Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:39:36 UTC Tue, 25 Feb 2020 18:39:36 UTC 1800 Leeds -v- Reading: Both Teams Hunt Consecutive Wins Reading face Leeds United at Elland Road this weekend, with both teams looking to make it consecutive wins for the first time in 2020. <br/><br/> There are question marks over Jordan Obita and Pele who could be in contention despite minor injuries. Pele returned to training only on Wednesday after taking a forced break due to a groin problem. Meanwhile, Obita has an ankle issue and may be rested this weekend. Gunter, Boye, Joao and Miazga are still out in the medium term with only Miazga expected to return during the following two weeks. Kenyan forward Ajub Masika, on-loan from Beijing Renhe, has been restricted to just one appearance off the subs bench and could miss out on a start again due to a illness he has been recovering from. <br/><br/> Meanwhile Leeds United have no new injuries and will have all the players who started their 1-0 victory against Bristol City available for selection again as they look to build some consistancy after a serious wobble in form as the season appearances the last quarter. Leeds haven't won two Championship games in a row this year and have lost four of their last seven games - yet somehow have managed to cling onto second place in the Championship. They have much better goal difference than Fulham in third so will stay second whatever the result, but the pressure is on to make up lost ground on Championship leaders West Brom. <br/><br/> Following Reading's impressive 3-0 away victory at Sheffield Wednesday, the Royals are looking safe for a midtable finish. The focus remains on the FA Cup game with Sheffield United, unless Reading can put together an unlikely run of staight wins to keep the league season alive. Reading's last three games against Leeds have been defeats without the Royals finding the net, and our last win was at Elland Road back in October 2017. <h3>Recent Meetings With Leeds United</h3> <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="fixturesh" nowrap>26 November 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/261119.html">Leeds (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/261119.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16918</td> <td class="fixturesh">18</td> <td class="fixturesh"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>12 March 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/120319.html">Leeds (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/120319.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17101</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> <td class="fixturesh"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>27 November 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/271118.html">Leeds (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/271118.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">27806</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> <td class="fixtures"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>10 March 2018 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/100318.html">Leeds (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/100318.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">19770</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> <td class="fixturesh">J Bodvarsson, E O'Kane</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>14 October 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/141017.html">Leeds (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/141017.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">33900</td> <td class="fixtures">20</td> <td class="fixtures">M Barrow</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>01 April 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/010417.html">Leeds (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/010417.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">23055</td> <td class="fixturesh">4</td> <td class="fixturesh">Y Kermorgant</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>13 December 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/131216.html">Leeds (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/131216.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">21242</td> <td class="fixtures">3</td> <td class="fixtures"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>16 April 2016 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/160416.html">Leeds (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/160416.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">20881</td> <td class="fixtures">15</td> <td class="fixtures">M Hector, D Rakels</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>16 August 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/160815.html">Leeds (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/160815.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">21581</td> <td class="fixturesh">19</td> <td class="fixturesh"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>10 February 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/100215.html">Leeds (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/100215.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">18124</td> <td class="fixturesh">14</td> <td class="fixturesh"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>01 October 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/011014.html">Leeds (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/011014.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">20705</td> <td class="fixtures">10</td> <td class="fixtures"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>11 March 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/110314.html">Leeds (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 4-2</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/110314.