Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Wed, 28 Jul 2021 20:39:03 BST Wed, 28 Jul 2021 20:39:03 BST 1800 Michael Olise: Replacing the irreplaceable? http://www.royals.org/news/923/Michael_Olise:_Replacing_the_irreplaceable? 923 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 12:20:57 BST Louis Roberts Olise Leaves For Eight Million Michael Olise has joined Crystal Palace for an eight million pound transfer fee. It sounds like a lot of money but certainly isn't enough for a player of his potential, and Reading fans will be hoping the club at least would benefit from any future transfer. Olise leaves the Royals after making his first team debut in March 2019 and going on to become one of the first names on the team sheet, making 73 appearances and scoring seven goals. Olise was always expected to leave this summer to move up to the Premier League after Reading failed to finish in a play-off position. http://www.royals.org/news/922/Olise_Leaves_For_Eight_Million 922 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 17:00:24 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Omar Richards Joins Bayern Munich Left back Omar Richards has signed for German side Bayern Munich after failing to agree a new contract with the Royals. His contract expires this summer so he will join the German champions on a free transfer. Although this was always expected to happen as his contact ran down it is a big blow to see such a huge talent depart the club. It is disappointing he wasn't tied down on a longer contract before the season just finished even got underway. After making 34 appearances in the 2019/2020 season it was obvious he was a huge asset and would go on to bigger things. <br/><br/> Richards had been at Reading since 2014 when he joined the Academy and is another Academy success story after working his way into the first team and then becoming a first team regular during last season. He made his first team competitive debut during the first game of the 2017/2018 season coming off the bench on the hour mark. His first start then came in November 2017 at Reading were 4-2 winners at Derby. That season he went on to score two league goals and leaves after making over 100 appearances for the Royals. <br/><br/> Richards has signed a four year contract with Bayern Munich. http://www.royals.org/news/921/Omar_Richards_Joins_Bayern_Munich 921 Thu, 27 May 2021 10:21:59 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Finish Seventh After One Win In Eleven A stoppage time equaliser by Huddersfield own brought the curtain down on a season which Reading will look back on with mixed feelings. Huddersfield's late leveller was typical of the Royals recent performances. Having fallen behind early in the game, Reading played some flowing and attractive football to restore parity and take the lead. With victory in sight some slack defending and a possibly a goalkeeping error resulted in a slightly unsatisfactory draw. Had Reading needed to win to reach the play-offs they might not have conceded in so late in the game, but recently it has been the lack of a killer instinct and close games down which has caused their promotion challenge to wilt. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/080521/Reading_2_Huddersfield_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/080521/Reading_2_Huddersfield_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Huddersfield Town 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/920/Reading_Finish_Seventh_After_One_Win_In_Eleven 920 Mon, 10 May 2021 11:03:39 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Late Esteves Goal Makes It Another Draw Pontes Esteves registered his first goal for Reading with an excellent stoppage time equaliser to salvage a little pride from a game they simply had to win. Having taken the lead in the first half which kept alive the mathematical possibility of the Royals making the play-offs, Reading fell behind in the second half to a Swansea side sparked into life by the introduction of substitute Ayew. Swansea, only needing a point to secure their place in the play-offs, virtually ended Reading’s hopeful aspirations to overhaul Swansea in last two games of the season with goals from Lowe and Ayew. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/250421/Reading_2_Swansea_2">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/250421/Reading_2_Swansea_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Swansea City 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/919/Late_Esteves_Goal_Makes_It_Another_Draw 919 Mon, 26 Apr 2021 09:58:34 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Play-Off Chase Over After Just One Win In Eight Reading's promotion challenge finally fizzled out in a goalless draw at Kenilworth Road. An inability to score goals in the final run finally put pay to any hope of sneaking into the play-offs. This evening's game was typical of so many of Reading's games this season. Luton pinned Reading in their own half with their energy and the intensity of their pressing from the kick-off, but lacked the quality on front of goal to capitalise on their dominance. Reading showed some nice touches but poor decision making on the ball resulted in promising situations frequently coming to nothing. The harsh reality for Reading is that Joao's loss of form has left Reading without the cutting edge to be considered serious contenders for promotion. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/210421/Luton_0_Reading_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/210421/Luton_0_Reading_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Luton Town 0 Reading 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/918/Play-Off_Chase_Over_After_Just_One_Win_In_Eight 918 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:16:19 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Late Draw Not Enough For Royals Reading's chances of reaching the play-offs were left hanging by a thread after dropping two more points at home to Cardiff City, but it might have been a lot worse. Three minutes from the end of a tense scrap, and desperately chasing the goal they needed, the Royals were left stretched at the back and a City break ended with a rash challenge by Richards on Moore to concede a penalty. Moore calmly converted the spot kick which seemed to finally put pay to Reading's promotion challenge. Hope was partially restored in the last minute of stoppage time when late substitute Baldock skipped past the full back down the right and clipped in a perfect cross for Meite to head powerfully past Smithies. It was rare moment of quality in the box from Reading having dominated possession without applying the finish required. <br/> <strong><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/160421/Reading_1_Cardiff_1">Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/160421/Reading_1_Cardiff_1">Reading 1 Cardiff City 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/917/Late_Draw_Not_Enough_For_Royals 917 Mon, 19 Apr 2021 09:46:36 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Swift On The Bench For Must Win Match John