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1 minute ago, Marco the red said:

First 20 we were outstanding. Pring working hard but looks slightly out of his depth. Formation nit a clue weimann and Scott seem to be interchanging. Need next goal.

Nothing personal but why do we have to be negative about our players. Cam is doing well so far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ahead at HT. Deserve to be and restricted them to very little. Mind you, their goal did highlight we are capable of calamitous defending whatever the state of the match. Working hard off the ball but unable to hold possession when we have it.
 

I am also increasingly convinced I am in a simulation the last year where the writers are going ‘what can we do today to create the most dispair…I know, give them an early two goal lead…’

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1 minute ago, Robin101 said:

Feels like a big test tonight. Throw away a 2-0 lead to draw (or lose…) and this season is off to a shocker. But get three points at Reading whatever happens and it would at least feel like a kickstart. 

I seem to remember twice before reading have beaten us 3 - 2 from us being 2 - 0 up and both happened at home one under LJ and one under Millen.....I dont believe in jinxing so I dont think that will happen tonight. I think we have another goal in us.

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3 minutes ago, cityloyal473 said:

Reading aren’t great but neither are we.  We can’t make the ball stick and keep giving it back to them.

Can’t fault the commitment from the players. 

Yeh, ahead through two good chances that we finished well. We played pretty well in that opening 15 but then conceded in a manner similar to some of the other poor goals we've allowed this season. We seem very vulnerable to a by-line run and cut-back into the box. We also continue to struggle to create chances in open play.

We're going to play some much better teams than Reading this season so I really hope we can make this result stick and see out this game.

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Well that was really good, much improved from Saturday.  Moved the ball quickly, too good for Reading early on.  So not Vyner's long-throw but Kalas's. And Matty James is dynamite on free-kicks from that range, finds his man.

Reading moving it nicely but we are well organised.  The two front-men getting across the pitch to close well.  Shape wise we condense across the pitch so much quicker than normal.  James intensity is great too.

Little shout to Pring, that's how a left winger closes a player with intensity, purpose and with menace.  Yiadom very nervous of a bad touch.  O'Dowda could learn from this.

Simpson very steady, almost a great pass to James.

Reading Goal was very well worked, although we just got out of position thinking the ball was going for a throw-in.

Enjoyable watch.

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Our players put in a lot more of a shift than theirs have so far. Worry we will be tire in the second half. Maybe freshen it up on about 60 with Nahki. We just lack a bit of quality at times in the final third.

Defensively mainly fine but what a soft goal. Big work to do still with our defence.

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Still not seeing many shots from open play (not counting headers) which worries me over the course of the season. We definitely don't look like the passing team of a few seasons ago, but being competitive and good in the air works for many teams in this division. Great opportunity to win the game now!

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Probably as good a half we've had since Pearson arrived. Great start with 2 really good goals but Reading changed their formation and they've got back in the game. The negative is that yet again the opposition score after getting to the bye line down our right. The positives being Kalas long throws and our press, particularly the performances of James and Scott. 

 

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1 minute ago, ExiledAjax said:

RobinsTV now essentially talking about how they use xG and other stats to try and create chances that statistically are likely to be scored. Confirmation that we actively reduce the raw number of shots we take in favour of taking high % ones.

LJ did the very same 

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