Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:11:11 UTC Mon, 20 Jan 2020 00:11:11 UTC 1800 Late Drama As Royals Get Deserved Point In a frantic final two minutes of added time Reading fell behind to a controversial goal then dramatically snatched a thoroughly deserved point when Figueirido defected Jordan Obita's superb cross in to his own net. The sense of injustice over Forest's goal was more than matched by the euphoria of Reading's immediate reply. It had been a very good game between two sides looking to extend their winning run. Something had to give, and in the end a draw was a fair result. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/110120/Reading_1_Nottm_Forest_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/110120/Reading_1_Nottm_Forest_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 Nottingham Forest 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/832/Late_Drama_As_Royals_Get_Deserved_Point 832 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 13:13:55 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Bowen Makes Eleven Changes For Cup Draw Mark Bowen's decision to make eleven changes to his starting line-up may not have been entirely to the liking of many Royals fans, but it produced a closely contested and entertaining cup tie resulting in both teams going into the draw for the Fourth Round on Monday. After a fairly subdued first half which saw The Seasiders take the lead against the run of play, the second half exploded into life with a flurry of goals and a missed penalty in a twelve minute spell ten minutes into the second half. Both sides will look back on the game as a missed opportunity to progress to the next round and avoid the inconvenience of a replay. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/040120/Reading_2_Blackpool_2"><strong>Read more...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/040120/Reading_2_Blackpool_2"><strong>Match Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 2 Blackpool 2 - FA Cup Round 3</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/831/Bowen_Makes_Eleven_Changes_For_Cup_Draw 831 Mon, 06 Jan 2020 10:59:10 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading vs Blackpool FA Cup 3rd Round: Quick Analysis For most Championship teams, promotion to the Premier League usually comes top of the pre-season wishlist. Reading have made up ground on the top six after four straight league wins over Christmas, but even with that amazing run promotion is still is huge ask with less than half the season left to play. However, a cup run can be a refreshing tonic for fans. It might seem unlikely for Reading to go on a decent run in the competition this year, but <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/32261616" target="_blank">as we saw in 2015</a>, the draw can unfold nicely for Championship teams. <br/><br/> The first order of business is, of course, the visit of Blackpool. Here's a preview of the game, and a guide of how the bookmakers see Reading's chances: <br/><br/> <strong>The Formbook</strong> <br/><br/> Reading pulled out a string of great results over Christmas and top the Championship form table but are still in the bottom half of the table. Fears of a relegation battle have certainly subsided, but the play-offs are still a full eight league places away. A cup run might be the best way to deliver some excitement while we wait to see if our league form can continue. Blackpool are just <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/leagueonefootball/table" target="_blank">a few points off the League One Playoff spots</a>. Perhaps the bad news for Royals fans is that Blackpool seem to have a knack of grinding out results away from home, losing just once on the road in the league this season. <Br/><br/> <strong>The Odds</strong> <br/><br/> According to 888sport, Reading are 7/10 to win the game, with Blackpool at 4/1 and the draw at 11/4. However, looking at the stats, this might be the perfect fixture for <a href="https://www.888sport.com/live-betting/" target="_blank">online live betting</a> as Blackpool tend to score early in games and Reading often leave it late (The Royals have netted 20 times in the second half this season, compared to just nine in the first). <Br/><br/> <strong>The Blackpool Dangerman</strong> <br/><br/> Armand Gnanduillet is Blackpool's leading scorer this season, with the French-born striker finding the net 11 times this season. His all-round game is sometimes lacking though, and Blackpool boss Simon Grayson was forced to drop him earlier in the season. Gnanduillet is one of those players who will do nothing for an entire match and then suddenly pop up with a winner. That makes him a <a href="https://hobnob.royals.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=186526" target="_blank">potential headache for Liam Moore</a> and the rest of the Reading defence. <Br/><br/> <strong>FA Cup Pedigree</strong> <br/><br/> Blackpool have made it past the third round just once in the last seven seasons, reaching the 4th round in the 2016/17 season. Unlike Reading, however, they can point to an FA Cup Trophy in the cabinet at Bloomfield Road. That was the Stanley Matthews' Final of 1953, but they have not made it beyond the Sixth Round in the 66 intervening years. Reading have had the misfortune of coming up against Manchester United in two out of the last three seasons, but have done well against non-Premier League opposition most seasons, notably during that run to the semis in 2015. <Br/><br/> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/22H8dpq_QUk" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <br/><br/> <strong>Verdict</strong><br/><br/> This is certainly not a glamour tie, but it should be viewed as an opportunity by Mark Bowen and the team. Some big names - Wolves vs Manchester United, Liverpool vs Everton - have been drawn against each other, and there are lots of ties that feature no Premier League teams so the 4th round draw could be kind to Reading should they overcome Blackpool. Let's not put the cart before the horse though, and you can see that the bookies are hesitant about making Reading overwhelming favourites; Blackpool are no mugs. <br/><br/> <strong>More:</strong><br/><br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/history/Blackpool"><strong>Reading -v- Blackpool - Fixture History >></strong></a> http://www.royals.org/news/830/Reading_vs_Blackpool_FA_Cup_3rd_Round:_Quick_Analysis 830 Thu, 02 Jan 2020 14:56:39 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Swift Grabs Win With Christmas Cracker A brilliant long range strike by John Swift after fifty-two minutes proved to be the difference between the teams in an open and action packed encounter at the Madjeski Stadium this evening. Reading moved up to fifteenth place in the table following this, their second home victory and clean sheet in successive home games. Both 'keepers were kept on their toes as the game ebbed and flowed with both teams creating ample chances to have won comfortably. There was a lot of space in midfield which neither team exploited fully over the ninety minutes. Reading had to defend well, desperately at times towards the end, to hang on to all three points. