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Royals News Bites 11th December

A quick look at the press on the Royals since the Bournemouth loss.

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Drenthe’s thoughts – Reading Official Site

Although Royston insists he is ready to start this weekend, Adkins has categorically ruled out a 90 minute role for the Dutchman. That’s a bit of shame considering the sight of Drenthe was the only promising thing that came from the Bournemouth game, and perhaps the only real excitement extracted from our drab last two homes games.  The frontman talks of the squad’s disappointment at losing games like this that they should be winning, and says we only have “ourselves to blame”.

Morrison and Obita sign new contracts - Reading Chronicle

Both players have signed 3-year deals, taking them to the summer of 2017. Morrison, who has captained the side this year and describes it as his "greatest achievement in football", says it's great to draw his lengthy contract talks to a close and he can now focus on getting fit and back in the team. Academy graduate Obita is also delighted with his new deal, and says so much has changed since he signed his first contract and it is "fantastic" to be rewarded with a new one.

Kuhl and Stacey get pro deals - Reading Official Site

Midfielder Aaron Kuhl and full-back Jack Stacey, who can also play midfield, are the latest of our talented youth team to get professional contracts. Both aged 17, they have signed through to the summer of 2016.

FA cup date confirmed – Reading Official Site

Our all Championship third round clash away to Brighton will take place on Saturday 4th January at 3pm.

Start as you don’t mean to go on…. – Reading Official Site

Nigel Adkins believes Bournemouth’s quick-fire double late in the first half changed the game on Saturday and we failed to capitalise on our decent start to the game. Adkins also insists that Bournemouth scored their only two opportunities – which is questionable seeing as they had numerous chances in the second half. However, the boss ends on a slightly more credible note, picking up on the fans frustrations, and saying he wants us to play football by keeping possession, which will create more opportunities for us in the long run. Perseverance, then, is what he is asking for from us, and hopefully it will come good in the end.

Gorkss rues losing unbeaten home record - Reading Official Site

Kaspars Gorkss shares his managers feeling that "goals change games" and says we needed to do better by scoring earlier. However he says the squad won't be sulking, we'll learn from the mistakes and objectives won't change for the Huddersfield game.

Cummings: Results more important than performances – Reading Chronicle

Admist grons of frustrations and boos with our negative backwards passing to keep the ball against Charlton, Shaun Cummings says the fans have a right to be entertained, but that results at the end of the day is what will send us home happy.

If you haven’t already, check out Glen Little’s recent Wealdstone wonder goal

And we didn’t think anything would ever top his Plymouth master class from 2006.

Big Hec relishing Reading return – Get Reading

21-yer-old central defender, Michael Hector, has been on loan at Aberdeen this season, soaking in the atmosphere and graft of playing Celtic away in front of 50,000 fans. However, with no cover at central defence at the moment, many have called for his return to Reading – something the terms of his loan will not allow. His deal expires in January, and he says his aim has always been to play for Reading, so he is eager to get back and play. Hec says competitive football is what he needs, and it would be hard for him to come back to Reading and be a reserve, but with the rave reviews he’s been getting in Scotland, there’s nothing to say he wouldn’t be a new gem in our starting 11.

Guthrie pleased with Captain’s duties – Get Reading

Guthrie talks about his experiences of being a captain for the first time in matches against Blackburn and Nottingham Forest. He talks about he captains he has played under in his career – Steven Gerrard, Kevin Nolan and Fabricio Coloccini – and what he can learn from each. Guthrie also talks about our squad, saying “I don’t think man-for-man there’s any team I’d swap with. We’ve got everything – pace, power, strength and goal”.

Ex-Royal Sam Sodje in spot-fixing scandal – Sky Sports News

Sodje played for Reading during our first Premier League season in 2006/2007 under Steve Coppell. His Reading career didn't last long and sadly looks to have taken a substantial turn for the worse.