Hob Nob Anyone? News and Views Latest updates on Hob Nob Anyone? - The Reading Football Club Fans' Website http://www.royals.org/news.php Sat, 20 Apr 2019 03:21:49 BST Sat, 20 Apr 2019 03:21:49 BST 1800 Another Big Step Towards Safety Buoyed with confidence gained from a magnificent away draw against league leaders Norwich in midweek Reading raced into an early lead with two superbly taken goals from Yakou Meite in the opening fifteen minutes. Typically Reading settled for consolidating that lead instead of pushing on for third goal and almost paid the price after Brentford's hopes were revived by a disastrous sequence of events just before half time which allowed Maupay to slot home his twenty-sixth goal of the season. The second half saw a familiar scenario for Reading fans as they watched their team hanging on desperately to claim three absolutely vital points. However, all is well that ends well, and it was a deserved victory overall although Reading made hard work of beating an average Brentford side they looked capable of blowing away before half time. <br/><strong><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130419/Reading_2_Brentford_1">Read More...</A></strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130419/Reading_2_Brentford_1">Matc Report and Fan Opinion: Reading 2 Brentford 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/793/Another_Big_Step_Towards_Safety 793 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 12:29:15 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Important Win As Relegation Fears Ease Mo Barrow and Yakou Meite combined twice in space six minutes in the first half to score the goals which gave Reading a much needed and thoroughly deserved victory over a Preston side looking for their seventh successive away win to boost their chances of making the play-offs. On the half hour Barrow's pace took him clear of the North End defence to deliver a perfect cross for Meite to slide in and finish at the far post. Meite reciprocated six minutes later flicking on a long ball to put Barrow in behind the North end defence again. Once again Barrow's pace proving too much for the visitor's defence as he nipped in between centre back and 'keeper and slipped the ball into an unguarded net. <br/><br/> This was a significant win in terms alleviating the fear of relegation and boosting confidence we enter as the crucial final phase of the season. Three wins, a draw, and only one defeat in the last three games is indicative of a good run of form. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/300319/Reading_2_Preston_1"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/300319/Reading_2_Preston_1"><Strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 2 Preston North End 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/791/Important_Win_As_Relegation_Fears_Ease 791 Mon, 01 Apr 2019 09:51:26 BST Hob Nob Anyone? Another Game - Another Must Win Reading face Preston North End at the Madejski Stadium this weekend knowing only a victory will do as they attempt to avoid relegation. Every game is vital now, with just eight games of the season remaining and the Royals just a single point out of the bottom three. With a difficult run in to the end of the season, a home match against Preston might even be considered one of our better chances of picking up three points despite the visitors sitting in 7th place and only outside the play-off places on goal difference. Preston have won four out of their last five league games and will be favourites for the win. <br/><br/> The Royals also have to play top of the table Norwich City away, 4th placed West Brom at home, and 5th placed Middlesbrough away. Our other home games are Brentford and Birmingham City on the final day of the season. With Birmingham City now just four points ahead of Reading after their nine point deduction it's possible that final game could have implications for both sides. Apart from the game against Birmingham all our remaining fixtures are now against sides in the top thirteen places in the table. It's difficult to see where all the points are going to come from to enable us to survive the drop. <br/><br/> Midfielder Andy Rinomhota is likely to still be missing from the starting eleven, but could make the bench, as he returns to training this week after missing most of the season so far injured. Sam Baldock, who scored for Reading against Preston back in September, is in a similar situation as he looks to return from injury but may not be quite ready for the visit of Preston. Nelson Oliveira remains out with his hamstring injury but is looking to take part in Reading's relegation battle before the season wraps up. <br/><br/> Last season Reading were 1-0 winners over Preston at the Madejski Stadium and earlier this season we were 3-2 winners on the road. That 3-2 win was our first league win of the season and Reading will have a rare chance to pick up six points off one team this season on Saturday afternoon. <br/><br/> <strong>Reading's Remaining Fixtures</strong> <ul> <li>Sat 30 March: Preston North End (Home) </li> <li>Sat 6 April: Hull City (Away) </li> <li>Wed 10 April: Norwich City (Away) </li> <li>Sat 13 April: Brentford (Home) </li> <li>Fri 19 April: Bristol City (Away) </li> <li>Mon 22 April: West Brom (Home) </li> <li>Sat 27 April: Middlesbrough (Away) </li> <li>Sun 5 May: Birmingham City (Home) </li> </ul> <br/><br/> <table cellpadding=3 cellspacing=1 width=95%><tr><td colspan=15 class=table_a>Championship COMBINED FORM Table at: 26 March 2019</td></tr><tr><td class=table_b>POS.