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">19915</td> <td class="fixtures">6</td> <td class="fixtures">G McCleary, R Drenthe, N Blackman, H Robson-Kanu</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>18 September 2013 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/180913.html">Leeds (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 1-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/180913.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">21167</td> <td class="fixturesh">7</td> <td class="fixturesh">A Le Fondre</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>06 April 2012 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/060412.html">Leeds (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/060412.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh"></td> <td class="fixturesh">-</td> <td class="fixturesh"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>17 December 2011 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/171211.html">Leeds (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/171211.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"></td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> <td class="fixtures"></td> </tr> </table> http://www.royals.org/news/845/Leeds_-v-_Reading:__Both_Teams_Hunt_Consecutive_Wins 845 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:30:00 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Regal Royals: The Best Reading Signings of the 2010s <p>The 2010s was an intriguing decade for Reading, starting it off battling for promotion. One year after a lost promotion playoff final against Swansea, that fight would be won in 2012, with Reading re-joining the Premier League after a four-year absence. Immediate relegation followed though, and the Royals have struggled to get back into the big time ever since. <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39995791" target="_blank">A cruel penalty shootout loss</a> in the play-off final of 2017 is the closest they have since come to a top-flight return.<br /> <br /> While the Championship is a tough league to negotiate, especially when the three-year parachute payments window has long expired, all it can take is the right initiative to drastically shorten any team's promotion odds.<br /> Reading are no different, and though long-term top-flight establishment was elusive in the 2010s, the decade still heralded some great signings. These men stand out as prime examples of inspired scouting work and transfer nous, and provide the current staff with food for thought, as another year in the wilderness beckons.<br /> <br /> <strong>Chris Gunter</strong><br /> Gunter may not be the most dazzling name on this list, but the consistency he showed in the famous hoops throughout the 2010s has to be admired.<br /> Gunter was amongst those that played in the solitary Premier League season. He stayed true to Reading after the drop, choosing to negotiate the rollercoaster that is the Championship every year rather than seeking to find a club with better promotion prospects.<br /> His opportunities in the last couple of seasons may have been limited, but Gunter is still a solid member of the side. He has long since&nbsp;<a href="https://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/2013/december/300-up-for-gunter/" target="_blank">passed the 300-game milestone</a>&nbsp;for the club, proving that loyalty still has a place in modern day football.<br /> <br /> <strong>Liam Moore</strong><br /> Towards the end of the decade, Liam Moore had a hugely positive impact on the club. Like Gunter, he too has been a great servant, and while his penalty miss in the 2017 play-off final was a huge blemish on his legacy, Moore continues to be a colossal captain. The key numbers show exactly how brilliant an all-round defender he can be, with an average of 4.7 aerial duels per-game won last season. His consistency has been excellent, and he could well be at the club for years to come. Fans love his no-nonsense defending, and at the age of 27, Moore could have his best years ahead of him in the Reading backline.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ian Harte</strong><br /> Right at the start of the decade, Reading signed Harte from Carlisle in what was a curious transfer on paper. Formerly of a strong Leeds side in the Premier League, the Irishman was well past his best by 2010, in spite of the experience he boasted in European competitions for the Whites. Yet, despite playing just 99 games for Reading, Harte created some great memories and scored some very important goals. His tally of 15 goals and 15 assists from those games was partly due to his legendary free-kick ability, which proved a great asset towards Reading's Championship title in 2012. The three seasons he spent at the club showed that his career was far from done, and that the Reading squad of today should cherish top-level experience regardless of age.<br /> <br /> <strong>Adam Le Fondre</strong><br /> Signed from Rotherham in 2011, Le Fondre had a good spell at the club until his departure in 2014, scoring 41 goals in 110 games for the club. Like Harte, his spell included that wonderful Championship title win, but he too would find out (as constantly reflected by&nbsp;<a href="https://blog.marathonbet.co.uk/category/sport/football/premier-league-predictions/" target="_blank">Premier League predictions</a>) that newly-promoted sides can often be nothing short of cannon fodder.<br /> Though disadvantaged by being part of an outclassed squad, Le Fondre was still highly industrious in the subsequent Premier League season of 2012/13. He scored 12 goals, including goals in four of Reading's meagre six wins that season. Perhaps most memorable were his two late goals vs then-European champions Chelsea to secure a draw.