UK time is: 08:47:55
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Reading rampant in Portugal

Reading took no prisoners in their 'friendly' demolition job of Portuguese side Olhanense, winning 5-1.

Nigel Adkins opted to start with the team that played from 60 minutes in our previous friendly with Belenenses, meaning the likes of Royston Drenthe, Wayne Bridge and Adam Le Fondre started the game. However, it wasn't the best start for the Royals, as the home side took the lead after naive defending, Goncalves had a simple tap in.

Reading were struggling and could have been further behind in Portugal. Despite this, Adam Le Fondre scored the equaliser on 30 minutes, tapping in from Jake Taylor's parried shot. The turnaround was then completed just before half time, as Gorkss nodded home, following Alex Pearce's header across goal from a corner.

Into the second period, Drenthe got his first goal in a Reading shirt in impressive fashion - driving inside from the right, before firing past former Portugal international Ricardo at the near post. Further goals from the impressive wing duo of McCleary and Obita added gloss to the scoreline, in what was a dominant last half an hour to the fixture.

On the whole, a great workout against a top division Portuguese side. Interestingly enough, we played Olhanenese last year in a friendly and drew 1-1 and that was with a supposed 'Premier League' squad. To win a year on, 5-1 under a new manager and a new philosophy, is it really any coincidence? You make your own mind up.

Reading: Federici, Kelly, Gorkss, Pearce, Bridge, Akpan, Karacan, Drenthe, McAnuff, J Taylor, Le Fondre

Reading on 60 minutes: S Taylor; Gunter, Mariappa, Morrison, Cummings, Guthrie, Williams, McCleary, Obita, Blackman, Pogrebnyak

Join The Vital Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Josh  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 20 2013

Time: 10:00AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Reading Articles

Blackpool (H) Match Preview (Friday October 24 2014)

The Opposition View - Blackpool (Friday October 24 2014)

Team news: Reading vs Blackpool (Friday October 24 2014)

Several play in training ground friendly (Thursday October 23 2014)

Defensive loan targets - Part 1 (Thursday October 23 2014)

Adkins reflects on another loss (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Stats: Bournemouth v Reading (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Bournemouth 3 - 0 Reading (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Bournemouth (A) Match Preview (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Archived Reading Articles

List All Vital Reading Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Reading 3 - 2 Millwall
Reading 1 - 0 Ipswich
Reading 0 - 3 Derby County
Reading 3 - 0 Fulham
Leeds Utd 0 - 0 Reading
Wigan 2 - 2 Reading

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Rotherham 13 4 4 5 -3 16
15. Leeds Utd 13 4 4 5 -3 16
16. Huddersfield 13 4 4 5 -6 16
17. Reading 13 4 3 6 -8 15
18. Millwall 13 3 5 5 -3 14
19. Fulham 14 4 2 8 -6 14
20. Wigan 13 2 6 5 -2 12

Breaking League News

LUFC Leeds a big price at home
Leeds Utd : 25/10/2014 08:04:00
Team News: Bolton v Brentford
Bolton : 25/10/2014 07:44:00
LUFC On This Day - October 25th
Leeds Utd : 25/10/2014 07:43:00
Thompson Follows Clark Out
Birmingham : 25/10/2014 07:00:00
What The Stats Say: Bournemouth
Birmingham : 25/10/2014 07:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Prediction for the Derby game
Suggested By:  Josh
Win 11%
Draw 10%
Loss 79%