</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_2 >4</td><td class=table_2 >Preston North End</td><td class=table_2 >6</td><td class=table_2 >4</td><td class=table_2 >2</td><td class=table_2 >0</td><td class=table_2 >8</td><td class=table_2 >3</td><td class=table_2 >+5</td><td class=table_2 >14</td><td class=table_2 ><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='won'>W</span></td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >12</td><td class=table_3 ><strong>READING</strong></td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >11</td><td class=table_3 >-5</td><td class=table_3 >8</td><td class=table_3 ><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='won'>W</span><span class='lost'>L</span><span class='drew'>D</span></td></tr> </table> <Br/><br/> <table cellpadding=3 cellspacing=1 width=95%><tr><td colspan=15 class=table_a>Championship Table at: 26 March 2019</td></tr><tr><td class=table_b>POS</td><td class=table_b>&nbsp;</td><td class=table_b>Pl</td><td class=table_b>HW</td><td class=table_b>HD</td><td class=table_b>HL</td><td class=table_b>HF</td><td class=table_b>HA</td><td class=table_b>AW</td><td class=table_b>AD</td><td class=table_b>AL</td><td class=table_b>AF</td><td class=table_b>AA</td><td class=table_b>GD</td><td class=table_b>POINTS</td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >7</td><td class=table_3 >Preston North End</td><td class=table_3 >38</td><td class=table_3 >7</td><td class=table_3 >9</td><td class=table_3 >3</td><td class=table_3 >34</td><td class=table_3 >24</td><td class=table_3 >8</td><td class=table_3 >3</td><td class=table_3 >8</td><td class=table_3 >24</td><td class=table_3 >26</td><td class=table_3 >+8</td><td class=table_3 >57</td></tr> <tr><td class=table_3 >21</td><td class=table_3 ><strong>READING</strong></td><td class=table_3 >38</td><td class=table_3 >6</td><td class=table_3 >4</td><td class=table_3 >9</td><td class=table_3 >25</td><td class=table_3 >29</td><td class=table_3 >2</td><td class=table_3 >9</td><td class=table_3 >8</td><td class=table_3 >15</td><td class=table_3 >27</td><td class=table_3 >-16</td><td class=table_3 >37</td></tr></table> http://www.royals.org/news/790/Another_Game_-_Another_Must_Win 790 Fri, 29 Mar 2019 16:09:03 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Leeds Cruise To Straight Forward Win Taking on Leeds looking for three points to go top of the league with a team significantly weakened by injuries presented a severe test of character and resilience for The Royals, and although losing by three goals at home is never a good thing, with so many key players missing, and teams around Reading also losing, it made little difference to the relegation battle. In fact to get this fixture out of the way without losing ground on their immediate rivals was not a bad outcome for The Royals. Leeds had the game won by half time with three well taken goals and for a while it looked like Reading were heading for an even bigger defeat than Theresa May. United however could afford to keep something back for their bigger battle against third placed Sheffield United on Saturday, and with a better second half performance Reading limited the damage to their goal difference. <br/><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/120319/Reading_0_Leeds_3"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/120319/Reading_0_Leeds_3"><strong>Report and Fan Opinion:</strong> Reading 0 Leeds United 3</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/789/Leeds_Cruise_To_Straight_Forward_Win 789 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 15:05:01 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Royals Climb Table With Dramatic Late Win The course of a game, or even a season, can often hinge on a single moment, and in the sixty-ninth minute of this dramatic home win for Reading, we witnessed one of those moments. An astonishing save from Martinez prevented Powell from scoring from close range when the Wigan forward met a perfect low cross from Massey. Had he converted the chance it would have given Wigan a two goal lead and put the result beyond doubt. Having been guilty of careless distribution which led to Wigan's second goal, Martinez made amends with his outstanding save which arguably gave a Reading a lift, at a crucial point in the game sparking a revival which turned the game in their favour. Whether or not that was the case we can't be sure, but it certainly kept Reading in the game. <br/><br/> Encouraged by some extremely weak refereeing by Andy Davies, Wigan attempted to bully Reading, disrupt play, and waste time at every opportunity but ultimately justice was served in a fitting manner. With a couple of minutes of normal time remaining Reece James went down and lay motionless as if suffering a serious head injury. Judging by the way he miraculously 'recovered' so quickly his reaction was somewhat exaggerated. His intention was clearly to run down the clock. The fact that it also halted a promising attack for Reading was, from Wigan's point of view, a bonus. It backfired horribly for them when, from the resulting drop ball, Barrow received the ball some thirty yards out and drilled a magnificent equaliser past Jones. Reading now had the upper hand and in the seventh minute of stoppage time (mainly accumulated through Wigan's time wasting) Meite headed home powerfully from a corner to complete an exhilarating comeback. The Madjeski Stadium was in a state of euphoria the like of which had not been experienced for very long time. Jose Gomes and Meite were booked for their celebrations, but I don't think anyone cared at that point. