Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Sun, 17 Jan 2021 05:53:45 UTC Sun, 17 Jan 2021 05:53:45 UTC 1800 Reading Concentrate On The League It was clear from the team selection of both managers where their priorities lie this season. In each case nine changes were made to the starting line-up for this Third Round FA Cup tie. Given Reading's dreadful run of injuries leading up to Christmas, Veljko Paunovic probably had more justification for resting most of his first choice players. Reading fans will no doubt be disappointed not to progress in the competition but they should be pleased with the performance of some of the young players drafted in for the game. Luton shaded the first half and scored a good goal, but the second half was a different story as Reading played some flowing passing football and certainly deserved at least to take the game into extra time. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/090121/Luton_1_Reading_0"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/090121/Luton_1_Reading_0"><strong>Report:</strong> Luton Town 1 Reading 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/899/Reading_Concentrate_On_The_League 899 Mon, 11 Jan 2021 12:00:30 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Joao Gets Two On Return From Injury Bolstered by the return of Lucas Joao, John Swift and Omar Richards to the starting eleven, Reading were in control of this tough away game for most of the match. In spite of going behind after only six minutes, The Royals came from behind to win the game with two superbly taken second half goals from Joao. Having won their previous five home games Huddersfield would have expected to take something from this game, but Reading, almost back to full strength, were solid at the back and carried much more of goal threat going forward than the home side. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/020121/Huddersfield_1_Reading_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/020121/Huddersfield_1_Reading_2"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Huddersfield Town 1 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/898/Joao_Gets_Two_On_Return_From_Injury 898 Mon, 04 Jan 2021 16:19:22 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Hold Out For Point At Swansea Reading rode their luck at times this evening at The Liberty stadium against in from Swansea but Veljko Paunovic's selection and tactics produced a performance which earned his team a valuable point which keeps them in the top six. Still deprived of key players, The Royals played with real desire and team spirit from start to finish. It was not pretty to watch, but with 'keeper Raphael in outstanding form and some resolute and disciplined defending, Reading kept a clean sheet and even had a chance to win the game near the end. Taking four points from the last two games with so many players unavailable is an impressive achievement. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/301220/Swansea_0_Reading_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/301220/Swansea_0_Reading_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Swansea City 0 Reading 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/897/Reading_Hold_Out_For_Point_At_Swansea 897 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 10:15:01 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Continue Slide Down Table The outcome of this game was decided within the first thirty minutes with a good Brentford side taking full advantage of some poor defending and a dreadful goalkeeping error by Raphael to race into an early three goal lead. A more spirited showing and a headed goal from substitute Aluko in the second half maintained a respectable score line, but in truth Reading never looked likely to recover from their poor start. There was no lack of fight and spirit in this defeat but the errors keep coming thick and fast and have proved costly in recent games. Reading have now slipped out of the top six, and the sooner the players currently out of action due to injury return, the better. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/191220/Brentford_3_Reading_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/191220/Brentford_3_Reading_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Brentford 3 Reading 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/896/Reading_Continue_Slide_Down_Table 896 Tue, 22 Dec 2020 09:45:45 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Injury Hit Royals Suffer Narrow Defeat Norwich moved three points clear at the top of the Championship with this narrow victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium this evening, but for Reading fans the performance of their team was of greater significance. Deprived of their leading strikers, Veljko Paunovic put together a team which provided stubborn opposition for a City team considered to be one of the leading contenders to win the title. Paunovic's tactics and selection almost paid off. An uncharacteristic error by Andy Rinomhota gifted City an early goal. Reading's response was swift, and with aid of a strike by Ejaria which deflected off Olise, the Royals were level three minutes later. Pukki scored the winner early in the second half from the penalty spot after Aarons was brought down by Moore. In a late flurry Reading forced three corners in stoppage time and it took a very good save from McGovern to prevent Olise's free kick from dipping under the bar. Had it gone in nobody could argue Reading did not deserve a point. Certainly not the Reading fans who applauded their team off the pitch at full time. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/161220/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/161220/Reading_1_Norwich_2"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Norwich City 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/895/Injury_Hit_Royals_Suffer_Narrow_Defeat 895 Thu, 17 Dec 2020 11:27:20 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Poor Start Sees Royals Defeated At Home Reading paid the price for a lack lustre first half performance against a well organised and physical Birmingham City side. It was a poor first half showing from the Royals in every respect. There was a marked lack of energy and creativity in midfield with Joao and Meite tightly marked Reading failed to register a shot on target before half time. The Royals defence were practising social distancing around their own penalty area and City's Toral took full advantage scoring two goals from the edge of the box leaving Reading an uphill task in the second half. Ejaria and Olise were disappointing to say the least. Revitalised by the introduction of Samedo and Esteves, Meite reduced the lead with a close range finish and then won a penalty. Joao capped an indifferent performance by failing to tuck a way the spot kick and Reading lost the momentum gained from the goal even though Dean’s dismissal in conceding the penalty had reduced City to ten men for the last twenty minutes. City continued to waste time at every opportunity and broke up the play with incessant fouls all over the pitch and comfortably saw out the ten additional minutes of stoppage time to claim the points.