Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:19:53 UTC Fri, 27 Nov 2020 05:19:53 UTC 1800 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? Another Game, Another Defeat - But Still Top! For the second time this week Reading dominated possession and failed to find the net against well organised but fairly ordinary Championship sides at home. Worse still, avoidable defensive errors have proved costly conceding a total of six goals in those games. The promising start to the season now has been overshadowed by three successive defeats as a significant lead at the top of the league has rapidly been whittled away to one point. Veljko Paunovic is finding out about life in the Championship and it remains to be seen how well he responds to recent performances. So far this season Reading have played some outstanding football, but that alone does not win games. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/071120/Reading_0_Stoke_3"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/071120/Reading_0_Stoke_3"><strong>Match Report and Opinion</strong>: Reading 0 Stoke City 3</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/887/Another_Game,_Another_Defeat_-_But_Still_Top! 887 Mon, 09 Nov 2020 16:33:22 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Back To Reality With Second Straight Defeat Reading suffered their second successive defeat against a feisty Preston side who have now won four away games in a row. The three goal margin of victory flattered North End but Reading only have themselves to blame for this disappointing result. Had Lucas Joao taken one of the two gilt-edged second half chances which came his way before Preston’s opening goal, it might have been a very different story. It was an indifferent performance from the Royals and Preston took full advantage. After taking the lead on sixty-four minutes they added two further goals on the break with long balls forward after winning possession deep in their own half. Reading are still three points clear at the top of the league but they will need to improve quickly if they are to stay there. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/041120/Reading_0_Preston_3"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/041120/Reading_0_Preston_3"><strong>Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 Preston North End 3</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/886/Back_To_Reality_With_Second_Straight_Defeat 886 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 10:03:56 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? The 5 best Reading signings of the decade http://www.royals.org/news/885/The_5_best_Reading_signings_of_the_decade 885 Mon, 02 Nov 2020 17:42:34 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Unbeaten Run Ends At Coventry After Tuesday's outstanding performance away to Blackburn Rovers, Reading were brought back down to earth with bump by a Coventry City team low on confidence after a run six matches without a win. Reading never reached the level of performance achieved in recent games. Their play lacked intensity and a well organised City team grew in confidence as the game progressed. Once Coventry had taken the lead Reading struggled to penetrate a tight Coventry formation. Joao levelled the score out of the blue mid away through the second half with a brilliant solo effort from outside the box which should have signalled a Reading revival but Coventry refused to lie down and hit back with two more goals before Puscas pulled a goal back in stoppage time. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/301020/Coventry_3_Reading_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/301020/Coventry_3_Reading_2"><strong>Report and Opinion: </strong> Coventry 3 Reading 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/884/Unbeaten_Run_Ends_At_Coventry 884 Sat, 31 Oct 2020 09:24:48 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Top Of The League And Getting Better This evening Reading opened up a seven point lead at the top of the Championship with a performance of outstanding quality. The Royals blew away a very good Rovers side in the opening twenty minutes scoring three goals, playing football of the highest quality. Meite put Reading ahead after just nine seconds when Douglas took his eye off a long ball and provided an inadvertent assist as the ball hit his heel and fell in to the path of the Reading striker. With Rovers 'keeper Pears stranded Meite simply rolled the ball in to the empty net. Rovers hit back instantly equalising through Armstrong two minute later. The Rovers goal sparked a response from Reading which stunned the home side.<br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/271020/Blackburn_2_Reading_4"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/271020/Blackburn_2_Reading_4"><strong>Report and Opinion:</strong> Blackburn Rovers 2 Reading 4</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/883/Top_Of_The_League_And_Getting_Better 883 Fri, 30 Oct 2020 17:51:10 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Now Five Points Clear An outstanding goal from Yakou Meite was the turning point in Reading's sixth victory in seven games. With just over ten minutes to play, and Reading hanging on to a fragile looking lead from a first half goal, also scored by Meite, the Reading striker controlled a corner on his chest and swivelled to smash an unstoppable left foot volley past Rotherham 'Keeper Blackman. Rotherham certainly never gave up at any stage, but Reading are now so secure at the back, anything other than a Royals win was extremely unlikely. Joao added a third from the penalty spot having used his strength to get on the end of a long ball up the middle to win the spot kick in stoppage time. It was a flattering score line but tactically Reading once again got everything right and took all three points and secured yet another clean sheet. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/241020/Reading_3_Rotherham_0"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/241020/Reading_3_Rotherham_0"><strong>Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Rotherham United 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/882/Royals_Now_Five_Points_Clear 882 Sun, 25 Oct 2020 17:24:36 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Performance Lacking But Royals Go 3 Points Clear A moment of inspired forward play from Lucas Joao in the sixty-fourth minute was enough to see off a resilient Wycombe. The Reading striker controlled a long ball from Liam Moore on the edge of the Wycombe box, held off two defenders, and rifled a low shot past Allsop. It was Reading's first shot on target but it proved to be sufficient to lift Reading to the top off the Championship with a clear three point lead over second placed Bristol City. It was great result for the Royals but a far from convincing performance. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/201020/Reading_1_Wycombe_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/201020/Reading_1_Wycombe_0"><strong>Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/881/Performance_Lacking_But_Royals_Go_3_Points_Clear 881 Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:21:16 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Bore Draw But Royals Stay Unbeaten Teams managed by Neil Warnock are rarely renowned for their creativity and expansive attacking football and today's trip north to take on Middlesbrough was no exception. What little flair surfaced from this dour struggle came from a very composed and confident Reading team strengthened by the return of Joao and Ejaria. Attempts on goal were few and far between, Reading having the distinction of officially registering one shot on target as opposed to Boro' who failed to manage even one in the entire ninety minutes. <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/171020/Middlesbro_0_Reading_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/171020/Middlesbro_0_Reading_0"><strong>Report and Opinion:</strong> Middlesbrough 0 Reading 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/880/Bore_Draw_But_Royals_Stay_Unbeaten 880 Mon, 19 Oct 2020 11:15:16 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Alfa Semedo Signs For Season Reading have completed the signing of Alfa Semedo from Benfica on a season long loan. The 23 year old midfielder arrives at Reading after spending last season on loan at Championship side Nottingham Forest where he had a mixture of starts and appearances off the bench. Semedo clocked up 26 appearances for Forest and scored two goals before a very short return to his parent club. <br/><br/> He signed his professional contract with Benfica in the summer of 2018 and has played 8 times for his club scoring once. <br/><br/> Paunovic describes the player as "strong, powerful, versatile, comfortable on the ball and full of energy." - which sounds like a postitive endorsement of his new signing as he aims to keep Reading at the right end of the table this season. <br/><br/> Meanwhile former Reading defender Chris Gunter who left when his contract expired in the summer looks set to sign for Charlton Athletic. http://www.royals.org/news/879/Alfa_Semedo_Signs_For_Season 879 Mon, 05 Oct 2020 16:51:05 UTC Hob Nob Anyone?