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/090319/Reading_3_Wigan_2"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/090319/Reading_3_Wigan_2"><Strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 3 Wigan Athletic 2</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/788/Royals_Climb_Table_With_Dramatic_Late_Win 788 Mon, 11 Mar 2019 17:29:49 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Fail To Hold On Against Rotherham Reading paid the price for their over cautious approach to this crucial match against fellow strugglers Rotherham. A golden opportunity to move three points clear of the drop zone was squandered in attempting to hold on to a narrow one goal lead, as once again the Royals failed to hold on to a lead and conceded late in the game. United rely almost exclusively on set plays from free-kicks, corners, and long throw-ins to create scoring opportunities. Reading's second half tactics played right into their hands. Sitting back simply provided Rotherham with more opportunities to launch more high balls into the Reading box and almost predictably a chance fell to Ajayi eleven minutes from the end, who scored from close range when the ball dropped to him from a Robertson header at the far post. It could have got even worse for Reading when Newell shot narrowly wide in stoppage time after a late flurry of chances were wasted by the Royals. This was not a disastrous result for Reading but a worrying performance nonetheless. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/230219/Reading_1_Rotherham_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/230219/Reading_1_Rotherham_1"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 1 Rotherham United 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/787/Reading_Fail_To_Hold_On_Against_Rotherham 787 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 17:57:15 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Out Of Bottom Three With Dramatic Win An outstanding finish from Nelson Oliveira gave Reading the win they desperately needed as they climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since Boxing Day. Rovers dominated possession in the first half, flooding the midfield and stifling any attempts by the Royals to play their passing game. Then in stoppage time a penetrative run and pass by Yiadom found Swift in the box, who shifted the ball out of his feet and squeezed the ball past 'keeper Raya inside the far post. <br/><br/> Reading came out for the second half on the front foot and, with Meite replacing Aluko, looked a far more potent attacking force. Inside the last ten minutes Bell broke through on the left and levelled the scores giving Reading fans that familiar sinking feeling. Rovers were in the ascendency and sensed they might even push on to take all three points. Oliveira had other ideas, and when Swift's excellent long ball found him deep in the Rovers half he ran at the visitors defence, cut inside the centre back, and hammered the ball past Raya. The Madejski Stadium erupted as the home fans acclaimed what proved to be the winning goal. <br/><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130219/Reading_2_Blackburn_1"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/130219/Reading_2_Blackburn_1"><strong>Match Report and Opinion:</strong> Reading 2 Blackburn Rovers 1</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/786/Reading_Out_Of_Bottom_Three_With_Dramatic_Win 786 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:29:08 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Five Wins All Season: Can The Royals Beat The Drop? <p><img src="/images/josegomes.jpg" style="max-width:100%; width:100%"></p> <p>Reading have just 16 games to rescue their season and could require as many as 24 points to earn survival if Championship history is to go by.</p> <p>The Royals find themselves in a real dogfight having picked up just 25 points from 30 games but sit just one point away from safety with a significantly better goal difference.</p> <p>Bookmakers like 888sport and bet365 are currently tipping Jose Gomes' men for survival, favouring Ipswich, Bolton and Rotherham to be playing League One football next season. </p> <p>Many <a href="https://freebets.uk/">UK betting sites with their latest betting offers</a> are pricing Reading at around 8-11 for relegation, with Championship rivals Rotherham priced at 1-2 with bookie bet365.</p> <p>The club face Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this weekend, where they go into the game as 2/1 underdogs with with bookmakers Ladbrokes and William Hill following two wins on the spin for the South Yorkshire club. </p> <p>Gomes has won just one game since taking over in late December, but could need to win as many as half the club's remaining fixtures in order to guarantee survival. The Reading manager also finds himself amongst the favourites to be the next Championship manager to be sacked and is priced at 3/1 to face the chop.</p> <p>History suggests that teams finishing in 21st place <a href="https://www.football.london/reading-fc/number-points-reading-fc-need-15785984">average around the 49.2 points mark</a>. Currently, the Royals season form marks them to finish on 38 points, 11 short.