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Reading (h)2013/14

Big problems on the M62 completely closed it. Air ambulance and everything there. Kind of puts little discomforts of life into a bit of perspective. The MDMs ( a rate appearance from Mrs MD) and i  set of south to get the M1 into motorway city via Wakey. As it happens we didn't need the half hour delayed kick off due to our time luxury and foresight unlike some of the players and ref apparently.

Big changes on the pitch as expected, Conor Wickam (whatever his chuffing name is ) coming in for Cameron Diaz along with Zailukas , Pugh and Pearce. As an aside since when did it become compulsory for a bloke to be at the birth of his child. In my day it was compulsory to go on a bender for the duration except if you were a footballer when a little matter of playing the game took precedent. Nation of shopkeepers Napoleon said, more like a nation of paralyzed pricks  but maybe im just a man out of time. Aaaanyway, no place for Kebe, Warnock and Peltier, Stuart on the bench with wooton and a 3-5-2 type thang going on. A poor crowd as expected and a poor atmosphere despite the effort of the south stand and we kicked off attacking the kop.

The betting odds flashing up on the scoreboard suggested 1-1 was 9/2. Lad behind interpreted that as a more realistic evens to lose 9-2.
Pearce received the ball and hammered it through the middle before Reading hammered it clear all the way to our keeper. English players do seem to have some serious commitment issues when it comes to relationships with the ball especially in the early stages of the game.
It was Reading who took the early initiative, keeping possession and probing before we finally cleared after the second attempt

Back came Reading with a cross Butland (is that his name? WFC?)  collected and almost threw into the back of Lees as we countered, ending with a wide shot from Rudy after a decent build up on the left.Another Reading cross found the keeper before the ref penalised our quick advantage by ordering the retake of a free kick so he could tie his boot laces.

Reading made better use of the next free kick forcing a corner that the keeper punched clear. Moments later Wickam at the other end was closing down to block a clearance before hitting a low shot the keeper comfortably saved on the next encroachment into the last third. We didn't look like we could create much in the box but we seemed slightly livelier around it than Saturday. Nevertheless it was Reading who looked the liveliest and young Sam was back recovering to win a tackle as we generally struggled with possession.

Mowatt tucked a neat ball into the box to produced a corner, then another but Reading broke from the second only to be foiled by a Rudy tackle. The same man won another to give Wickham chance to find the supporting Pugh wide left who put a decent cross in. Again Reading broke but hit wide harmlessly. More pressure as both. Murphy and Mowatt were caught in possession and we had to defend two corners.

Just as we thought danger had passed a back pass caught the keeper and Pearce in two minds giving the Reading striker a simple roll into an empty net to put us 0-1 down. Paddy has this rule that dictates the center half boots the ball into touch under these circumstances. Simple but safer if a bit ugly but when have you seen Paddy concede like that?

The fight back commenced with Mowatt giving the ball away then taking a yellow card for the attempted win back. Another attempted short ball into the box ran for a dead ball but we were soon at our end defending again. We couldn't muster any response other than a wayward header over the bar following a good cross from Pugh.

Reading countered with a sweeping break ending with Butland knocking away for a corner that found the far post and then the side netting. It was only a matter of time and the first boos rang out on 42 mins as Lees found touch with a ball out. Boos turned to ironic cheers a minute later as a deep cross to the far post was headed to goal for a comfortable save. The one minute added time ended with us clearing a Reading corner and another lacklustre 45 minutes closed out.

Christ, ten years of this is taking its toll.

The second half commenced with more enticement to bet on the scoreboard. What are the odds on us getting a shot on target said someone behind us as Reading curled a free kick in to make it 0-2.
From the kick off we hit it straight to a Reading player. A cross into our box that bounced and the header made it 0-3 . WTFIGO rang out from the kop for the 50th time in Ten years.

Murphy tried a first time shot as the south stand sang " we'll support you ever more" aka the relegation song . Meanwhile Zailukas found himself last man chasing the ball. He was robbed simply and easily and we were 0-4 down. "you're not fit to wear the shirt" bellowed out.

Zailukas got robbed again but this time he recovered. This man's transformation from reliable solid class to pub player is staggering. Rudy seemingly inspired by the four goal deficit finally brought the ball forward with purpose but Reading easily cleared. Rudy then appeared at the end of a Ross cross to head and draw more cheers from the crowd. No cheers though as Zailukas left the pitch to be replaced by Smith on 60 minutes. Well bugger me if that didn't signal the start of a fine half hour of attacking purposefull pressure on the Reading Goal. It was almost enjoyable. Smith got on the end of a knock down to grab a consolation and Rudy, to shouts of " go on" mis hit a swirling beauty to make it 2-4 and we were actually back in the game.