<br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/091220/Reading_1_Birmingham_2"><Strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><A href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/091220/Reading_1_Birmingham_2"><Strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Birmingham City 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/894/Poor_Start_Sees_Royals_Defeated_At_Home 894 Thu, 10 Dec 2020 17:10:55 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Two Thousand Fans Watch Royals Cruise To Win Reading marked the fans return to the Madjeski Stadium for the for the first time in nine months with a comfortable home win curtesy of goals from Lucas Joao and Michael Morrison. There may have only been two thousand fans inside the ground but that was enough to generate the match day atmosphere Reading fans and players have been missing for such a long time. Manager Veljko Paunovic came on to the pitch to greet the fans before kick-off and was given an understandably warm reception. Only sixteen minutes had elapsed before Reading scored the first goal witnessed by home fans since the first lockdown in March. Having been denied three penalties, and experienced unpunished red card offences against them in their previous game, referee Gavin Ward redressed the balance when Yates was his hand to clear a Holmes header off the line. Ward was sent off and Joao calmly slotted home his fourteenth goal of the season. It was just the start Reading needed the mark the occasion. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/051220/Reading_2_Nottm_Forest_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/051220/Reading_2_Nottm_Forest_0"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 2 Nottingham Forest 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/893/Two_Thousand_Fans_Watch_Royals_Cruise_To_Win 893 Mon, 07 Dec 2020 11:50:06 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Frustrating Night As 10 Man Wednesday Hold Reading On an incredibly frustrating evening at Hillsborough Reading were basically denied a victory, which would have seen them go a point clear at the top of the Championship, over ten men Sheffield Wednesday by possibly the most incompetent display of refereeing we are likely to see in the Championship this season. It is common to see referees to get penalty decisions wrong but rare for at least three, or possibly four, such clear cut incidents to go unpunished in one half of football. It should not have mattered however, given the number of chances Reading created to win the game. Bad luck, resolute defending, and poor finishing also played their part as Reading dominated possession from start to finish, but could not find the quality in front of goal to overcome a Wednesday side camped in their own half for most of the game. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/021220/Sheff_Wed_1_Reading_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/021220/Sheff_Wed_1_Reading_1"><strong>Report and Opinion:</strong> Sheffield Wednesday 1 Reading 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/892/Frustrating_Night_As_10_Man_Wednesday_Hold_Reading 892 Thu, 03 Dec 2020 09:24:27 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Pick Up First Win In Six For the second time in eight days, Reading's potential to challenge for promotion was tested against top six opposition. Having fallen apart away at Bournemouth last week, doubts began to emerge but today Reading's attacking qualities enabled them to overcome a strong Bristol City side. The Royals scored three second half goals, and but for some excellent saves from City 'keeper Bentley it could have been more. Lucas Joao played really well and he was Sky Sports' choice as the Man of the Match, but Yakou Miete's second half performance arguably more deserving of the award. Apart from his incredible work rate, he tucked away Reading's second goal to restore their lead following City's equaliser; and then in stoppage time went on an incredible lung bursting run to set up Joao for the goal which sealed the win. Make no mistake about it however, this was far from a two man show. The entire team to a man performed well.<br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/281120/Reading_3_Bristol_C_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/281120/Reading_3_Bristol_C_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 3 Bristol City 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/891/Reading_Pick_Up_First_Win_In_Six 891 Mon, 30 Nov 2020 17:07:18 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading In Tier 2: Two Thousand Fans Allowed Reading Borough Council has been placed in tier 2 (high alert) from 2nd December after the government national restrictions come to an end on that date. This means that Reading Football Club will be able to allow 2,000 fans to watch upcoming home fixtures. <br/><br/> The first game that fans will be able to attend this season will be the home game against Nottingham Forest on Saturday 5 December. With well over 2,000 fans having paid their retainers for reserved season tickets, the club will have to work out which will be given the chance to watch the team for the first time at home since March 2020. http://www.royals.org/news/890/Reading_In_Tier_2:_Two_Thousand_Fans_Allowed 890 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 11:33:35 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Draw At Millwall Ends Run Of Defeats Both sides came in to this game without a win in four games so I suppose a draw was always going to be a likely outcome. Reading, on reflection, will be grateful to have ended a run of defeats, but I feel sure it was not the performance Veljko Paunovic was hoping for. After falling behind on the stroke of half time to a superb Jed Wallace free kick, Reading started the second half brightly and equalised after fifty-three minutes through leading scorer Joao. In a scrappy and open second half both teams had chances to win the game, but the quality of finishing was poor. In the end a draw was probably a fair result, and one which keeps Reading in the top six, which on current form is flattering to say the least. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/251120/Millwall_1_Reading_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/251120/Millwall_1_Reading_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Millwall 1 Reading 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/889/Draw_At_Millwall_Ends_Run_Of_Defeats 889 Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:54:05 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Shocking Run Continues With Fourth Defeat Reading were replaced by a rampant Bournemouth at the top of the Championship table as their remarkable decline continued with a fourth successive defeat. Today having deservedly achieved a two goal lead by half time, they imploded in the second half against a very good Bournemouth side conceding four goals. Make no mistake about it Bournemouth passed the ball extremely well, and are certain to be one of the leading contenders for the title, but this was a worrying capitulation from a team which had made such an impressive start to the season. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/211120/Bournemouth_4_Reading_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/211120/Bournemouth_4_Reading_2"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Bournemouth 4 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/888/Shocking_Run_Continues_With_Fourth_Defeat 888 Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:45:32 UTC Hob Nob Anyone?