Swift will be on the bench as he makes his latest return from injury as Reading take on Cardiff City at the Madejski Stadium this evening. The match is live on Sky Sports and kick-off is at 6pm. The Royals must win the match to keep in touch with the top six as they currently find themselves in seventh place - five points behind both Bournemouth and Barnsley with just five games left to play. <br/><br/> With Reading still to play Swansea and Norwich before the end of the season, nothing but a win will do tonight and it is likely that even that won't be enough after Reading's poor form has seen them drop out of the top six. <br/><br/> Omar Richard is fully fit and will be back in the starting eleven in place of Lewis Gibson, and Lucas Joao will make a start after being dropped to the bench for Reading's last two fixtures. Joao was on the scoresheet earlier this season as the Royals won 2-1 at Cardiff - back when we were top of the Championship. Puscas failed to take Reading's best chance against Watford and will find himself back on the bench for Cardiff's visit. <br/><br/> <strong>Reading Team:</strong> Rafael, Yiadom, Holmes, Moore, Richards, Laurent, Rinomhota, Ejaria, Olise, Joao, Meite. <strong>Subs:</strong> Southwood, Gibson, Esteves, Tetek, Semedo, Aluko, Puscas, Baldock, Swift. <br/><br/> Reading are unbeaten in their last ten games against Cardiff. <h2>Recent Matches with Cardiff:</h2> <table border="0" class="fixtures" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="2" width="100%" style="border:0"> <tr> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>DATE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>OPPOSITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>COMPETITION</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORE</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>REPORT</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>ATT</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>POS</b></td> <td class="fixtures" bgcolor="#CCCCFF"><b>SCORERS</b></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>26 September 2020 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/260920.html">Cardiff (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260920.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">0</td> <td class="fixtures">1</td> <td class="fixtures">M Morrison, L Joao</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>04 February 2020 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/040220.html">Cardiff (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 3-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/040220.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">4832</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> <td class="fixtures">O Richards, A Rinomhota, Y Meite</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>31 January 2020 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/310120.html">Cardiff (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/310120.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">22518</td> <td class="fixtures">15</td> <td class="fixtures">Y Meite</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>25 January 2020 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/250120.html">Cardiff (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>FA Cup</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/250120.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">12798</td> <td class="fixturesh">-</td> <td class="fixturesh">Y Meite</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>18 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/180819.html">Cardiff (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 3-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/180819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">14252</td> <td class="fixturesh">17</td> <td class="fixturesh">G Puscas, G Puscas, J Swift</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>06 May 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/060518.html">Cardiff (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/060518.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">32478</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> <td class="fixtures"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>11 December 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/111217.html">Cardiff (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 2-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/111217.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16670</td> <td class="fixturesh">14</td> <td class="fixturesh">C Paterson, M Barrow</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>28 January 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/280117.html">Cardiff (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/280117.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">18558</td> <td class="fixturesh">3</td> <td class="fixturesh">J Swift, Y Kermorgant</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>27 August 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/270816.html">Cardiff (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/270816.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">15013</td> <td class="fixtures">15</td> <td class="fixtures">Y Kermorgant</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>19 March 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/190316.html">Cardiff (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/190316.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17407</td> <td class="fixturesh">17</td> <td class="fixturesh">G McCleary</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>07 November 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/071115.html">Cardiff (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/071115.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">15414</td> <td class="fixtures">8</td> <td class="fixtures"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>04 April 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/040415.html">Cardiff (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 1-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/040415.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17953</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> <td class="fixturesh">P Pogrebnyak</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>24 January 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/240115.html">Cardiff (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/240115.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">11750</td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> <td class="fixtures">O Norwood, H Robson-Kanu</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>21 November 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/211114.html">Cardiff (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/211114.