WALL rang out as we hurled a free kick into the box and Rudy over hit a cross just after that. Pugh got a loud cheer for a blatant foul and we're gonna win 5-4 sounded believable. Another high ball into the box was won by Smith. Mowatt got too giddy on the ball as a totally different vibe hit the team. We were all over them and not because they were relaxing. Smith was winning everything. Austin was chasing everything as Ross dropped back a little. Ross tended to over elaborate his passes though. Two short balls to the wing would have done instead of the Stevie Gerrard attempts. It was obvious what was working and that was high balls into Smith. Not pretty but effective. Crosses rained in with a third goal looking likely but the last touch into goal was lacking.

Murphy surged down the left to put a cross  met by smith who glanced the header just wide, thumping the ground in  frustration. Sam was next down the right foraging forward with vigour and purpose forcing a corner. Reading countered but were called offside and back we came with more forward possession and wide runs. Rudy whipped in a great cross that was cleared and then Ross took the sting out of the pressure with an attempt cross field pass that didn't need to be done .

Alas time was running out, I'm certain a third would have led to a fourth. Ross put the best chance wide from a great Mowatt cross and on 86 minutes MDM called time declaring that was it, game over. We heard a few hopes raised from the crowd as i limped to the car. It was a good call from the lad, we escaped the snarl up and by the sound of the commentary the last few minutes produced little.

Poor Catherine on Radio Leeds was beside herself pleading with Andy Richie to explain things, of course he couldn't. I can't either., neither could Brian.

Its a combination of several matters. Playing those two wingers Kebe and Stuart was a major blunder. He could have got away with one but to stretch our engine room like that leaving Austin and a kid in the middle is insanity. The Z man factor is mystery of   x file proportion. The take over saga has obviously seeped into the dressing room somehow but exactly how and with what impact i don't know. The players seem racked with fear and a reluctance to give the extra. Ross seems incapable of forming a partnership with anyone even though as an individual he is our outstanding player. But it's as a unit we are woefully inadequate. The manager is being called upon to be some kind of spokesman for the club which is bound to adversely affect the squad spirit and dynamic. Its just unfair on a genuine football man who just wants to manage the team. Belief has gone, so has team motivation. We don't have a real leader on the pitch.  The hybrid chasm between Warnock's and Brian's players seemed unbridgeable and all the time those bustards at the FL drag out the ownership approval. Some players are resigned to not being here next season, others don't know, that can't be any good for anyone. It's a disaster which could get even worse.
smiling badger

I truely feel for you brother Late Doors. Subjecting yourself to go and watch a bunch of cowardly misfits for 90 minutes on a March evening. You seem to make more of an effort to attend these games than the over paid luvies that  claim to be footballers.
I kind of feel for Brian Mc as i think that he genuinely wants to achieve great things for the club.
But obviously he seems to have lost the Dressing Room for some reason or another.
The players definately dont play for the shirt and so obviously dont give a  monkeys about Brian having to try and explain why they are so shit at the post match interviews.
I'd always thought that when we had the likes of Gregan and co playing for us that that was our all time low. It wasnt.
fartcatcher

players who don't want to play

manager who doesn't want to manage

owners who don't want to own

smiling badger

But thats the thing, i think he does want to manage and really wants great things for the club.

Obviously the players dont.
Late Doors

Heard from a mate who got it from a usually spot on source that four of the players were out on the piss all weekend and turned up drunk for training. I mean chuffing hell if that is true and it certainly appears so what chance has the manager?. Certainly explains some of Popey's questions on the radio after the game on Tuesday. It was a strange interview alright with Popey being very probing with BMcD who was clearly distressed
fartcatcher

Heard that Warnock, Peltier, Stewart and Kebe had been bad lads.

Do feel sorry for BMc but the only reason he's still here is that GFH don't want to pay 1m compensation when they are about to sell the club.

Just watched the goals on Youtube. What a shambles.

I'd fancy Kylie and Dannii to put a few past us right now.
Grind

fartcatcher wrote:
Heard that Warnock, Peltier, Stewart and Kebe had been bad lads.

Do feel sorry for BMc but the only reason he's still here is that GFH don't want to pay 1m compensation when they are about to sell the club.

Just watched the goals on Youtube. What a shambles.

I'd fancy Kylie and Dannii to put a few past us right now.


Kylie's four would probably be so lucky, lucky, lucky, lucky.
bearing

fartcatcher wrote:
Heard that Warnock, Peltier, Stewart and Kebe had been bad lads.

Do feel sorry for BMc but the only reason he's still here is that GFH don't want to pay 1m compensation when they are about to sell the club.

Just watched the goals on Youtube. What a shambles.

I'd fancy Kylie and Dannii to put a few past us right now.


I'd quite fancy Kylie and Danii too. Oh I see.

I did see that Ian Harte was lambasting Popey, questioning who the hell he thought he was.

Prick! Harte, not Popey.

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