Fans Verdict; MK Dons Match Report
Reading fan, Aaron Stevenson, gave us a verdict on the game that saw Reading fall to a late MK Dons game.
With just over 2,900 Reading fans making the journey to Stadium MK on Saturday, there was a strong feeling of a comfortable Reading win after a great performance and point away to Derby in Reading`s last outing.
The Royals started with an unchanged team as expected after the previous performance. However, in complete contrast to the trip to Derby, the performance was one of those of a complacent, incapable side.
Reading had the larger proportion of goal scoring opportunities, most noticeably Matej Vydra`s one on one that was squandered. Vydra again may have been through on goal to slot home but was stopped short by a foul that was controversially deemed a caution by referee Charles Breakspear.
Ola John was bought on in the 64th minute for a quiet Lucas Piazon to try and spark a flame into the dismal Reading performance. With chances at a premium for both sides, MK dons were the team to pounce on their chance in the 78th minute after in typical Reading fashion they were unable to clear from a corner resulting in an acrobatic finish from Joe Walsh to see him score his first goal for MK dons.
With clear frustration both on and off the pitch McDermott made a questionable substitution of Simon Cox on over Orlando Sa for Hal Robson-Kanu in the 82nd. Even after both subs the Reading performance still had not picked up and both the 2,900 odd supporters and players looked lacklustre and disinterested.
At the final whistle there was a resounding disappointment and what felt like the end of a boring season with nothing now to play for in the league.
With that said it may have just been "one of those days". The royals will move onto a home replay to Huddersfield in the F.A cup on Tuesday night hoping that it may revitalise performances and give us as fans the prospect of a good F.A Cup run and maybe to revisit Wembley.
All in all a very disappointing day out and a horrible performance lacking any intensity. With one win in Reading`s last six games it must be time for McDermott to chance something either tactically or in squad selection. Maybe with the transfer window still open we may see a few introductions to the Reading squad.