Brian McDermott's first win as Reading boss. And what a way to claim such a historic result. Despite creating the best chances of the match, the Royals found themselves a goal down in injury time at the end of the ninety minutes when Shane Long was taken down in the area. Sigurdsson stepped up, sent the goal keeper the wrong way and calmly put the ball low, out of reach and into the back of the net to force extra time. It was no more than we deserved. Instead of Liverpool battering us we played the better football in extra time. On 100 minutes Gunnarsson was nothing short of pure genius on the right wing, twisting past two players to deliver the perfect cross. Shane Long got his head on it to send it into the back of the net. 2-1 to the Royals - a deserved lead and pure joy. Liverpool did little to put pressure on Reading and the Royals stayed ahead with near ease to complete an amazing night in Liverpool. Reading face Premiership Burnley at home in the fourth round of the competition.

  • Send in your match report, opinion and thoughts on both Reading and McDermott's performances to opinion@royals.org now.
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    Newcastle Game Off
    Added by HNA? on 07/01/10
    This weekend's fixture against Newcastle United at the Madejski Stadium has been called off due to this week's heavy snowfall. The pitch looks very playable but the snow in the area surrounding the stadium and the condition of local roads would have caused problems for supporters attending the game. A new date for the game has yet to be revealed. Meanwhile next week's FA Cup replay at Liverpool on the 13th January, assuming it goes ahead with more poor weather expected, will again be screened live on ITV1.
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