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BUMPER Media Reaction Special: Charlton (H) + Bournemouth (H)

It's been exactly a week since a squeaky win at home to Charlton, and 3 days since the dust began to settle on our decidedly limp defeat at the hands of Bournemouth. In short, a week of highs and lows. In a similar format to last week's bumper Ref-Watch special, the time has now come to leaf through the media reaction to both of our last two games.

Ben Hoskins

As per the norm, we start off with the official Reading FC reports, straight from the club website:

CHARLTON: http://www.readingfc.co.uk/fixtures-results/match-report/index.aspx?MatchId=3631610&tcmuri=921690

BOURNEMOUTH: http://www.readingfc.co.uk/fixtures-results/match-report/index.aspx?MatchId=3631633&tcmuri=921691

Not a great deal to be queried here, I must say that the club seems to have taken a non-rose-tinted and down-to-earth perspective with both games. Quick soundbites include ''an unconvincing second half display'' as regards to Charlton, whereas ''too little, too late'' is the stance on Bournemouth. Ho hum.

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Navigating the good ship HMS Media Reaction into BBC waters now, we have both of last week's match reports for your reading pleasure below:

CHARLTON: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25098577

BOURNEMOUTH: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/25163892

Of particular note on these pages is the wonderful goat-like wispiness of Lewis Grabban's beard, that takes pride of place (on his chin) in the header of the Bournemouth writeup.

The BBC also refer to Reading as ''play-off challengers''. Make of that what you will.

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Next-up, a foray into the stat-laden climes of WhoScored.com, a safe-haven for pie charts and percentages everywhere:

CHARLTON: http://www.whoscored.com/Matches/721216/MatchReport

BOURNEMOUTH: http://www.whoscored.com/Matches/721229/MatchReport

Two substantially different sets of statistics here; it is very difficult to draw parallels between our two performances from the information presented. Which perhaps isn't surprising given the opposite outcomes of the games themselves.

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Once again, the Mail Online wheedles it's way into our Media Reaction autopsy, returning this week with even more enlarged screen-wide images and even less actual reporting:

CHARLTON: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2517673/Reading-1-Charlton-0-Billy-Sharp-marked-debut-winning-goal.html

BOURNEMOUTH: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2519826/Reading-1-Bournemouth-2--match-report-Lewis-Grabban-Matt-Ritchie-lowly-Cherries-win-eight.html

They do however highlight specific pertinent details from each match: an obvious example being the mention of our 7-corner spell that we failed to make tell against Bournemouth.

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And finally, after a short-lived stint out of the Media Reaction limelight, HobNobAnyone? returns this week with all the cynical-as-is-passionate outpourings of Reading fans the country and world over:

CHARLTON: http://hobnob.royals.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=121417

BOURNEMOUTH: http://hobnob.royals.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=121447

Some especially feisty moments on the Bournemouth thread, it has to be said.

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That's it for now. Non-bumper editions of Ref-Watch and Media Reaction segments are in the pipeline for Huddersfield this coming Saturday, so keep a watchful eye out for them.