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/261219/Reading_1_QPR_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/261219/Reading_1_QPR_0">Match Report: Reading 1 QPR 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/829/Swift_Grabs_Win_With_Christmas_Cracker 829 Fri, 27 Dec 2019 12:31:46 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Up To Sixteenth With Win Over 10 Man Derby Reading finally overcame an undisciplined rabble of a Derby side which imploded following Reading's second, and superbly created, goal from Joao. The tone of the game was set in a feisty opening when Meite was bundled over in the box by Malone when put through on goal by Joao's astute pass. Malone was correctly shown a red card and Charlie Adam converted the penalty emphatically. County struggling to win away from home were a goal down and reduced to ten men within the opening four minutes. Obviously the odds were stacked heavily in favour of a Reading win, but it was a far from comfortable win for the Royals. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/211219/Reading_3_Derby_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/211219/Reading_3_Derby_0">Match Report: Reading 3 Derby County 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/828/Royals_Up_To_Sixteenth_With_Win_Over_10_Man_Derby 828 Mon, 23 Dec 2019 17:17:32 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Birmingham Take Three Points A dismal display at home against Birmingham side without a win in five games has given manager Mark Bowen food for thought about the overall strength and deployment of the squad at his disposal to pull away for the lower reaches of the Championship. The score line might suggest a narrow defeat, but in fact there were some worrying aspects of the overall performance of his team this afternoon. The nature of City's second and third goals underline significant weaknesses in what is Reading's third defeat in the last four games. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/071219/Reading_2_Birmingham_3"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/071219/Reading_2_Birmingham_3"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Birmingham City 3</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/827/Birmingham_Take_Three_Points 827 Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:32:00 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Five Minute Puscas Hat-Trick Steals Win George Puscas ended his goalscoring drought in dramatic fashion as he smashed in a second half hat-trick in just five minutes to give Reading a big win on the road at Wigan. The Royals looked to be heading for a defeat, with Puscas looking largely anonymous, until his three goals turned the fixture around and gave Reading three points as they pulled further away from the bottom three. <br/><br/> Reading were behind for most of the game after Wigan took the lead just after the half hour mark. Rafael made a save from a header after a corner but couldn't stop the rebound being scored from close range. Despite Reading having plenty of the ball in the first half they rarely threatened and instead it was Wigan that might have doubled their lead before half time but the ball defelcted just wide of Rafael's post. Puscas failed to take an opportunity towards the end of the half and it was looking like it might be another one of those days for the Reading striker. <br/><br/> However, Puscas pulled Reading level on 79 minutes, putting his penalty straight down the middle after Boye was fouled in the area. A minute later Puscas twisted through the Wigan defence to put Reading ahead and get his second with an excellent finish. Garath McCleary, enjoying his time back in the Reading team, was provider with the cross that saw Puscas complete his dramatic quick-fire hat-trick - and an important win for Reading - on 84 minutes. <br/><br/> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/301119/Wigan_1_Reading_3"><strong>Wigan 1 Reading 3</strong></a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/826/Five_Minute_Puscas_Hat-Trick_Steals_Win 826 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 11:03:42 UTC 2019-11-30 Late Goal Sees Royals Miss Out On Point Leeds United moved to the top of the table with a late goal to deny Reading a point they had worked so hard to achieve. The goal came from a very quick counter attack after John Swift's free kick from just outside the box had been saved by the Leeds 'keeper Casilla. United streamed forward in numbers catching the Royals off guard. Costa's deflected cross was headed in from close range by Jack Harrison at the far post. It was a cruel blow for Reading who had defended magnificently against a Leeds side who had played some superb passing football throughout the game. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/261119/Reading_0_Leeds_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/261119/Reading_0_Leeds_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Leeds United 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/824/Late_Goal_Sees_Royals_Miss_Out_On_Point 824 Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:39:07 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? What you might have missed in the Royals' loss to Leeds <p>The Royals recently suffered their second successive defeat at the hands of Leeds United on November 26, at the Madejski Stadium. It was the 87th minute header scored by Jack Harrison that caused the first home loss for the Royals manager.</p> <p>On the whole, it was a pretty harsh result for the hosts as they played some really spirited defensive football, and did their best to keep the Whites as far away as possible from their half of the pitch, for most part of the game. However, right when it seemed that both teams will need to settle with a point each, the Leeds winger finished off his side's quick counter attack with a well-connected header. The game had a lot of money riding on it in the betting markets, and considering the fact that football is the most popular amongst all the <a href="https://www.jackpotcitycasino.com/blog/leading-sports-gambling-markets/">top sports betting markets</a> of the world, everyone had hoped for a nail-biting encounter. Let's now tell you about some bits from the game that you might have missed.