<br /> <br /> <strong>Garath McCleary</strong><br /> Since signing for the club, McCleary has gone on to make over 200 appearances in the hoops, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Like Gunter, he signed from Nottingham Forest, but his status as a free signing makes his arrival one of the best pieces of business the club has made in the last decade. Having signed in 2012, McCleary was thrown in at the proverbial deep end, and faced keeping Reading in the Premier League from the off. While McCleary may not have been able to prevent relegation, he&nbsp;<a href="https://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/revealed-mccleary-smashes-stats-creating-13141617" target="_blank">still played a huge role</a>&nbsp;in the team getting to the play-off final in 2017.<br /> <br /> <strong>Ali Al-Habsi</strong><br /> Omani goalkeeper Al-Habsi may not boast the longest Reading career, but the two seasons he spent at the club were brilliant. He won the player of the season award for those two seasons, and in that run towards the 2017 promotion play-offs, he collected no less than six man of the match awards. Al-Habsi also averaged 3.6 saves per game that season, which represented a personal best for his career so far. In a different world, he would have guided Reading back into the Premier League, and given them a fair chance of survival, but fate dictated otherwise.<br /> <br /> <strong>John Swift</strong><br /> With over 100 appearances and plenty of goals, John Swift could well turn into a Reading legend. The 24-year-old may be a little inconsistent at times, but is surely only going to get better. He is generally great to watch, and&nbsp;has also shown particularly talismanic qualities on home turf at times. Notably, Reading had won ten of the dozen Championship home fixtures in which he had scored prior to their home game vs West Brom in February.<br /> <br /> Swift's current rate of assists this season shows a growing maturity, and he has also kept the goals coming. Additionally, his pass success percentage has been consistently over 80%, with man of the match awards being a pleasingly frequent occurrence. Ultimately, Swift was not only one of the best signings of the last decade, but could also easily become Reading's best player of the 2020s.<br /> <br /> <strong>Honorable Mentions</strong><br /> As with any list of this ilk, some great players are bound to undeservedly miss out. Amongst them is unquestionably Jason Roberts, with his goals being crucial in getting Reading promoted. Sadly, for the Premier League journeyman, the injuries he sustained the following season limited his impact.<br /> <br /> Danny Williams also deserves a huge mention, with four great years at the club, and there have also been some impressive loan signings in the recent past, such as Nathan Ake, Emiliano Martinez, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ovie Ejaria and Glenn Murray. The likes of Yann Kermorgant could also make this list, for the impact that he had on the club and the memories he gave.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/844/Regal_Royals:_The_Best_Reading_Signings_of_the_2010s 844 Fri, 21 Feb 2020 18:15:36 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Leeds Next For Reading - At 39 Pounds A Ticket Reading travel to second placed Leeds United on Saturday with the home side trying to keep their place in the automatic promotion places after a run of poor recent form. Leeds were points clear at the top of the Championship but now find themselves four points behind leaders West Brom as their season threatens to collapse as usual. They managed to scrape past Bristol City at home by a single goal last weekend after drawing at Brentford and losing both away at Forest and home against Wigan. The Royals may fancy their chances against a side that could well find themselves staying put in the Championship next season, with plenty of teams in the play-off positions hoping to claim a top two finish. <br/><br/> The Royals are around 19/2 for an away victory on Saturday. Given Leeds are <a href="https://www.royals.org/tableformh.php">currently 17th in the home form table</a> and <a href="https://www.royals.org/tableforma.php">Reading sit second in the away form table</a> it seems like good value! If you looking to put on a bet then <a href="https://onlinebettingcodes.co.uk/matchbook-bonus-codes/">follow this link</a> for a welcome offer. You can also use <a href="https://match-bonuscode.co.uk/">this guide</a> to find something that might give a return should Reading follow up their 3-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend with another victory on the road. Reading are a long way away from the top six but another 3 points would essentially secure Championship for another season. <br/><br/> There's been a lot in the news this week with Leeds, the self proclaimed biggest club in the Championship, mocking Reading for being unable to sell out the away end. This comes from a club who are charging an extortionate 39 pounds for the privilege of watching the game. Reading of course have been strong voices in the "twenty in plenty" campaign to make the cost of watching live football affordable. Leeds are at the other end of the scale trying their best to rip off fans. It is hardly suprising they struggle to sell tickets to away supporters who are used to much reduced ticket prices. Leeds fans who traveled to the Madejski Stadium back in November would have course paid nearly half the price for their tickets. I would hope Reading continue to stick to their cheap ticket pledge, but it must be tempting to make an exception for the visit of Leeds next season. <br/><br/> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Reading are the latest club to not sell out their away allocation, so extra tickets have now been made available to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LUFC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LUFC</a> fans in the West Stand</p>&mdash; Leeds United (@LUFC) <a href="https://twitter.com/LUFC/status/1229461653139402756?