2012/13 Match Reports
Match reports from the 2012/13 season
Reading completed their home fixtures in the Premier League with a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City. Reading put up plenty of fight but in the end City's quality shone through as only a string of saves from Alex McCarthy kept the scoreline respectable.
Yep, you read that right. Reading have won a game. It may have taken over three months, and six games of the Adkins era to pick up that win, but there was no luck involved in a classy performance in the sunshine against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Well, at least the false hope is gone. Reading lost at Carrow Road on Saturday which all but certainly sends them down to the Championship with QPR. A good performance from the Royals, but two Bennetts in two minutes were the difference on the day.
The last time we saw Alex McCarthy in the Reading goal, he suffered a shoulder injury at Loftus Road. What a welcome return it was, after he pulled off some truly stunning saves to ensure the Royals stopped their run of losses at home to Liverpool.
Reading's players can be proud of their efforts despite a 1-0 defeat at the home of the Premier League leaders. Wayne Rooney's deflected strike gave United all three points but Reading put in a spirited performance for caretaker-manager Eamonn Dolan.
Reading's survival hopes are on life support after going down to a 2-1 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Aston Villa.
Reading's first win of this Premier League season came against Everton at the Madejski Stadium in November, as Adam Le Fondre bagged two goals to turn around a half-time deficit. This time the Toffees took their chances and ran out 3-1 winners.
Reading's official Twitter described this as "a bad day at the office after 10 minutes of madness." I'd really like to just repost that and move on because to recap this game is about as painful a task as I've had to do since setting up this site.
Clubs have always been keen on selling half-season tickets to fans wanting to taste the drama of the run-in but perhaps Reading should think about a season ticket that lets you in for the last ten minutes, as once again a late goal sealed the points.
Be honest with me - at 2-0 down, did you think we were dead and buried? The last three games Reading have gone behind, they've turned it around in the second half. And yet again, Adam Le Fondrecame off the bench to rescue the Royals against Chelsea.
When these two sides met in September 2012, Demba Ba's arm was to deny Reading three points at the Madejski Stadium. In January 2013, these things finally evened themselves out as it was Adam Le Fondre's double which sealed the win this time around.
The Royals were left to rue not taking three golden opportunities and a hugely deflected Clint Dempsey shot to ensure they left White Hart Lane with no points.
There's only so many times you can lose a game that's billed as a 'must not lose' before you begin to realise the writing's on the wall. While relegation is far from a mathematical certainty, you'd be a brave man to back Reading to survive now.
We said before this game, it wasn't a must win but it almost certainly was a must not lose. Unfortunately for Brian McDermott his lack of midfield options once again cost him dearly as a goal ten minutes from time consigned us to defeat at Villa.