Date:Tuesday March 11 2014
Vital Reading contributer Jamie Fry has given us his view one game in on what could be a season-defining week for us. He talks about the Brighton game, the resurgence of Royston Drenthe and the Leeds game tonight.
Being a Reading supporter fills your life with ups and downs and these recent weeks, although not as dramatic as some events we have seen before, the inconsistency surrounding the team has once again been in the media and we now find ourselves in a play-off fight, which would seem out of our hands. Whilst we have been dropping points, Wigan have been on a charge and find themselves level on points with the Royals with two games in hand. We can also be overtaken by Brighton should they win their game in hand. If all these results go against us we will find ourselves in 8th and struggling to attain that final play-off position.
After failing to beat an eight man Yeovil side, all the post-match interviews stated how important these three games in a week would be to our season, and that we had no option but to win all of these games - off to a good start then! How do you interpret our result at the Amex? It can`t be ignored that a point away from home at a very good Brighton side is a pleasing result that should give us confidence. On the other hand, we found ourselves playing against ten men for 39 minutes with the scores level and again fail to beat a team with less players than us, not to mention conceding again due to individual errors, so in that respect, the point is disappointing.
The game tomorrow at Elland Road will be huge, coming off what I would see as a good away point and playing a Brian McDermott side seemingly bereft of confidence following their 5-1 home demolition by Bolton, this is where we should be looking to take full advantage and bag an important three points in our quest to get to Wembley.
One man we should all be pleased for is Royston Drenthe. The man has endured a tough personal few months, but despite this, has always been there for the team and given his all every match, displaying a fine performance coming off the bench against Yeovil and again Saturday at Brighton, bagging himself his first goal for the Royals. With his resurgence and a new found belief, hopefully the Dutchman can inspire the rest of the group and have a strong finish to the season.
So let`s do what we as Reading fans do best, back the boys, and make some noise!
COME ON URZ!
Date:Tuesday March 11 2014
Former Royals striker retires (Tuesday July 22 2014)
The Championship 2014/15 - Blackburn (Tuesday July 22 2014)
The Championship 2014/15 - Birmingham (Monday July 21 2014)
Adkins gives Yeovil assessment (Sunday July 20 2014)
New club captain announced (Sunday July 20 2014)
Royals draw in second friendly (Saturday July 19 2014)
Potential loan targets - Wingers (Saturday July 19 2014)
Vital poll result: Royston Drenthe (Friday July 18 2014)
Thai takeover finally completed (Thursday July 17 2014)
Royals winger has minor operation (Thursday July 17 2014)
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