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> http://www.royals.org/news/843/Leeds_Next_For_Reading_-_At_39_Pounds_A_Ticket 843 Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:43:52 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Hope To End Poor Form In Sheffield Reading travel to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend desperate to run a miserable run of league form. The Royals are without a league win since the very first day of the year - an away victory over Fulham that saw Reading top the form tables and climb to 14th place. After that result there was talk of a late run towards the play-offs. That dream has been well and truly shattered as the Royals have drifted back closer to the bottom three than the top six. <br/><br/> The reality, after just four points from the last seven league games, is that Reading's league season is over assuming they can pick up a few more points to avoid the drop. The focus will shift to the FA Cup, and the fifth round game against Premier League Sheffield United to come at the Madejski Stadium. United will be chasing European qualification so could rest a few players for the midweek game, you would expect Reading to field a strong team as they look to grab a last piece of excitement from another disappointing campaign. <br/><br/> Before all of that there are a whole series of league games to get through, starting with Saturday's game against 12th placed Sheffield Wednesday. Wednesday, like Reading, are also out of form with three defeats and two draws from their last five league fixtures. A win could keep their season alive with hopes of closing the gap on the top six, however they too look set for a mid-table finish. <br/><br/> There was good news for Reading this week as Lucas Joao returned to light training, but the former Wednesday striker will be ruled out for a few more weeks yet and won't face his old club. Chris Gunter will also remain sidelined with his groin injury and the Royals will also be without Miazga, McIntyre and Boye. Danny Loader is fit but it unlikely to be in the matchday squad after failing to make an impression on the first team. <br/><br/> New signing Araruna made a start for his new club on Wednesday night but failed to impress and may find himself back on the bench, making room for eithe Charlie Adam or Rinomhota who will be hoping for a start. It will be interesting to see if Puscas is dropped to the bench and if Baldock makes a start. Baldock seemed to be the better option in midweek. Puscas scored from the penalty spot to give Reading the lead against West Brom but had a limited contribution otherwise. <br/><br/> Reading started the season with a 1-3 home defeat against Sheffield Wednesday, which was the most recent in a run of six games without victory over the Owls. Last term we drew 0-0 on the road and lost at home and the 2017/2018 season saw another 0-0 draw at the Madejski but two defeats at Sheffield - one in the league and one in the FA Cup. If Reading are going to win this weekend it will be against form and recent history and it's the home side that will be firm favourites for the full three points. <br/><br/> <h3>Recent Meetings With Sheffield Wednesday</h3> <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> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>03 August 2019 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/030819.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/030819.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">16319</td> <td class="fixturesh">24</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>09 February 2019 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/090219.html">Sheff Wed (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/090219.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">23412</td> <td class="fixtures">22</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>01 September 2018 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/010918.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/010918.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">14352</td> <td class="fixturesh">23</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>21 April 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/210418.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/210418.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">24373</td> <td class="fixtures">19</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>26 January 2018 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/260118.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>FA Cup</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 1-3</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/260118.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures"></td> <td class="fixtures">-</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>25 November 2017 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/251117.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#000000;">D: 0-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/251117.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">18382</td> <td class="fixturesh">18</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>17 March 2017 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/170317.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/170317.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">26072</td> <td class="fixtures">4</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>10 December 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/101216.html">Sheff Wed (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/101216.