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">20643</td> <td class="fixtures">15</td> <td class="fixtures">M Hector</td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/916/Swift_On_The_Bench_For_Must_Win_Match 916 Fri, 16 Apr 2021 17:15:07 BST Hob Nob Anyone? The Final Five Games With Bournemouth and Barnsley recently leap-frogging the Royals into the play-offs positions, the Royals are now massive outsiders for a top six finish. After being in the top six all season, apart from a single week, the Royals have dropped out right at the wrong time as the season enters its final weeks. There are just five games left to play and Reading are now five points behind both Bournemouth and Barnsley. The reality is Reading look set for another season of Championship football. But is all hope lost? Can we make up the difference? <br/><br/> Although a seventh placed finish now seems most likely, there are enough games to turn things around. However before looking at other teams, we now have to assume we will need to win all our final games. That final run of five games, all cup finals, starts with the visit of Cardiff on Friday evening. Cardiff are just one place behind Reading but are now seven points behind the Royals, and although they can close the gap on Reading, their season is effectively now over. This is a match where Reading are favourites for the three points. <br/><br/> Next up is a visit to Luton on 21 April. Luton are thoroughly mid-table with mixed form and again, we should be favourites for the win. Then things turn difficult. Assuming we manage to win those two games then we could still be in the hunt for sixth place when Swansea visit the Madejski Stadium. Swansea may or may not still have a shout at automatic promotion and this stage. It's a big game and a big ask to win it - but we will have to as next up is a visit to Champions-elect Norwich City. <br/><br/> We can only hope that Norwich have wrapped up their league win by then and taken their foot off the gas. Only one team has won at Carrow Road so far this season. <br/><br/> Reading finish with Huddersfield at home. If we somehow are still in contention on the final day of the season then at least this is a fixture we would hope to win. There is the added complication that Huddersfield may need points still to keep out of the bottom three. Should we get this far, then we can hope Huddersfield are safe and roll over for us to pick up three points. <br/><br/> So it's not impossible but we have to keep winning. Realistically Swansea and Brentford are out of reach, so we need to do at least five points better than either fifth placed Bournemouth or sixth placed Barnsley over five matches. Bournemouth's goal difference is massively superior so we probably need do six points better than the Cherries. But this is where there is a faint glimmer of hope. Bournemouth have to play Norwich away too, but it is their very next game this Saturday. If we can win and Bournemouth lose then we could have closed the game to just two points by this weekend. Bournemouth also play Brentford, who are not yet out of the automatic promotion race. <br/><br/> Barnsley's fixtures are kinder as they are playing Coventry, Huddersfield, and Rotherham who are all in relegation trouble. These teams are equally desperate for points for survival, but Barnsley surely will be picking up plenty of points. Barnsley also have to play Norwich on the last day of the season. <br/><br/> After a season of hope, it is going to be hugely disappointing should we miss out on the top six. However after such a great start to the season we have only really been a mid-table side since then, and so the table doesn't lie. All we can do is hope the team are fired up for one final push and try and finish the season as we started it. If we someone manage to put the wins together then we could still sneak into the top six. Although, we'd only lose in the play-offs anyway... <br/><br/> <h2>Final Five Games:</h2> <p> <strong>Bournemouth:</strong> Norwich (a), Millwall (a), Brentford (h), Wycombe (a), Stoke (h).<br/> <strong>Barnsley:</strong> Coventry (a), Huddersfield (a), Rotherham (h), Preston (a), Norwich (h).<br/> <strong>Reading:</strong> Cardiff (h), Luton (a), Swansea (h), Norwich (a), Huddersfield (h). </p> http://www.royals.org/news/915/The_Final_Five_Games 915 Thu, 15 Apr 2021 11:12:39 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Play-Offs Unlikely After Defeat At Watford Two superb strikes from Watford's Ismaila Sarr in the space of two minutes early in the first half virtually put pay to any hopes Reading had of achieving the victory that desperately needed to keep them in the promotion race. Feminia and Zinckernagel were credited with an assist for the each of the goals but in reality both were simply moments of outstanding individual skill. Reading to their credit never gave up, playing football worthy of promotion contenders throughout, apart from where it really mattered, in front of goal. Royals have now lost so much ground on their they are now reliant on their closest rivals slipping up, as well as facing a run of very tough games. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/090421/Watford_2_Reading_0"><strong>Read More</strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/914/Play-Offs_Unlikely_After_Defeat_At_Watford 914 Thu, 15 Apr 2021 10:36:49 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Opportunity Missed With a little over fifteen minutes remaining, in a game that had degenerated into an ugly scrappy spectacle Lucas Joao was presented with a golden opportunity to give Reading an extremely valuable away win. Only he will now why he failed to roll the ball into an empty net with Barnsley ‘keeper stranded. It is remarkable how such a talented player has declined to extent even the simplest finish seems to be beyond him. Reading may well pay dearly for the loss of two pints today come the end of the season. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/020421/Barnsley_1_Reading_1">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/020421/Barnsley_1_Reading_1">Match Report: Barnsley 1 Reading 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/913/Opportunity_Missed 913 Sat, 03 Apr 2021 10:38:21 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Drop Two More Points As the season progresses points are harder to come by, and when they needed three today, Reading had to settle for one. Bournemouth need only to win their game in hand and the Royals will slip out of the top six for only the second time this season. Certainly there was a greater sense of urgency about Reading's performance this afternoon and although they put Rangers under pressure at times, they fell behind on the stroke of half time. Miete scored his third goal in as many games to level the scores early in the second half and Reading looked a good bet to go on and win the game but Rangers rallied, and in the end Reading were the team hanging on for a point. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/200321/Reading_1_QPR_1">Read More...</a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/200321/Reading_1_QPR_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 QPR 1 </a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/912/Reading_Drop_Two_More_Points 912 Mon, 22 Mar 2021 10:38:05 GMT Hob Nob Anyone?