</p> <p>However, as it stands Rotherham, Millwall and Wigan Athletic are also set to fall short on that target, meaning there's every chance Championship football can remain at the Madejski.</p> <p>There are a number of fixtures that will be integral to this. The club faces both Rotherham and Ipswich in the coming weeks and maximum points will go a long way into securing the club's future in the second tier. </p> <p>First up for the club is the Millers on February 23. The two sides drew just before Christmas on the day Gomes was appointed Reading manager, and he'll be desperate to get points to close the gap on relegation rivals. </p> <p>Ipswich away follows the Rotherham game on the opening weekend of March with Wigan, a side just seven points from the club following that, meaning a huge fortnight of football is in store for the club. </p> <p>Pick up nine points and chances of survival would be well in their favour and would build huge momentum going into the final few months of the season.</p> <p>It's not going to be an easy ride for the club who are looking to avoid ending up in the third tier of football for the first times since 1989. There are enough struggling teams surrounding them to avoid that, but a record of one win in eight is going to have to be bettered if Gomes' men are going to make it. </p> <p>Gomes believes it will be tough this weekend for his Reading side, who take on Wednesday in Steve Bruce's first game in charge. He'll be wanting to get off to a good start, but should he pull off a result, it's game on from now until the end of the season.</p> <p><u><a href="https://www.readingfc.co.uk/news/2019/february/itll-be-tough-for-us--but-well-make-it-tough-for-them/">He said</a></u>, 'We need to win. If we win, we will get closer to being in a safe position. That's what we hope and what we are trying to do this Saturday.</p> <p>'And we will put all of our focus on the next game. We cannot split our focus to the next two or three games - we have to put all of our focus on the next game, which is against a good team with an experienced manager. It'll be a tough game for us and we'll make it a tough game for them.'</p> <p>A lot of fight is required over the coming weeks. Can Gomes pull it off? We certainly hope so.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/792/Five_Wins_All_Season:_Can_The_Royals_Beat_The_Drop? 792 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 10:12:52 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Reading Work Hard For Point There was a noticeably more positive and confident mood amoungst the home fans today than in recent games, which mirrored a much improved attitude within this radically changed Reading team. Up against very strong Villa side with realistic promotion ambitions, the Royals played with a conviction and belief which has been frequently lacking this season. There was no evidence of the weakness which surfaced again earlier in the week when two points were dropped as the defence leaked a stoppage time equaliser to fellow strugglers Bolton. <br/><br/> After an evenly contested first half in which Reading had more possession, Villa launched a sustained assault on the home side immediately after half time. Reading dug in stubbornly to keep Villa at bay, and only in the final phase of the game did they eventually begin to threaten their opponent's goal. Only five attempts on target (three from Villa and two from Reading) were registered in the entire game, although it was far from a dull goalless draw. <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/020219/Reading_0_Aston_Villa_0"><strong>Read More...</strong></a> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/020219/Reading_0_Aston_Villa_0"><strong>Match Report:</strong> Reading 0 Aston Villa 0</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/785/Reading_Work_Hard_For_Point 785 Sun, 03 Feb 2019 17:58:21 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? 17 Games to Save The Season Not since the 2001/02 season has Reading Football club plied its trade in the third tier of English football, but a downward curve over the last 18 months has a very real chance of catching the Royals out and condemning them to relegation.<br /><br /> With 17 games left to go in the Championship, Reading find themselves a point adrift of safety and, with everything on the line, those who like to seek out the <a href="https://www.olbg.com/bookmakers/articles/best-for-high-stakes">best bookie for betting with high stakes</a> may want to chat to the Reading board as relegation for the former Premier League outfit would be a disaster. <br /><br /> Already the Royals have <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46467268">dismissed Paul Clement this season</a> after a dismal first half of the campaign led him to be replaced by Portuguese Jose Manuel Gomes who has so far recorded just one win from seven games.<br /><br /> However, before the death knell is rung, the season is far from over and a glance at the remaining games, one can see where Reading may yet save their season and start the summer rebuilding process for another campaign in England's second tier.<br /><br /> <strong>Where Will Reading Get Another 20 Points from?</strong><br /><br /> During the 2017/18 Championship season, Bolton were the side that finished one place above the drop zone in 21st with 43. The Royals currently have 24 points from 29 games meaning they need a remarkable improvement if they are to achieve nearly the same number of points again only in twelve games less.