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">18153</td> <td class="fixturesh">3</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>23 January 2016 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/230116.html">Sheff Wed (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/230116.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">18972</td> <td class="fixturesh">13</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>19 August 2015 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/190815.html">Sheff Wed (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/190815.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">20247</td> <td class="fixtures">18</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>31 January 2015 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#0000FF;"><b>W:</b> 2-0</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/310115.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">17755</td> <td class="fixturesh">16</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>20 September 2014 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-1</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/200914.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">29848</td> <td class="fixtures">10</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>08 February 2014 </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Sheff Wed (HOME)</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixturesh" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 0-2</span></td> <td class="fixturesh"> <a href="/matdoc/080214.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixturesh">19772</td> <td class="fixturesh">6</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>02 November 2013 </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Sheff Wed (Away)</a> </td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap>Championship</td> <td class="fixtures" nowrap><span style="color:#FF0000;">L: 2-5</span></td> <td class="fixtures"> <a href="/matdoc/021113.html">Report...</a> </td> <td class="fixtures">20368</td> <td class="fixtures">5</td> </tr> </table> <br/> <h3>Current League Form</h3> <table cellpadding=3 cellspacing=1 width=95%><tr><td colspan=15 class=table_a>Championship COMBINED FORM Table at: 14 February 2020</td></tr><tr><td class=table_b>&nbsp;</td><td class=table_b>&nbsp;</td><td class=table_b>Pl</td><td class=table_b>W</td><td class=table_b>D</td><td class=table_b>L</td><td class=table_b>F</td><td class=table_b>A</td><td class=table_b>GD</td><td class=table_b>POINTS</td><td class=table_b>LAST 6 GAMES</td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >17</td><td class=table_3 >Luton Town</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >0</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >10</td><td class=table_3 >-4</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 ><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='won'>W</span></td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >18</td><td class=table_3 >Sheffield Wednesday</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >1</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >3</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >9</td><td class=table_3 >-5</td><td class=table_3 >5</td><td class=table_3 ><span class='won'>W</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='lost'>L</span></td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >19</td><td class=table_3 >Middlesbrough</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >0</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >8</td><td class=table_3 >10</td><td class=table_3 >-2</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 ><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span></td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >20</td><td class=table_3 >Barnsley</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >1</td><td class=table_3 >1</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >9</td><td class=table_3 >-5</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 ><span class='won'>W</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='lost'>L</span></td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >21</td><td class=table_3 >Leeds United</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >1</td><td class=table_3 >1</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >9</td><td class=table_3 >-5</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 ><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span></td></tr> <tr><td class=table_4 >22</td><td class=table_4 >Queens Park Rangers</td><td class=table_4 >6</td><td class=table_4 >1</td><td class=table_4 >1</td><td class=table_4 >4</td><td class=table_4 >3</td><td class=table_4 >8</td><td class=table_4 >-5</td><td class=table_4 >4</td><td class=table_4 ><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span></td></tr> <tr><td class=table_4 >23</td><td class=table_4 ><strong>READING</strong></td><td class=table_4 >6</td><td class=table_4 >0</td><td class=table_4 >3</td><td class=table_4 >3</td><td class=table_4 >4</td><td class=table_4 >8</td><td class=table_4 >-4</td><td class=table_4 >3</td><td class=table_4 ><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='lost'>L</span></td></tr> <tr><td class=table_4 >24</td><td class=table_4 >Hull City</td><td class=table_4 >6</td><td class=table_4 >0</td><td class=table_4 >1</td><td class=table_4 >5</td><td class=table_4 >3</td><td class=table_4 >13</td><td class=table_4 >-10</td><td class=table_4 >1</td><td class=table_4 ><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='lost'>L</span></td></tr></table> http://www.royals.org/news/842/Reading_Hope_To_End_Poor_Form_In_Sheffield 842 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 15:20:13 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Winless League Run Continues With Home Defeat Reading may have been beaten by a very good team, probably destined to win this league and certainly achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League, but they should feel proud of the character and determination they showed this evening, especially in the second half. Albion are not the highest scoring team in the Championship without good reason, and from the start they looked likely to score every time they attacked. Reading to their credit were not intimidated by their potent attack and in fact took an early lead through a coolly converted penalty from George Puscas after a bizarre handball by Bartley. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/120220/Reading_1_West_Brom_2"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/120220/Reading_1_West_Brom_2"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 West Bromwich Albion 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/841/Winless_League_Run_Continues_With_Home_Defeat 841 Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:26:18 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Another 1-1 Draw Reading struggled to find any kind of rhythm against a struggling Hull side, and having taken the lead with a well worked goal from Obita midway through the second half, conceded a late goal courtesy of a freakish deflected shot by Wilks. Reading had not played well all afternoon but Hull had not looked likely to get anything out of the game until their fortuitous equaliser. Reading however only have themselves to blame for not taking all three points from this fixture. The lack of energy and creativity was somewhat mysterious given the enthusiasm and resilience evident since Bowen has taken over has made them such a difficult side to beat. <br/> <a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/080220/Reading_1_Hull_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/080220/Reading_1_Hull_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 Hull City 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/840/Another_1-1_Draw 840 Mon, 10 Feb 2020 09:58:24 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Offload Mannone To Danish Club Vito Mannone has travelled to Denmark to sign for his new side - Aalborg who play in the Danish Superliga. Mannone has found himself unwanted by the Royals and has not featured in Mark Bowen's plans since his return from the USA where he was on loan at Minnesota United in the MLS. Despite training with the club after coming back to the UK, Bowen made it clear he was looking to offload the player before his contract expires in the summer. Bowen chose to feature other goalkeepers as he rested players for our FA Cup ties and Mannone didn't even make the bench, making it clear his time was up in Berkshire. <br/><br/> It's been a tough time for Mannone, who was once the club's number one goalkeeper. He will be remembered as a reasonable goalkeeper but he failed to ever really look that spectacular, and failed to perform to a high enough standard as the club battled against relegation from the Championship. It was rumoured Mannone was a high wage earner so he will leave for a very small fee as Reading are keen to move the player on to a new club. <br/><br/> Mannone joined the Royals in the summer of 2017 for two million pounds from Sunderland. His price tag and a decent few years at Sunderland rose expectations. Sunderland had previously splashed out 1.5 million to sign him from Arsenal where he had played 15 times in the Premier League. Mannone made 47 Championship appearances for Reading and leaves with a decent CV as he looks to pick up his career in Denmark. <br/><br/> Meanwhile, striker Ben House, who made a ten minute debut for the Royals against Cardiff in the FA Cup, has returned to National League side Dagenham and Redbridge on loan. House came off the bench only to be subbed off again shortly after as Bowen was forced to reshuffle due to a red card. House will be looking to increase his goal tally after scoring twice for Dagenham and Redbridge in a 6-1 victory over Aldershot in November. http://www.royals.org/news/839/Reading_Offload_Mannone_To_Danish_Club 839 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:29:12 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Teddy Howe Set For Blackpool Reading look set to lose the services of youngster full back Teddy Howe, with Blackpool looking to complete a permanent signing of the player today before the transfer window closes. Howe's last appearance for the Royals was the 1-1 FA Cup Fourth round draw with Cardiff City. Howe looked good against Cardiff - both defensively and getting forward and it will be a real shame to lose such a talent so early in his career. <br/><br/> Twenty one year old Howe made his Reading debut in the last few minutes of the 2018/2019 season, coming on with 89 minutes on the clock during the 0-0 home Championship draw with Birmingham City. This season he has been restricted to cup appearances, playing five times in the League Cup and FA Cup. Howe played the full 90 minutes in both games against Blackpool in the FA Cup as Reading went on to progress with a 2-0 away win after a 2-2 draw at the Madejski. Blackpool got to see plenty of Howe over the two games and he obviously impressed. http://www.royals.org/news/838/Teddy_Howe_Set_For_Blackpool 838 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:09:09 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Club Confirm Signing Of Felipe Araruna After a quiet January transfer window for the Royals, the club have confirmed the permanent signing of Brazillian Felipe Araruna. Midfielder Araruna has signed a two and a half year contract with the Royals to keep him at the club until the summer of 2022. Araruna is a defensive midfielder who spent his youth at