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yGU8iWD9zR4" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe> <h2>McDermott watching on</h2> <p>One extremely interested spectator who just couldn't let his eyes off the game was former Royals manager Brian McDermott. He sported a wry smile on his face as he saw his two former clubs clash on the football pitch, standing in the Director's box. The 58 year old was in charge of Reading FC from 2019 to 2013, and successfully guided them to championship victory in 2012. He later joined Leeds United, but didn't stick around for more than a year at Elland Road. He was joined in the box by Steve Holland, the England assistant boss and Nigel Adkins, the fellow former Royals manager, who is pretty regular at their matches.</p> <h2>Cheeky celebration of Patrick Bamford</h2> <p>It wasn't for the first time that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford received some treatment from the Reading fans. Some woeful finishes last season also saw him getting a lot of flak. There wasn't much for him in the Tuesday night's game, however, even when he did get a chance, he couldn't convert it into goal. Nevertheless, even a slight bit failure was enough for Reading fans to mock him well. However, when <a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/11/26/leeds-united-march-back-top-jack-harrison-breaks-readings-resistance/">Harrison scored the late winner</a> for the team, Bamford couldn't stop himself from taking a cheeky dig at the home team supporters. He could be seen mocking the fans and sending a few selective words in their direction.</p> <h2>Honouring a young fan</h2> <p>The 19th minute of the game witnessed a large round of applause in honour of Ryan Duval, a young fan of Reading. He was an ardent Royals fan and had designed a unique shirt for the team that they wore for a game in 2015. The former Tilehurst pupil passed away recently. Reading fans showed everyone how much they love their own by honouring the teenager in a unique way and breaking into a round of applause during the first half in his remembrance.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/825/What_you_might_have_missed_in_the_Royals'_loss_to_Leeds 825 Wed, 27 Nov 2019 00:00:00 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? First Defeat For Bowen As Reading Manager A packed Griffin Park experienced what was always going to be a tight game with both teams currently in a run of good form. It was high tempo encounter from the start but Reading dictated play for sufficiently long periods of the first half to cause concern amongst the home fans without threatening the Brentford goal. Puscas wasted their best opportunity with a poor touch and a delayed decision to shoot allowing Raya to come off his line and snuff out the danger. The second half was a very different story with Brentford putting the Royals defence under considerable pressure from the re-start. They attacked with width and pace exposing the gaps created by Yiadom and Richards getting forward. That pressure finally paid off with good ball into the box from Jensen and a well-executed header from Watkins after sixty-two minutes. Reading struggled to create chances in spite of Mark Bowen making use of all three of his attacking options on the bench and Brentford held on to their lead to secure the points. <br/> <strong><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/231119/Brentford_1_Reading_0">Read more...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/231119/Brentford_1_Reading_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Brentford 1 Reading 0</li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/823/First_Defeat_For_Bowen_As_Reading_Manager 823 Mon, 25 Nov 2019 10:39:42 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Another Win As Royals Climb Table The remarkable transformation of Reading's season continued with a thoroughly convincing three goal victory over struggling Luton. Raphael beat away Crainey's shot on eight minutes which proved to be The Hatters only attempt on target in the entire match. With better finishing Reading would have been out of sight by half time such was their dominance in all areas of the pitch. However they had to settle for a comfortable two goal cushion at the interval with well taken goals from Morrison and Ejaria. There was perhaps a little concern amongst the home fans of a repeat of the previous home win over Millwall in which The Royals hung on to a two one win after leading by the same margin at half time. They need not have worried, for although Luton enjoyed a long spell of possession after the interval, Raphael was not called upon to make a save. Substitute McCleary finally removed any lingering doubts of a Luton revival with a winner eleven minutes from time. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/091119/Reading_3_Luton_0"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/091119/Reading_3_Luton_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 3 Luton Town 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/822/Another_Win_As_Royals_Climb_Table 822 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:05:28 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Seven Points From Nine Under Bowen Reading's revival under new manager Mark Bowen continued with a second successive home win against a Millwall side also adjusting to playing under a new boss. Brilliant strikes form Obita and Baldock proved to sufficient to secure the points in spite a spirited response from the visitors following a Jed Wallace goal against the run of play after sixty three minutes. Reading were not helped by losing Luke Moore due to a recurrence of his recent shoulder injury early in the second half. There were some anxious moments in the Reading penalty area in final twenty minutes but determination and a little luck enabled them to produce a win which continues the momentum gained in recent games. <Br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/021119/Reading_2_Millwall_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/021119/Reading_2_Millwall_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 2 Millwall 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/821/Seven_Points_From_Nine_Under_Bowen 821 Mon, 04 Nov 2019 12:55:38 UTC Hob Nob Anyone?