<br /><br /> What that means is Jose Manuel Gomes may need to raise his sides average points per game from its current 0.83 to 1.18 if they are to achieve survival. Therefore Reading must start finding some wins rather than draws.l<br /><br /> Ironically, the Royals have just played Bolton, who themselves are one spot below Reading in the table and in need of their own miracle.<br /><br /> The game was a real six pointer, which neither side managed to take advantage of, although Bolton will come out of the game the happier after such a late equaliser that could be vital in their survival hopes. The draw probably wasn't enough for Reading.<br /><br /> The table does not lie and not every side will go on a much-needed winning run. Bolton still have the headache of the FA Cup to contend with and have won only one of their last nine home games in the league. With Ipswich seemingly down, Reading will have to get better results than both Bolton and Rotherham.<br /><br /> The Royals also still face their second legs over both rock bottom Ipswich Town and 21st placed Rotherham United with all three games against Bolton, Rotherham, Ipswich occurring no later than the 3rd March.<br /><br /> It is imperative that the Royals pick up wins over Rotherham and Ipswich as four of their final six fixtures are against sides currently in the top seven and all fighting for promotion.<br /><br /> The final home tie against Birmingham City could well be crucial and 90 minutes of football that will decide Reading's fate for the 2019/20 season with the relegation fight going down to the wire.</p> http://www.royals.org/news/784/17_Games_to_Save_The_Season 784 Fri, 01 Feb 2019 16:08:41 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Bacuna, McNulty And Meyler Depart Leandro Bacuna has signed for Premier League strugglers Cardiff City for a rumoured three million pounds as Royals boss Jose Gomes had a player clear out on transfer deadline day. Bacuna leaves Reading after one and a half season's at the club, arriving from Aston Villa in the summer of 2017. Bacuna made 66 appearances in a Reading shirt and scored five times. <br/><Br/> Striker Marc McNulty was also out of the door, signing on loan for Scottish side Hibernian after failing to make an impact at Reading. After Paul Clement signed him in the summer from Coventry he has managed just six starts and only scored a single goal. Meanwhile out of favour David Meyler moves to Coventry City on loan until the end of the season. <br/><Br/> The three players leave after Gomes saw Tiago Ilori move back to Sporting Lisbon on a permanent move earlier this week. Fellow defender Gabriel Osho also heads out on loan to Bristol City as Gomes slims down his squad. <br/><br/> Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Bolton Wanderers saw Gomes hand debuts to new signings striker Nelson Oliveira, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, and central defender Matt Miazga. All three players come into the club on loan - Oliveira from Norwich City, Martinez from Arsenal and Miazga from Chelsea. <br/><br/> It has been a busy week at Reading, and the departures follow the three new players coming in to make a very different looking starting eleven on Tuesday night. It appeared to be a positive move as Reading looked set to pick-up a rare three points until a stoppage time Bolton equaliser. Oliveira scored his first goal in nearly a year from the penalty spot and it had looked to be enough. <br/><br/> With Oliveira and Miazga coming in, it is no surprise that McNulty and Ilori were allowed to leave. Osho leaves to pick up experience and you feel he may have a future at Reading. However, it is disappointing to lose Leandro Bacuna who has looked a decent player in recent months. http://www.royals.org/news/783/Bacuna,_McNulty_And_Meyler_Depart 783 Thu, 31 Jan 2019 23:17:45 GMT Hob Nob Anyone? Positive Performance As Gomes Gets His First Win Any doubts about the positive impact of Jose Gomes on Reading Football Club were dispelled by this result, and more significantly, by this performance. Bolstered by the signing of two promising young midfield players (Ovie Ejaria and Lewis Baker) on loan, Reading took control of the game from the kick off and outplayed a strong Forest side in every department. They played with an energy and enthusiasm which has been noticeably absent for a very long time. As a team they were unrecognisable from the group of players which has so frequently failed to deliver this season. Jose Gomez clearly has many attributes which indicate he will be successful, but from what I can see, there is one fundamental difference from his recent predecessors. He simply expects more from his players. He is confident, positive, personable and knowledgeable, but I suspect also, behind the scenes. Single- minded and utterly ruthless when it comes to the way he manages his squad. Already several players have gone and it would appear there are more on their way soon. <br/> <a href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/120119/Reading_2_Nottm_Forest_0"><strong>Read More...</strong> <ul> <li><A href="http://www.royals.org/matchreport/120119/Reading_2_Nottm_Forest_0"><strong>Reading 2 Nottingham Forest 0</strong> - Report and Opinion</a></li> </ul> http://www.royals.org/news/782/Positive_Performance_As_Gomes_Gets_His_First_Win 782 Mon, 14 Jan 2019 10:40:44 GMT Hob Nob Anyone?