Sao Paulo in Brazil before breaking into the first team in 2017. He has made 22 appearances for Sao Paulo and also featured 9 times for Fortaleza after a loan spell last year. <br/><br/> Reading manager Mark Bowen believes that 23 year old Araruna could be a useful player for the club who could fill in a number of positions: "Manager Mark Bowen said: "Felipe looks like a really bright, young talent who can play in two or three different positions; right-back, on the right side of midfield and as a defensive central midfielder." http://www.royals.org/news/837/Club_Confirm_Signing_Of_Felipe_Araruna 837 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 12:02:03 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Mid Table Beckons After Home League Defeat Reading have recently developed the habit of leaving it late in the game to snatch a draw. Last night they can count themselves unlucky they didn't pull it off again with only a couple of minutes left on the clock. Meite beat the 'keeper with a powerful header only to see the ball come back of the post, the ball running to Aluko who had his shot blocked by a defender, the ball came back to Gunter, who saw his well-placed curling attempt headed off the line with the 'keeper beaten again. At that point it was clearly not going to be Reading's night. <br/><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/280120/Reading_0_Bristol_C_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/280120/Reading_0_Bristol_C_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Bristol City 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/836/Mid_Table_Beckons_After_Home_League_Defeat 836 Wed, 29 Jan 2020 17:05:10 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? Resilient Royals Hold Out To Stay In FA Cup Reading will be in the draw for the Fifth Round of the F.A. Cup on Monday having survived a late second half onslaught from a very physical Cardiff City team. The Royals fought a gritty rearguard action with a very youthful side depleted by the loss of both centre backs Matt Miazga, due to injury, and McIntyre's dismissal due a second yellow card after eighty minutes. In the final ten minutes Reading's back four consisted of four very youthful and relatively inexperienced squad members ably supported by the experienced McCleary and Charlie Adam. Reading deserved to earn a replay for their team spirit, resilience, and resolve against a bombardment of long throw-ins, corners and free kicks. Cardiff's best chance to press home their numerical and territorial advantage was squandered by Bamba ten minutes from time when the Cardiff centre back remarkably put his header wide from two yards at the far post with Walker stranded by the other post. Possibly a contender for the miss of the season. <br/><strong><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/250120/Reading_1_Cardiff_1">Read More...</a></strong> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/250120/Reading_1_Cardiff_1"><strong>FA Cup Round 4:</strong> Reading 1 Cardiff City 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/835/Resilient_Royals_Hold_Out_To_Stay_In_FA_Cup 835 Mon, 27 Jan 2020 18:12:08 UTC Hob Nob Anyone? More Late Goals And Another 1-1 With Forest For the second time in the last three Championship League games, Reading faced Nottingham Forest and fans were treated to something of a repeat performance. After a dramatic 1-1 draw at the Madejski Stadium eleven days earlier, it all happened again with Forest looking to have secured a late win only for Reading to hit back with an even later equaliser. At the Madejski Reading were much the better side in the second half but looked to have lost it when Forest scored deep into injury time. The Royals immediately took the ball down the other end and Obita's cross was turned into his own net by Figueiredo as the game finished 1-1. <br/><br/> Back up to Nottingham for our re-arranged Championship game, a week and a half later, and again Reading came from behind to share the points in another 1-1 draw. This time former Reading player Lewis Grabban scored with just ten minutes to play. Again the Royals showed some great character to hit back - this time taking three minutes to draw level thanks to Sam Baldock. Baldock had only been on the pitch for five minutes, coming on to replace the the ineffective Puscas before his vital goal that ensured Reading have only lost one match out of the last eleven. <br/><br/> There were more bright signs for Reading who deserved another point on the road against a side fifth in the table. Sharing the points in both games against a side that will be in the mix for promotion at the end of the season shows Reading really should expect to finish in the top half of the table this season - which is great progress given recent seasons. Again the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game with both teams fairly equal on both possession and shots. Real goalscoring opportunities were limited for the Royals but both sides registered four shots on target during the 90 minutes. <br/><br/> Manager Mark Bowen was happy with the performance talking after the match: "I thought we edged it slightly in terms of our play in the second half. We were the team that looked more comfortable in possession. It was a bit like the first game where we defended resolutely in the first half against a side who've been in and around the top six all season. Yet again we showed our resilience to come back from going behind. We shrugged it off and I had a strange feeling we would get a chance." <ul> <li><a href="https://www.royals.org/matchreport/220120/Nottm_Forest_1_Reading_1">Nottingham Forest 1 Reading 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/834/More_Late_Goals_And_Another_1-1_With_Forest 834 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:41:29 UTC Hob Nob Anyone?